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Ladies night has the Scorpions encouraged; RUGBY LEAGUE.

SOUTH Wales Scorpions launched their ladies team with the first ever taster training session in Treforest.

Thirteen ladies, enough to form a team if needed, were taught the basics of rugby league by club captain Neil Dallimore and top try scorer Steve Parry, while strength and conditioning coach Dean Fouache tested their fitness.

A wide range of talent attended the historic taster session with some ladies having played rugby league before, some regulars of the 15-a-side game while some were new to any form of rugby.

Dallimore was honoured to help take the session and believes that there is a lot of promise in the first batch of players.

"It's good to see other people in South Wales taking an interest in playing Rugby League," he said. "It's great to see so many girls here and hopefully we can get a few more here to the next session and progress from there.

"There were some who had some really good skills, you could tell that they've played rugby before. For some it was their first time but they showed a lot of promise. It was good to see."

Parry, who has also coached University of Glamorgan and founded Treharris Phoenix, was teaching the new starters how to play the ball and many other skills. He too was impressed by the standard and enthusiasm of the trialists.

"It was a good session," he said. "It was a nice little turnout especially as it was only the first one. Obviously more or less all of them are new to rugby league so it took them a little while to click on to the basics of the game, but once they started getting it, they were looking quite sharp.

"It was great to see 13 down here to start with but I imagine that there will be more and more especially when word gets round. Wales is a rugby place so I'm sure we'll get a side easily and be competitive."

Louise Tyson, who along with Rebecca Whiteley, organised the session and she was delighted with the good turnout, saying that there were many ladies who were unable to make this first session but are keen for the future.

"I thought it was really good and productive," she said. "It was nice to meet the girls and see how much experience they have. I was pleasantly surprised by the level of talent we have here today."

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 18, 2012
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