Friday, October 4, 2019
Volcanix coach Rodney Gibbs says he’ll know by 2pm Saturday if having a week off affected his team for their clash against Manawatu.
Gibbs’ side got their first win of the Farah Palmer Cup season, narrowly beating Waikato 26-21, two weeks ago. The coach says, it’s a 50/50 call whether last week’s bye will benefit or hinder their progress.
“It’s hard to say whether it’s hurt us or not. We had built quite nicely up to our win over Waikato. We had a couple of reasonably close losses and then that win. It would have been nice to keep a little bit of momentum.
“But on the other hand, we are at the point of the season where we have a couple of little niggles. So, it’s good to have the break. I’ll know more on Saturday afternoon, whether it’s been good or not.”
What the coach is happy about is how his team has stayed focused and hungry for their clash. The side will open the Double Header at Tauranga Domain on Saturday at 12.35pm. Then, the Steamers will take on Manawatu at 2.35pm.
“You can’t fault the girls. Their enthusiasm has been great all year. They have never dropped their heads and haven’t gotten too despondent about a close loss. They pick themselves up quick and they enjoy the game.
“It’s just about trying to provide a forum for them to get better, and if they can do that and come out and enjoy doing a bit of hard mahi, it then comes down to them on the day. So, if we can continue doing that and I’m seeing progress on a weekly basis, then that’s great.”
Gibbs has stuck with pretty much the same team that claimed the Chiefs’ Country Cup off Waikato.
“It’s not too far away from the team that played Waikato. We’ve had a change or two on the bench because we have a couple who have niggly injuries.”
The coach will look to give debutant Layla Te Riini an opportunity in the midfield, after Azalleyah Maaka injured her ankle in their win over Waikato.
Gibbs says, the side has gained a lot of confidence from their win.
“I think the main thing for the girls is the confidence. When you get on the right side of the ledger, that creates confidence and belief, knowing that they can do it.
“All the teams are pretty close. We probably got outplayed a little bit by Auckland in the first half of that game. But outside of that, to this point, we’ve been pretty competitive.”
The coach says, Manawatu will be a good challenge for the Volcanix.
“They have got some pretty good footballers and good midfielders. Obviously, Selica Winiata playing at 10, is very clever. So, we are going to have to be good at retaining possession. If they get enough possession, they’re going to be pretty dangerous.”
Volcanix midfielder Layla Te Riini makes her debut and halfback Jade Tuilaepa reaches a special milestone, when she plays her blazer game on Saturday.
Bay of Plenty Volcanix
1. Angel Mulu (10)
2. Luka Connor (29)
3. Janina Khan (35)
4. Karli Faneva (4)
5. Kelsie Wills (4)
6. Kendra Reynolds (C) (29)
7. Tynealle Fitzgerald (VC) (8)
8. Natalie Delamere (11)
9. Jade Tuilaepa ** (14)
10. Arorangi Tauranga (3)
11. Autumn-Rain Stephens-Daly (20)
12. Layla Te Riini * (0)
13. Danielle Paenga (4)
14. Natalie Walford (4)
15. Sapphire Tapsell (24)
16. Lily Florence (24)
17. Baye Jacob (22)
18. Braxton Walker (10)
19. Tracey Lemon (3)
20. Christie Yule (23)
21. Tania-Rose Raharuhi (18)
* Denotes debut
** Denotes blazer game – 15 games
() Denotes games played
Team subject to change
Bay of Plenty Double Header
Saturday October 5
Gates open at 12pm
Farah Palmer Cup:
Bay of Plenty Volcanix v Manawatu
Mitre 10 Cup:
Bay of Plenty Steamers v Manawatu