Feel­ing fit for 2017 Farah Palmer Cup sea­son

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - REXINE HAWES

‘‘We have a team made up of younger and newer girls.’’

Af­ter sus­tain­ing an in­jury last year Michelle Mon­tague is ex­cited to be once again rep­re­sent­ing Waikato in womens rugby.

The Hamil­ton Old Boys rugby club player, who works in the fam­ily busi­ness Vik­ing Kayaks in Mata­mata, was re­cently se­lected to play for Waikato.

For the last year, the for­ward has been re­cov­er­ing from a frac­tured fibula, sus­tained dur­ing a tackle in a game against Manawatu.

‘‘Com­ing off in­juries from a sport is al­ways hard but it didn’t seem to mat­ter.

‘‘I felt fit enough and strong enough at that stage of the sea­son.

‘‘I still get nig­gles so I will see physio when I can.’’

Mon­tague says judg­ing by the se­lec­tions for the team, it will be an ex­cit­ing sea­son ahead in the Farah Palmer Cup.

‘‘We have a team made up of younger and newer girls.

‘‘It’s ex­cit­ing, that means we have hope­fully got them for a num­ber of years and we have a strong de­vel­op­ing team.

‘‘We have a good amount of girls in the World Cup which starts in a week, so we are train­ing with­out them.

‘‘We are get­ting every­one up to speed, game play wise.

‘‘So hope­fully when they re­turn we will all be in sync.

The first game for Waikato will be on Septem­ber 1, against Tas­man, in the South Is­land.

LAWRENCE GULLERY

Michelle Mon­tague dur­ing a trial match for the Waikato women’s rugby team held at Bed­ford Park, July 23.

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