Wolfpack wild over new girls’ team

Girls may be made of sugar and spice and everything nice. They may wear pink fingernail polish and refuse to leave the house without mascara on. And heaven forbid if they can’t text their BFF night and day. But in the world of rugby these sweet, sometimes innocent, young ladies also have to have their leather boots with aluminum cleats and the desire to sweat, get dirty and use physical force to bring the opponent down.
The Warrenton Wolfpack Youth Rugby Club has acknowledged that girls are certainly not the weaker sex by creating a U17 girls’ team and embracing five young ladies who have been training their hearts out to play a sport they are just starting to learn.
“Having a girls’ team can only help the Wolfpack. It’s a great opportunity,” said Coach Greg Hicks. “There is certainly no reason why girls can’t play rugby. People are looking for something new in this area. This game can be very physical – that’s the draw.”
This contact sport attracted Stephanie Plunkett, 15, who will be attending Culpeper County High School in the fall, along with Taylor Middle School students Jennie Kovalik, 11, Josie Murphy, 12, Sarah Jane Harrison, 11, and Mary Beth Harrison, 12, who are becoming close friends as well as teammates. After a couple months of training, the girls discovered at their first home game, June 15 that they have the support of parents, coaches, friends and brothers who also play on the U15 and U17 boys’ teams.
The Wolfpackettes lost to Fort Hunt, 53-15, but you wouldn’t have guessed that by watching the crowd. Even the Kovalik dog, Munson, was barking cheers every time Jennie made one of her three tries. And the boys on the sidelines gave the girls tips as well as good-natured ribbing like close families do.
“At first my brother (Tyler) was worried I’d get hurt,” said Jennie. “But he passes the ball around with me now. I grew up with these boys. At first I was nervous but now I feel like one of them.”
Warrenton is still learning but progressing fast as evident in Saturday’s game. Fort Hunt dominated the scoring but in the second half the Wolfpack girls showed they weren’t giving up by scoring three tries to the delight of the crowd.
“I was a little nervous at first,” said Plunkett. “But once I got out there it was refreshing to actually play a game. I learned to look for weak spots.”
The girls welcome new players from Warrenton as well as areas outside the county. The Wolfpack will travel to Alexandria to take on Fort Hunt and Fairfax Police Youth Rugby, July 9. For more information on team registration contact the Wolfpack office at 540-359-6043 or visit warrentonwolfpackrugby.com.

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I am the Media Writer and Photographer for the Warrenton Wolfpack Rugby Club. I have experience as a journalist, photographer and editor; publishing in newspapers such as the Culpeper Times, Culpeper Star Exponent, News & Messenger, and Fauquier Times.