The club, who were promoted into National Championship One North last season, have recruited Reece Spee, a professional with National Division One side Pertemps Bees, as Head Coach and Paul Downes, the Bees' Strength and Conditioning coach.
“I took the girls for a session last season and my wife also plays for the team,” said Spee, a New Zealander hailing from Mount Maunganui in the Bay of Plenty. “I saw the potential and thought it would be exciting to take them right through from pre-season.”
And with Downes' conditioning experience added to the mix, the team are being equipped to respond to the challenge both Reece and their opponents will be laying down this season.
Downes added: “I have been really impressed. The girls are well organised and give everything they have. I want every team that they play against to know they have come up against a physically strong, fast and motivated team that will dig in and compete for 80 minutes.”
Downes too comes with a wealth of experience having worked successfully with the Bees and further a field with Super 14 team the Auckland Blues.
Camp Hill Ladies captain Becci Lewis added: “Bringing Reece and Paul on board was the next natural step for us as we look to adopt a more professional approach to performance and player management.
“As our opponents get tougher and our games harder, every advantage will count so to have guys of this calibre committed and part of the set-up is a real coup for us.”
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