Wellington doing some great things for Girls’ Rugby
September 18, 2013, 20:46:18

Wellington doing some great things for Girls’ Rugby Album

The Wellington Rugby Union and the Poneke Rugby Club are doing some great things to develop Girls’ rugby in Wellington. The Union has employed fulltime, Lesley MacKenzie a former Canadian International rugby player to increase the number of girls playing rugby in Secondary Schools. This covers fifteens, tens and sevens and includes getting rugby established in schools presently not playing rugby and identifying and developing the rugby skills of the players. This is a challenging position as presently tens is played in schools and adjusting teams to the fifteens game so they can play schools from other provinces competevely is a major challenge. Lesley is doing a great job and her hard work is already starting to show.

Poneke Rugby Club,headed by Chairman Kevin Jenkins and an energetic group of parents who have primary school daughters who are playing rugby in boys’ teams last year set up Girls’ in Rugby facebook site ,then have held Girls’ in Rugby days encouraging more primary school girls’ to play rugby. These days have been run by Black Ferns and coaches from NZRU, Wellington Rugby Union and the Poneke Club .Kevin then approached Rugbygirl and Lesley MacKenzie re the possibility of Wellington picking an all Girls’ Primary Schools Representative Team and playing a Manawatu Primary Schools Team. Manawatu Rugby Union got 14 girls interested ,Rugbygirl Foundation funded the bus trip for 30 Wellington Girls and history was made when the Wellington Whirlwinds (as the primary school girls’ team has been nicknamed ) two teams played Manawatu in two ten’s game in Palmerston North on 7th September when the New Zealand Secondary Schools Girls' Top 4 Championship was being held .These games highlighted how talented young girl rugby players are when playing in all girl matches and were watched by a really good number of spectators including the Feilding High Girls’ Rugby Team who are the top secondary school in New Zealand. Girls’ from the Feilding High team acted as watergirls which really added to the occasion.

Last weekend Wellington Pride played Manawatu Cyclones in the Women’s NPC game at Petone and as curtain raisers Wellington Secondary Schools Girls played Manawatu Secondary Schools Girls in a fifteens game and two sides from Wellington Whirlwind Primary School Girls played a 15 minute each way game .Added to this the referee of the NPC game was a leading woman’s referee Lee Jeffrey and the ballgirls came from the Wellington Whirlwind players.This again was history in the making as to have NPC ,Secondary Schools and Primary Schools Girls all playing at the one venue would be the first time ever this has been achieved. We believe this is showed just how well girls’ rugby is growing , how acceptable the female game is becoming and just how well girls’ are playing the game. Hopefully what has been achieved in Wellington will be replicated by other provinces. 

last updated: September 18, 2013, 21:03:45

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