STRONG: Jemma Lee does not take a step backwards as she tackles an opponent in a recent game.
STRONG: Jemma Lee does not take a step backwards as she tackles an opponent in a recent game. Leeroy Todd

GympieWomen's rugby union shows no sign of slowing

RUGBY UNION: Navigating the untested waters of women's rugby union in Gympie was always going to be a risky mission.

But for Hammers captain Bec Briggs, there was never a doubt the gold city could move with the national sporting landscape and make a go of women's rugby.

Fresh from their 17-17 draw against the top of the table Maroochydore at the weekend, Hammers half-back and captain Briggs says the shine has not worn off her side's stellar start to the season.

"Each week we are improving,” Briggs

said.

"The more we play and train together the better we are getting.

"The girls are getting hungrier every game we play.

"They are getting more and more excited and their confidence is lifting every game.

"They get disappointed if training gets cancelled for whatever reason which has meant that we have gathered momentum throughout the year.

Playing in the Sunshine Coast women's tens competition, Briggs said the Hammers women receive numerous requests a month from sides all over Queensland trying to organise a game.

"The women's game is definitely expanding,” Briggs told The Gympie Times.

"There are already five teams on the Sunshine Coast alone.

"It is not about winning or losing.

"We have some players who are mothers that simply look forward to playing,” she said.

The Hammers face Sunshine Coast powerhouse club University on Saturday at Sippy Downs.

Gympie Times


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