Catch up with Wigan Women’s newest number 13
Molyneux discusses her journey in Rugby League, the Wigan way of life and much more
- Senior player hopes to be a steady head in the team
With the 2019 Women’s Super League fast approaching, we’ve been getting to know a little bit more about Wigan’s newest number 13, Vicky Molyneux.
On getting into the sport: “I started playing tag rugby in Primary School competitions, where I was spotted by the coaches of Hillside Hawks, a Rochdale based team. It was then I started training and playing for them in full contact matches.
“I played for Hillside Hawks through my high school years and up until I was 18. I represented Lancashire at junior and open age level, before I was selected for England and went on tour with England to France in 2007. Shortly after this I had to undergo shoulder surgery which stopped me playing temporarily, I’ve had short term spells with Leigh East and Whitworth since then.”
Vicky won’t be the first in her family to pull on the famous Cherry and White shirt though. Her dad, Jim Molyneux, heritage number #667 represented the club for 4 years: “My dad was fortunate enough to have had a successful playing career in all the clubs he represented.
“He has always encouraged me to work hard and has inspired me to be the best that I can be wherever I played, but playing for any other Super League team other than Wigan would never have even cross my mind. My dad was born and bred in Wigan, so I have always supported the club, which influenced my decision to trial for the team.”
She added: “I followed the Super League season last year and I started to realise that my boots weren’t ready to be hung up. With Wigan being reigning Champions I like the expectation that puts on me. It strives me to work hard, to be determined and be better each week!”
On the pre-season so far, and the first few weeks with the team: “I am loving it! I am one of these really strange individuals who love the pre-season fitness sessions. I love the sense of achievement you feel at the end of a really tough session. The girls are fantastic and they have been more than welcoming!”
“It is great to be part of such a fantastic squad. Amanda and the rest of the coaching staff have been brilliant, encouraging and pushing us every step of the way. I love the professional feel the club has, we are respected as individuals and as players.”
The Warriors have been doing a lot of pre-season sessions, and are preparing for some friendlies before the Season kicks off. On the anticipation of her first game for Wigan, she said: “I can’t wait! I am looking forward to the mental and physical challenge. I do get nervous before games but I try and channel those nerves into positives to help me feel prepared for the game.”
“I am keen to show what I am capable of, not only to the coaches but to the rest of the girls and myself. I have had 5 years out of the game but I am feeling the fittest I have felt in a long time, so it’s time to show what all the early morning runs and intense training sessions have been for! I know I will be proud when I put that shirt on for the first time.”
The 31-year old also comes in as one of the more senior players in the squad: As a senior player I am hoping that the younger girls will look up to me and I will do my best, particularly in the matches to keep them positive and not let their heads drop.”
“When I was a 16-year old playing in the open age leagues, I struggled sometimes with my level of maturity on the pitch, for example if I made a mistake my head would drop. Now I am older I have the view that if you make a mistake it doesn’t matter, as long as you do what you can to keep your head up and try and make up for it, get the ball back, put a good tackle or do what you need to do.”
She added: “I also think the playing experience and years of experience help in the big games when tactically it gets tough, knowing not to give up and to be resilient. I hope this a strength I will bring to the team in 2019, I can’t wait to get started.”
**Gear up for the new Women’s Super League season by taking a look through their 2019 fixture list. First up it’s a derby clash with St Helens. Read HERE.