Junior Girl's competition flourishes in 2020

by Rugby WA Media

Now that the 2020 Junior Girl’s season has wrapped up, RugbyWA has reflected on the success of the Junior Girl’s competition and how it has set and standard for Girl’s rugby moving forward.

With such an unknown start the season due to Covid pandemic, it was a true testament to those involved in the Girl’s game in WA who rallied together to ensure the players got the opportunities to go out and play that they deserve.

An exciting new initiative began with Priceline Girls club which travelled to 4 locations across the metro area including Southern Lions, Arks, Mandurah and Kalamunda, seeing an increase in registrations by more than double the original amount.

The clinics all came together at Wanneroo for the Girl's club finals night where all girls that had been involved in the previous 4 weeks came together to play in North and South representative teams in the U14s and U17s age groups.

Head of Female Pathway Sian Freeman was astonished at the amount of talent present within the junior age groups and is looking at the next steps in keeping those participants in the game.

“Throughout this year I’ve seen an outstanding display of junior talent, the competition looked to have a positive year and that is exactly what we had,” Freeman said.

“The players, coaches and managers showed great commitment throughout the season traveling to various locations with their teams.”

The 2020 Junior Girl’s Grand Final took place on Friday night (October 16) and was successful in showcasing the growth of talent and confidence in the junior girl’s group culminating in a number of very competitive games of rugby.

The Mandurah Pirates took the Under 14s championship in a super exciting game coming from behind to take the win, while in the Under 17s final Wests Scarborough put on a show however were not able to catch up to a dominant ARKs side who flew out of the blocks fast to take the U17s Championship title.

RugbyWA would like to congratulate all participants who took part and in particular ARKs Rugby Club for hosting the finals event.

With the season finished for 2020 the development for our younger girls continues with the RugbyWA Under 14s Development Player Program.

All girls that will represent U14 in 2021 have been invited by the club representatives to attend, for any more information about the program please contact Sian Freeman at sian.freeman@rugbywa.com.au.

RugbyWA would like to congratulate all the girls who were involved in this year’s junior program and we urge players to stay put next year with big things coming in the 2021 Junior Girl’s program.