Kristy & Co know their mauls from their rucks
By STEVE SPINKS
RUGBY union is a simple game.
Just ask the organiser of the newly formed Lismore City women's rugby team, Kristy Treharne.
Treharne, even though she's a relative rugby rookie, can explain the difference between a ruck and a maul at the drop of the hat.
"A maul is when a player carrying the ball is held by one or more opponents and one or more of the ball-carrier's team-mates bind on the ball-carrier," she chuckled.
"Basically everyone hugs everyone else.
"I think it's called a maul because the players often emerge shredded, like they have actually hugged a lion."
Grounds for a theory
According to Treharne, a ruck is exactly the same as a maul, except everyone is lying on the ground.
Jokes aside, the Lismore City Council worker is deadly serious when it comes to rugby union.
So much so, that she decided to set up a new team with Lismore City.
Treharne played two seasons with the Southern Cross University Lady Rats but became frustrated by the high player turnover associated with the club and the lack of players at uni holiday time.
"Basically, we want to make the team more local," she said.
"I think some people may not have played with Uni because they would have thought that it was a Uni team."
She approached Lismore City president Bevan Gay and he jumped at the chance to have another team associated with the club.
The girls are looking for players, trainers, coaches and strappers.
They intend to play in the Gold Coast district competition in a seven-a-side format.
"Sevens is not very rough, but it's a good way to learn," Treharne said.
"We're especially on the lookout for fast wingers and a fullback."
Training is at 6pm on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Lismore Rugby Park and anyone interested in a game can contact Sarah Robertson on 6622 0380 or 0401 383 125.