Otago University fifth

Georgia Mason.
Georgia Mason.
The Otago University women’s side finished fifth at the national tertiary sevens tournament in Palmerston North last weekend.

Two of its players have been named in a squad which may compete in a world tertiary tournament next year.

The Otago side got the tough side of the draw, having to play the two finalists — Canterbury and Waikato  — in its group and may have made the semifinals if it was in the other side of the draw in the tournament which featured seven teams.

Otago ended up beating AUT twice. Canterbury won the tournament.

All players had to be fulltime tertiary students to participate. The Otago team included new players to the region.

Otago Spirit flanker Georgia Mason captained the side and she was selected in a tournament team along with Emma Hopcroft.

Hopcroft comes from Southland and is the New Zealand under-20 long jump champion and is a talented athlete. She is a first-year physical education student at the University of Otago.

The tournament team selected will form part of a long list for a planned world tertiary sevens tournament in Namibia next year.

Whether the team goes to Namibia will depend on university sport bosses here and New Zealand Rugby. It will be self-funded. 

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