Waimea’s Sophie Hart fends off a Moutere defender during her side’s 41-0 semi-final win at Jubilee Park on Saturday. Photo: Chris Symes/ Shuttersport

Waimea women’s dominant run to final

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The Waimea Old Boys senior women’s side has been untouchable in 2020.

After winning its first Tasman Trophy in six years last season, you would be brave to bet against them defending it on Saturday.

Waimea has been rampant this season, amassing 300 points in just five games and conceding only 15.

The side booked back-to-back finals at the weekend with another dominant display, dispatching Moutere 41-0 at Jubilee Park.

The semi-final was in stark contrast to last year’s final, where Waimea held off a spirited Moutere side 27-17.

In the other semi-final, Wanderers beat Riwaka 47-7 to set up this weekend’s final at Jubilee Park.

The match also served as a 100th appearance for the club for Penny Stickney while Anna Bradley and Stacey Davis brought up their centuries in 2019.

All three women were rewarded with a club blazer at a ceremony last week.

Prop Anna Bradley, who joined the club in 2006, says it was fantastic for the club to celebrate the milestones.

Anna says the culture within the team is a driving factor of its success.

“We have a lot of older leaders teaching the younger ones.”

Waimea boasted no less than 13 Mako in the Farah Palmer Cup last year and will no doubt be heavily featured when the squad is announced later this week.

“We have quite a few in players in the high-performance programme which has been really helpful with gym work and extra training.”

She says they have also been brilliantly supported by both the men’s A and B team.

The side has suffered a slight setback for Saturday with skipper Jess Foster Lawrence out of the final with a broken leg.

However, Anna says they still possess the quality to win consecutive titles.

“That’s the plan.”

Waimea’s run to the final:

Beat Riwaka 63-5

Beat Moutere 70-0

Beat Cental 87-10

Beat Wanderers 39-0

Beat Moutere (SF) 41-0

Women’s Tasman Trophy Final

Waimea vs Wanderers

3pm Saturday August 8

Jubilee Park