St Mary's College's Charlie Howard makes a dive for the ball.
St Mary's College's Charlie Howard makes a dive for the ball. Robyne Cuerel

Girls get to ‘strut’ their stuff for Qld selection

WIDE Bay development officer Andrew Beattie believes the Fraser Coast is primed to produce some quality rugby sevens girls talent and is confident Queensland schoolgirls under-18 rugby coach Tim Murray will agree.

Invited by the Fraser Coast Mariners Rugby Union Club, Murray will host a two-hour skills clinic at the rugby fields at Urangan's Walkers Rd on Thursday where he will put the region's best rugby girls through their paces.

Beattie said Murray was passionate about developing schoolgirl talent and would be using the trip to identify players capable of representing Queensland.

"Tim has been an excellent coach for a number of years and what's encouraging is he understands a lot of girls are now playing seven-a-side girls and knows we have a lot of girls here having a go," he said.

"It's a chance for him to judge us against the teams he has been coaching and where we stand in the scheme of things.

"I think we're right up there, but this will be a litmus test for us in terms of where we stand in Queensland rugby under-18 level and I think we are likely to impress."

The Fraser Coast's girls' rugby program will go to a new level when up to four local school teams and a Mariners U18 side compete in the Stingrays Schoolgirls Sevens Carnival in Caloundra on July 22.

It's the first time the region has been represented in a tournament of this kind and forms part of the Queensland Schoolgirls' selection process.

Thursday free skills clinic starts at 4pm and is open to any girl who aspires to play rugby.



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