U15 Girls Rugby written by Dixie Burr
On Friday the 7th of September, the U15 Eastern Girls’ team took up the challenge of competing in the ‘Highlanders Region 10 aside Tournament’ located here in Gore. Our team was made up of girls from Gore High School, Blue Mountain College and St Peter’s College. Rugby Southland held the event, bringing along with them two Black Ferns and Nancy - the ‘Women’s Rugby World Cup’.
With a positive mindset, our team prepared for our first game against St Hilda’s Collegiate. We fought hard in this match, but the outcome wasn’t as great as we had hoped. This wasn’t much of a problem considering this was the first of 5 games. We left that loss behind us and focused on the upcoming game against Queen’s High School from Dunedin. With Krishanee Tamou, our Coach, screaming at us from the side-line and an improvement in our defensive structure, we came away with the win, 20 - 7.
With plenty of smiles, our team continued forward, and we won our next match against Menzie’s College, 27 - 0. This was our goal, to beat our closest neighbours and we achieved this successfully. With winning this we were in the top 8, playing Taieri College next. This game was a challenging one. Having most of our school standing in support on the side-lines and we played with passion and determination winning 29 - 24. This was the highlight of the tournament for me, having the older boys cheering us on and acknowledging our talents.
Points did play a part in the rankings, which left us to play for 5th or 6th against South Otago High School. With narrowly losing this game, we were placed 6th out of 13 teams.
Our efforts left us proud and by the end of it we had nothing left in us. I was given the privilege of Captaining the girls and was extremely thankful for their efforts on the field. For only having three training sessions with each other, our team definitely came together as one. Thank you to Krishanee Tamou for being the awesome Coach and Kathryn Pinckney for organising us on the day and always keeping us positive. Hopefully next year we can come away with the gold medal!