Southlakes Junior Rugby League Club off to strong start in Central Coast-Hunter Women’s Nines | photos

Southlakes Junior Rugby League Club has enjoyed a successful start to the Central Coast-Hunter Women’s Nines, unbeaten in six of eight games across four grades.

The Roosters’ teams each played two games in the opening round of the six-round tournament at Berkeley Vale on Saturday.

The open age team was the only team not to register a win.

Club president and girls’ under-16s coach, Troy Agar, said it was an impressive start by the only club to field a team in each of the four grades of the full-contact tournament.

“To only lose two games all day, out of the eight we played, was very pleasing,” he said.

“There really is so much talent out there. I really hope that next year there is a proper 13-a-team competition for the girls.”

The opening day of the tournament proved to be an excellent advertisement for the girls’ game.

“There were a lot of mums and families and friends watching, and I’ve started to get phone calls asking if there were any vacancies in our teams,” Mr Agar said.

The Southlakes under-14s drew 10-all with Cardiff in their opening game, and downed West Newcastle18-4 in the second game. Best player on the day was Jordan Olfield.

The under-16s downed Nelson Bay 24-16 and Glendale 16-4. Best player was Georgia Bragg.

The under-18s accounted for Raymond Terrace (1) 16-4 and Raymond Terrace (2) 6-4. Best player was Shenay Ball.

The open age team lost 24-8 to Berkeley Vale, and 12-10 to Carrington. Former athletics champion and now boxer Emma-Sue Greentree was named Southlakes’ best.

Mr Agar said a club meeting on Sunday determined that junior players (girls and boys) would be offered free registration, insurance, socks and shorts next season.

The saving – of about $130 all up – was made possible due to the generous support of sponsors, Mr Agar said.

Meanwhile, the Central Coast-Hunter Women’s Nines continues this Saturday with Southlakes to travel to Windale.

The Southlakes girls train on Tuesdays and Fridays, at the Dora Creek Workers Club field, from 6pm. New players are welcome to give the game a try.

Phone Troy Agar on 0448 899640.