Ippy schoolgirls league competition set for kick-off
THE rise in popularity of rugby league for females continues to grow with a Combined Ipswich Schools Sporting Association (CISSSA) under-13 girls competition kicking off today.
It is the first year for a girls' competition in Ipswich schools with St Peter Claver College, Redbank Plains and Ipswich State High teams involved.
With the odd number of teams, the four-week competition will feature three halves of footy each week, with each team playing the others for two 20 minute thirds.
Competition co-ordinator and St Peter Claver teacher and footy coach Todd Riggs developed the format.
Redbank Plains girls' coach Natalie Petersen believes it is ideal for her group, given many have never played before.
Petersen has no goals for her team other than they enjoy themselves.
She has no idea how good they'll be or what the opposition will be like before today.
"The goal is just to have fun and let the girls play," Petersen said.
"Most haven't played before.
"But probably five or six girls are really good."
Chances are the other teams will be in a similar situation, which could make for an intriguing competition.
"I hope so," Petersen said.
"We'll go out and have fun for the first week, see what happens and move on from there."
Petersen has had some experience coaching girls at her previous job at Springfield Central High.
What she and her players lack in experience they plan on making up with enthusiasm.
"The girls are really keen, which is good," Petersen said.
"They were pretty stoked when they heard we had a competition."
It seems there is no lack of support for rugby league amongst the schoolgirls at Redbank Plains State High.
They've just lacked the opportunity to play for their school previously.
"Most of them would have brothers or cousins who have played," Petersen said. "They all know the rules and positions."
CISSSA Girls Under 13 competition
Today at Len Johnson Oval
- 4pm: St Peter Claver v Ipswich
- 4.25: Ipswich v Redbank Plains
- 4.50: Redbank Plains v St Peter Claver