CONJOLA’S Janie Murray recently proved that sporting success goes hand in hand with her famous last name, by winning the Pig ‘N Porter tag rugby tournament in Limerick, Ireland.
Janie is the granddaughter of famous horse trainer Bede Murray and is the older sister of Group 7’s women’s league tag leading scorer Ebony Murray, who plays for the undefeated and league-leading Milton-Ulladulla Bulldogs.
Janie Murray, 29, has been teaching in London for the past two years, and this year joined the Tumeke, who have won three consecutive Pig ‘N Porter crowns.
“This was my first year playing Pig ‘N Porter, but I have been playing for Tumeke for the last year in London,” Janie said.
“We play weekly in social competitions and weekend tournaments in London.
“This year, going to the festival as a team, we defiantly felt the pressure and trying to make a repeat for the last two years.
“It's a very competitive tournament and a lot of other teams had their doubts about us but we came together as a team and played for one another, as we were a mixed team made up of Australians, New Zealanders, English and Irish players.
“And when it was all said and done, we won, which was the best feeling ever!”
In this year’s tournament, broken into a social A grade and a premiership cup division, there were more than 150 teams and the teams are mixed with eight players – four boys and girls.
“I would have to say this is my biggest sporting achievement to date,” Janie said.
“Before this, I won the women's first grade grand final back in 2013, and the premiership in 2012 for soccer, but this has topped it off.
“I haven't been playing tag for very long and then playing for a team like Tumeke is just awesome.
“I look forward to playing with my team mates each week and socialising and having a beer with them all after.
“London can get lonely and dull, especially being being so far away from home, but the Tumeke family looks after each other and we all play for each other which makes more than just playing tag.
“I enjoy playing tag and have made so many friends for life.”
“I follow the Milton-Ulladulla girls in their Group 7 competition and always try to watch them when I am back home.
“I've been travelling for the last three years, so haven't had the chance to play league tag, but would like to continue to play when I am home later this year.
“Ebony actually played in a London tag tournament with me last year, when she was visiting and travelling with me.
“Ebony is defiantly one of my idols.
“I love watching her play tag and playing along side her.
“We used played soccer back in the day but now it's all about league tag.”
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