Rugby Women look to shine

Published on LEUT Kirsti Burtenshaw (author), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer)

Members from the Royal Australian Navy women's rugby union team defend against the Royal Australian Air Force at the try line during the 2014 Australian Services Rugby Championships held at the UNSW David Phillips Oval, Daceyville, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)
Members from the Royal Australian Navy women's rugby union team defend against the Royal Australian Air Force at the try line during the 2014 Australian Services Rugby Championships held at the UNSW David Phillips Oval, Daceyville, Sydney.

It is a case of hard work and dirty boots for Australian Services Women’s Rugby Union team this week as they prepare for the Australian Rugby Union 7s Tournament at the Sydney Sports Centre, Narrabeen on the weekend.

Coach, Warrant Officer Joanne Downes, believes a full week of training at Randwick Barracks will put the ladies in the best possible position to have a successful competition against the likes of Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. 

“Being able to have an intensive training period before the competition not only prepared the players physically, but mentally as well,” Warrant Officer Downes said.

This is the third year the women have competed in the event, having had success in the past with a mixed bag of wins and close defeats. Able Seaman Vika Pinomi was selected for the team last year also and is excited by the development of the team.

“We are really developing and it is really good for the Navy team as well because we can take back what we have learnt into the single service environment. Especially with the Australian Services Rugby Competition coming up in May,” Able Seaman Pinomi said.

The team will complete their training camp on Friday and then relocate to Narrabeen for the start of the competition on Saturday. 

Their results can be found at www.rugby.com.au