Howick wins national sevens champs

The winning team.

Howick College’s senior girls Rugby 7s team have become national champions after winning the Youthtown Condors Sevens.

It is the first time they have ever made it to the finals and went through with six tournament wins to win the title. They will now go on to compete in the Sanix tournament in Japan next year.

The senior team is captained by Hinemoa Watene who represented NZ in the U18 rugby 7s team and won a gold medal at the Youth Olympics in Argentina

Both teams came through top of their pools and entered quarter finals on the second days of their respective tournaments

The senior girls lost to St Mary’s last year in the quarter finals and were determined to make amends. St Mary’s were one of the favourites for this year’s final

The U15 girls lost in the semi finals to Southern Cross in the Auckland competition and met them again in their pool play and showed their skill level and fitness to beat them.

The senior girls finished second in the Auckland competition which is the qualifier for Condors, losing to MAGS in golden point.

They have all trained hard leading up to the national tournament, wanting to improve on last year’s placings – a very focused and determined team. “These talented young ladies came through the tournament with six wins, 184 points for and only 19 against,” the school said.