Forster Tuncurry Rugby Union Club seeks women to fill new team

Emily Brady with her daughters, Indiana (in arms) and six-year-old Amelia.
Emily Brady with her daughters, Indiana (in arms) and six-year-old Amelia.

Players for the Forster Tuncurry rugby union club’s new women’s team are urgently needed for the pre-season seven-a-side tournament at Old Bar next Saturday (March 17).

“Rugby is a game for all shapes and sizes,” Dolphins’ president, Damian Daczko said.

“We have two outstanding coaches, the best clubhouse on the Mid North Coast, and 12 brand new jumpers. All we need is ladies to fill them.

“Novices, veterans, sports-women, fast, slow – we want them, and need them.”

Athletic 22-year-old mother of two, Emily Brady is one of the first women to join the club, she is already a MNC representative and training impressively with the Dolphins’ male players.

“I like the skills of the game, and it gives me some freedom,” Emily said.

The Dolphins’ 2008 premiership-winning captain, Mark Hudson and ex NSW country representative five-eighth, David Birch are the Dolphinettes’ coaches, with Ron Rae continuing as men’s coach.

Prior to the introduction of sevens rugby at the last Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the Australian Rugby Union selectors sought female touch footballers with Emily’s mobility and dexterity. They were rewarded with the women returning to Australia with the gold medal.

Rugby’s triumph has been an impelling force in other sports such as cricket, soccer, Australian rules and rugby league gaining more prestige in women’s competitions.

Saturday’s carnival at Old Bar begins with the women’s seven-a-side games from noon, followed by the men’s 10-a-side matches.

The Clams’ women’s coach and club secretary, Brian Groughan, is calling for late entries.

With the 2012 premiership-winning Myall Coast Mudcrabs failing to field a team this season, MNC zone executive director, Bob Wilson has released a new Lower MNC draw, adding an extra round to the Kennards Hire five-club competition, beginning on April 7.

The first round draw is: Old Bar Clams v Forster Tuncurry Dolphins at Old Bar; Manning River Ratz v Gloucester Cockies at Taree Rugby Park; Wallamba Bulls BYE.