Women's Seagulls team spreads its wings in Yeppoon
THE women's Seagulls rugby league side is back up and running after a four year hiatus.
Seagulls club president Steven Stafford couldn't be more excited to see the local women's side reinvigorated for what will surely be a permanent and enjoyable sporting side in Yeppoon.
After being approached by a number of women who were playing for other areas, Stafford decided the demand was there to bring back a local club for the passionate female players.
A blast from the past, the women's Seagulls side will take a different turn and instead of being run by the Rockhampton Rugby League association, it will be managed solely by the Yeppoon club.
"They're going to be a part of the club and will be training with the boys,” Stafford said.
"We have already nominated the coach; Margaret Grant, who is a bit of a local legend as far as rugby league goes.
"She's a physical education teacher at Farnborough and she's got four boys who have played for the Seagulls as well.
"Two still do and one of them plays for the Melbourne Storm as well, young Harry Grant.”
Margaret had been involved in Yeppoon rugby league for the past twenty years, alongside her husband, Paul, who had also coached and played with the Seagulls for over twenty years.
"The whole family has very big links to the club,” Stafford said.
"Margaret is very keen to be involved with the girls and build it up and make it sustainable for the girls and enjoyable.
"We want to make them feel a part of the club and hopefully play with us on game day.
"We're just in negotiations with the local rugby league to get it up and running and determine what time the girls will play.”
The women's Seagulls team currently has 20-22 women signed on for this season, however, Stafford hopes more rugby league fans will jump on board and join the team.
The call for more involvement is merely a formality, and Stafford expects numbers to become a lot clearer closer to the start of the season.
But regardless, Stafford assured local footy-goers that there will "definitely” be a team.
"I have nominated the team for the Nines which will be on March 3-4,” he said.
Stafford said he expects this year to bring "packed crowds” and deliver a "good competition”.
The team has already begun training with the men's side, on Tuesday and Thursday nights and have been proving they've got what it takes.
"They're having a crack and taking it dead serious and giving the boys a good run for their money,” Stafford said.