ELLEN BARNES (St Mary’s Casino) tries to charge through the defence of St Joseph’s Banora Point.
ELLEN BARNES (St Mary’s Casino) tries to charge through the defence of St Joseph’s Banora Point.

Girls footy carnival hints at wave of women in rugby league

ORGANISERS are hoping to further boost females in footy after the successful staging of an action-packed carnival.

Schoolgirls from across the Far North Coast contested shortened matches as part of the tournament, which took place at Mullumbimby's Les Donnelly Oval.

After the success of Tuesday's event, plans are now being made for a 'North-South' event involving other teams

KATIE PORTER (St Mary’s Casino) finds some space in the game against St Joseph’s Banora Point.
KATIE PORTER (St Mary’s Casino) finds some space in the game against St Joseph’s Banora Point.

from the region.

 

NRL development officer Kel Minchin, who helped organise the event, said he was delighted with the participants' commitment levels.

"The girls were very enthusiastic," he said.

"I am sure the event has achieved a great deal of interest and excitement in the sport."

Schools including Casino's St Mary's Catholic College and Goonellabah's Kadina High School took part in the round-robin, which aimed to promote rugby league among girls.

The tournament culminated a spell of coaching for the girls, helping them sharpening their skills.

"You could see the girls had paid a lot of attention to the coaching they had received," he said.

"Some of the passing and skills were great.

"They seemed to enjoy themselves. By the end of the day the girls were all talking about how much fun it was.

"It was a good day."

Minchin said a similar event was planned for the Lower Clarence area, with an overall championship planned.

He thanked everyone at the Mullumbimby Junior Rugby League Club for their "fantastic" support.



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