THE Brumbies Women’s Super W squad, which features Bomaderry product Harriet Elleman, has taken a step closer to being finalised following a successful trial weekend held at Brumbies HQ in the University of Canberra.
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Over eighty prospective players attended the trials, overseen by new coach Adam Butt aiming to gain selection into the squad that will represent the Brumbies in the second iteration of the national women’s competition.
An initial squad of 43 players, including Elleman, who played with the Brumbies during the 2018 Super W season, have been identified by Butt and his coaching staff off the back of the trials with the numbers due to be cut down after the first four-week pre-season training block.
“The squad we have put together is really strong and with the talent we have left out it really shows the depth we had to choose from,” coach Adam Butt said.
“We have some experienced players blended with new and exciting talent which will hopefully provide a strong core for the future.
“Congratulations to the players who made the squad, to those who missed out I encourage them to continue to train and work hard as you never know when an opportunity will present itself.
“I would like to thank all the players, coaches and medical team for all their efforts on Sunday especially those who travelled.
“The trials were hard fought, and I commend all the players on the effort and professionalism they showed on the day.
“We had a large turnout of around 85 players which shows the interest in this competition and the future of Super W is looking bright.
“The players made selections difficult which is great thing for the game and I know there will be some disappointed players out there.”
The Brumbies Super W campaign begins with a bang as the team line-up for a double-header at GIO Stadium on Friday, February 15 prior to the Brumbies Super Rugby season kick-off against the Rebels.
The Super W side commence their season by welcoming NSW to the capital for round one, in what will be their third match at the stadium.
Brumbies training squad: Tania Afamasaga, Kiahan Bellchambers, Zara Besseling, Ashley Bishop, Ally Brislane, Rachele Brown, Louise Burrows, Skye Churchill, Peta Cox, Bridgette Cunningham, Biola Dawa, Harriett Elleman, Benita Ese Sale, Jane Garraway, Brooke Gilroy, Carly Hill, Jess Howard, Grace Kemp, Michaela Leonard, Jacky Lynden, Irene Macarthur, Paremo Marsh, Kristie Mathews, Sammy Maxwell, Emily Mcdonald, Kaitlyn Mckay, Ivy Merlehan, Shellie Milward, Claudia Obst, Georgia O’neill, Paige Penning, Michelle Perry, Darcy Read, Ally Reid, Paris Robinson, Emily Sogal, Tayla Stanford, Stefanie Stewart-jones, Violeta Tupuola, Rosie Williams, Remi Wilton, Sammie Wood and Lai Yabaki.
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