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Women’s soccer organiser says let’s boost numbers

The inspiration for Queenstown’s new women’s soccer team is pleading for extra players ahead of a looming knockout tournament.

Vivian Rewi, 20, says any players wanting to try out for the Queenstown Rovers womens’ team are welcome to turn up to weekly training on Monday from 6-8pm at the Events Centre.

The team has 14 members but Rewi says the side has a constantly revolving roster as players keep leaving town – it would help to be able to call on a few extra girls.

“Anybody who wants to play is welcome to come to training.”

The team, which plays sporadic “friendlies” against Invercargill and Dunedin sides, two most important matches next month.

The Rovers have qualified in the top section of the Southland Women’s Knockout Tourna­­­ment, playing in Invercargill on Sunday, August 9, and in Queenstown on Sunday, August 16. They only have to win one of those matches to make the final.

Rewi, a former New Zealand under-18 training squad member, can’t wait for the competition matches. She’s missed three seasons because Queenstown has been unable to field enough women players.
Rewi says she’s tried placing ads for players in past seasons but only four or five players turned up – this year she’s just managed to scrape a side together.

“I love the game and I always want to play so it’s been really frustrating not to be able to,” she says.

“There’s been a few years I haven’t been able to play and I was a bit worried I wouldn’t have the skill level I had before, so it’s good to know I have still got it.”

Rewi’s father Darren coaches the team, which has been holding sausage sizzles to cobble together funds for playing strips and tracksuits.