4 May, 2022
Classic Wallabies out West
Last month, a few Gilgandra locals played rugby union against the classic Wallabies and Wallaroos, at the Classic Wallabies out West event in Coonamble.
Consisting of ex-Wallaroo and ex-
Wallabies players, the teams versed the
Western Plains Women, and the Western
Caitlynn King from Gilgandra was on
the Western Plains Women team, and
said she had a lot of fun, despite being
“It was the first game of the year,
because all our trainings kept getting
cancelled, either washed out or COVID.
So we hadn’t had a training run, and I
didn’t know anyone,” said Miss King.
Miss King plays for the Flamin’
Galah’s Gular rugby union touch team,
and has played union before.
“I played at school, and in my gap
year I played in Dubbo, but it’s been a little
while. We were all asked if there were
people that were keen, so I put my hand
“I had no idea what I was in for at all.
Once I got out there and got the first
tackle out of the way then I was right. It
was so much fun,” said Miss King.
Contact rugby isn’t easily accessible
to women past Dubbo, so Miss King was
ecstatic with the opportunity to play.
“It is good for the girls in this area,
these sorts of opportunities aren’t present.
If I want to play contact, I have to
go to Dubbo which is alright for me, but
girls in Bourke and Brewarrina, their
closest is still Dubbo. That’s so far away.
There’s nothing for the girls – yet,” she
But Miss King believes that days like
these gives female union players the
chance to give contact ago, so the need
for more competitions can be addressed.
“It’s starting to get momentum now,
and I don’t think it’ll be long that there
will be a contact competition out this
way,” said Miss King.
The Classic Wallaroos were great to
play against, said Miss King, despite
being difficult to pull down.
“They were so nice, and so helpful.
They weren’t out there to smash us, they
were out there to help the girls get into
the game and they wanted them to enjoy
it,” said Miss King.
“But they were proper rugby players. It took three of us to pull down one of them. When they walked out on the field we all went, oh my.” T
he Western Plains Women lost to
the Classic Wallaroos by a try.
“No one was really keeping score, it
was just for the charity day. But I did
hear that we only lost by a try which was
really good though, for a group of girls
that were just pulled together and met literally
on the field. We did really well
The teams are set to play again
a few more times throughout the year.
Locals Grant Zell, Will Bowman,
Mark Colwell and Curtis O’Connor were
also chosen as part of the day’s play.
The event was in aid of the Coonamble and District Education Foundation.