Central West Rugby Union’s new rugby sevens northern competition kicked off in Dubbo last Friday night with plenty of lightning on display, both on and off the field.
The Rhinos, Mudgee, Coolah and Narromine all fielded teams on the night, but the last game of the night was called off due to thunder storms.
Dubbo Rhinos president Ian Burns the competition got off to a great start and should be a huge success.
“The idea behind the competition was to keep growing women’s rugby and keep the momentum that we gained during the 2018 season going,” he said.
“Sevens is a quick format of the game and we saw some very skilful girls on the park along with a few new players who have not played before, they had a go and it was good to see.
“The round-robin format had every team playing two games on the night and everyone liked the pace of the games, the friendliness of all the sides, and there was a lot of good rugby played.
“That’s the goal of this competition, it’s more about enjoying the game and participating and the more serious comps will happen in the winter.”
Burns said the Rhinos played well but had mixed fortunes on the night.
“Our girls lost their first game to Mudgee who had a couple of lightning fast girls who got on the edges of us and outran us,” he said
“They set up their game well in the centre of the field and managed to run around our girls.
“Our girls learnt a bit from the first game after not playing for a couple of months and in our second game, we played a lot better.
“We got a good result in the second game with a 12-all draw, but overall it was good to see the girls playing a high standard of rugby and having fun. This Friday we are off to Narromine, it’s great we’re growing the sport in small towns.
“If anyone is interested in playing, they should contact the Rhinos and we’ll be happy to find for a spot for you.”