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Women ready to reclaim the Country Rugby throne

By Vittorio Travan

Warren better be ready for some running women’s rugby because the Central West Blue Bulls Women’s side is raring to go.

Despite no proper game time as a squad and a new mix of players, captain Mandy Scott says her side is ready to become back to back NSW Country Rugby champions.

In the inaugural setting of the 2018 women’s sevens championship, Scott says her teams has the whole package to ensure they return as champions. In her opinion, the squad is ready to run riot at the breakdown and scrap for the loose ball in order to capitalize on the genuine speed in the outside backs.

“Our backs are just absolute weapons, they are just so knowledgeable and fast,” said Scott.

Mandy Scott, Blue Bulls Women’s captain, in action for the Bathurst Bulldogs [Left] Source: Supplied

Despite only five players returning to defend the 2017 championship victory, Scott added the mix of new players has only added to her confidence in the squad. The addition of Cootamundra flyer Louise Raleigh has the captain particularly excited to see what Raleigh can unleash at the country championships.

“She is just a real unknown when she is in open space and I’m actually really excited to see what she can produce when we give her that quick ball,” she said.

With the intent to play positive running rugby, Scott said the talent the squad possess around the breakdown and in open spaces will ensure they have a presence at every contest. “We just want to play some attractive rugby, and we are going out there with an intent to play for not only ourselves but also the coaches who put in so much for us,” she added.

Praise for the efforts of all the support staff who established such an inviting and amazing atmosphere could not be over stated, with the squad ready for absolutely anything when they arrive at Warren. The efforts of Alistair Scott as team manager along with co-coaches Greg Horton, Tristan Buttenshaw and Tuma Aifaka have all had a positive influence in how the squad are approaching the championships.

“They just take so much pride in their coaching role which has a real flow on to us as a team,” she said.

For the side to return as double champions, Central West will have to account for Western Plains, Central Coast and Central North who accompany them in Pool A before they even contemplate the semi finals. While over in Pool B Mid North Coast, New England, Newcastle-Hunter and Far North Coast will battle it out for berths into the semi finals.

Scott said the side is simply aiming to repay the time and effort everyone has put in to supporting their journey so far, but added they are going their with one main goal.

“We are going there to return as back to back champions. We want that accolade of being the best women’s NSW country rugby side,” she said.

The Central West side will start their campaign against Western Plains at 10am on Saturday, with the semi-finals and final to be played on Sunday.

CENTRAL WEST Women’s Squad: Sharnah Stevens, Kenesha Stevens, Eden Heke, Kyrstal Fyfe (West Wyalong Redbacks), Amie Fazekas, Roxy Dougall (Temora Tuskers), Courtney Currie (Orange City Lions), Helen Limm (Mudgee Wombats), Mandy Scott, Alyza Doulis (Bathurst Bulldogs), Louise Raleigh (Cootamundra Tri-Colours), Tanielle Michael (Cowra Eagles)

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