Hamilton Girls' High School in sevens heaven
Hamilton Girls' High School have the best secondary schools sevens team on the planet.
The team returned home from Hawaii yesterday morning with the Aloha World Sevens trophy packed safely in their luggage.
There's no time for rest, as the newly-crowned world champions were back training yesterday afternoon, and play Auckland Girls' Grammar School in a 15-a-side match this morning.
"We're very proud," coach Crystal Kaua said.
"Our biggest competition there was the Australian Barbarians, they were a full under-20 side, and they were real solid competition."
Tenika Willison scored twice in the final, with Violet Hapi-Wise and Ariana Hira-Herangi also crossing to hand Girls' High a 22-0 lead.
Australian Barbarians struck back with two late tries, but Girls' High held on to claim a 22-12 victory.
Hira-Herangi was named tournament MVP.
Kaua said the final was the second toughest match her team have played, but it's the best team they have played which shows how good they are. "Sean Horan and the New Zealand team invited us into camp in the lead up, so we were fortunate enough to play against the New Zealand team," Kaua said.
"We lost 29-0. That's the hardest match we've played, but it's not bad considering.
"The girls were buzzing out being over there and getting to play those guys. It was really kind of them."
To put that result into context, New Zealand are world champions and two-time Women's Sevens World Series champions.
This season they beat the United States 31-0, Ireland 29-0, and in the Atlanta Sevens final in February, they beat Canada 36-0.
Kaua said today's match against Grammar would be tough, and will be good to watch for the future Olympians who will be on show.
"These girls are aiming for the Olympics, for sure," Kaua said.
Girls' High plays Auckland Girls' Grammar School today at 10.30am at Hamilton Girls' High School.
- Waikato Times
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