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Friday, April 16, 2010

The world's youngest girls' rugby team?

Start 'em young - that is clearly what they think in Australia. Its probably why they are so good at sport.

So meet the latest bid by the Aussies for world domination - Georgia Biddle (4), Jasmine Corrie (5), Ellyn Conley (3), Tia Eady (3), Jade Brennan (6), Emily O'Donnell (5), and Jessica Scott from Dee Why Lions Under 6 all-girl rugby team - probably the youngest female rugby team in the world.

Otherwise known as the Lions' "Pink Squad" they play in the Warringah-Manly junior mini rugby competition - a 22-team competition based in North Sydney (Dee Why is the unlikely name  of a suburb about five miles north of the city centre). The team wasn't planned as a girls-only side, but it seems that so many girls wanted to join in with their brothers that it came into being almost by chance. The full story is here.

No information is given about how successful they are, but being Australians they do seem to take it pretty seriously (there is already competition for places in the team) - and they look pretty unbeatable on the "Ahhh..." factor. As for the future, perhaps the only thing standing between these girls and gold medals at the 2028 Olympics may be that Rugby League is a bigger draw in their area - so there is hope for everyone else yet!


  1. Kirstie O'Donnell12:58 AM

    Hi John. Thanks for your comments about our U6 Pink team. I am the manager of the team, and my daughter Emily is one of the players. Although we have been lucky to be able to have an all girls team, it did not happen by chance. We had a bit recruitment drive in my daughter's local primary school so that Emily could play with some friends. We are hoping to draw some more into the team. We had our first game on Saturday and the girls won against Collaroy 6 tries to 5. Keep checking the Manly Daily for updates throughout the season. Go the DY Lions U6 Pinks !!

  2. Anonymous3:14 PM

    Wow - under 6s playing a game. Boys or girls in the UK we'd be strung up for that.
    Well done you for the recruitment drive, here's hoping they have a long and very successful career in rugby!

  3. Anonymous6:27 PM

    Just one word - AWESOME.


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