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
We should have seen it coming - Swannell
Rikki Swannell 24 Oct 2018 Getty Images
While winning always makes it easier to maintain a positive working environment, this team oozed confidence and enjoyment, and it showed in how they expressed themselves on the field.
And then there was Cocksedge. Playing with the exuberance of a kid, but with the skill, nous and fortitude that makes her one of the best in the world, Cocksedge’s ability to dictate a game and control the tempo is second to none. Whether she wins the Fa’amausili medal at the end of the year is by-the-by; she should, but the nature of a weekly 3-2-1 points format can sometimes work against a dominant team with so many standout players. We all know and Canterbury knows that she is a special player.
The success of Canterbury and the form of Counties Manukau and Waikato in particular has created interesting reaction to the Black Ferns squad named for the Northern Tour next month, with some consternation over the number of Auckland players selected in comparison to those from the higher achieving teams. The squad is basically that which handily won two tests against Australia, and is full of tried and tested international players who will understand the requirements of taking on such an historic tour.
HIGHLIGHTS ?? Kendra Cocksedge scored 27 points to help @CRFU successfully defend their #FarahPalmerCup title ??#Ours pic.twitter.com/skpRSB2566— Black Ferns (@BlackFerns) October 20, 2018
But the fact these selections are garnering debate and discussion on social media is a positive indication that the Farah Palmer Cup is starting to gain traction in public minds. It’s also why, even though the season is over, the work can’t stop. Everyone involved in the FPC from players, coaches, union staff, broadcasters and commentators simply can’t think it’s now ‘job done’ and forget about it until next July.
NEWS | #BlackFerns7s dominate sevens nominations at #WorldRugbyAwards.
READ ?? https://t.co/oRK1NEAaDw pic.twitter.com/kgCZOVY0Zx— Black Ferns (@BlackFerns) October 22, 2018