Women’s rugby league is one of the fastest-growing sports in NZ, powered by Warriors’ success – and it could be the next big thing at Raiders Club in Stanmore Bay.
Pushing it along is junior club captain Seth Gleeson. He says the time is right for a senior women’s team because there is so much talent here – including women who play tag for the club at national level and want an outlet in winter.
He says Raiders tried to get a women’s team off the ground around 15 years ago, but it didn’t fly.
This time, with several members of the tag team on board, there is a guaranteed 13 players, including Danielle Lowrie, daughter of league coach and former Kiwi player Jason Lowrie. More are needed in the squad to ensure a starting team every week (see below for details).
The women are coached by the club’s tag nationals coach, Takangaroa (TK) Davison, who is excited by their potential. “Some of them have never played contact sport before, although several have transferable skills from tag,” he says.
Seth says Raiders is keen to offer more opportunities to female players. “We believe we have an Under 18 girls team secured to represent our club this year too, and will look to open up younger girls’ teams over the next few years.”
Women’s players wanted
A squad of 20-23 senior women is needed to ensure there is a starting team every week and Seth asks that any women over 17 years old with base fitness contact him on 021 665 3331 or firstname.lastname@example.org Training is underway, the season is expected to start in late April and games are played on Sundays.