In­tro­duc­ing lady sharks

Girls ready to bite into new comp

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - SPORT - An­nie Caughey An­[email protected]­news.com.au

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.

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I want to have fun and play most boys play. I want to show that girls can play as well.

— Ge­orgie Wil­liams

PHOTO: ANNEI CAUGHEY

GIRLS TRY­ING: Molly Cashin, Ge­orgie Wil­liams, El­iza Hether­ing­ton, ab­sent Kee­ley Davies from Caloun­dra Sharks.

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