Robinson set to become centurion of Warringah


12/05/2018



By NSW Waratahs Media unit

Pictured: Emily Robinson (left) and NSW Women's teammate Ariana Kaiwai (right) ahead of the round one BUildcorp Super W match against the Queensland Women's XV. (Credit: Stu Walmsley)

Club stalwart Emily Robinson is set to become a centurion for her beloved Warringah Ratettes when her team takes on Eastern Suburbs on Saturday afternoon in the fourth round of the Jack Scott Cup.

Robinson is humbled at the prospect of becoming the next player in the history of her club to clock up a century of games.

“It means a lot to be able to run out for my 100th with the girls as I’ve played at Warringah for a long time. It’s shaped me into the rugby player I am today and it’s something I’m very honoured to do,” Robinson said.

Robinson started playing rugby at the age of nine for her local junior club, the Narrabeen Tigers. She then joined the Rats after a two-year hiatus from the game.

“I played my first season for Warringah 10 years ago when I was 15 but I had to stop for a couple of years before I was allowed to play in the open competition,” Robinson said.

“Those years I had to stop playing were pretty frustrating and annoying. I couldn’t do what I loved.”

Now one of the game’s most promising players, Robinson said she was glad she stuck at it and credits her time in the green and white jersey for keeping her focussed on her goal.

A player of immense passion, the front-rower has offered advice for the next generation.

“The most important thing is to just to keep doing what you love. Never give up and make sure you trust and respect those around you, and always give 100% in everything that you do.”

Since taking out the title in 2017, the Warringah Ratettes have a new look to them in 2018.

“We have a solid forward pack and a pretty strong backline with a mix of experienced and new players. At this part of the season we will be looking to trial our new combinations, so we’ll see how we go, give it our all and build from there,” Robinson said.

Affectionately known as ‘Grommy’ amongst her peers, the front rower most recently enjoyed success as a crucial member of the NSW Women’s squad that won the inaugural Buildcorp Super W trophy against Queensland Women last month.

The introduction of the Buildcorp Super W is an important competition for the development of the game amongst women.

“We’ve always had a really strong club competition but stepping it up a level and playing in the Buildcorp Super W competition across Australia will only make our playing stocks even stronger,” said Robinson.

“Being able to play at that level consistently will not only bolster our Wallaroos team, but it will create a lot of depth in women’s rugby. It was an awesome experience, and something I look forward to doing again.”

Robinson has been training with the Wallaroos’ extended squad for the upcoming two-match international series against New Zealand’s Black Ferns in August. The games will be double-headers ahead of the Bledisloe Cup fixtures between the Wallabies and All Blacks.

The Warringah Ratettes will face Eastern Suburbs at Pittwater Park on Saturday 12 May at 2:00pm (AEST).

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