Ladies en­cour­aged to try out league

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

THE Mackay and Dis­trict Women’s Rugby League is host­ing a come and try day to gen­er­ate more in­ter­est for a women’s com­pe­ti­tion in 2014.

In­ter­ested play­ers from Proser­pine and the Whit­sun­days are en­cour­aged to head along to the Mackay Ju­nior Rugby League grounds this Sun­day from 2-5pm to get in­volved.

Mackay’s NRL de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cers Re­nae Kunst and Tyson Mus­cat are the driv­ing force be­hind the come and try day.

“Women’s rugby league has al­most been non-ex­is­tent here, which is a shame be­cause we’ve got some tal­ented play­ers here who have gone on to play at a high level,” Kunst said.

Kunst, who rep­re­sents Aus­tralia in the na­tional women’s team, the Jil­la­roos, said the aim of this cam­paign is to start a six to eight-week women’s com­pe­ti­tion.

From that, a Mackay team will be se­lected to con­test the North Queens­land ti­tles and give girls the chance to be se­lected to rep­re­sent North Queens­land at the state ti­tles in June.

“The lo­cal Mackay women’s comp has strug­gled in the past cou­ple of years so we are hop­ing, by hav­ing a shorter comp, it might gen­er­ate some more in­ter­est and give girls an op­por­tu­nity to play rep­re­sen­ta­tive footy,” Kunst said.

“This, com­bined with the in­tro­duc­tion of a school­girls comp this year, we are re­ally hop­ing we will grow the girls and women’s game in Mackay.”

“Ob­vi­ously, this is a build­ing phase, but by 2016 we want to have num­bers com­pa­ra­ble to down south, where both girls and women’s com­pe­ti­tions are thriv­ing. With talks of the NRL now hav- ing a high per­for­mance unit for the Jil­la­roos, North Queens­land play­ers should be given as much op­por­tu­nity as they can to strive to be a part of rugby league at the high­est level.”

Kunst and Mus­cat will hold a clinic for fe­male play­ers this week­end.

Kunst said to get the com­pe­ti­tion up and run­ning she would need solid par­tic­i­pa­tion num­bers, and was hop­ing this week­end’s clinic would at­tract a new batch of play­ers.

“We’re look­ing at hav­ing this clinic to gen­er­ate some more in­ter­est from lo­cal girls,” Kunst said.

LEAGUE GIRLS: Lo­cal rugby league play­ers Pia Poid, Shanay Tay­lor and Ade­line Poid played in the Mackay All Stars vs. South Sea Is­lands in­vi­ta­tional team in Mackay last year. Women's league will be in fo­cus again this week­end with a come and try day in Mackay on Sun­day.

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