The Rock women are ready to roll

In conversation with the Rock women’s team captain and her assistants, Sophie Pickard, Maegan Roche and Sydney Noseworthy, they all agreed on one thing - they have a lot of experienced players behind them. The Rock team are entered in the senior women’s division of the Atlantic Rugby Tournament in Truro, Nova Scotia from July 5-8th. The trio are confident the team experience will bring a positive result.

“We have been playing together for three or four years and played a couple of tournaments together as a team.  In Ireland last August we played in a senior tournament against teams from Ireland, England and USA and finished 5th out of 16. So, we performed well given that we were the youngest team there,” said Pickard while drawing attention to the team’s experience.

The Rock women get limited exposure and opportunities to showcase their talents each year. Thus, the Atlantic Tournament is crucial to further development. The team will play against Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island and the young leaders feel the team is ready to make an impact.

“We have been practicing since October for this tournament as it is our only opportunity to compete,” said Noseworthy while pointing out the lack of women’s games.  Roche, the other assistant captain added, “Teams like Nova Scotia have a lot of players and resources to send their teams to tournaments, which we don’t have here.”

Despite all the drawbacks, the girls are still prepared to deliver a solid performance as a team. With Roxanne Butler, their coach, the team is building confidence going into the tournament.

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Graham Cook