FIRST TEAM: Wallabys’ first women’s team will take the park this year, with Andrew Butler and Kristal Johnston the first coaches of the side.
FIRST TEAM: Wallabys’ first women’s team will take the park this year, with Andrew Butler and Kristal Johnston the first coaches of the side. Jake Jones

Wallabys prepare to build serious team

WALLABYS Rugby League Club's first-ever women's team launches its 2015 campaign today and is hoping to welcome new faces to come aboard for the ride.

Having had much interest already from those eager to join what promises to be a historic journey, coach Kristal Johnston wants more players to experience the thrill of rugby league.

Unable to play this year while she recovers from a non-rugby league-related injury, Johnston is shouting from the rooftops what the sport has to offer.

"I have played a lot of sports in the past and I have never had as much fun," she said.

"I have never been injured and it is a great way to meet friends."

Already the club has had interest from 19 players, some of whom have been training on Tuesday nights at 6.15pm at Albion Park.

Johnston believes anyone starting back at basics can find a place in the Wallabys team, even if they are not sure of playing right now.

"If they are not confident in playing, give it a go at training to start with," she said.

There is plenty of time to get used to the sport and environment too. The season is not scheduled to start until mid-April.

Johnston and other teams are still trying to organise the structure of competition.

That doesn't stop her goals being set high, no matter what team steps onto the park.

"We want to win a premiership, I think we have the skills," she said.

"The girls are really keen to learn.

"We have been training for about four weeks and it has been really positive.

"Come down, even just for a run around."