24 February, 2022
Wolves girls show their league skills
UP to 20 girls took the chance to develop their rugby league skills on Wednesday last week as the Stanley River Wolves Junior Rugby League Football Club staged a girls clinic at the Stanley River fields.
The gathering included some first timers as National Rugby League (NRL) development officers Beau Condon and Ryan Charles provided instructions and directions.
Early in the session, Charles stressed the importance of warming up, in order to warm up muscles and get the blood flowing.
“Hit”, “wrap”, “push and roll” were buzzwords throughout the session, while there was an array of drills.
Most of the drills were done in pairs as activities included running, stepping and tackling, and one game involved a player attempting to score a try while another player sought to deny them.
Condon spoke about the need to fall safely, tackle safely and learn how to be tackled, with these aspects helping build confidence.
The final activity for the session was a game of touch football, including aspects of rugby league.
With the session catering for girls aged from five to 17 years, Condon said it was good to see a variety of ages.
Condon said women’s rugby league had grown so much in recent years and would continue to grow, while clinics such as the one at Stanley River fields helped increase numbers.
“The girls go back to school and say how good it was, and hopefully bring a friend next time,” he said.
As for the increase in female rugby league players, Condon said: “It’s not as scary as they think, and they have fun.”