Warwick and District under-14 rugby league (blue and purple) and Gatton players at the team historic first game in Toowoomba.
Warwick and District under-14 rugby league (blue and purple) and Gatton players at the team historic first game in Toowoomba. Gerard Walsh

Girls ready to tackle rugby league competition

RUGBY LEAGUE: Girls' rugby league will be played for the first time in Warwick on Friday night.

While there have been women's games down the years between Warwick and Killarney and also games against Toowoomba, the tackle games on Friday night will be the first for the girls.

Two Warwick and District teams are part of the Toowoomba Junior Rugby League which has girls' tackle footy for the first time this season.

The under-14 Warwick and District team will play Highfields at 6.30pm Friday.

Angela Campbell, from the Wattles club, is coach.

Eastern Suburbs official Nikki Rigney is coach of the Warwick and District under-17 team which plays Oakey at 7.20pm Friday.

Both games will be at the Eastern Suburbs Junior Rugby League ground. Suburbs will have the canteen open and admission is free.

Rigney said the girls in the Warwick and District were really keen to play.

"The majority of the girls play rugby league in the Toowoomba competition on Friday night and then leaguetag for their Warwick and District clubs each Saturday,” she said.

The girls' rugby league teams train at Eastern Suburbs grounds 5.30pm each Monday.

"We are still happy to add more girls to our squads,” Rigney said.

If one of the teams is short, games can be played between seven, eight or nine a side in which case the sidelines are brought in 10 metres.

"We played nine a side last Friday in both age groups against Gatton at Herb Steinohrt Oval,” she said.

The two changes to rules are that each conversion is from in front of the posts and scrums aren't played. If one team drops the ball forward, the other team taps the ball and goes.

Prospective players can call Rigney on 0421516020.



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