A PASSIONATE women’s rugby side could fold if unable to attract more players to keep them in the game.
While the Swan Suburbs Rugby Union team has generated some interest through social media, women’s captain Rebecca Voice said numbers would remain uncertain until new players joined them on their Stratton training ground.
“There are a lot of people out there that say ‘yes, I’m keen’ but it’s getting them down to the field that’s the next challenge,” Voice said.
“My girls are very passionate and they don’t want to end what we started last year.
“We’re not out to win the first grade competition, were out to play the team.”
She said if they were to forfeit, current players would likely quit the game rather than join another club because of family commitments.
“They’ve got young kids and their partners are also there training, usually at the same time,” she said.
“We rely on the family support and my kid is 16 so she’s the number one babysitter down there. If it wasn’t for her, half these girls wouldn’t train.
“Last year we had three players who were still breastfeeding… it’s about encouraging a team environment to keep women going.”
She said they had struggled with numbers last year too but not their love of the sport.
“We never really won a game… it wasn’t about the score, it was about participating and being part of a team we created,” she said.
“The opposition teams loved playing us and thought we were great.
“We gave them a good run for their money but we’ve got very strong competition.”
She said any new players, who need to be 18 or older, did not need experience to join.
“At the start of last year half my team had no idea what they were doing,” she said.
“As long as you can still actually get on the field and run a little bit, that’s all the experience that you need.
“I’m clocking 40… if I can do it everyone else can.”
Anyone interested is encouraged to attend training at Farrall Oval from 6.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
For more, call Rebecca on 0431 529 848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.