Womens Rugby : Aspiring League at Canal Park

Women’s rugby section booming!

Today, Sunday 11th December, saw Highland Women host the latest round of the Aspiring League, when we welcomed players from Moray RFC, Ross Sutherland RFC, Huntly RFC, Mackie RFC, Turriff RFC, and Stornoway.

So,  what is the Aspiring League?

Coach Brian Crush explains,

“While Highland have had girls rugby at the club for several years, we were frustrated that we didn’t have a pathway that would allow the girls to keep playing rugby at the club once they became seniors, that’s 18 or older.  The SRU gave us an avenue by creating the Aspiring League. It was a way for clubs that had just newly started, or were keen to develop the women’s game.

Rather than the commitment level of playing week-in, week-out we play one fixture a month at the moment. The format is that everybody is invited, and if there are enough players we will make sides of 15, if not we play teams sized to suit the numbers attending.

As it has progressed, certainly from a Highland point of view, we have got the numbers, we started with single figure numbers back in the summer and the response has been fantastic to the point where we were able to list 31 players in two teams for todays event.

It has been very positive and worked really well for us.”

There was glorious sunshine – but the low temperatures that accompanied it didn’t deter a good number of hardy souls who came along to the club to give their support to all the players taking the field.  

We hope to have a lot more photos of the day from Peter Paul of CaleyJags.com who was on hand during the event. Keep an eye out on social media for those.

You can now view photographs from yesterdays fantastic event here,


In the meantime if you fancy giving womens rugby a try, no pun intended, come along to our Women’s training sessions which are on Mondays & Wednesdays from 7:00 – 8:30pm. Absolutely no prior experience needed.  


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