Wairarapa have re-established a Senior Women’s representative side for the first time for over a decade, and will take the field in the 2016/17 season with a new name and a new sponsor.
The side will be known as the Southey Sayer Wairarapa Korus. It is this identity that is of special significance to all involved. Team Manager Dayle Clarkson has been instrumental in trying to establish a unique culture for the team, and felt the meaning of the Koru fitted the female cricket journey within the province, with buy-in from all involved.
“We have liaised with local Iwi around the use of a Koru logo for the team, and wider female cricket. We believe the koru represents our journey, the culture and values that we wish to embrace as a team. Its spiral shape symbolizes new life, growth and strength. The circular shape of the koru conveys the idea of perpetual movement while the inner coil suggests a return to the point of origin, which is also befitting sport and women.” says Clarkson.
Helping the Women’s game on this journey has been the commitment by local sponsors to support the team and the female game in its endeavours. Local chartered accountancy firm, Southey Sayer, has committed to being naming sponsor for the senior side for the 2016/17 season. Firm directors, Leanne Southey and Becks Sayer saw significant synergy between their business and personal interests and the goals of female cricket within the region. Both Leanne and Becks are big cricket fans and are excited about their new involvement with Wairarapa Cricket. In addition, Trust House have committed to a wider female cricket involvement, including support of the younger representative sides and support of various other endeavours.
The first match for the side will be a home fixture vs Manawatu on 30 October at Queen Elizabeth Park Oval. In between now and then the side will warm-up with a fixture vs Wairarapa College Colts on 16 October, and practices will be held on a regular basis. There has also been a welcome addition to the coaching staff, ex-Wairarapa Women’s and CD Hinds coach, Doug Bracewell, keen to be involved and add his extensive knowledge to the set-up.
Southey Sayer Wairarapa Koru’s Squad 2016/17: Esther Lanser (c), Karen Bracewell (vc), Rewa Pomare (vc), Georgia Atkinson, Caitlin Elliott, Monique Graves, Annissa Greenlees, Melissa Hansen, Kayarna Jones – Dennes, Tahlia Jones – Dennes, Oralee Mauriri, Billie Rawhiti, Olivia Roseingrave, Gemma Sims, Kate Sims, Hattie Vincent
Coach: Simon Roseingrave; Skills Coach: Doug Bracewell; Manager: Dayle Clarkson