Women's league is up and running
THE object of the exercise was to get women's rugby league recognised and Sunday's curtain-raiser to the Capras game at Browne Park provided the ideal vehicle for the sport, organiser Amanda Ohl said.
"It was very well received," she said. "It was the first time most of the girls have played."
The match was an exhibition contest between two Rockhampton Rustlers teams, White and Yellow, with the White team taking the bragging rights.
Numbers were not quite as high as hoped for and therefore the match was played nine-a-side.
"Most of the girls got in and had a go," Ohl said.
"It was all about promoting (women's rugby league) and to introduce the girls to playing.
"There were no big hits.
"There were a couple of 60 or 70-metre tries."
With the match being an introduction to the sport, there were basic handling errors, Ohl said.
"There was a lot of dropped ball, but we all have to start somewhere," she said.
Some of the women didn't require an invitation and took on the challenge of playing a new sport. One was CJ Jones for the Whites, who collected a bag full of tries.
"She's a 17-year-old and she's pretty quick," Ohl said.
Jones has signed with Yeppoon for the season, with the competition set to begin with four teams participating on April 14. Ohl reckons Jones' display on Sunday could ensure she receives extra attention from opposition players.
"That's if they can catch her," she said. "She will probably start on the wing (for Yeppoon) and eventually move to fullback. She's still learning."
A measure of the success of the game was the number of players recruited to clubs.
"We were able to build up Rockhampton Norths," Ohl said. "Yeppoon is still desperate for numbers."
Gladstone has signified it has playing numbers but Ohl said none of the four teams would turn away prospective players, because some of the women keen to play at the moment might decide the full-contact sport is not for them.
"Hopefully after Sunday there will be a lot more girls at training," Ohl said.