Waimea Old Boys women’s rugby manager Tanique Wilde wants to make sure her return to rugby 13 years after she hung up her boots, is a one-off.
Waimea Old Boys are in need of more women’s players, having just travelled to Blenheim with 14 players, including Tanique on the wing, in a 52-15 loss to Moutere last weekend.
“To be honest, I think I closed my eyes when I made my first tackle.
“It had been 13 years in the making.”
Tanique says while they have a determined group of players who will not give up on the season, they need 10 more to make a squad.
“We don’t need to have girls with rugby experience, just anyone who is willing to give it a go.”
With the emergence of the Tasman Women’s programme this year, the pathways have never been so good for women to make an impact in the sport.
The team trains every Tuesday night and is eager to add another training on Thursday.
Tanique admits with many of the players having other sporting commitments, rugby can often become an afterthought.
“We have a team with some really good skills but when you don’t have enough players it can become an issue. Many of the girls are fitting in rugby around netball, basketball or hockey so the road trips have their moments.”
Women who are keen to play can contact the Waimea Old Boys Facebook page.