The Manawatu Wanganui Womens Interprovincial team heads into this weeks tournament with a good level of confidence after a promising build up this year. We expect the girls will surprise many teams this year.
Number 1 Maraea Durie is very capable of upsetting some of NZ's top ranked representatives, and another player to really watch is 12 year old Tara Raj, playing in her first Interprovincial at number 3. While Tara won the Order of Merit trial series, the number 3 spot in the team was a good selection option, both for the teams chances and for Tara's development. Leanne Brown steps into the number 2 position, after a good tournament at number 5 last year.
Other new comer's into the team this year is Palmerston North teenager Katherine Paskins playing at 4, and Manawatu's Tania Hook playing at 5. And this years reserve for the second year is Rangitikei's Jill Hall, whom is very capable of jumping in at any time and getting the job done.
After a quick glance at the teams lists for this year, the favoured teams will likely include Auckland, Canterbury and Waikato.
The Manawatu Wanganui team also has the benefit of a very favourable draw this year, as they do not come up against any of these three teams in pool play. However every opponent will still pose enough test that the girls will all have to be on their games to secure team victories.
We wish the team all the best for a successful week in Ashburton.