Kudu Bokkies on a roll

Rugby

02 May 2021 | Sports

Lionel Miller; Coach, “…they can become a force in women’s rugby…”

Walvis Bay • [email protected]


The Kudu bokkies travelled to Okahandja, kicking off the season with a 17 -10 win against the Huskies.

This came after many years of women’s rugby at the coast being in a dormant state.

According to Kudu Bokkies’ team manager Valery Stevens, she is very proud of the team, adding that it is evident that both old and new players played their part on the field.

“It was exciting for former players and nerve-wrecking for the newer team members. Together, each player contributed and made a difference on the field.”

Stevens said that there is still work to do, but with coach Lionel Miller at the helm, the Bokkies are confident.

“We are very excited about the next league game. Our training sessions are going well.”

Coach Miller said that the Bokkies played against a combined team – the Huskies – consisting of players from Okahandja and Grootfontein Rugby Club.

“For the majority of the players, this was the very first time they actually played a competitive match. The nerves were evident but with a few encouraging words, they tackled their first game head-on.”

According to Miller, Deriou Benson who also accompanied the team, contributed a great deal with his presence next to the field.

“The match started with a few bumps and many mistakes were made, but after the first try by Faisel-Lee Fjivava, the ladies realized they can do it. Two more tries were scored; one each by Tammy Lee Roodt and Kaurirronga Mungunda with Merilees Govender converting one of three tries.”

Miller said that the Bokkies have a pack of forward players who is a force to be reckoned with.

“On defence, the Bokkies were rock solid. They made sure that the Huskies worked hard for the two tries they scored.”

The coach did not want to single out any player.

“The team really showed character. They showed they can become a force in women’s rugby again after the long drought of the game in Namibia. Women's rugby can only go from strength to strength if the NRU and the right role players come on board and promote women's rugby in Namibia.”

Sadly, there will be no games played by the Kudu Bokkies until a few disputes have been resolved by the Rugby Union.

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