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A REAL PATHWAY FOR WOMEN'S 7s RUGBY

The women's 7s rugby program at Southern Districts Rugby Club commenced in 2018. It was born out of a group of young girls who played for the "Pride 7s" and trained at "Live Athletic" in Taren Point. In late 2017 the owner of the gym (Chris Lang) contacted the club looking to move them into the Club Rugby movement and after a meeting with the girls and the manager Chris Murty, they agreed to make the switch.

Luckily for the club, SDRC Club Captain Chris Nay (injured) and Matt Teki (University commitments) were available to jump in and coach the girls who had originally come from an array of sporting backgrounds (Touch Football, CrossFit, Basketball, Surf Club and Soccer)

The start of 2018 saw 8 girls enrol to play at season commencement. Following the first tournament, players with the support of SDRC and coaching staff recruited a number of new players and finished the season with a squad of 21 high level rugby players who attained a win rate of 92% throughout their matches and finished second in the overall standing of the Sydney competition.

At the end of 2018, 10 or our members were selected to play in the University based AON series where various Universities select the best players for an Australian wide series. Each and every one of our players were outstanding in this higher level of competition.

Whilst the majority of the players are from the local catchment we have now attracted players from regional New South Wales and the Illawarra. A number of players also travel great distances to play with the Rebelettes due to the quality of the program set up by Chris Nay and others.

Womens 7s is played all year and during the summer of 2018-19 the Rebelettes competed in, and won high quality tournaments in Scone and Lake Macquarie.

Seeking further competition the team expressed a desire to travel to Borneo in early 2019, to complete in an asian wide 7s tournament over three days. With the support of the club and their new generous sponsor, Workplace Law, the girls got in and raised funds through various raffles, functions and the like.

In Borneo the ladies competed only against National and Professional teams. They were outstanding throughout the tournament and defeated the number 1 ranked Japanese Pro team in the semi final.

Unfortunately the other professional Japanese Pro team was too strong for our injury depleted side in the Grand Final. The Rebelettes won the hearts of the large local crowd and the after match lap through the crowd will be something the girls will remember forever.

The 2019 Sydney womens 7s competition has started well for the Rebelettes who are currently leading the competition. The greatest thing about the 2019 season is that we are now entering two teams in each tournament. We field a 1st and 2nd team. 

The second team includes local juniors who have graduated up the Southern Districts pathway and now have the opportunity to play and train with our more experienced members. It is exciting that women's rugby in our area now has a pathway for younger girls aspiring to develop their skill and improve their game.

A number of our local junior clubs have 7's teams from under 13's to under 17's. The Southern Districts Rugby Club has invested, and will continue to invest in, a successful women's program is pivotal for the future of high level Women's Rugby in our area and we are certain to attract, and supply opportunity to, more players from regional NSW, Illawarra and areas surrounding the St George Sutherland area.

Plans are underway at the end of the Sydney competition for the Rebelettes to compete in the Southern Highland, Scone and Lake Macquarie tournaments. We are sure the girls will be keen to again travel overseas to compete in further high level tournaments.

Head Coach: Chris Nay - 0405 036 727
Team Manager: Chris Murty - 0414 663 964

Photographs: Malcolm Chuck

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