Rugby Union: Swans Suburbs women’s team thumped 58-0 by Cottesloe

Rugby Union: Swans Suburbs women’s team thumped 58-0 by Cottesloe

SWAN Suburbs women’s rugby union team is part of the rapid expansion of women’s rugby union after the inclusion of the seven-a-side format in the Olympics.

It is estimated female participation will double in Australia by the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Half new registrations are female since the arrival of VIVA7s and Game On last year and many new players take up ‘the game they play in heaven’ after a taste of summer touch rugby.

Swan Suburbs travelled from their Farrall Road headquarters last weekend to take on competition heavyweights Cottesloe and were overwhelmed 58-0, a disappointing result after their first win the game before.

Cottesloe contains three Australian internationals who played in the last World Cup in France, and nine players who will compete for places in the Australian Wallaroos team for the next World Cup in Ireland next year.

Swanies are a new club and players have half an eye on playing for WA and even Australia in coming years but for now they are concentrating on developing skills and having fun training and playing together.

Coach Herbie Kirkpatrick said he was “so proud of the team”.

“Defence is our strong point and we are working on our attack,” he said.

“We have only five experienced players so we are all learning together. I haven’t told them and they’ll be stoked to know they have been playing against Ozzy internationals.”

“We’ve never dropped our heads,” captain Rebecca Voice said.

“We push on for the 60 minutes.”

Being a family club, there area always many children at training.

Interested players can email president Jodie French at swan.suburbs.rugby@gmail.com or attend training at Farrall Oval, Stratton, Tuesday and Thursday, 6.30pm-8pm.