Combined Affiliated States v Cook Islands Women’s Match
With the 2017 Rugby League Women’s World Cup quickly approaching, teams are preparing with warm-up matches against some of the best teams in the country.
Cook Islands are just one of these teams looking for match fitness and to test some team strategies this weekend against the Combined Affiliates State team. The CAS team was selected from performances at the Combined Affiliated States Championships held in Adelaide this past June where Victoria won all 3 games.
With standout performances across the board, Victoria have eight girls representing the CAS side, while also having one selected in the current squad of the Cook Islands. Blair was the latest addition to the team line-up, capping off an incredible year domestically after her Player of the Year award.
This is a great opportunity for the girls to play against a highly ranked opponent in the lead-up to a main event.
NRL Victoria player, Jayne Kareroa [Doveton Steelers] has been selected to play for Cook Islands in this warm up match.
The Victorian girls in the CAS team are:
- Jamie Te Pania (Truganina Rabbitohs)
- Te Aroha Hapuka (Truganina Rabbitohs)
- Katrina Edwards (Truganina Rabbitohs)
- Oneata Schwalger (South Eastern Titans)
- Lydia Quedley (Altona Roosters)
- Shahana Te Tomo (Casey Warriors)
- Ngahuia Blair (Altona Roosters)
- Willow Rowland (Truganina Rabbitohs)
The CAS Women’s Coaching staff also have a Victorian flavour with Ali Tuai (Head Coach), Arana Taepa (Assistant Coach), Peter Hill (Manager) and Luke Suraci (S & C) all from Victoria.
The game is being held on Saturday 14th October at Ringrose Park, Wentworthville (Sydney) kicking off at 4:00pm.