Women’s team is right up her alley
Tokoroa athlete Chelsea Alley has been named in the Auckland Women’s NPC team and at 18 is the youngest in the squad.
Alley said she found out about her selection two weeks ago and would now play alongside some of the best players in the country.
‘‘It’s great coming from schoolgirls’ rugby into real women’s rugby.
‘‘There are so many Black Ferns in the team and I have already learnt heaps.
‘‘It’s much tougher than I thought it would be and I’ve never had to work this hard to be in a rugby team.
‘‘ I have always just showed up and played,’’ she said.
She admitted a lot of hard work had been done.
‘‘I made the team from playing for Waikato University, coached by Liam Meesam, in the Auckland com- petition. I’m very lucky I had the opportunity to play in the Waikato University team as there hasn’t been a women’s rugby team in the Waikato for years now and this is the first year back,’’ she said.
Alley said she wasn’t initially selected because the coach hadn’t come to watch any of their games.
‘‘After the squad had been training and trialling for a few weeks, I was then named in the final squad without trialling or anything.
‘‘Which came as a shock as I wasn’t expecting it.’’
Alley trains twice a week in Auckland and will travel to Manawatu this week for the start of the competition.
She is studying towards a bachelor of sport and exercise science at Wintec (Waikato Institute of Technology) in Hamilton.
SELECTED: Chelsea Alley recently found out that she has made the Auckland Women’s NPC team.