- Amy Boardman reflects on the Warriors Women’s 2021 season.
- Boardman: “We didn’t finish how we wanted to but we dug deep and kept going until the end.“
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Wigan Warriors Women’s Amy Boardman looks back on her first year in Cherry & White, where despite picking up a season ending injury, she feels she has made plenty of improvements.
In her first year at Wigan, Boardman made 7 appearances, scoring two tries and three goals. On the season, she said: “This first season for me at Wigan has been the best. I have achieved so much in myself and I have improved so much. The squad and coaches have been so supportive of me and pushed me to be my best.”
Before joining the Warriors, Boardman had played at Bradford Bulls and spent 2020 with Huddersfield Giants: “I enjoyed my time at Bradford but I made my decision to leave and come to Wigan. Being here has offered me so much more and everyone has been very supportive, even through my injury. I never fulfilled a season at Huddersfield due to Covid and I also had expectations of more of a gym programme and unfortunately with them being a brand new team it was too much too soon.”
The Warriors started well, winning five games from five in the Betfred Women’s Super League but ended with a run of defeats: “We had the best start. Unfortunately, we didn’t finish how we wanted to but we dug deep and kept going until the end. We had some injuries midseason to some players and I think that threw us a bit.
“We started to feel very comfortable with each other, getting to know how people play and due to injuries players had to be changed around. It was like learning to play with new players again but credit to the girls that did step up, they did an amazing job and the team stayed together as one.”
Boardman picked up an LCL injury before the Play-Offs and didn’t feature again in 2021: “Very unfortunate with my injury, it was hard as it’s been pretty much the only injury of my whole career apart from my eye.
“I had my frustrations. Sitting on the sidelines really hurt, I just wanted to be on the pitch with the team and be there to help hold their heads high, win or lose.
Looking ahead to 2022, the forward said: “The next season is my focus point, getting fit and strong again. At the moment I am doing rehab on my injury and focusing on getting back to full strength.
“The girls have been so supportive, they’ve been training three times a week and doing our own extras. They put 110% in on and off the pitch and every focus is being a strong team and being the team to watch for next season.”