Girls warm up with sevens

Tash Iti (16) of Otago Girls' High School, charges the ball up while Te Aroha Little (17) of South Otago High School attempts to slow her down. Photos: Gregor Richardson
Tash Iti (16) of Otago Girls' High School, charges the ball up while Te Aroha Little (17) of South Otago High School attempts to slow her down. Photos: Gregor Richardson
Lily Pringle (13), of South Otago High School, scores against Taieri College at Logan Park last Wednesday
Lily Pringle (13), of South Otago High School, scores against Taieri College at Logan Park last Wednesday
Olivia Fowler (15), of Columba College, gets a pass away as she is tackled by Beryn Abbott (17) of St Hilda's Collegiate
Olivia Fowler (15), of Columba College, gets a pass away as she is tackled by Beryn Abbott (17) of St Hilda's Collegiate

Girls' rugby continues to grow, as evidenced by the secondary schools sevens tournament which finished last week.

The tournament has been going for six years and is now a good lead-in to the school games of 15s, which will be played over the next few weeks.

The sevens tournament used to be played in the third term, but schools and players now prefer for it to be played in the second term, as it prepares players for the larger game.

Many of the players are new to the game, and enjoy the greater space in which to run and a chance to do something different.

And the players are not afraid to mix it up in the mud and cold.

The games also give young referees a chance to gauge how they enjoy the refereeing experience.

Teams from Dunedin schools took part, with a team also coming up from South Otago, while a combined team from the two North Otago high schools also travelled down to play for two weeks.

Columba College won the senior grade, and St Hilda's Collegiate was runner-up.

St Hilda's Collegiate won the senior B grade, and Kavanagh College was runner-up.

Otago Girls' High School won the junior grade, and South Otago High School was runner-up.

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