Roosters Vying Double
Easts Roosters Women’s Open captain Kristy Judd says it won’t be easy to take out the 2012 Vawdon Cup/State Cup double but believes her team has put themselves in the best possible position to achieve this goal.
Following the Roosters 7-5 win over the Wollongong Devils in the 2012 Vawdon Cup final last month, Judd says that the team’s State Cup preparations are coming along well and that she is looking forward to the event.
“It’s a full-on time with the short turnaround after Vawdon Cup but it’s the same for all other teams in the competition. We know that it’s going to be tough to win at Port though doing our best in the lead up to the tournament puts us in the best situation to handle things when the competition gets tough up there,” Judd said.
“We have the belief that we can win though we know it’s going to take a lot of hard work, things have to go your way over the weekend also.”
The Roosters side, coached by Christian Frost, claimed their first Vawdon Cup title since 2006 last month.
The Vawdon Cup winning team has struck a great combination of youth and experience, including the talent of up-and-coming players Maddison Studdon and Ashleigh Quinlan, as well as Roosters stalwarts Judd, Stephanie Sorrenson, Megan Campbell, Selene Thornton and Kristin Boss.
Judd says that the side has a great balance and all love playing together, though it’s hard to compare to other Roosters sides she’s played for in the past.
“We have a great balance of youth and experience and it all works well for us. There’s a good attitude amongst the team where we don’t take anything for granted and we know we have to put the effort to achieve good results. We all love playing for each other.”
“I have always said I have been really lucky to be part of the Roosters Women’s team for so long. I have played with some great players throughout the years and the girls I play with today are no different. The game is always changing so it’s hard to compare different teams.”
While the Roosters have their sights set on the double, they know that things will have to fall into place to claim the State Cup title.
“There’s a number of teams to watch out for, Canterbury have won State Cup for years now and along with Wollongong have had some great results over the past few years. Manly just keep improving all the time and had a great Vawdon Cup. I can’t count out any of the other teams like Wests, Penrith or Wallsend either though.”