A jolt from the Blue
GIRLS’ footy is kicking goals, with a new no-tackle competition set to take the game to new heights.
Blue Tag — a variation of the longstanding Oztag — will run right through the year and 180 girls from 10 clubs across Sydney will showcase the modified game at a competition at Norford Park, in Sefton, southwest Sydney, tomorrow.
Officials hope Blue Tag will further increase the popularity of women’s rugby league by offering teenage girls the opportunity to learn the fundamentals without any concerns about rough tackles and scrums.
NSW and Australian rugby league player Kezie Apps, 27, played junior rugby league for the Bega Roosters from the age of eight — but had to stop playing at 11 because she was a girl.
She ended up taking up the summer sport of League Tag, similar to Blue Tag but only played in the off season.
“I fell back in love with it (rugby league) and everything about it,” Apps said. She said it helped her hone her skills before she returned to full contact rugby league later on.
“All you really need to do is practice and train for tackling so it’s just awesome that boys and girls have this opportunity to play rugby league without the contact,” Apps said.
Mona Ghassa, 14, said she enjoyed Blue Tag because it’s played on a full field and “you can kick”.
“It’s got more people, it’s closer to actually playing rugby league,” she said.
And Teah Haskins, 14, said it was an opportunity to make new friends and enjoy playing. “It’s just more fun,” Teah said.
Skye Harrigan, Emily Dunne, Holly Lewis, NSW star Kezie Apps and Mona Ghassa. Picture: Justin Lloyd