It’s go time for girls at St Marys Junior Rugby League Club with its first female only teams to kick off this season.
Teams have already started training, but there is room for more players according to Saints rugby league manager Adam Pryzbyla.
Mr Pryzbyla said the club hoped to field two teams in each grade from under-13s/14s to under-17s/18s in 2017.
“Since the announcement last July that Saints would be fielding girl’s teams in the Penrith District Junior Rugby League competition, the interest has been huge,” he said.
He said as many as 90 players could pull on the famous green and white jerseys for the club’s three girl’s teams this season.
Girls were previously able to play in mixed sides with St Marys until under-12s. Sadly, any female who wished to continue playing the sport would have to find a new club from under-13s onwards.
The addition of girl’s teams will allow young guns including Aliyah Nasio, 11, and Taimana Leach, 7, to settle down at St Marys.
President Warren Smith said the club wanted to be a leader in the women’s game.
“The club hopes to field a girl’s senior team in the future, giving girls the opportunity to be part of the Saints fraternity their whole playing career,” he said.
To join St Marys girl’s teams, attend training at The Kingsway on Tuesday and Thursday (under-13s/14s) or Wednesdays and Fridays (under-15s/16s and under-17s/18s).