Rolleston rugby rolls on

by Kent Caddick

At the start of the season the Rolleston Under 9 girl’s rugby team couldn’t wait to get their hands on the ball, now they’re getting their hands on the opposition.

The team, which started the season playing non-tackle ripper rugby, is part of a growing number of junior teams under the care of the Rolleston Rugby Football Club which this season welcomed six new teams to the club.

Among those new teams are two new girls’ sides, an Under 9 Pink side and a combined Rolleston and Waihora team, made up of six girls from the Rolleston club and four from fellow Ellesmere Rugby Sub Union club, the Tai Tapu-based Waihora, which will also play in the Under 9 grade.

The Under 9 Pink team started the season playing ripper rugby, in which players ‘rip’ off tags worn by opposition players rather than tackle them.

However, two weeks into the season the team was upgraded to a ‘tackle’ side meaning the girls could really get to grips with their opposition.

Team manager Julie Hobbs said at the start of the season the Under 9 girls started out as a ‘quick rip,’ team.

“However, after a two-week trial in the tackle competition, ripper rugby soon became very boring to them.

“They were keen as mustard to get stuck in, literally boots and all, and play tackle, not only against other girls but the majority of their games being against boys.”

Four of the Under 9 team were part of last year’s Under 7 team which this season is unearthing more girl power.

Rolleston RFC now has 32 junior and senior teams making it one of the fastest growing clubs in Selwyn.