Mudgee Girls don’t just sit pretty in pink

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By ARU Media Unit

Last week’s Plate win by the Australian Women’s Sevens at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow and the gold medal won earlier this year at the Youth Olympic Festival has seen an increase in the numbers of girls playing Rugby.

The inclusion of Rugby Sevens in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil hasn’t done any harm either.
Any nowhere more than in Mudgee.
More girls have signed up to play junior rugby for the Mudgee Wombats following the success of their recent Gala Day, which attracted 41 teams from across the Central West, and is part of a varied calendar of Rugby events for young, local players entering the sport.
The Glen Willow Sports Complex hosted a great crowd of players in under seven, nine and eleven age categories, and their parents. A highlight for Mudgee Rugby, whose juniors celebrate 30 years next season, was the inclusion an all-girls team in the under sevens.
Club President Greg Bartrim was very excited about this achievement.
“It‘s the first time Mudgee has had an all-girl team represent our club at the sub-junior level. Hopefully it will continue to grow with more girls being made aware of the opportunities in Rugby.
“The increased coverage of Sevens as we head to the Olympics with the inclusion of the sport on the world stage is certain to drive participation at all levels,” said Bartrim.
The young Wombats were aptly kitted out in a pink jersey to note the milestone which was presented by members of the Mudgee High School Girls Rugby team prior to run out.
Eric Brown, Mudgee Rugby Committee member and sub-junior coordinator, organised the day.
“The girls had so much fun that the team has already increased in number. Although the day isn’t about winning, I am sure if they were keeping score, they would have dominated the day,” said Brown.
“Mudgee Wombats have a regular home competition for these young players, as well as skills clinics and coaching. They also travel to regional Gala Days in addition to hosting local events, which provide opportunity to play, learn skills and experience the fun of Rugby,” said Brown.
Mudgee Rugby is a regional club in a country town some four hours west of Sydney and boasts a great Rugby history being one of the six founding Rugby Unions in New South Wales.

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