Following their round one forfeit to Wagga Brothers and low registration numbers, there were fears held by the Gundagai Tigers that they would not field a women’s league tag side in 2022.
After a bye in round two, the club has attracted some new signings, and coach Jack Elphick said Gundagai will take on the Tumut Blues at Twickenham on Sunday.
“Since the forfeit, we have had an extra three girls join the team,” Elphick said.
“We only had 11 registered at about round one, but the Groovin’ the Moo was on in Canberra that same weekend, and a few girls were going there and that is what basically stopped us fielding a team.”
“We have 14 now and hopefully we can field a team for the rest of the season. If we don’t get any injuries and stuff like that, we should be right.”
Elphick, who also plays first-grade for the Tigers, believes fielding a league tag team is important for Gundagai, especially after the club could not field an under 16s team in 2022 due to numbers.
“I think it is very important, especially with numbers and the club,” Elphick said.
“Being such a strong club, if we only had three grades, it would have put a massive dampener on things, especially after going from five grades heading for finals last year.”
Elphick was under no illusions and expected it to be a tough season for the girls, but he said his side needed to stick the year out, if not for them, but for the future generations of league tag girls coming through the Gundagai-Adelong Tigers junior system.
“It’s about mainly keeping the team around, and even the girls that weren’t so keen, we need to keep them playing and show the girls coming through that there will always be a team here to play for,” Elphick said.
Gundagai take on arch-rivals Tumut at Twickenham on Sunday, and will come up against the likes of Monique Bullock and Emma Patterson, who both previously wore the Black and Gold colours.
“It would be a tough pill to swallow if they get beat by Tumut, but it will be a good challenge to start with and to see where we are sitting and what we need to improve on,” Elphick said.
For players wanting to get involved with the Gundagai Tigers league tag side, it is not too late, and readers can contact the club on Facebook or turn up to training at Stan Crowe Oval on Tuesdays at 5.30pm.