WOMEN’S RUGBY

The Women’s team have a proud history in the premier women’s competition, the Lindroth Cup. They have been top of the ladder for over ten years in Melbourne, winning multiple XV’s premierships and 7’s competitions.

The team alumni have notable names in women’s rugby with a rich history behind them. Wallaroo Oneata Schwalger founded the team, and since then, they have had international capped players come through the ranks. These include Ashley Marsters (Australia), Corrine Grant (Scotland), Michelle Johansson (Sweden) and Georgia Cormick (Australia). Additionally, head coach of the Super W Melbourne Rebels Alana Thomas coached the most recent premiership-winning team.

Over the past few years the team has been rebuilding and rapidly developing. In 2021 four Melbourne Unicorns debuted in the Melbourne Rebels squad. In addition, 14 Melbourne Unicorns were nominated to train to represent in the State Team. The Unicorns Team Manager was also appointed as the State Team Manager.

The Melbourne Unicorn Women’s team have survived two extended COVID-19 lockdowns, retaining most players due to the culture within the group. They have a strong ethos around respect, friendship and dedication to ensure players get the best out of belonging to the Club.

The team offers opportunities for player development and pathways towards playing at a State and National levels and encourage personal development. Players are supported with further education to ensure the athletes have a balanced lifestyle outside of rugby and offer assistance for players to reach their professional goals. There are also opportunities for players to transition into coaching at the end of their playing careers, thus making women in rugby stronger in Victoria.

The Unicorns will be led by Head Coach, David Marshall. He is a highly experienced coach with a wealth of knowledge. Originally from NSW, David has coached various teams to winning premierships. His strategic approach will see that new players will gain a valuable learning experience and development, and experienced players can maximise and intensify their skillset.

Players of all experience levels, those considering playing rugby, or volunteers are welcome to join a training session. The coaching staff are experienced and dedicated to growing the Women’s game here in Victoria.

During the season (March-August), the team has training sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Orrong Romanis Reserve alongside the Men’s teams. Games are on Saturdays and rotate around rugby grounds throughout Melbourne.

Visit the Melbourne Unicorns Women’s Instagram and Facebook page for details on training and social events during the season.

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