Friday, July 13, 2018
This weekend the Baywide Premier Women’s play-offs are set to kick off. Top of the table teams Rangataua and Rangiuru will head straight through to the semi-final play-offs with Rotorua hosting this weekend’s quarter finals.
Whakarewarewa v Rotoiti:
Whakarewarewa will host Rotoiti at Puarenga Park on Sunday. It is expected supporters will flock to support this local derby and the teams’ will rise to the occasion.
Whakarewarewa coach Ron James said his players were excited to be playing in the quarter finals and proud how far they had come this season.
“Against Rotoiti I want to see the team improve on our structure and control. We also want to really get our set piece humming, that’s going to be the big one if we do progress through to the semi-finals. Rangiuru and Rangataua will be quite hard and if we go through we want to have some momentum.”
Last time Whakarewarewa played Rotoiti they came away with a 33-10 victory and James expected his side to be even stronger this time around.
“We’ve got a few girls playing on Sunday who weren’t there last time we played Rotoiti, so I think we’ll be a little bit stronger in that aspect. I think the big thing we learned last time was how to shift the ball. We’ve got natural, big, strong ball carriers and they’re starting to realise where the space is now.
“We’ve continued training through the bye week and the week off we had as well, we’re looking pretty good. The players need to realise this is a final and we need to pay Rotoiti their dues – they’re not just coming here to make up the numbers,” he said.
Rotoiti captain Polly Playle said their team will be focusing on their preparation first and foremost this weekend making sure they are prepared both physically and mentally.
“To go out there and mainly concentrate on our structures. We have changed up our positions a little bit, to offer a bit more go forward in the backs. Stick to our structures and maintain possession.
“We have been doing a quite a bit of mental preparation before the game, try to keep the same preparation going through for each game. At the start we didn’t do that, we didn’t really concentrate at all on our preparation going into the game. But now we are more prepared going into the game and been on top of our mental game.”
Rotoiti are looking to make the most of the opportunity to be apart in this weekend’s quarter final.
“We are all really excited to just see how far each of us has come since we first started. We didn’t really think we were going to be in this position at the start of the season,” said Playle.
Playle concluded, “It is cool to come out and battle against a local club, especially it being Whakarewarewa. Our team are super excited and stoked to be in the position we are in. We hopefully do the best we can, stick to our game plan and game structures and see how far that takes us. I know we will do well, but it just depends on how well we can keep it up through the whole 80 minutes.”
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Sunday 15 July
Whakarewarewa v Rotoiti at Puarenga Park
Waikite v Waimana at Bellvue Road