August is a busy month for the core winter sports that call Ngā Puna Wai home with finals being played across all grades for both hockey and rugby league.
Other codes that may not have held their general competitions at Ngā Puna Wai during the winter season, have also been making use of the quality sports hub to hold their finals due to the larger crowds the venue can hold and it’s world class facilities.
On Wednesday 17 August, wā̄hine rangatahi from Ōtautahi secondary schools came together to play the final of the Miles Toyota 1st XV Cup, Canterbury Rugby’s female secondary school competition.
In the grand final, Christchurch Girls High School 1st XV took on Avonside Girls High School 1st XV in a captivating game of rugby which showcased great skill and athleticism.
Christchurch Girls High School took out this game a 69-17 win, reflecting another strong season for the school.
Canterbury Rugby Football Union’s Female competition has grown in recent years and this season saw nine schools in the division including, Christchurch Girls High 1st XV, Christchurch Girls High 2nd XV, Marion Combined, Lincoln Combined, Rangiora High School, Kaiapoi High, Forward Foundation, Avonside Girls and Villa Maria College.
Liz Worthington, Canterbury Rugby’s Female and Teenage Rugby Development Officer, reflected on this year’s female competition, saying, “It has been another successful season for our school girls. We saw nine teams enter our mid-week Miles Toyota Cup, with it being especially exciting to have newcomers Kaiapoi High School joining for the first time. This year saw a bit of disruption within the competition with the consistent rain and sickness, but aside from this, we still saw schools and girls turning up each week, enjoying playing rugby at Burnside Park.” The secondary school boy’s competition, the Miles Toyota Championship Final, where Nelson College 1st XV will be taking on St Bede’s College 1st XV, is set to be played at Trafalga Park in Nelson on August 27. This had to be postponed from August 20 due to flooding in the Tasman region.
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Article added: Monday 22 August 2022