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NLD selection success for Boston RFC Ladies' player

NLD selection success for Boston RFC Ladies' player

By Arlene Moxon
15 February
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Tiana to play rugby for the Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, and Lincolnshire squad

Boston Rugby Club is proud to announce that Under-18 Tiana Woollaston has been selected to represent the Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, and Lincolnshire combined county squad for the forthcoming Representative County season.

Tiana, currently playing for the full Boston Ladies Senior Squad, started playing rugby seriously, eighteen months ago. Starting her Rugby Journey at Sleaford in February 2021, Tiana switched to Boston in August 2021 as it was geographically closer to the family home.

Since coming to Boston, Tiana, like all our Junior girls, has trained on Sundays with the Juniors where individual skills are the focus, Tuesday training sessions combine the Junior sections with the Senior Ladies squad(under strictly managed conditions) for game development and team building and on Thursday nights with the Ladies squad.

Since being authorised by both Boston RFC and the NLD to play adult rugby as an U18, ‘Tee’ has impressed with her effortless transition into the Senior squad; both in training and in representative fixtures. Making her debut in the full Ladies squad against Kesteven Ladies as replacement Fullback on the 20th January of this year. ‘Tee’ came on at half time and performed superbly well, awarded Boston Back of the Match and scoring a superb induvial try on her debut.

Boston Ladies coaches Ant Buckberry, Tom Balderstone, Steph Beard and Shaun Turl have all said of Tiana, ‘We have been blown away by the development of our ‘pocket rocket’ since she joined Boston, and her success at the NLD is a just reward for all the effort, and the total commitment Tiana has displayed in training this year. She is totally dedicated during training and always gives 110%, she is always first to arrive and last to leave.

She is also acutely aware of her strengths and her weaknesses and works tirelessly to improve her game, fully supported by the Senior Ladies. Positional awareness has come through close training with Sarah Simpson, Boston Ladies Fullback, and Lycia Elston, Boston’s powerful running outside centre. Her kicking game has evolved massively under the tutelage of Boston Captain Hannah Booth, scrum half Charlotte Daubney and centre Sherrie Christian and she has effortlessly transitioned to the Women’s game, as have Lilli and Freya (Smith and O’Shea) all of them obviously benefitting from such close affinity with the Ladies squad during training.

Training with the Ladies has massively improved all our Junior players, and whilst the age grade players are strictly managed during the combined training sessions (no contact, just touch, as well as other administrative controls) their game awareness and their individual skills develop in a much higher-pressure environment.’

Boston Ladies Captain, Hannah Booth added her congratulations, ‘Tee (with Lilli and Freya) have been awesome since becoming Senior squad members, they have added an extra dimension to the Ladies, and Tee’s debut performance was blistering against Kesteven.

I am so proud of her, as will the entire Senior and Junior squads, the Senior Ladies are all 100% committed to developing our Junior players, like Tee, Lills and Freya. We have some amazing youngsters in the pipeline and it’s fantastic to see them develop week in week out, being supported by their ‘Rugby Mums’. They are the future of Ladies Rugby in Boston.’

Tiana has thanked all her Boston Rugby family, and attributes her rapid progression over the season to the entire Boston Ladies Senior squad, saying the support and patience the Ladies have shown her and all the other Juniors, has been absolutely key to this success.

Tiana will now attend her first training session on Sunday, February 20th, when Boston Ladies take on Deeping Devils in the league. The girls in the Under-18 category are from clubs all over the region, including, Lincoln, Kesteven, Sleaford, Newark, Paviors and Mansfield.

‘Tee’ will then be hoping to be selected to make her debut in NLDs first representative fixture at Sleaford on March 20th.

Longer term: her ambition is to emulate both Boston’s Sophie Lorenz (loanee to Saracens Women) and part-time coach, Saracens Women’s, Jodie Turl by playing elite level rugby in the Women’s Allianz Premier league.

If there are any Women or Girls out there who want to try out this phenomenal sport, please contact Boston Rugby Club via our website via the link below

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Rugby is more than a sport it is a life experience, and you will make friends for life within the Rugby Family.

Written by Shaun Turl, Boston RFC Ladies' coach.

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