A seven-a-side format woman’s competition will be held during the 2018 rugby season

Ready for competition: Players involved in the successful women's rugby gala day hosted by the Manning River Ratz last month.
Ready for competition: Players involved in the successful women's rugby gala day hosted by the Manning River Ratz last month.

There is change a foot in Australian rugby and the Lower Mid North Coast competition has jumped on board with several clubs committing to a seven-a-side format woman’s competition for 2018.

After a hugely successful gala day in September, the Mid North Coast has given the green light to a Lower Mid North Coast competition and a Mid North Coast representative team for the 2018 season and Country Championships.

Wallamba Bulls coach, Lee Sullivan has long been a proponent of the woman’s game, and following the success of the Australian women’s team at the Rio Olympics has watched the interest in the sport explode.

“The explosion of woman’s rugby has been fantastic to see since the gold medal in Rio and the Lower Mid North Coast competition will benefit from this great new competition we are holding in 2018,” he said. 

Whilst the competition hasn’t yet officially started, that hasn’t stopped Ash Lambourne – who heads up the Wallamba women’s rugby committee –  from getting the girls out on the paddock for training every Tuesday with Sullivan.

Ash is extremely excited to be part of the inaugural group kicking off women’s rugby on the Lower Mid North Coast.

“This is a great opportunity for us to play the game we are all passionate about, being seven-a-side, it is a faster and different game to standard rugby and easier for us to make up teams to form a competition, and with Old Bar, Gloucester and Taree looking to field teams it is looking like we have all the beginnings of a great competition,” she said. 

The Bulls has set up a Facebook page with a load of information about the competition and women’s sevens rugby.

Search for Manning/Great Lakes Women’s Rugby 7’s comp 2018 where you can join and contact Ash for more information.

Sullivan is conducting off-season training for all players who are keen to give rugby a go, regardless of age or current fitness.

“We train every Tuesday, and we welcome anyone from any team to come along to Nabiac Cricket Oval at 6pm on a Tuesday night and give it a try, whether it is for general fitness or with a view to taking to the paddocks next season.

“We want everyone to come along and have a fun session and learn what rugby is offering in the women’s sevens competition.” 

The competition will be for players aged 16 and over, however training is open to all age groups.

The competition will most likely run parallel to the men’s competition, although the finer details will be finalised early next year.