Kangaroos tackle a new challenge

Boggabri and District Rugby League Football Club fields its first ladies tackle team

Back, assistant Matt Avendano, Clare Mead, Jamilah Kidd, Amanda Smith, Toni Gale, Brielle Wales, Zoe Tomlinson, Molly Dawson, coach Jason Kemp, front, Lauren Clarke, Tenayah Woodwood, Cloe Davis, Ashlee Haire and Courtney-Grace Coggan. Photos - Sue Haire

A major milestone was reached for the Boggabri and District Rugby League Football Club on Saturday when the club fielded its first women’s tackle rugby league team.

Five teams competed on day one of the Group Four Rugby League women’s tackle competition at Chillingworth Oval, Tamworth.

Joining Boggabri were two South West Robins teams, as well as Gunnedah and a combined Wee Waa/Bendemeer outfit.

Boggabri’s team on the day consisted of a mixture of the club’s league tag players, as well as players from outside the club including several rugby sevens players.

The club’s league tag ladies were all lining up for their first games of tackle footy.

The Boggabri Kangaroos’ side played two games on the day.

In its first game, the third of the five on the day, it defeated Wee Waa/Bendemeer 16-8.

In its second game, the fifth of the day, Boggabri drew 8-all with South West Robins Two.

Boggabri and District Rugby League Football Club president Greg Haire said that he was impressed with the ladies’ performances.

“They all went pretty good,” Haire said.

“It was the first game for [the Boggabri] girls , but we had a few in there too that play rugby and they were pretty handy.”

Haire said that the difference between league tag and tackle footy was obvious, but that the Boggabri ladies stepped up to the challenge brilliantly.