Brumbies Women ready for historic Super W season

Brumbies Women ready for historic Super W season

Women’s rugby in the ACT got a massive boost late last year with the announcement that a national women’s competition would be launched in 2018. 

The Brumbies Women’s team will be included in the new ‘Super W’ tournament, with sides from around Australia making up the rest of the five participants. 

Now, with the March 3 kick-off firmly in the sights of the Brumbies Women’s team, preparation for the competition is heating up in the capital, literally. 

With some sessions for the squad being run in forty-degree heat, Head Coach Tony Doherty has been extremely pleased with his team’s desire. 

“We’ve had great attitude and commitment to training from all the players,” Doherty said. 

“With the heat and having to have some of the girls travel from out of town, it’s great to see such a positive atmosphere in the group.”

The Brisbane Tens was the perfect opportunity for the Brumbies to showcase their improvement, winning one of their three pool games. Despite a mixed bag of results, the determination shown by the players, as well as an obvious appetite to excel in defence, should instil a sense of confidence in the side moving forward.

The Brumbies Women’s will now look ahead to a trial match in Albury against the Rebels Women in which the coaching staff will endeavour to put the finishing touches to the squad before the historic clash with Queensland at GIO Stadium in March. 

The Super W competition is one of many moves Rugby Australia has made to promote the women’s game recently. The tournament coming after the successful first season of the AON University Sevens Series that was held from August to September 2017.

Rugby Australia also intends to bid for the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup, which if successful, would see the twelve best Rugby nations descend on Aussie soil to fight for the global crown. 

Outgoing Rugby Australia CEO, Bill Pulver said in December, “For a young girl picking up a Rugby ball for the first-time next season, she will now have a clear and accessible pathway to represent her country through the Buildcorp Wallaroos and Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens team. 

“The Super W will allow our Women’s XVs players the opportunity to play in a high-quality competition, fully entrenched within the professional programs at each state giving them access to elite Coaching and High-Performance facilities. This will make the Buildcorp Wallaroos a significantly stronger outfit moving forward. 

“The pathway is now complete in both with the Aon University Sevens Series and the Super W working in tandem to provide elite opportunities for players in both formats of the game.” 

“Bidding for the Women’s Rugby World Cup I hope signifies to the community how serious we are about making Rugby a game for all and growing female participation. If we are successful with our bid, it will have an immediate and significant impact on Women’s Rugby.” 

“The Australian Rugby community has been incredibly proud of the growth of the Women’s Game in recent times and I know that this crucial competition is going to supercharge this growth in future years.” 

Here’s hoping the next great Wallaroo will be seen in Super W this year, wearing the colours of the Brumbies Women’s team.  

 

SQUAD

 

Forwards:

Emerena AVIGA

Brittney-Lee BEDFORD

Kate BROWN

Louise BURROWS

Skye CHURCHILL

Peta COX

Harriet ELLEMAN

Charlene GUBB

Jess HOWARD

Anna KOROVATA

Michaela LEONARD

Irene MACARTHUR

Shellie MILWARD

Georgia O’NEILL

Tayla STANFORD

Merrin STARR

Violeta TUPUOLA

Backs:

Tania AFAMASAGA

Izzy ATKINSON-SMITH

Kiahan BELL-CHAMBERS

Courtney FRANKL

Jane GARRAWAY

Ash KARA

Paremo MARSH

Kiara MEREDITH-BROWN

Michelle PERRY

Darcy READ

Cecelia SMITH

Talei WILSON

Remi WILTON

 

MANAGEMENT

Head Coach: Tony DOHERTY

Assistant Coach: Adam FAHEY

Manager: Julia LECKEY

Strength & Conditioning: Jovi ONG

Physiotherapist: Gemma THOMPSON

 

FIXTURES

March

11 – Bye

17 – Reds (H); GIO Stadium, 17:00

24 – Waratahs (A); Warringah Park, 15:00

30 – Rebels (A); AAMI stadium, 17:00

April

7 – Western Force (H); GIO Stadium, 17:00

20/21/22 – Finals



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