Super W rugby returns to Wanneroo rugby home

Rugby WA's Super W squad members from Wanneroo Rugby Union Club Caitlin Burt Poloai, Zakiya Kereopa, Tui Cope, Sera Ah-Sam and Taylor Waterson. Picture: Rugby AU Media/Stuart Walmsley
Rugby WA's Super W squad members from Wanneroo Rugby Union Club Caitlin Burt Poloai, Zakiya Kereopa, Tui Cope, Sera Ah-Sam and Taylor Waterson. Picture: Rugby AU Media/Stuart Walmsley

AFTER a disappointing loss against the NSW Waratahs last Sunday, the RugbyWA Women will return to Kingsway Reserve for the second year in a row to face the ACT Brumbies Women.

Taking place at the historical Wanneroo Districts Rugby Union Football Club, a number of players hold this field close to their heart playing for the club themselves or even having kids who play for the mighty ‘Roo Dogs’.

Wanneroo prop Sera ah Sam said she was excited for the match and aimed to make her kids proud.

“I’m feeling great at the moment this is my first game in the starting lineup and it’s at my home ground – it really couldn’t have turned out better,” she said.

“I’m super stoked to be playing at my home club again.

“Wanneroo is such an amazing club both my kids are juniors there, I’ve been there a long time and I am very loyal to the club.

“I can’t wait for the community season to start back up again, I want to go out there and just be an inspiration to all the young ones at Wanneroo, especially with my kids playing – being a role model to them is my number one goal.

“The experience this season has been a tough ride but all in all it has been worth it, I’m honoured to have represented my state at a national level.”

Four other players in the RugbyWA Women’s team will be feeling at home on Sunday, hailing from Wanneroo Rugby Club.

Young gun Zakiya Kereopa returns to her home ground from an ankle injury she sustained in round three.

Prop Brooke Mason will also be representing the “Roo Dogs” on the weekend and has played well this season scoring two tries against the Melbourne Rebels in round three.

Joining them will be young star Taylor Waterson and experienced veteran Tui Cope.

The stakes are high for Sunday as a win is required to secure the RugbyWA Women a place in the semi-final under Rugby Australia’s new finals structure for the Super W competition.

Head coach Shannon Symon has made a number of changes to his starting line-up bringing in some fresh faces that excelled in the second half of last weekend’s match.

“The new girls brought another level of energy,” Symon said.

“We needed to make some changes to refresh our forwards so I’m hoping they bring the same level of energy running out to start.

“There are a lot of younger girls coming through especially who are under 18 that I feel will handle and exceed all expectation in years to come and that makes me excited for our future teams.

“We know we have a big game approaching it could be our last, we’ve tried to manage the girls carefully with a lot of de-loading, sending them back to their families and just reminding them that this is a part time program so it has been tough on them.”

The Super W match, which is the second ever at Kingsway, will kick off 2pm on Sunday, March 24.

The RugbyWA development officers will host a RugbyRoos clinic prior to the match starting 1pm and there will be food trucks, face painting and a bouncing castle provided by the City of Wanneroo.

The club will have the bar open and a barbecue running to fundraise for the refurbishment of the of the clubhouse.

It will host an U17s trial match against Joondalup Brothers U17s after the game.

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