THERE is little doubt girls junior rugby union is a sport that is on the increase in popularity.
The season has seen the Kempsey Cannonbells, Hastings Valley Helgas and Port Macquarie Pirates play round robins each week with the under-16 girls also having a few interzone matches with teams from the Coffs Harbour Crusaders.
The season has three more Friday night games after the school holidays with the finals happening on August 9.
The girls games have become a crowd favourite on a Friday night with the referees commenting on the improvement and mature skills set all the girls bring each week.
Notably, Port Pirates under-16 girls have been unbeaten the entire season and are all looking forward to being able to participate in rugby for a long time yet.
This season with the inclusion of the junior girls in both the Hastings and Coffs regions, it is now possible for the first time in Mid North Coast history for girls to play Rugby Union.
They start at kids' ages and progress all the way to seniors which has opened up many doors and avenues for representative and state opportunities also.
If it was not for the backing of the Friday night rugby platforms these girls would not have had this opportunity.
The competition has grown from last years development series.
The Port Pirates Junior Girls celebrated NAIDOC week last Friday when they wore their Indigenous round jerseys.
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