Best in NZ – Premier Girls' Touch Team!

December 11, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Our Premier Girls' Touch Team headed to the New Zealand Secondary School Touch Championships, over the weekend, determined to win the coveted national title. The tournament at Bruce Pullman Park brought the top teams from around the country to compete over three days in unseasonably hot and muggy conditions.

The two days of pool play resulted in the girls going unbeaten and scoring 61 tries, including two strong wins over last year’s finalists, Hamilton Girls and Columba College, placing them top of their pool.

Sunday morning saw them matched against a resolute St Hilda’s team. With time out for an injured ref and a field move, the girls found themselves battling from behind for most of the game until Mahina Paul burst through the line and scored with two minutes to go - to give the girls the win they needed for a spot in the final for the fourth time in five years!

Facing an equally determined Hamilton Girls, in front of a huge crowd, both teams started nervously and took a while to settle and then score.  It was 1-1 at half time, then 3-3 with three minutes to go in the game! In a nail-biting finish, with strong defence, they held out and finally scored in the final moments securing the national title!

To top it off, Saint Kentigern had four girls named in the tournament team: Tori Kolose, Jaymie Kolose, Lisa Putt and Mahina Paul. Jaymie was also named MVP of the tournament.

The girls really did appreciate the fantastic support, in such hot, tough conditions, throughout the tournament and wish to thank their supporters.

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