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Game on . Players from Temuka and Harlequins, pictured during their first match, were among four teams playing in the under-11 girls' rugby tournament. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Greta Yeoman

The under-11 girls rugby teams have wrapped up a successful first season.

The final match of the term was held on July 4.

South Canterbury Rugby women’s rugby development officer Caro Rhodes said while the season had run for the whole term, the teams had probably played about six Wednesday evenings due to bad weather.

“The girls loved it.”

The weekly competition had started off with four teams from across the district coached by Pete Divan, Ms Rhodes said.

“[He has put] a lot of time into it.”

Timaru South School pupils played as Harlequins, Celtic was represented by Waimataitai School pupils, and Temuka and Pleasant Point also had teams.

However, due to the commitments of several young players, there was a combined Celtic and Harlequins team by the end of the term, Ms Rhodes said.

“A lot of them play netball and for the boys teams, too.”

She said they had also gained a handful of young players from St Joseph’s Timaru by the end of the season.

Waimate’s under-11 team had tried to join but had found the travel time difficult. Ms Rhodes was hopeful they would join the tournament in the future.

“Next year, hopefully.”

She also planned to start an under-13 girls grade next year as well.

Ms Rhodes said she had been pleased to see the girls progress, going from playing quite individually to working well as a team.

“By the end of the season they were calling [commands] and passing the ball to each other.”