Press Release – Auckland Rugby League
May 22, 2018
The Auckland Rugby League have named the Auckland Vulcans Women’s squad for the upcoming National Women’s Tournament at Cornwall Park, which kicks off onJune 2.
Among the 22 players named are former Kiwi Ferns Annabelle Hohepa, Va’Anessa Molia-Fraser and Tanika Jazz Noble Bell.
Most recently, Molia-Fraser played in the 2016 and 2017 Anzac Tests for New Zealand, while Noble Bell appeared at the 2016 NRL Auckland Nines and last year won the Farrelly Photos Women’s competition with Manurewa.
Utility back Ma’atuleio Fotu-Moala, younger sister of Kiwi Fern Teuila Fotu-Moala, is also included, fresh off representing Tonga at the Commonwealth Rugby League Nines earlier this year.
Auckland Vulcans Women’s coach, Frank Fuimaono, said he’s excited about the team selected.
“I think we have a good balance in our squad, there are a few up and coming players, along with some with a bit more experience,” he said.
“We have a very tough pack, but I would say our strength is in the backline.
“I am expecting us to put our best foot forward and to turn up and compete for the whole tournament.”
Auckland Vulcans Women squad (in alphabetical order): Katarina Allen (Mt Albert), Ariana Filiva’a (Mt Albert), Ma’atuleio Fotu-Moala (Otahuhu), Leanne Gardiner (Manurewa), Mazelina Haurua (Ponsonby), Annabelle Hohepa (Richmond), Tiare Lange (Mt Albert), Teasha Lee Leka (Mt Albert), Jhana Magele (Otahuhu), Awhina Marsh (Richmond), Savannah Matua (Manurewa), Va’Anessa Molia-Fraser (Richmond), Tanika Jazz Noble Bell (Manurewa), Lorina Papali’i (Richmond), Mania Selwyn (Mt Albert), Nancy Sikei (Mt Albert), Natalee Tagavaitau (Ponsonby), Aleisha Taylor (Ponsonby), Shahana Te Tomo (Richmond), Aaliyah Timothy (Waitemata), Ruth Vae (Richmond), Leani Williams (Manurewa).