Muddy, rainy conditions did not stop Craighead Diocesan’s rugby team from scoring a 20-10 victory over Mid Canterbury during the Aoraki secondary schools girls’ rugby final last Wednesday. The Timaru school scored its win at Alpine Energy Stadium during the early evening match against its Mid Canterbury competition, made up of players from Ashburton and Mt Hutt Colleges. The Courier’s Greta Yeoman popped along to the stadium to capture the action.
After the final playoff, the Aoraki Secondary School Girls team was also named.
They are (back, from left) Caitlin Smith (Ashburton/Hutt), Georgia Smith (Craighead), Tayla Barnaby (ASH), Danielle Tippett (CH), Harriet Grace (CH), Aiden Elvines (ASH), Nikita Clemens (CH), Georgie Dickson (CH), Tyla Harraway (ASH), Meg Tregenza (CH), Amy Taggart (CH) and Sophie Lightbourne (CH). Centre, from left are Naomi So’oaemalelagi (ASH), Kate Donald (ASH), Felicity Hampton (CH), Naumai Terekia (ASH), Oliver Mackenzie (CH), Taylor Allan (CH), Emily Smith (CH) and (front, centre) Emily Smith (CH). Absent from the photo were Roncalli College players Anna Gregan, Sara Waldron, Ruby Sugrue and Hayley Tinkler. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMANThe team will begin training on Monday at Alpine Energy Stadium, before heading to Christchurch on September 15 for two pre-tournament games against the Canterbury rep and Canterbury development teams. They will play again against Canterbury, Canterbury Devel and Otago in Geraldine on September 22, as another pre-tournament playoff. The Aoraki team will compete in the South Island Secondary School Tournament in Christchurch on September 31-October 2.