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Waimea Women win E'stel Tasman Trophy

Waimea OB 27 def Moutere 17

By Jonty Dine [Nelson App]

After six long years, the Waimea women’s rugby side has reclaimed the E'stel Tasman Trophy.

Waimea held off a spirited Moutere side in the highly enterprising encounter 27-17 at Trafalgar Park this afternoon.

Skipper Stephanie Mitchell says she was beyond proud of her team.

“Stoked, just stoked to be bringing the trophy back home.”

She says the hard work at training and throughout the campaign all paid off as the final whistle sounded.

“We spoke about playing for each other and we did that today.”

Stephanie says it was that culture they cultivated which she credits for such a successful season.

“We love each other, we treat each other as a family.

“We have Amazing coaches and support behind us, we are a very fortunate team.”

After both sides exchanged tries within the opening ten, Waimea started to assert control.

With Moutere camped inside its own line, women of the match Demi Salton produced a bone rattling hit on her iopposite who knocked on in the brutal contact.

Jessica Foster-Lawrence pounced on the loose ball and went in under the bar for Waimea.

Alesha Dempsdter followed up with a scorching break down the right flank before producing a superb inside ball for Anya Shults who went over for Waimea’s third.

Halfback Pippa Andrews was outstanding with ball in hand and her try helped bring her side right back in the contest.  

However, when Bethan Manners scored with just ten minutes remaining, the results was seemingly assured.

Moutere were not done though and Waitakau Craig unleashed a huge fend to go in for a late consolation.