Our road to nationals.
Both Women’s and U18 girls had five months of preparation which included training on field every Tuesday & Thursday, the odd Gym & video session, Recovery in ice baths & spa baths. And having games against each other.
For the U18 girls our first game was a tough one coming up against the 2013 and now 2015 champions NSW Blue, unfortunately with a lot of nerves we lost it. Coming into our second game against QLD White we had more confidence to bring our talent to the field as a team. We were up in the first half but as the second half came QLD came out firing.
With only having two more games for the day we felt like we had a lot more to prove out there! So we came out hungry for a win and played our own game and came out with a clean win against both Victoria & National Indigenous. Day 2, we won against South Australia to play in the Plate final against NSW White.
Everyone in our team played their absolute hearts out for each other especially our two girls who were injured and couldn’t play, and it showed out on field coming home with a win and plate. Overall, this tournament was an awesome learning experience and I encourage more U18 year old girls in W.A to play Rugby! A special mention to Cheyelle Robins-Reti for being selected in the Australian Youth 7’s Squad, if Cheyelle is successful she will play in the Commonwealth Games in Samoa early September.
For our Woman’s side, our first game was up against ASRU, we got off to a slow start and they capitalized on our mistakes beating us 17-0. Our next game was against Victoria who we beat 17-5. Our last game of day 1 was against ACT, who we also played first up in the quater finals on the Saturday. Both games we fought hard but unfortunately came off second best in both games. We then moved to tha plate semi finals and played National Indigenous, we beat them and faced off against Australia Uni in the plate final. Our girls played hard and strong to the end and we came away with the win bringing home the plate. Trilleen Pomare, Sharnah Komene, Naomi Kara, Anneka Taia, Taya Antonievic and also Te Mahia Parker (who unfortunately got injured a few weeks before nationals and was unable to play) would like to thank the club for all your support during our road to nationals. We are proud DIVAs and always represent Wanneroo with pride.
Our road to nationals.