Baye Jacobs to play 50th game today on home ground
Baye Jacobs will play in the Farah Palmer Cup for the 50th time in her career today as the Volcanix play Waikato in a crucial FPC home derby.
Debuting back in 2014, Baye is currently playing in her sixth season with the Volcanix and remains a highly respected and valued member of the side.
"Fifty caps is a massive achievement in FPC rugby," says Volcanix Head Coach Rodney Gibbs.
"There are a limited amount of games per year, so it shows her longevity in the game and this achievement is something she should be proud of."
The Volcanix have had a slow start to their season with back-to-back losses v Auckland and Counties Manukau.
However, with players gradually returning from injury and the impressive growth of their younger players, the side is hopeful that it's only a matter of time before more positive results follow.
Come today, there is no sugar-coating the reality that a win is crucial to keep any chances of a playoff spot alive.
"In the context of the season, a reasonable amount is riding on this game," says Rodney.
"Add in the fact that we are playing at Blake Park, plus the rivalry with Waikato and the Battle of the Kaimais, preparing to be best of our ability has been essential. The girls understand what's at stake."
The game kicks off from 2.05 pm on Blake Park field No.1 with free ground entry for all spectators.
Bay of Plenty Volcanix v Waikato
1. Angel Mulu
2. Luka Connor
3. Santo Taumata
4. Karli Faneva
5. Kelsie Wills
6. Kendra Reynolds
7. Les Elder
8. Natalie Delamere
9. Kanyon Paul
10. Renee Wickliffe
11. Mererangi Paul
12. Azalleyah Maaka
13. Shakira Baker*
14. Kayln Takitimu-Cook
15. Manaia Nuku
16. Te Urupounamu McGarvey
17. Baye Jacob**
18. Brooklyn Teki-Joyce
19. Kurarauringa Waller
20. Tynealle Fitzgerald
21. Lisa Egberts
22. Mahina Paul
23. Sapphire Tapsell
* Volcanix Debut
** 50th FPC Game
Game Day Details:
Saturday July 31
Curtain Raiser: Arataki U7 Girls v Waikite U7 Girls, 1.10pm
Bay of Plenty Volcanix v Waikato: 2:05pm
Blake Park, Mount Maunganui
Watch the game Live on Sky Sport 2 (Sky Channel 052)