Five teams contesting girls’ rugby tournament

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The Secondary School Girls’ Rugby Festival is back in Oamaru for the 12th time.

Five rugby teams featuring girls from a variety of schools from throughout the South Island have descended on Oamaru for the tournament.

The schools taking part are St Kevin’s, Motueka High School, Ashburton College, St Hilda’s College and the Forward Foundation, a team featuring players from the Christchurch area.

Many of the sides struggled for enough numbers from their own school so have brought down some pupils from other schools who were keen for a game.

Girls’ Rugby Festival organiser Geoff Simons said it was good to see some promising talent around.

“There are some pretty talented footballers around here, and the tournament continues to show them off.”

The tournament takes place over three days, with the teams playing each other in short 10-minute matches over the first two days before returning on the Wednesday for a 7s tournament.

“The 7s tournament is quite an important part. We think it’s what attracts girls to the game and there is the chance to be a professional 7s player.”

The tournament was started in 2001 and has been in Oamaru for the last 12 years.

“It’s just such a central location for us to hold the tournament, and there is always accommodation in Oamaru, which is great.”

St Kevin’s had a tough start to the tournament losing 36-0 to St Hilda’s and 38-0 to the Forward Foundation.

They play again tomorrow at 9am, 9.40am, 12pm and 12.40pm.

PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY

TOO STRONG: St Kevin’s College midfield Rose McCarthy shrugs off St Hilda’s College opposite Courtney Shea.