Women In Rugby | Sera And Frieda Ah-Sam

Mon, Aug 7, 2023, 6:52 AM
Rugby WA Media
by Rugby WA Media

Sera and Frieda Ah-Sam created a unique piece of WA rugby history when they became the first ever mother and daughter duo to play for the State side.

Prop Frieda made her Super W debut in the opening round of 2020 against the Brumbies before packing down against the Reds beside mum, who shifted from her usual position as prop into hooker.

It has been a real family affair at Kingsway, home of the Wanneroo Districts club.

Sera started playing as a 22-year-old with her sister and cousin 18 years ago when the Roo Dogs women's side was known as the Roobies.

Two of her sons also pulled on the green and white Roo Dogs jumper.

But not in her wildest dreams did Sera think that year's later she would be running out with her daughter in what is now the Wanneroo Divaz.

And certainly not in the WA jumper as the first two-generation pair.

"My sister and our cousin said to come and check it out all those years ago," Sera said.

"From then on I was hooked.

"I'd just had my second child and I used to come off the field, breast feed and go back on.

"We lost every game in the first season. It was just for fun."

As the Divaz, they have gone on to become one of the strongest women's sides in the WA competition.

"It was amazing playing together for the first time for the Divaz and then the WA side," Sera said.

"We've come a long way but it still makes me teary sometimes.

"You couldn't stop me back then and you won't stop me for a while yet.

"I'm not going anywhere. I just love playing rugby."

Frieda, 21, started playing when she was 14, after watching younger brothers Myran and Nortorious.

"She was fed up just watching them, so she asked if she could come down to training," Sera said.

"She was actually pretty good!

"Now we're old heads keeping the rest in line."

Frieda, back this season after missing two years with a torn a patellar tendon that required two surgeries, is looking at a switch to No.8 but still packing down in the front row.

"The women's game in Perth has come back stronger this year," Frieda said.

"Even though it's a small competition it's more competitive and there are more opportunities to go further."

Mum and daughter are now putting back to the game that has given them so much as junior coaches at Wanneroo.

"It's great to see that we've got girls taking the opportunities available for the young generation," Sera said.

"We have a new generation coming through and we're all about developing them, helping them grow and enjoy the game.

"There is so much talent coming through in WA and if you really want to be something, go for it."

Frieda started coaching when she was sidelined by injury.

"I think I've grown more knowledge by coaching," she said.

"It's something that more players should experience.

"Club wise the women's game is getting bigger and rolling.

"It's just great.

"It's awesome to see the girls coming in and how they are moving into 17s and the Divaz."

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