The Mahurangi College girl’s rugby team made the final four of the North Harbour Secondary School Girls' competition.
The side won four of its seven round robin matches to qualify in third place for the championship play-off round.
Coach Mike Cooper says the side has improved hugely over the course of the season.
“We’re getting more structure into the team, which is definitely helping,” Mike says.
“Our goal is to finish third or better in the play-off round.”
The team was set back by an 88-0 loss to Kaipara College in the play-off first round.
“It was disappointing to lose by such a large margin, as we wanted to be competitive.”
“Ball retention and defence are both things we’re working on to improve our game.”
Mike says finishing anywhere in the top four will still be a huge positive for the college team, after the side failed to win a game last season.
“This year’s result should make the team more attractive to other girls considering playing.
“Support for the team is growing and there is a strong group of players coming through from the intermediate bracket.”
Some team members are also looking to play at a higher level, with Tenaija Fletcher and Moana
Courtenay making the North Harbour U18 Women’s wider development squad.
Korotaake Tebutoki, Elizabeth Hepoto and Samantha Williams-Robson were all selected to represent North Harbour U15 Women’s in a recent tournament.