Introducing lady sharks
Girls ready to bite into new comp
THE CALOUNDRA Sharks Rugby League Club will debut its first girl’s side in the upcoming season commencing this April.
The club has had it’s first four female sign-ons, Molly Cashin, Eliza Hetherington, Georgie Wiliams and Keeley Davies.
This news comes hand-in-hand as plans for the older women’s competition on the Sunshine Coast solidify.
Club organiser Robert Valssallo said this progress has been a long time coming but it is only the beginning for female league at the club.
“We’ve had four girls sign on which is a pretty good number for the first year. Next year hopefully we can get a bit more and just go one from there,” he said.
Whilst the club will merge with players from Kawana to make a full team this year, Mr Valssallo said that players will still have the opportunity to sport the mighty yellow and black.
“The Kawana people have been awesome they’ve really welcomed our girls. We’re going to train one night a week here and one night a week there and the girl’s will swap jerseys every week,” he said.
The increasing popularity for females to play league is tackling down old condensations about the usually male-dominated sport and Mr Valssallo said he is trying to reach out to parents to change their impression that the sport is dangerous for young girls.
“I think a lot of parents are worried their girls are going to get hurt,” he said.
“Yes it is a contact sport but we’ve got people in place teaching them proper skills such as tackling techniques.”
Georgie Williams, who is one of the first female Sharks, was excited to play league so she can prove it’s not just a sport for boys.
“I want to have fun and play what most boys already play. I want to show that girls can play as well,” she said.
Mr Vallssallo welcomes girls of all experience and ages to join. Contact: caloundra sharks @hotmail.com.
I want to have fun and play most boys play. I want to show that girls can play as well.
— Georgie Williams
GIRLS TRYING: Molly Cashin, Georgie Williams, Eliza Hetherington, absent Keeley Davies from Caloundra Sharks.