Footballers continue meteoric rise

The women’s football squad earlier this year, with their supporters. Photo: Jason Lai.

The meteoric rise of the Tauranga City United Bay SportsMed Women's Squad will reach its apex this week, when they fight for a spot in next year's Northern League.

After a nil-all draw last weekend up in Auckland, the Tauranga team will take on Papakura at Wharepai Domain.

The stakes are high, for if the Tauranga ladies win, not only will they be playing in the top-tier Northern League next year – they will have claimed a trifecta of big wins, including topping the WaiBOP Women's Premier League and winning the earlier Bay Cup.

Head coach Pat Wigley says the September 10 away game was ‘a hard fought battle', in less than ideal conditions.

“It was hailing, but fortunately we had a full bench, so we weren't struggling for players.”

This Sunday he expects a soggy field due to the incessant rain we've been having. But the team's been practicing, while Bay SportsMed has been providing top notch physio care to ensure the players are in their best condition.

“I think our success comes down to having a great culture,” says Pat. “We also have a very supportive club that wants nothing but the best for women's football.”

Supporters are encouraged to come down, rain or shine, to Wharepai Domain on Sunday September 17 for a 2.30pm kick-off. A free sausage sizzle will be on for early birds, but there will be limited supply, so it will pay to get in quick.

For more information on the TCU Bay SportsMed Women's Squad, check out their website.


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