Rugby Union Juniors from as far as the Southern Highlands, Riverina, Illawarra and A.C.T. will hit the paddock in Tathra this weekend, as the A.C.T. Brumbies present South Coast 7s.
It's a full weekend of Rugby 7s actions with junior players, boys and girls, aged 13-18 taking part. Tathra-based Far South Coast Falcons girls' teams will be showing off the speed and skill that makes them two of the most challenging teams in all the competitions they enter.
This year the Falcons have recruited boys too, just for this and the following, Rugby 7s gala days in Canberra. Falcons players come from Bega, Tathra, Narooma, Pambula, Cooma and beyond.
The South Coast 7s action begins with the girls from 11am on Saturday 23 February at Tathra Beach Country Club, through to around 5pm. The boys kick off at 11am on Sunday 24 February.
Falcons secretary, Kate Howarth said, "It's one of the few times the Falcons get to play on hometurf and we are really hoping the locals come to support our club. Our girls have done the hard yards, thousands of kilometres of travel and hours of training, all for the love of Rugby. I know they'd love to show off their passion to their friends and families," she said.
"Being able to let the boys have a run at home is great too, as there is no local competition for them to strut their Rugby skills," she said.
"Rugby Union is tough, there is no doubt about it, but it also one of the most nurturing and family-oriented environments. Players make friends for life in their own teams and from the teams they play. It opens doors all over the world," she continued.
Due to ACT Rugby bylaws, the Falcons are required to have a co-homeground in Cooma to enable them to participate in the ACT & Southern NSW Rugby Girls 10s. This co-hosting situation has been made possible by the co-operation of the Cooma Rugby Union Football Club and has resulted in the birth of the Red Falcons - meaning that Rugby Union is now available to girls across a larger section of our region.
To add pressure to the Falcons girls this weekend, the A.C.T. Brumbies staff will be in Tathra on Friday evening running trials to pick just a handful of girls to become part of the very first Far South Coast Rugby Academy.
This has been in the pipeline for quite some time and the Brumbies will be facilitating this program in order to unearth Girls aged 14 – 18 who’re deemed to have potential to transition into the Brumbies Pathway, Australian Youth & AON Rugby 7’s squads.
Any girl from any sport is welcome to try out, some of the world's best Rugby players have come from a different sport altogether. For more information contact Lachlan Creighton, Rugby Development Officer, South Coast Monaro Ph 0407 720 386.
The U17 Falcons have developed an close relationship with their Wests Lionesses sisters from the A.C.T. This weekend will see these two mighty teams meet up once again at South Coast 7s in Tathra.
Rugby Union is not for the faint-hearted. Falcon Eleni Ives of Narooma dodges and weaves her way through Canberra's Radford. Falcons won the ACT Girls Rugby 10s competition in 2018 and are currently recruiting 12-18 year old girls for 2019.
Far South Coast Falcons have developed a healthy and friendly rivalry with Batemans Bay, the Falcons are looking forward to meeting them again this weekend in Tathra.
She may be small, but she is mighty. Falcon Indi Dyball from Cooma puts on another of her trademark crashing tackles on a Batemans Bay player at the Brumbies' Super 7s Series in late 2018.
Falcons Sisilia Ragatu of Bega is a strong and formidable player who is simply a joy to watch. Catch her at South Coast 7s in Tathra on Saturday 23 February.