DEDICATED: The Dalby Devils Under 14 girls side at the beginning of the season.
DEDICATED: The Dalby Devils Under 14 girls side at the beginning of the season. Contributed

Last chance to watch Devils' girls in action

RUGBY LEAGUE: Tonight, Friday August 16 will be the last chance for the community to rally behind the girls' teams, as they host their final home game of 2019.

The Devils under-14 girls' team will take on Highfields in one of their last games before the finals series but unfortunately, the U17 side has a bye.

Dalby Devils president Tim Hart said for the debut year of competition, the girls hadn't played for points and instead would attend a gala day to determine their standings for the finals series in a few weeks.

"Most of the season has been getting a feel for the competition and how it all works and playing on a weekly basis,” Hart said.

"It's about getting into the grind of a competition first up and they'll expand on that come the final series and then next year there'll be a full blown competition with points.”

Starting the season with little to no experience playing league, Hart said he has seen improvement in the girls each week and was impressed by their commitment.

"We've been really happy with the efforts the girls have shown, they've always been showing up in good numbers at training and, on game days, to show they are keen to play the sport,” he said.

"I think the coaches of both our girls' teams have done an excellent job.”

As the season progressed, the girls had also drawn in more players, an important aspect to ensuring the competition continued.

Hart said it was due partly to the exposure of playing to a home crowd that encouraged more to join up.

"When the competition started, both the U14 and U17 girls were very lean, in regards to player numbers, but as the season had progressed there's been more girls get involved and become active,” he said.

"The club gets to host various games so the local girls can watch their peers and see if it's something they enjoy and they put their hands up and participate in the games as well some of them... the whole competition has been like that.”

He said the games had also been important in raising the profile of women's league nationwide in making it more accessible.

"With the NRL women's league kicking off again for the second year, I think it's important for our girls to keep building on participation rates, it helps with the game and what can happen with the sport so I think it's important we continue to highlight the girls efforts as well as the boys.”

The Devils U9s will face the U10s as a curtain raiser before the girls play tonight.

The U14 girls will play at the Dalby Leagues Club Friday August 16 from 6.30pm.


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