Girls just want to have footy clinic fun

Girls are turning out in their droves for the first girls-only school holidays footy clinics run by Harvey Norman Community Warriors.

More than 100 girls aged from five years old to 13 years old attended the hugely successful first clinic held at Mount Smart Stadium on Wednesday. They came from as far north as Whangarei and from as far south as Rotorua. 

There’ll be another big turnout of 60-plus girls when the club takes its footy clinic concept on the road for an event in Rotorua on Friday. 

Helping to run the Auckland clinic were seven players from the inaugural Warriors NRL women’s premiership side – Alice Vailea, Langi Veainu, Shontelle Woodman, Louisa Gago, Tanika-Jazz Noble-Bell, Va’anessa Molia-Fraser and Vodafone Warriors community co-ordinator Georgia Hale.

Layla Tuala-Glassie (6) from the Ponsonby Ponies, Keira Rhind (10) from East Coast Bay Barracudas, Nuveia Morgan-Te Uira (12) and Charlotte Lilo (11), both from Papatoetoe Panthers, and Skye Hawkins (9) from East Coast Bay Barracudas all picked up prizes for being our most valuable players of the day.

The day consisted of skills and drills, rugby league games, gym competitions, wrestling, team activities and a prizegiving to recognise everyone who attended.

All-girls footy clinics are being built into the club’s school holidays programmes from now on ensuring there will be ample opportunities for girls to be involved.