‘Sevens will kill us’: Cowra skipper hopes changes benefit everyone

DON'T GO TO SEVENS: Cowra's Michelle Munro after her side's grand final.
DON'T GO TO SEVENS: Cowra's Michelle Munro after her side's grand final.

Michelle Munro has been involved in women’s rugby in the central west for two decades.

So when asked what the changes to the structure of rugby union in the region will potentially mean for the game she loves, for women in the central west, Munro, the Cowra Eagles skipper, is as blunt as the back of a kitchen knife.

“I hate the changes,” she fires, rugby sevens identified as the preferred structure for women’s competitions in the region moving forward.

Outgoing Central West Rugby Union chief executive officer Peter Veenstra cited the success of sevens rugby in the GrainCorp Cup south competition at the press conference announcing the changes.

“Sevens will kill the game, as far as we’re concerned. We’d much prefer it to go to a 12s comp,” Munro added, speaking after her side’s grand final loss to Bathurst on Saturday.

“We played 10s (in the grand final), but these 10-minute halves are crap.

“We traveled to Mudgee during the year and we played for 20 minutes. It took us three-and-a-half hours to get there. It’s a seven-hour trip for 20 minutes.

“We played nine games and the Bulldogs played 12. It’s been a bit unorganised and a little disappointing that way.”

Orange Emus, Orange City, Mudgee Wombats, Bathurst and Cowra fielded women’s sides in this season’s Blowes Clothing Cup competition.