Nedlands rugby girls head to Hong Kong for All Girls Rugby Tournament

Clockwise: Keira Macaskill (with ball, 13) Alexander Heights, Melodie Toby (14) Ballajura, Grace McFillin (13) South Lake, Shanika Rowe (11) Byford, Aroha Reedy (13) Canning Vale, Liana Tuhakaraina (12) Casuarina, April Alan (13) Wellard, Cara Gerber (13) Currambine, Shontae Jetta (13) Cockburn, Shiane Kani (14) Armadale. The Nedlands girls 7s are getting ready to head over to an international rugby tournament in Hong Kong. They won the Junior Sports Star Team in last year's Local Sports Star awards. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au
Clockwise: Keira Macaskill (with ball, 13) Alexander Heights, Melodie Toby (14) Ballajura, Grace McFillin (13) South Lake, Shanika Rowe (11) Byford, Aroha Reedy (13) Canning Vale, Liana Tuhakaraina (12) Casuarina, April Alan (13) Wellard, Cara Gerber (13) Currambine, Shontae Jetta (13) Cockburn, Shiane Kani (14) Armadale. The Nedlands girls 7s are getting ready to head over to an international rugby tournament in Hong Kong. They won the Junior Sports Star Team in last year's Local Sports Star awards. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au

FROM Perth to the world; the Nedlands Rugby Union Club girls are heading to Hong Kong.

The composite under 14s side, featuring players from Nedlands, ARKS, Bayswater and Wests Scarborough, will take on international competition at the All Girls Rugby Tournament in March.

Coach Alan McFillin said rugby sevens was on the rise for girls in WA, with the state the first in Australia to put together a full season competition back in 2016.

“One of the main aims of taking the Nedlands team over is seeing where they’re at at an international level,” he said.

Mr McFillin said the club had done some fundraising, but they were keen to secure sponsorship for the girls to reduce the players’ out of pocket costs.

Co-coach Freda Black said the sport is offering girls the potential to enhance their skills and go places, while playing in a tight-knit multicultural community.

“We take girls with no experience and after a few sessions we start to see the shift,” she said.

If you are interested in sponsoring the girls or getting involved with the upcoming rugby season, call Mr McFillin on 0437 212 484 or head to nedlandsrugby.com.au.