Two Mahurangi College students showed grit in their national U12 tag title victory with Hibiscus Coast last month.
Ava Jane-Rashleigh and Louise Makin played the New Zealand Tag Nationals at Ngati Otara Park from December 7 to 9. Their team dominated Porirua 13-3 in the final, despite losing 4-3 to the same side in the pool stage.
Jane-Rashleigh says the competition provided its challenges, but teamwork made the difference.
“It wasn’t a walkover for us and the heat of the sun really made things difficult, with a number of us getting burnt,” she says.
“There were no individuals in our team though, and the way we linked up was the reason we won.”
She also noted the value of her side’s sportsmanship, with the team comforting Porirua, who were upset following the surprise defeat.
Hibiscus Coast also beat South Auckland, Manukau Blue, North Harbour White, Central and Hibiscus Coast White en route to the final.