Friends hit the rugby field

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‘‘The girls are the big buzz in the club at the mo­ment.’’

For the first time in over 20 years, a women’s rugby team has taken the field for Pare­mata Plim­mer­ton Rugby Club.

The two-decade-long hia­tus was bro­ken by a group of Aotea Col­lege girls, de­ter­mined to stick to­gether, team mem­ber Eve Sia­nia said.

‘‘We didn’t re­ally know the sig­nif­i­cance of be­ing the first team in that time it was just about be­ing a brand new team.

‘‘I didn’t re­ally know the his­tory so didn’t feel any ex­tra pres­sure or ex­pec­ta­tion.’’

De­spite the lack of pres­sure the women won their first game 41 - 3 against Tawa which de­lighted the prop/blind­side flanker.

‘‘I had to sit out most of the game be­cause of an in­jury but you could see our girls start­ing to gel. I was so proud.’’

No stranger to the rugby field, Sia­nia first started play­ing the sport dur­ing her school lunch times.

‘‘All our friends would get to­gether and play it at pri­mary school and I just thought I would keep giv­ing it a go.

‘‘I was play­ing hockey at the time but ended up drop­ping it for rugby.’’

Play­ing with friends was the best way to get used to the rough and tum­ble of the rugby field, she said.

‘‘I got knocked around do­ing it with my best friends so you get used to be­ing tack­led that way.’’

Coach Find­lay Sia­nia said friend­ship was what made the team a force to be reck­oned with on the field.

‘‘I was coach­ing the Aotea Col­lege women’s team and the girls were leav­ing col­lege and wanted to stay to­gether.’’

They had the op­tion of join­ing the long-es­tab­lished Norths club but liked the idea of start­ing a fresh team, he said.

‘‘Hav­ing both Norths and ParePlim now shows the huge depth of tal­ent Porirua City has in the rugby pool for women’s teams.

‘‘The girls are the big buzz in the club at the mo­ment and their sup­port team shows that.

‘‘Tala Misky and I share the coach­ing and they have a medic, a strap­per, a tech­ni­cal ad­vi­sor and a per­sonal trainer.

‘‘It’s more than the men have.’’

CREDIT: TUNA TALAMAIVAO

Pare­mata Plim­mer­ton women’s team de­fend­ing, from left, Sa Tal­i­ulu, Liana Seiuli, Mema Aliva, Sa­van­nah Pe­ni­ata, Teana Aliva and Tyra Misky.

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