Stephens In Elite Company At Nationals As WA Makes Impression


Congratulations to WA’s own Anneka Stephens, who was named in the Women’s Championships team of the tournament. The side was selected by the coaches and managers of all the teams that competed, and in a hotly contested field the West Australian Captain stood tall.

A brilliant hard working lock forward, Anneka deserved her spot in the team, but some of WA’s very own were very close to selection as well and deserve a mention.

Paihau Pomare – Number 1 – Hooker

The West Australian Number 1, was moved to a specialist hooking role and didn’t disappoint. A markers nightmare, her scheming runs rewarded her with two tries and she worked hard in defence as well.

Ariana Hira-Herangi – Number 12 – Second Row

A tough uncompromising back rower, she came last year as a try scoring centre, but made a name for herself as a defensive dynamo this year. Always looking for work, she is hard to handle, and possesses great hands and quick footwork for her size.

Jeune-Kelly Mahuru – Number 15 – Fullback

Coming in as a utility, a positional change and tactical switch meant that Jeune was the main fullback for the tournament and she didn’t disappoint. Safe as houses at the back of the field, she made minimal errors and always looked a threat with the ball in hand.

Ariana Ruru-Hinaki – Number 2 – Winger

Diminutive in stature, the littler “Ari” is just as brave. A winger who doesn’t shirk the work, she took many hitups coming out of trouble and constantly beat the first defender and got quick play the balls. Scored a try and was on the end of some great WA back line movements.

We are super proud of all the West Australian girls and will be releasing the photos over the next week from NRL Photos!