Women keen to play rugby
Tawa rugby is on a high right now and the likelihood of a women’s team is being welcomed with open arms.
In the wake of the success of the premier men’s team, who won the Swindale Shield and Jubilee Cup in emphatic fashion last season, Nancy Kena said it was time to strike while the iron was hot.
‘‘We watched the boys do so well last year, there’s such a great feeling around the club. I was talking with my sisters and cousins and we thought ‘ we could form a team’. I called Dave Banks here at the club and he was stoked. It started as a joke and now it’s turned into this.’’
‘‘ This’’ is getting 25 players along to a training last week. Although Kena herself is recovering from an Achilles injury, the early signs in terms of numbers are good, but more are needed.
Getting 25 bodies to training is one thing but having these numbers commit to weekly sessions twice a week and Saturday matches is another, Kena said. Jobs, families and other commitments ultimately play a part.
‘‘We need people to be serious about it, because we want to do this properly,’’ Kena said.
‘‘A lot of people have put their hand up but putting in the time can be hard. We just want people who are thinking about it to know this is a way of socialising, getting fit and being part of a great club.’’
Tawa RFC club captain Allan Davidson said it was fantastic a women’s team was potentially forming and they would be given all the support possible.
Kena said a manager was on board but they are still on the lookout for a full-time coach. They have given themselves a deadline of three more weeks to register as a team.
If they commit, they will join MSP-Poneke, Northern United, Oriental- Rongotai, Avalon, Old Boys- University and Wainuiomata in the women’s competition.
Trainings are on Monday and Thursday evenings. Anyone interested can contact Nancy Kena on 0211 591 818 or nancy_ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Committed: From left, Amy Visvalingam, Nancy Kena and Jordan Te’o are motivated to get a Tawa women’s rugby side going this season.