The combined junior girls teams of the Far South Coast Falcons Rugby Union and Cooma Red Devils Rugby Union, the Red Falcons, have made it through to the grand finals in the ACT & Southern SNW Girls Rugby 10s competition. The U14s and U16s teams will take the country to the city on Saturday when they face up against Tuggeranong Vikings and Radford respectively at Viking Park in Erindale in Canberra.
For many of these girls, hailing from Bega, Tathra, Narooma, Pambula, Cooma, Bredbo, Jindabyne and beyond, it's been a long journey - most of it spent on the road - often travelling 650km or more weekly to participate in the sport they love.
Last week they traveled to Canberra and took down Royals and Wests - two clubs with a long history. Whilst the rivalry is fierce, the friendships are real, and each weekend these girls are forming bonds with players from all over ACT and the southern region.
Under 14s Red Falcons coach, Steve Howarth of Bega says, "I have been proud of every game these girls have played, but nothing matches the way I felt last weekend, watching them dig deep and beat Royals 39-12 in the semi finals, cementing their rightful place at Viking Park next weekend."
The Grand Final will be an exhibition of exciting girls Rugby with all teams having strengths and weaknesses to be tested and exploited.
"After a thrilling come from behind 29 points to 20 win against Wests RUFC in the sudden death semi-final last weekend, the Under 16 Red Falcons take on Canberra’s inform and new kids on the block - Radford College," Red Falcons manager and under 16s coach Scott Harris said.
"Radford have proven to be an exciting team this season who score points very quickly through great passing and express pace out wide. The Red Falcons will need to start well, maintain their composure while controlling possession when in attack," Mr Harris continued.
Club secretary Kate Howarth said "Due to geographical rule changes by the ACT & SNW JRU, our Far South Coast girls would not have been able to play in this competition without the backing of the Cooma Red Devils.
“We really appreciate them coming on board when we needed them, helping us grow our numbers and supporting the girls throughout the year. The community support all up and down the coast and throughout the Monaro has been amazing, we can't thank people enough for getting behind the Falcons and showing these young women that anything is possible."
The Grand Final is at Viking Park in Erindale with the U14s kicking off at 11.10 and the U16s at midday. Further information on the Red Falcons at www.fscfalconsrugby.com.au