LEAGUE OF SISTERS: Marist Brothers coach Nicolee Donovan (far left) said she's looking forward to helping the players in the new girls U14 and U16 teams enjoy an exciting season.
LEAGUE OF SISTERS: Marist Brothers coach Nicolee Donovan (far left) said she's looking forward to helping the players in the new girls U14 and U16 teams enjoy an exciting season. Alison Paterson

Girls prefer sport to sitting on the sidelines

PLAYING sport wins hands down over standing on the sidelines and watching all the action.

Which is why so many young women turned up at the first sign-on day for Marist Brothers Rugby League Club on Saturday morning.

And if passion for the game is any indication, these players will soon be a force to be reckoned with.

From 9am the clubhouse at Lismore's Crozier Oval was buzzing as players of all ages enjoyed a free sausage sizzle as they lined up to sign on for the 2018 season and receive their jerseys.

As one of the club's two women's liaison officers, Vicki Thornton said the Rams are thrilled with the response from female players and their families.

"It's been tremendous seeing so many young women come along today and sign up,” she said.

"We have eight girls signed up so far and we hope to see more on Saturday 17 when we will be at The Heights Sports and Recreation Club.”

Thornton said the girl's teams will be ably supported on and off the field by coach Nicolee Donovan, assistant coach Jada Williams and the club's second women's liaison officer, Kathy Degier.

"We are lucky to have Nicolee who has played seniors and Jada who is currently playing with the (Marist Brothers) Ramettes, they are both brilliant,” Thornton said.

"It's a new era for women's rugby with the tag competition.”

Thornton said and players will have the opportunity to make new friends on and off the ground.

She welcomed Jaydee Schaffer, 14, Tayah Klelie, 14, Keeley Duncan, 14, Olivia Leeson, 10, Lataysha Smith, Kitanah Smith, 14, and Shontali Williams to the club.

"These young women will become a part of our very special rugby league football community,” she said.

"They will also enjoy the health and well-being of playing footy.”

Thornton said the club was still feeling the effects of the March 2017 floods and appreciated the support from firms and companies in the region.

According to NSW Country NRL regional area manager, Kevin Hill, girls tag league is gaining lots of attention from clubs and playes.

"The girls tag leagues are attracting a lot of interest up and the coast and we hope to get at least one team from every junior club,” he said.

"While we don't know yet how many teams we will have this year, we anticipate the league tag will kick-off early to mid-April when we get conformation of clubs and players.”



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