Nanima Common Connection's chairperson speaks about the thrill of the Koori Knockout

Adrenaline rush: Nanima Common Connection's women play against Western Sydney United on day one of the Knockout. Photo: Jen Hoar.
Adrenaline rush: Nanima Common Connection's women play against Western Sydney United on day one of the Knockout. Photo: Jen Hoar.

Nanima Common Connection’s women side may have gone down to Western Sydney United during their first day match of the New South Wales Koori Knockout but Chairperson Loretta Stanley has hailed the team for playing with their ‘hearts on their sleeves’ during the fierce competition.

“The game is important for all teams out there they all wear pride in their jerseys every year, you are playing to represent your home town, your mob, it’s a feeling you cannot describe,” Chairperson Stanley said.

This year, the women’s side from Nanima struggled to even find the time to train together due to the fact that many of the girls play where they currently live and couldn’t find time to travel for sessions. 

“Next year will see our side have training sessions as it is very important for us to do it as it is getting harder and harder to compete each year,” Chairperson Stanley said.

Despite their unfortunate result, the Nanima women were quick to throw their support behind eventual runners up the Wellington Wedgetails. 

“We supported our other mobs side which was the Wellington Wedgetails which seen our sisters make it to the Grand Final and they should be congratulated as not many teams can get that far in a tough competition,” Chairperson Stanley said. 

The men’s Nanima Common Connection team featured NRL star and Wellington Cowboys junior  Tyrone Peachey.

“The Koori Knockout is one of the best ever Rugby League Event around for our mobs and communities,” Chairperson Stanley said.

“Competing in such a big carnival has your hearts pumping just wondering who you are going to play first, what side of the pool you have drawn and who’s in your pool, it’s an adrenaline rush.”

The women’s NCC lost 18 – 6 to Western Sydney United, with Rhianna Sutherland scoring and converting the team’s try.