Greenbank Raiders to side under 15s girls team

Greenbank Raiders are looking forward to a competitive rugby league season with a difference, the girls will be taking to the field.

The Raiders have registered an under 15s girls rugby league team to play in a nine-a-side competition.

More female players have taken an interest in playing for the club after seeing success with an under 17s side last year.

Female players are only allowed to play in junior mixed rugby league until the age of 12.

Womens coach John Mahoney said fostering growth was a main aim for the under 15s side.

“We like to give the girls the opportunity to play,” he said.

“It’s a fantastic sport for them to be involved in.

“These girls can do anything that the boys can do.”

Mahoney said the Greenbank side will play teams from Gold Coast, Brisbane and Ipswich.

“Last year there were 12 girls teams in the competition,” he said.

“We have a lot of new girls coming in, so 95 per cent of them haven't played before.

“We do have the hope that we will be competitive by the end of the season.”

Mahoney said this was a positive direction for the club.

“We are growing the club by opening up this team,” he said.

“Hopefully these girls will stay on and we can side competitive 17s or 19s sides.

“Once they get out there and get tackled and run the ball they really enjoy the game – and they’ll still come back to training.”