Victorian women’s team ready to peak on big stage

The senior Victorian women’s team are ready to peak on the big stage this weekend at the Affiliate States Championships in Adelaide according to coach Ali Tuai.

The squad who have been training together since April will head to South Australia full of confidence that they can win the competition for the first time.

The Women’s division of the Championships is in just its third year with Western Australia being crowned champions the past two years.

The Victorians have shown gradual improvement in the Championships winning one game in 2015 and having one win and a draw in 2016. Performances against champions Western Australia have also improved with a competitive 24-10 loss in 2016 a stark difference to the 34-4 drubbing in 2015.

Coach Ali Tuai was not at all fussed about past results given the many new faces now involved in the team.

“Out of the 20 girls we’re taking probably only about 5 were there last year”

“There’s a whole lot of new ones and we’ve tried to pick our team including some young girls,” he said.

And the improvement the girls have shown since beginning training at the increased level has been something that’s impressed the first year Victorian coach.

“The way they’ve been training has been great and they’ve all really developed”

“Some of the young girls are now even telling some of the older more experienced ones what they’re actually doing wrong, and that’s a good thing” he added.

One of the main challenges for the Victorian team coming into the campaign was having the whole team ready to adjust to 13-a-side Rugby League given a large contingent of the squad plays in the 9-a-side competition but Tuai was glowing of the girls ability to adapt.

“They have all completely bought in to the program and what we want to do and achieve,” he said.

“We’ve got some good speed, we’ve got strong runners, got awesome tacklers. So now it’s just about putting all their strengths together so that they can play well on the day”

And should the Victorians play well they will be every chance to claim the states first Women’s Affiliated States Championship.

The Championships will begin this Friday the 23rd of June at Portland Football Club in Port Adelaide.

 

SQUAD:

Playing No

Name

Club

1

Jamie Te Pania

Truganina Rabbitohs

2

Airana Lautasi

Northern Thunder

3

Ngahuia Blair

Altona Roosters

4

Jean-Shannel Schmidt

Doveton Steelers

5

Janetta Vaioletama

Truganina Rabbitohs

6

Lydia Quedlley

Altona Roosters

7

Te Aroha Hapuku

Truganina Rabbitohs

8

Michaela Maunsell

Truganina Rabbitohs

9

Katrina Edwards

Truganina Rabbitohs

10

Willow Rowland

Truganina Rabbitohs

11

Patrice Mareikere

Altona Roosters

12

Ashlee Hika

Altona Roosters

13

Shahana Te Tomo

Casey Warriors

14

Fuatino Saluoto

Northern Thunder

15

Raylene Grant

Truganina Rabbitohs

16

Tiana Kani

Werribee Bears

17

Oneata Schwalger

South Eastern Titans

18

Tofamamao Tupai

Casey Warriors

19

Caroline Tongia

Truganina Rabbitohs

20

Melenaite Sofele

Truganina Rabbitohs

Coach

Ali Tuai

NRL Victoria

Asst Coach

Arana Taepa

Casey Warriors

Head Trainer

Len Mason

NRL Victoria

Manager

Peter Hill

Truganina Rabbitohs




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