READY: Alana van der Heijden and Esmee Johnson are ready to tackle VIVA 7s rugby for Eumundi Dragons this season.
READY: Alana van der Heijden and Esmee Johnson are ready to tackle VIVA 7s rugby for Eumundi Dragons this season. Leo Wiles

Girl power is about to ruck for Dragons

RUGBY UNION: Eumundi Dragons girls coach Kim Thompson has urged girls who are yet to commit to a sport for this winter to come and try rugby sevens at the club.

The Dragons hope to field under-12 and under-14 teams this season, and will the first of two come-and-try days at the club tomorrow afternoon.

Driven by Australia's win in the rugby sevens at the Rio Olympics, Thompson believes the sport is fast becoming the popular choice for girls.

"I'm an ex-touch footballer and these opportunities weren't there for me to try different sports with these skills when I was growing up,” she said.

"Now, we've seen these girls being given role models and something else they can achieve in a team environment, even at the Olympics.

"There's kids I never thought would've played contact sport having a go.

"It's good for them to get outside their comfort zone and try new things.”

Thompson is looking forward to the 10-week Friday night competition, which is a modified version of the game with tackling and uncontested scrums.

But Thompson says they will need plenty more players to commit tomorrow from 4pm, if Eumundi is to field teams this year.

"I really think it will be brilliant groundwork for next season,” she said.

The next sign-on session will be on May 4, before the competition starts on Friday, May 19.

For further information, please phone Kim on 0403292842.


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