Seagulls fly into womens footy
TERESA Williams wishes she could turn back the clock.
She’d love nothing better than to pull on red and green jersey and tackle playing a game of rugby league for her beloved Hervey Bay Seagulls.
Unfortunately for Williams, she reckons her dream will never become a reality as she says she’s just a bit too old to get a run in a new team Seagulls hopes to field next year.
Bundaberg Rugby League officials are keen to get a women’s competition up and running next season and Seagulls are keen to pick up the idea and run with it.
Seagulls already have men’s teams in action in the Bundaberg competition and Williams, the club secretary, would love to see a women’s team follow suit.
Williams believes starting a women’s competition and having a team from Hervey Bay play in it can only be good for the game.
“Heaps of women love football – I’ve seen them at games and I know that they would love to have a crack at playing it themselves,” Williams said.
“The trouble is that there has been nowhere for them to do it until now.
“There are also those girls who played the game as juniors but had to stop playing it when they were 12 and then find another sport to play.
“I am sure they will come back and play and we’ve also got plenty of other girls that should be keen to have a go as most schools now play it as one of their sports.
“This new league is an exciting prospect for sure and it’s one we as a club would love to be a part of.
“I really believe the game of rugby league can only get stronger in the area if we are able to start this new women’s competition.”
As for herself, Williams said she just wishes this chance for women had been around 10 years ago.
“I know from playing a game a few years ago in a fund raising event that I found it to be an exciting game to play,” Williams, whose been involved at Seagulls since she was a child and whose husband, father, uncles, brothers, cousins and nephews have all played for the club, said.
“I also discovered that there were women who could tackle just as hard as some of the fellas,” she laughed.
“I’d love to have a go but I reckon I’d be asking for a spell on the bench after a couple of minutes.”
Anyone interested in joining Seagulls, in either the women’s or men’s teams, should go along to the club function at the Torquay Hotel at 11am today.