Tu Toa on national title target after NI win

Tu Toa have qualified for the national secondary schools tournament after winning the lower North Island competition at Vautier Park on Friday.

The 32-23 win over Wellington East Girls' College in the final gives Tu Toa the chance to claim back-to-back titles after beating Auckland Girls' Grammar School in the final last year.

Tu Toa's Materoa Poi, Kayla Williams, Renee Te Riini and Emma-May Murray-Fifita were named in the lower North Island tournament team while Palmerston North Girls' High School's Shannon Kirkcaldie and Keaghan Seymour and Nga Tawa Diocesan School's Danielle Gray also featured. Tu Toa's Anania Kerehoma-Cook won the attacker of the tournament and overall player of the tournament. The defender of the tournament was Jackie Gowler, from Nga Tawa.

Georgia Ratima, from Freyberg High School, was in the B grade tournament team.

Freyberg were runners-up in the B grade, losing the final to Hasting Girls' High School 26-23.

Palmerston North Girls' High School finished fifth and qualify for the secondary schools tournament along with Tu Toa.

The secondary schools tournament will be held in Timaru from October 9 to 12.

Manawatu Standard