Women’s team is right up her al­ley

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

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.

Pic­ture: WAIKATO TIMES.

SE­LECTED: Chelsea Al­ley re­cently found out that she has made the Auck­land Women’s NPC team.

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