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Athlete Development Program

The Rugby Sevens Athlete Development Program (ADP) for youth and senior girls is in its final week after 8 weeks of hard training.

The program has had a strong focus on building core Rugby skills, strength and conditioning, speed and technique in the lead up to State selection trials. It has also lead to an increased involvement in the game of Rugby overall.

ADP is a branch of the previous year’s Emerging Players Program (EPP) and now aims to include and develop female athletes from other sports.

ADP PLAYER PROFILES


YOUTH GIRLS

 renee-lesa Name: Renee Agasa Lesa
Age: 16Sport Experience/Achievements

  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Favourite Quote: “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can’t hit what the eyes can’t see.”

rebecca-saville Name: Rebecca Saville
Age: 17

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • Melbourne Rebels 7s Youth Girls State Team
  • Uni Panthers 7s youth girls team 2016
  • Netball and Basketball from 2008-2015

Favourite Quote: “Your body is capable of anything it’s your mind you have to convince”

 taylor-kate-andrews  Name: Taylor-Kate Andrews
Age: 15

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • Gymnastics
  • Netball
  • Athletics
  • Rugby
 emma-howson  Name: Emma Howson
Age: 17

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • Competitive Club swimmer – 2013
  • Rugby Union and Rugby 7s – VRU U12s
  • Rugby Union at Maroondah Rugby Club 2011 and 2012 seasons
  • State 7s 2014 and Nationals 2015
  • Noosa International 7s 2015
  • Youth Girls UniPanthers 2016

Favourite (Rugby) Quote: “Tackle like a girl”

 sophia-mckinnin Name: Sophia McKinnon
Age: 15
Club: Power House RUFC

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • Player of Power House RUFC
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
 salvation-pata Name: Salvation Pata
Age: 16

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • Touch Footy
  • Oz Tag
  • Volleyball
  • Rugby Union

Favourite Quote: “Build your foundation on God”

 lauren-fagan Name: Lauren Fagan
Age: 15

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • State Touch Rugby U15/U18
  • State Opens Touch Rugby

Favourite Quote: “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard” – Kevin Durant

 michaela-ehrentraut Name: Michaela Ehrentraut
Age: 16

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • Touch Football for Victoria U18s for two years
  • Touch Football for Victoria Opens for 1 year

Favourite quote: “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t”

 ally-raw Name: Ally Rawiri
Age: 14

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • Rugby league
  • Rugby union – Coaches Choice Award and Best Backline Tackler
  • Touch
  • Tag
  • Netball
  • Basketball

Favourite Quote: “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference between an athlete’s success and an athlete’s failure”

erin-bult Name: Erin Bult
Age: 17

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • Touch Rugby (previously state team)
  • Women’s AFL (representative sides)
  • Netball

Favourite Quote: “No pain, no gain”

 siaa Name: Sia’a Sooaemalelagi
Age: 17

 

Sport Experience/Achievements:

  • Domestic basketball Mill Park Cougars U14s and U16s
  • Rugby Sevens for Melbourne Uni Panthers
  • Best Forward for Youth Uni Panther Girls 2016

Favourite Quote: “Do not try to use external factors to mend an internal problem” – Glen Gerreyn

kaychia-dominic Name: Kaychia Dominic
Age: 16

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • Touch
  • Tag
  • Rugby Union
  • Netball

Favourite Quote: “Venture far and wide”

quidelis-dominic Name: Quidelis Dominic
Age: 17

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • Played in Rebels
  • Touch
  • Tag
  • Rugby Union
  • Netball

Favourite Quote: “In order to succeed, we must first believe we can”

rebecca-dominic Name: Rebecca Dominic
Age: 14

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • Touch
  • Tag
  • Rugby Union
  • Netball

Favourite Quote: “Be thankful for what you have. Work hard for what you don’t have”

caylee-thunder Name: Caylee Thunder
Age: 16
Club: Power House RUFC

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • Player of Power House RUFC
  • Dancer in most styles
  • Accepted into high level performance dance groups
  • Involved in elite athlete program in school
  • 4th in the state for VCE girls Frisbee

Favourite Quote: “I have too much potential to give up on myself now”

siatulu Name: Jessica Crystal Rastrick Sialatu
Age: 14

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • Rugby
  • Football (best and fairest)
  • Netball
  • Basketball

Favourite Quote: “You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice”

vilate Name: Maryrose Vitale
Age: 16

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • VNL U19s Ballarat Sovereign Saints Team 2016
  • Played in the Malaysian International Netball Competition for U19s PASNA
  • U17 Rebels Youth Girls State Team 2015
  • Represented Thomas Carr College in the Association of Coeducational ‘AllStars’ Team 2015

Favourite Quote: “Talent is there, but personal motivation, perserverance and hard work will keep you on your feet in the long run” – Maryrosse Vitale

natasha-dalwood Name: Natasha Dalwood
Age:
16

Sport Experience/Achievements:

  • U15s and U18s State Touch Football
  • Volleyball
  • Netball
  • Football

Favourite Quote: “Chunky yet funky”

tahnsya Name: Tahnysha (Tee) Salanoa
Age: 17

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • Netball Zone Academy 2014-15
  • New Zealand Netball Nationals U19
  • VNL Blaze U19 – 2014
  • Victorian Schoolgirls Netball 2014
  • Australia Schoolgirls Netball 2015
  • Victorian U17s Netball 2015-16
  • VNL Falcons Div. 1 2015-16

Favourite Quote: “I hated every minute of training, but I said don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion” – Muhammad Ali

 lucia Name: Lucia Laaina
Age:
14

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • 2 years of Tag
  • 1 year of Rugby League (Player of the Year)

Favourite Quote: “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game”

maylena Name: Maleyna Hunapo
Age:
17

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • Tag for 5 years
  • Rugby 7s for school
  • Power House Noosa 7s

Favourite Quote: “It never gets easier, you just get better”

fuana Name: Amelia Kaufana
Age:
16
Club: Power House RUFC

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • Player of Power House RUFC
  • 1st Brice Proud Race Medallion
  • A.S.P.S. 2011 Bat Tennis Girls Singles Winner
  • A.S.P.S. 2011 Bat Tennis girls Doubles Winner
  • Volleyball State Champions 2013
  • 100m District Winner Sunshine 2015

Favourite Quote: “All Glory to God”

2 Name: Aurelia Futi
Age:
16

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • Soccer
  • Hockey
  • Youth Girls Rugby 7s for Power House

Favourite Quote: “Don’t count the days. Make the days count”

maria Name: Maria Tahi
Age:
16

 

Sport Experience/Achievements:

  • 2015 Melbourne Rebels Youth Girls Seven’s
  • 2016 U19 Netball New Zealand Nationals 2015 & 2016
  • International School Girls Netball Tournament 2015
  • Secondary School Intermediate Squash Vic Champs
  • 2014-2015 Central West Zone Academy for netball

Favourite Quote: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t”

tyler-vemoa Name: Tyler Vemoa
Age:
16
Club: Power House RUFC

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • Player of Power House RUFC
  • 2016 Doveton Steelers Rugby League Club (U18 Girls Tag)
  • 2015 Eastern Raptors Rugby League Club (U18 Girls Tag)
  • 2015 Outer East Touch Football (social mixed)
  • 2016 Affiliates Cup (social mixed)
  • 2015 NZ Kiwis Representative Tag20 Melbourne Oceania Cup (open mix)
  • 2016 NZ Kiwis Representative Tag20 Canberra Anzac Test
  • 2016 U21 and Open Women
  • 2015-2016 Box Hill Indoor Netball (social mixed)
tyana Name: Tyana Wallace
Age:
16

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • Touch Football
  • Oztag Athlete of the Year
  • Sports Captain
  • Warren Mc’Lean Shield State Champs for Touch Football
  • Sydney West Champs for Touch Football

Favourite Quote: “He who’s not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life” – Muhammad Ali

3 Name: Vina Leumuava
Age: 16

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • Uni Panthers Grand Final 2016

Favourite Quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate,

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you”

tia Name: Tiarah Minns
Age:
15
Club: Power House RUFC


Sport Experience/Achievements

  • Player of Power House RUFC
  • 2015 U15 Netball SSC State Team
  • 2016 Scholarship Player for City West Falcons
  • 2015 U14 Surf Lifesaving State Team
  • 2015 2nd in 2k run for surf lifesaving Nationals
tyra-boyson Name: Tyra Boysen
Age: 15
 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • Ahtletics
  • Netball
  • Touch Rugby
  • Ju Jitsu
  • Rugby 7s

Favourite Quote: “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall” – Confucious


SENIOR GIRLS

rudolph Name: Jacqui Rudoplh
Age: 29

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • Northland Women’s Open Volleyb all
  • Auckland University of Technology Volleyball
  • Northland Representative U15 to U18 Netball
  • North Harbour U21 Netball

Favourite Quote: “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered” – Nelson Mandela

reni-hicks Name: Reni Hicks
Age: 17

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • AFL Vic Country for Nationals 2014-2015
  • AFL Youth Girls All Australian Team
  • 2015 Youth Girls Rugby 7s State Team

Favourite Quote: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”

samantha-homewood Name: Casey Homewood
Age: 19

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • AFL U22 Vic Country Team
  • AFL Murray Bushrangers
  • Gymnastics (level 8)
  • State Tumbling (gymnastics)

Favourite Quote: “Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground”

maddie-lind Name: Maggie Lind
Age: 22

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • State Netball U15 (2008, 2009 – Captain)
  • State Netball U17 (2010-2011 – Captain)
  • State Netball U19 (2012, 2013, Captain)
  • State Netball U21 (2014-2015 – Captain)
  • Australian Netball Squads (2009-2010, 2012, 2014-2015)
  • VNL Premierships (2008 – MVP, 2012, 2013)
  • Rugby 7s Open Women’s State Team 2015

Favourite Quote: “To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are”

jade-booth Name: Jade Booth
Age: 29

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • Representative Netball
  • Representative Basketball
  • Gridiron
  • Triathlon

Favourite Quote: “the difference between the impossible and possible lies in a person’s determination” – Tommy Lasorda

carley-rodger Name: Carly Rodger
Age: 24

 

State Experience/Achievements

  • State and Australian Record Holder 14 yrs, 15 yrs & 16 yrs 80m, 90m and 200, hurdles
  • NSW Little Athletics Team Captain for National Championships
  • Australian U17 Track and Field Development Squad
  • Australian Track & Field Team – 2009 Sydney Youth Olympics
  • Selected in Australian Schools Track and Field Team 2009 – World Student’s Games, Dubai
  • Member of NSW institute of Sport Emerging Athlete Programme 2005 – 2010
  • Selected for the World Youth Athletics Championships Italy – 100m Hurdles (Withdrew due to injury)
  • Women’s Touch Football VT league 2014, 2016

Favourite Quote: “Be willing to be uncomfortable. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. It may get tough, but it’s a small price to pay for living the dream” – Peter Mc WWilliams

kat-foley Name: Kat Foley
Age: 22

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • Played Basketball for 7 years
  • 800m runner and competitor for Box Hill Athletics Club

Favourite Quote: “Nothing that’s worthwile is ever easy”

bridgette-ohalloran Name: Bridget O’Halloran
Age: 18

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • State U17 Netball Team 2016
  • VNL U19 Premiers 2016

Favourite Quote: “If It’s meant to be, it will be

toni-lind Name: Toni Lind
Age: 24

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • 2016 Captain of City West Falcons Division One Team
  • 2016 Victorian Netball League Champions in Division One
  • 2015 Captain of City West Falcons Division One Team
  • 2015 Victorian Netball League Champions in Division One

Favourite Quote: “Talent wins games, but team work and intelligence wins championships” – Michael Jordan

meredith-wykes Name: Meredith Wykes
Age: 18

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • Basketball
  • Coached/Managed U10, U12 and U18 at Eltham Rugby Club
  • Been a part of Eltham Rugby Club for 13 years

Favourite Quote: “Everything happens for a reason”

 brydie-dwyer Name: Brydie Dwyer
Age: 18

 

Sport Experience/Achievements:

  • Netball – Victorian Central West Zone Academy
  • Basketball – Jiangsu Province in China
  • Touch Rugby – Xianlin Warriors

Favourite Quote: “Just do it”

majar Name: Majar Hikuroa-Betham
Age:
18

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • U12, U15, U17 Netball State Team
  • 19 Netball State Squad

Favourite Quote: “Free your mind”

mary-fonua Name: Mary Fonua
Age:
20

 

Sport Experience/Achievements

  • Womens State XVs

Favourite Quote: “Hard work beats talent, when talent fails to work hard”