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New competition makes footy a girls game
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PAUL HAIGH


PARRAMATTA District Junior Rugby League will stage a competition for girls next year.
And two Fairfield based clubs have already nominated players to take part in the competition.
PARRAMATTA Dstrict Junior Rugby League is the first junior rugby league organisation in NSW to set up such a competition.
Fairfiels United and Canley Vale Lansvale have already discussed fielding teams in the competition.
Competition ages will be under 6 years 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, 15/16 and 17 years.
"Dual age groups will will be the way to go in the first year," chief executive officer Terry Rose said.
"Fairfield United and Canley Vale Lansvale are the first two clubs to approach us to enter girls' teams in the official competition."
"The NSW rugby League will sanction the
1st girls for Kookas team NSW FIRST: Kookas Rugby League team members in training for their new competition.                                                               Photo: Nick Andrean
competition and are supportive of the move.
"We're also in advanced negationations to arrange funding and financial support to establish the initiative."
Rose said it was one of the most exciting developments in the Parramatta junior league.
"A lot of girls want to play the sport but only against their own gender," he said.
"Under the rules, girls can mini and mod football until they're 12 years of age with teams of boys, but after that they can't play once they turn 13."
Rose said the Parramatta District Junior Rugby League Referees Association would officiate matches.
"And the junior league will be flexible with the times and venues to stage the meetings throughout the season," he said.
"We can play on Monday nights, Friday nights or whatever best suits the girls, as we are aware they play other sports as well.
"The junior league believes there is a market for girls who lovw watching rugby league and want to be involved as players."
Rose said the clubs would work closely with the junior league on player recruitment and coaches.
Canley Vale Lansvale club president Noel Clarke said the Kookaburras were keen to support the initiative and field teams in a girls' competition next year.
"We have already started registering girls who are interested in playing, at this stage we have about 14 girls and there will be more to follow," he said.
"We envisage to have five girls' teams in 2005."
For more details contact Noel Clarke on 9757 4404 or Toni Luc on 9604 7251.
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Wed 29th September 2004.
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