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Bay of Plenty Volcanix named to face Tasman

Friday, September 22, 2017
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Bay of Plenty Volcanix Kaiako Matua (Head Coach) Brendon Webby has selected a familiar side for round four of the Farah Palmer Cup (FPC). Making only two changes to the side that was impressive against North Harbour last week the team will build on quality connections across the field. As the curtain raiser for the Bay of Plenty Steamers at the Tauranga Domain this weekend, the Volcanix take on new hoariri (opponent) Tasman Makos Women for the first time in the FPC.

Securing her spot in the starting line-up last week, Whakarewarewa’s Julie Lewis joins an unchanged forward pack for Sunday’s Game. Nga Pou mua (forwards) are a proven pack with the Volcanix front row leading the score line charge in the last three games (Connor 5, Williams 2).

Tania-Rose Raharuhi, of Whakarewarewa, earns her first start in the number 12 jersey off the back of three solid performances as a substitute player. Shaye Whareaorere moves to the bench where she will be waiting for her opportunity to inject herself into the game as a utility back. Nadine Stone will look to make her 2017 season debut off the bench. In her Blazer Game Autumn-Rain Stephens will use speed, agility and experience as the highest capped Pou muri (back) to finish the teams try scoring efforts on the wing.

Webby is encouraging the community to come out and support the ladies at the Tauranga Domain this weekend. “We hope to see plenty of family and friends come out to see the ladies on Sunday. They have been working hard and we are pleased to be proudly representing the Bay of Plenty”

The side will be donning their club socks in acknowledgement and appreciation of the support they have received from their respective clubs.

Adding to the excitement of the game, where the Volcanix will look to win their 3rd game in succession, there will be a few extra special visitors cheering on the teams. Members of the World Cup Winning Black Ferns team and the Black Ferns 7’s team will be in attendance throughout the day, along with Womens World Cup Trophy, affectionately called “Nancy” since its return to New Zealand. The trophy will be available to members of the public for a selfie in the Whanau zone before being presented to Heritage Day guests and Sponsors.

Bay of Plenty Volcanix:
1. Luka Connor (22) – Waikite
2. Julie Lewis (6) – Whakarewarewa
3. Ereti Williams (13) – Rangiuru
4. Kaci James (21) – Whakarewarewa – Co-Captain
5. Julia Buescher (3) – Rangataua
6. Christie Yule (9) – Rangiuru – Co-Captain
7. Kendra Reynolds (15) – Rangiuru
8. Sequoia Autumn Te Aonui (3) – Waikite
9. Jade Tuilaepa (2) – Rangataua
10. Ora Williams(3) – Rotoiti
11. Sapphire Tapsell (10) – Rangiuru
12. Tania-Rose Raharuhi (3) – Whakarewarewa
13. Aryahn Clarke (6) – Rangiuru
14. Autumn-Rain Stephens-Daly (14)* – Waikite
15. Crystal Mayes(3)

Reserves:
16. Lily Florence (9) – Whakarewarewa
17. Christine Corbett (2) – Whakarewarewa
18. Amanda Aldridge (2) – Rangiuru
19. Makayla Daysh (4) – Rangataua
20. Shaye Whareaorere (8) – Rangiuru
21. Nadine Stone (3) – Whakarewarewa
22. Zaan Scott (3) – Rangataua

Game Details:
Sunday 24 September
Tauranga Domain, Tauranga
Kick off 12.05pm

() Denotes number of games
* Denotes Blazer game

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