Doha’s women rugby players are currently preparing to take on ‘UAE South’ in a cross border 15s competition starting in March. The 15’s comes after a stamina sapping six 7s tournaments this season, one finals and the Dubai 7s plus training twice a week and it’s amazing they have any strength left.
Doha Rugby club makes strong bonds with its teams and with over 40 women contributing to the squad effort this season (an impressive number for just one club) the Oryx finished top of the West Asia Rugby CBC Women’s 7s B league and came 4th in the Final Cup competition.
They were one of the few clubs to enter 2 teams into every tournament this season as well as a development Gazzelles team in their home tournament in Qatar.
Similar to other teams in the Gulf Qatar’s players are a mixture of experience and first timers with Tracy Corby having played for England Students; Hollie Blenman and Lana Kulas both playing in England and Amy Guerin in Ireland. The majority of players, some teachers, some accountants, interior designers or paramedics, are however are all new to rugby, or have come from a Touch background and Doha Rugby’s success in forging teams from these players is a testament to the clubs character and solidarity.
Team captains this season have been for the Oryx – Lana Kulas, for Trojans – Rebecca Holmes and Ana Rodrigues for the Gazelles.
The teams now all combine to play a series of 15’s matches, again in a cross border format against teams in the UAE. Oryx Captain Lana Kulas says “it’s a great opportunity to play a different type of rugby. It’s also good for the three Doha teams to play together. 15s is slowly developing for the Ladies across the Gulf and Qatar are also becoming more competitive in that format”.
Doha RFC Women train on Sundays from 6pm and Tuesdays from 5.30pm and new players always welcome!
Photograph courtesy of Geriant Jones