Rikki Swannell has been a sports broadcaster for 15 years, including six years as Sports Editor for Radio Sport/Newstalk ZB, covering various World Cups, Olympics and Commonwealth Games. Now a freelance commentator and reporter, she can be heard on rugby, netball, tennis, cricket and hockey for Sky Sport and on the Women's World Sevens Series.Read more exclusive columns
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It would therefore be wise to consider that context when judging some of the score lines in the early weeks of this year’s FPC, just as it would be too easy to dismiss how challenging it is to effectively start from scratch.
For those involved with Taranaki in 2013, it was a bitter blow to be told they wouldn’t be back the following year; it was a dark period for the women’s game in the area. Good people who have gone above and beyond started the shift in the years since, before a four team club competition showed the numbers were there to enter the Farah Palmer Cup.
The learning curve both on and off the field is steep for players and management at these fledgling sides, and finding out just what standard is required can never be more starkly illustrated than what the scoreboard shows. Taranaki, Tasman, Hawke’s Bay and in fact each of these Farah Palmer Cup teams have people who are giving a huge amount of themselves.
WEEK 3? | The #FarahPalmerCup continues this week with 2? matches live on @skysportnz. @CountiesRugby host @AucklandRugby on Saturday afternoon and @HarbourRugby take on the @TasmanMako. What are your predictions???#Ours pic.twitter.com/ZL9J0GJhoi— Black Ferns (@BlackFerns) September 9, 2018