Women keen to play rugby

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

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_ 16@hot­mail.co.uk.

Com­mit­ted: From left, Amy Vis­valingam, Nancy Kena and Jordan Te’o are mo­ti­vated to get a Tawa women’s rugby side go­ing this sea­son.

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