Hunter Junior Rugby Union girls summer sevens competition launchesphotos

New sevens comp kicks off AWAY: Southern Beaches’ Rhian Baxter makes a break during Friday’s opening round of the Hunter Junior Rugby Union girls summer sevens competition at Ernie Calland Oval. Picture: Marina Neil
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TweetFacebook Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union girls competitionPictures by Marina NeilSevens rugby has ventured into new territory acrossthe Hunter with an all-girls junior competition launching on Friday.

Event organiser Will Scully said the short-term program would not only encourage participation, but also helpprovide a direct pathway from regionalareas to the world stage.

“We’re lucky enough to have Hannah Southwell involved, so the girls can see there’s a legitimate pathway,” Scully said.“She’s a Youth Commonwealth Games gold medallist, having represented , her state and region at both senior and junior levels.”

Scully said there was a mix of experienced and novice players in the Hunter Junior Rugby Union girls summersevens, which is supported by the Hawthorne Club.

“The more experienced girls are taking onmore of a leadership role,” he said.

Wanderers, Merewether, Hamilton, Easts, Southern Beaches, Nelson Bay and Maitland are theclubs involved. There areunder-15 and under-17 divisions.

Action moves to Tomaree this Friday, Walters Park next and then Marcellin Park on March 9 before a finals series at No.2 Sportsground. Games from 6:30pm.

*COUNTRYRugby League will on Tuesday announce new-look under-16 and under-18 representative competitions to take place this year over seven weeks.

Several of the 11 participating teams have already formed partnerships with NRL clubs.

* MONTANA Monk will turn her attention to the n Junior Athletics Championships in Sydney next month after an impressive state carnival.

The Macquarie Hunter Little Athletics Club member claimed the 14-year girls 1500 metres title last weekend as well as collecting silver in the 800m and 400m events.

* NELSON Bay were the region’s best at the weekend’s NSW Junior State Cup in Port Macquarie, finishing runner-up in the under-16 girls Toohey Cup.

The Neptunes narrowly went down3-2 against the Wagga Wagga Vipers in Sunday’s touch football final.

* NEWCASTLE will have seven hockey representatives at next month’s Under-18 n Championships in Tasmania.

Eamon Smith, Ky Willott, Angus Abbo, Josh Magann and Sebastian Rollings were named across the two NSW men’s squads while Teyjah Abell and Phoebe Bloink-Hollier were picked in the women’s blue team.

Nationals take place in Launceston from March 13 to 21.

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