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2019 Bay of Plenty Volcanix Squad Announcement

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
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Volcanix captain Christie Yule says she is excited with the balance of experience and youth that has been selected for this year’s Farah Palmer Cup.

“It’s probably evenly balanced this year, which is good, and the youth certainly provides a lot of passion and enthusiasm that keeps the more experienced players younger.”

The 27-year-old says, players like; Jade Una Tuilaepa, Sapphire Tapsell, Kelsie Wills and Layla Te Riini will be names to keep a close eye on this season.

“There are some really good young girls coming through with such skill and game-reading ability, that I can’t wait to get out on the field with them.”

Black Ferns captain, Les Elder has been named in the Volcanix squad, but with the openside flanker suffering an injury at the weekend, Yule says she will look to her experienced players such as Kendra Reynolds, Baye Jacob, Janina Khan, Natalie Delamere and Renee Wickliffe to help lead the younger players through the season.

Volcanix head coach Rodney Gibbs, used a pre-season match against Hawke’s Bay at the weekend, to give his players a taste of what to expect for their season opener against Counties Manukau, at Tauranga Domain, on August 31, at 2.35pm.

“The hit-out was really important, playing three 30-minute halves was awesome. Most players got 60-minutes under their belt. It gave them some real solid game time. I think we made some progress, but we’ve still got plenty to do.”
 
2019 Bay of Plenty Volcanix squad:
Amanda Aldridge (Rangiuru)     
Luka Connor (Rangataua)
Christine Corbett (Whakarewarewa)
Natalie Delamere (Rangiuru)     
Les Elder (Rangataua) - Co-Captain
Karli Faneva (Mount Maunganui Sports)
Tynealle Fitzgerald (Rangiuru)
Nadia Flavell (Whakarewarewa)
Lily Florence (Whakarewarewa)
Baye Jacob (Rangiuru)
Janina Khan (Whakarewarewa) 
Tracey Lemon (Rangataua)
Azalleyah Maaka (Rangataua)   
Mystery McLean Kora (Rangiuru)            
Sela Moataane (Rangiuru)
Anahera Mohi (Rangiuru            
Angel Mulu (Rangiuru   
Danielle Paenga (Melville)
Tania-Rose Raharuhi (Whakarewarewa)
Kendra Reynolds (Rangiuru)
Olivia Richardson (Rangataua)
Autumn-Rain Stephens Daly (Whakarewarewa)
Sapphire Tapsell (Rangiuru)
Arorangi Tauranga (Mount Maunganui Sports)  
Layla Te Riini (Rangiuru)
Jade Tuilaepa (Rangataua)
Natalie  Walford (Whakarewarewa)
Renee Wickliffe (Rangataua)
Kelsie Wills (Mount Maunganui Sports)
Christie Yule (Rangiuru) - Co-Captain

2019 Bay of Plenty Volcanix Management:
Head Coach: Rodney Gibbs
Assistant Coaches: Tanerau Latimer & Matt Wallis
Manager: Gareth Duncan
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach: Slade King
Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach: Loretta Hogg
Physio: Anna Ness
Analyst: Kiki Tahere

2019 Bay of Plenty Volcanix Schedule:
Week 1 vs Counties Manukau at Tauranga Domain, Tauranga - Saturday 31 August, 2.30pm
Week 2 vs Wellington at Jerry Collins Stadium, Porirua - Saturday 7 September, 1.00pm
Week 3 vs Auckland at Rugby Park, Whakatane - Saturday 14 September, 2.30pm
Week 4 vs Waikato at FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton - Saturday 21 September, 12.35pm
Week 5 BYE
Week 6 vs Manawatu at Tauranga Domain, Tauranga - Saturday 5 October, 12.35pm
Week 7 vs Canterbury at Orangetheory Stadium, Canterbury - Sunday 13 October, 2.05pm
Quarter Final Saturday 12 October
Semi Final Saturday 19 October
Final Saturday 26 October

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