Girls Rugby- Papatoetoe Champions
By: Gracie Campbell (Rm22) and Rimu Frandi (Rm21)
The girls team hopped in the van and drove off to Puhinui School, full of excitement and nerves. When we got to Puhinui we set up our gazebo and sat down quietly eating our morning tea. Our nerves were growing as we all watched the Over 50 kg team play their first game against Papatoetoe South. Mr Ginders called us together and gave messages from our coach Mr ‘Ofamo’oni, who was away sick. When the boys finished we walked on to the field nervously and waited for Kingsford girls to arrive.
Game 1 v Kingsford:
The horn blew and Kingsford kicked the ball off.. The game was hard and there were some good and fast girls playing against us. It was a close game but we won 2-0. We were really nervous before our first game, because for lots of the girls it was their first time playing rugby. The Girls ran to the gazebo and almost fell asleep cause they were tired but we had to continue.
Game 2 v Puhinui
Our next game was against Puhinui and Rimu was excited because she wanted smash her cousin. When they kicked the ball Grace caught it and ran as hard as she could until she finally got tackled. The game was a tough game, with a few high tackles from both teams, but the game was fun and we won 6-0.
Game 3 v Papatoetoe South
After our rest we played Papatoetoe South. Nearly all the girls scored a try in this game and it was fun. The score was a 12-0 win., which was our highest score of the day.
Game 4 v Holy Cross B
Our next game was the game we had the most fun in. We got to play our own school, as we had two teams. Everyone enjoyed playing their friends and classmates and we came away win another win 10 -0.
Final v Kingsford
We had a long rest before our rugby final, which was against Kingsford. Everyone was terrified that we were going to lose, but Mr Ginders calmed our nerves and gave some more messages from Mr ‘Ofamo’oni. The game started well and we scored some quick tries to put the pressure on Kingsford. We had the goal to keep Kingsford to a doughnut, meaning keeping them to no tries, as we hadn’t conceded a try all day. Despite our nerves we ended up playing our best game winning 8-0. We kept Kingsford to a “doughnut.”
All of the girls were tired and a little bit sore from a hard day of rugby. As we were leaving to go back to school we got rewarded with a ball. Mr Ginders was happy that we won and stopped at the diary and bought us all Ice-Blocks.
We now go to Auckland Champions in Term 3.