Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Polly Playle is the first to admit she started playing rugby as a way out of getting out of class, but now the passion runs deep in her family.
The 34-year-old’s three children and husband play rugby and she is helping to ignite the passion in junior girl’s rugby for Central Bay of Plenty Rugby.
She has started an all-girl’s Under-10 side and has up to 70 girls enrolled to play a junior girl’s 10-a-side tackle competition which kicks-off next Monday (June 10).
As a child growing up in Edgecumbe, Playle was heavily involved in sport.
“I was pretty full on when I was young, and I had a core group of friends and we played hockey. Girl’s rugby was played on a Wednesday and it meant we could get out of class to go play rugby.”
In 2004, Playle attended Edgecumbe College and she had the perfect attributes for the halfback position, blessed with natural speed and short in stature. She wasn’t afraid to dart around the scrum causing havoc for the opposition.
Fast forward to the latest round of the Toi Ohomai Baywide Women’s Rugby, and the proud Whakarewarewa halfback is looking forward to getting back on the field after a four-week forced layoff due to pneumonia.
It won’t be an easy comeback for Playle and her team, who are travelling to Rangataua’s fortress to take on a side stacked with Black Ferns. But the idea doesn’t faze Playle in the slightest. In fact, she’s relishing the upcoming match.
“Rangataua are a good side and have been playing some really good rugby. Our season has been a little up and down but we have some good experience in our side and we will look to push them hard.”
Whaka take on Rangataua at Te Ariki Park at 1pm this Sunday.
In the other match of the round; Rotoiti host Mount Maunganui at Emery Park, Waimana have won by default over Matata and Rangiuru have the bye.
All three games kick off at 1pm.
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