Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Watch Out For the Wellington Whirlwind

Watch Out For the Wellington Whirlwind

Made up of 30 girls aged 10 to 13 from Wellington, Porirua and the Hu: Valley, the Rugbygirl Wellington Whirlwind is a brand new junior girls Wellington provincial rugby team set to play an exciDng home and away series against a Manawatu junior girls team.

The games will be curtain raisers for the Manawatu vs Taranaki Womens NPC game in Palmerston North on Saturday 7 September, and for the Wellington Pride vs Manawatu in Petone a week later on Saturday 14 September.

Coached by WRFU School Girls Rugby Coordinator Lesley McKenzie, the girls are “ so enthusiasDc and are very skilled” “Most play rugby in mixed teams on Saturdays.

However, part of my job is to organise girls rugby in schools and we’re seeing a huge untapped demand” says McKenzie.

“So many young girls want to play rugby, and now with the Wellington Whirlwind, they can see a path which enables them to represent their province, just like the boys have”.

“In fact it’s be:er because, unlike the boys, these girls get to have a cool road trip!” Working closely with the WRFU to establish the Whirlwind has been Pōneke Football Club.

“We want lots more women and girls to play rugby” says Pōneke Chairman Kevin Jenkins.

“We re--established our women’s team this year and are thrilled that one player, Helena Lawrence, has been selected for the Wellington Pride in her first year of rugby”.

“A quarter of the girls (7) in the Whirlwind play rugby for Pōneke, and we‘re keen to give them the same opportuniDes to represent Wellington that our boys have”.

“We’ve been frustrated over the years watching outstanding junior girls not geang picked to play for rep teams.

Rather than whinge about it, we decided to work with the WRFU to form a girls team”.

“We’re so pleased to have been able provide not only a highly experienced woman assistant coach and help with management, but also to make our faciliDes available for the team to meet and train”.

Rugbygirl is thrilled to be able to sponsor the Wellington Whirlwind” says Rugbygirl CEO Dave Phillipson.

“Women’s rugby is taking off around the world, especially with 7s now in the Olympics for 2016”.

“This sponsorship fits neatly with our sponsorship of the naDonal college girls finals in Palmerston North on the weekend that the Wellington Whirlwind play their first game, i.e. the 7th and 8th of September”.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Stage: Wellington’s Theatre Awards To Go Ahead

The Wellington Theatre Awards will go ahead despite a devastating year for New Zealand’s creative sector. Wellington Theatre Awards Trust Chair Tom Broadmore said, “the creative sector, and Wellington’s vibrant theatre sector has been gutted by the ... More>>

Journalism: An Icon Returns. New-Look North & South Magazine Hits Shelves

One of New Zealand’s most iconic magazines, North & South, is back on the shelves this week – with new independent ownership. The magazine, which has set the benchmark for investigative journalism in New Zealand since 1986, relaunches this week, ensuring ... More>>

Howard Davis: Three New Art Books for Xmas

Massey University and Te Papa Presses have published three new art books just in time for Xmas: Dick Frizzell's Me, According to the History of Art, Railways Studios, celebrating unique examples of government-sponsored advertising and design, and Nature - Stilled, Jane Ussher's extraordinary photographs of flora and fauna from the museum's natural history collections.

Howard Davis: Inside The King's Head - Girl in the Loft at BATS

Katherine Wyeth weaves together a dramatic tapestry of memory, identity, and legacy, exploring what it was like to grow up in the second oldest operating pub theatre in the UK. More>>

Howard Davis: Fiddling While America Burns - Wellington's T-Bone Cut A Rug

Just a few days prior to the most significant US Presidential elections in decades, local denizens of Lower Hutt's Moera Hall were treated to a broad canvas of musical styles, including tinges of bluegrass, old-time, country, cajun, and zydeco influences. More>>

Howard Davis: Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

The award-winning Northland musician performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More>>

Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Rises From The Ashes (& Chris O'Connor Talks)

Simultaneously dreamy and structured, understated and subtle, spacious and hypnotic, The Phoenix Foundation's new album Lifeline includes gorgeous vocal harmonies, lilting lyrics with no lack of wry, self-deprecating humour, and gently weeping guitar parts. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland