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Game on .. Under-11 players from Temuka and Harlequins play their first match in the U11 girls' rugby competition.

by Greta Yeoman

South Canterbury’s under-11 girls’ rugby teams have made their match debut.

Players from Timaru South came under the Harlequins banner for the match, playing against Temuka’s under-11 girls’ team in the May 23 evening game.

Another team from Pleasant Point joined in the training part of the evening events, South Canterbury Rugby women’s rugby development officer Caro Rhodes said.

Teams from Waimataitai and Waimate were also set to be part of the competition and training in the coming weeks, she said.

Waimate already had an under-11 team that was training separately on Saturdays and the competition would be held at the Waimate grounds some time, so they could join in, Ms Rhodes said.

She said individual young players or schools or teams with girls under 11 who were interested in playing were welcome to get in touch and they could try get them into a team.

“We’re not a closed group.”

While the first match last Wednesday, which was won by Temuka, was held at Timaru’s Alpine Energy Stadium, the teams had played in Temuka yesterday, and would play in Waimate, Ms Rhodes said.

“[We will] spread the games around.”

She hoped that the term-long training and competition would grow interest for next year’s season, which included plans to establish an under-13 girls’ tournament in the district.

“Hopefully, next year will add a bit more momentum.”