PINK, PROUD & POWERFUL (FROM THE DAILY TELEGRAPH)
Parramatta City Titans junior rugby league club under-6 girls' team is powerful, proud and pink
THEY are known as pink power, and this all-girls rugby league team is teaching the boys a thing or two about playing football.
Even their adoring fathers were surprised when the youngsters began running in tries in the Under-6 mixed competition last year.
While they are officially part of the Parramatta City Titans junior rugby league club, the girls prefer to be known as "pink power" because it's their team catchcry and also the colour of their jerseys.
Titans coaching co-ordinator Andrew Maroun - whose daughter Caitlin is in the team - said rough tackles and lifting are not part of the junior league.
Rugby league had 126,025 registered junior players last year, making up 7988 teams in 1300 junior clubs. More players were registered in the six-12 age group than ever, and female players is the fastest growing area of the game.
Dad John Siitia, 31, said he had been surprised by pink power's performance: "Sometimes I've got to get people to hold me back, but it's fun watching them play."
Girls can play in mixed competitions until they turn 12.