Mandurah rugby U14 girls team competes in international tournament

Mandurah rugby U14 girls team competes in international tournament

THE Wahine Toa under 14 girls team competed in an international rugby league cultural tournament.

The Wahine Toa (women warriors) competed in the cultural Harmony 9’s tournament in Lark Hill.

The NRL WA supported tournament had more than 50 teams competing from Indigenous teams within Australia, and teams representing Niue, Tokelau, Cook Islands, Samoa, Hawaii, Tonga and Maori teams from New Zealand.

The competition was fierce with hakas performed before each game from the Polynesian teams.

Coach Andrew Tarrant said the Wahine Toa team members were from throughout the Mandurah region.

“This group of girls went on an amazing journey,” he said

“Mostly made of young players that have not played any rugby, they trained hard for months after school and on weekends.

“They learnt a new haka when only one member had a Maori background.

“They played up to four games on the one day and played state representative players.”

The girls received a haka from the rest of the Maori teams after their last game in respect of what they had achieved.

The girls now have the opportunity to play for the Mandurah Storm club next season.