West Moreton Anglican College Director of Rugby Ben O'Connell.
West Moreton Anglican College Director of Rugby Ben O'Connell. Rob Williams

WestMAC welcomes Qld team to lift girls interest

HOPES to create an Ipswich girls rugby team could receive a major kickalong at West Moreton Anglican College on Saturday.

As part of the college's open day activities, the Queensland Rugby Sevens women's team is conducting an open training session and come and try program at the Karrabin sports fields.

Westmac Director of Rugby Ben O'Connell was pleased to see an exciting opportunity offered by Queensland Rugby at a school.

He said 30-40 girls had expressed an interest in playing rugby.

WestMAC currently has nine boys teams in the TAS competition.

If a first girls team can be organised, it could play in a Brisbane sevens competition as early as the next term.

O'Connell, an Australian Country cricketer, also welcomed involvement from other regional schools in playing a local girls school competition under the fast-paced sevens format.

He said the appeal of girls rugby was that it now had a pathway to the Commonwealth Games and Olympics. Rugby Sevens is being staged in Rio later this year.

"We've got the backing and the funding from the Australian Rugby Union and all the states are really pushing it,'' O'Connell said.

"It's a multi-talented sport where you get girls that have done athletics or touch football, leading into this different pathway.''

Players rising through the rugby Sevens ranks can also become involved in a variety of competitions, travelling around the world.

Saturday's opportunity for girls to try rugby is from noon. It follows a boys' feature match between a WestMAC under-15 development side and Toowoomba Anglican Preparatory School and College combination.

The game and training will be on the college's main sports fields from 11am.



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