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On a mission to build women’s game

Carterton and Featherston women’s rugby teams in action. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

RUGBY

CHRIS COGDALE
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Carterton women’s rugby are looking for players for a tri-series in Palmerston North.

Carterton and Featherston contested the first senior women’s rugby match played in Wairarapa-Bush for several years in April.

Carterton won that match 59-0 and now they’re looking at sending a team under the Wairarapa-Bush banner to play against the best from Manawatu on June 8.

Organiser Monique Kloeg said the team would play two 40-minute halves against club sides from Kia Toa [Massey], Feilding Old Boys, and Whanganui.

“We have about 17 players confirmed but we’re looking for more players and we need backs.

“They need to be 16 and over and if they’re under 18, the girls need to get a medical clearance to play.”

Kloeg said new players were encouraged to turn up for training and give it a go on Monday nights.

While the Manawatu event was the immediate focus, the aim was to develop a Wairarapa competition.

“I’ve been to the Council of Clubs to try and get something going. Marist have shown some keenness and Featherston are interested.”

She was trying to put together several options to get clubs involved.

“Clubs could work together and have a joint team, or we could work around North, South, Town, or Country teams.

“We could also start with the 10s game until numbers are built.”

Kloeg said they would looking to send a team to this year’s Central Region Sevens.

In the meantime, a Wairarapa-Bush secondary schoolgirls’ competition is being played from 3.30pm to 4.30pm on Fridays at Memorial Park.

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