Well, our Girls 7s team can never get enough of their beloved AAMI Park turf in Melbourne as they again took to the field at half time, this time for the Wallabies v Fiji test match. They were kindly invited by the ARU & VRU to play Viva 7s rugby to showcase the VRU Viva 7s program that they participate in on Sunday afternoons at Anderson Park. They made us all very proud as they put all of their hard work at training into action on a beautiful Saturday afternoon of test match rugby. Some of the Viva 7s girls and Racing Rugby Club girls lined up against our own Kiwi Hawthorn team to compete in front of over 13,000 spectators and they received a magnificent reception from those in the stands.
Our girls, representing Kiwi Hawthorn were Bella, Poppy, Lola, Amelia, Alice, Sunday, Mia, Claire, Holly, Stella, Arielle & Pascale.
The day started with the teams being led through the underground precinct of the stadium where players, referees and media hang out. Before the test match kicked off, the teams took to the field for a curtain raiser game which was a great warm up for the half-time action.
The test match got underway between Australia and Fiji and our girls were given front row seats as special guests! This was an opportunity for them to gain some valuable close-up attacking and defensive tips from the big guns! Clearly they were paying attention as we saw them unleash a few new combinations and great running lines at half-time…
So while the Wallabies and Fiji had their half-time breather it was time for our girls to line up in the tunnel and run onto the pitch and then, it was all about the girls!!!
These girls have played less than a handful of rugby games together, but from watching them and hearing the feedback from many fans in the stands, their running, passing, stepping and chasing suggests that the girl’s game is well and truly “on the map” in Victoria.
Our Girls 7s teams continue to give us fantastic entertainment on the pitch. Their skills continue to develop, as do their friendships and they bring a great deal of fun and enjoyment to the game. As observed by a rugby blogger on the Rugby website , the Girls Viva 7s at half time was a lot of fun, and also noticed “the winger doing cartwheels on the sideline”…… now you don’t get that at every test match!
A huge thank you to the ARU and VRU for this opportunity and also to the families and friends that support the girl’s rugby.
For anyone wishing to come along and join in the action at our Kiwi Hawthorn Junior Rugby program for girls and boys, please do not hesitate to contact our Junior’s Coordinator, Mark Russell on 0417 509 570.
See you all at 11.30am on Saturday at our home ground for the next game against the Racing Rugby girls..