Sevens students off to nationals

Cambridge High School’s under 18 girls’ player Amber Hope charges for the finish line. Photo – Michael Jeans.

Twenty-five high school sevens teams battled it out for a spot in the national final at the Waikato Secondary Schools Condor Sevens qualifying tournament at Memorial Park in Cambridge last week.

The event on Wednesday night saw two St Peter’s teams – an under 18 boys’ team and under 18 girls’ team – and four Cambridge High School teams compete, with boys’ and girls’ teams for both under 15s and under 18s.

While the St Peter’s girls didn’t win a game, the boys made it through to their final against Hamilton Boys High School, last year’s national champions, and finished second to secure a place at nationals.

“I was impressed… we just wanted to make a showing and have a go,” said the St Peter’s coach for the tournament, Dion Berryman. “I think the boys were pleased… I was pleased with them.”

Cambridge High School’s Under 18 boys team finished fifth in the tournament and have secured a place in the national final. Photo – Michael Jeans.

The St Peter’s boys even managed to beat Hamilton Boys in their second game 21 – 5, but then lost 33-5 when they met again in the final.

Meanwhile, Cambridge High School made a strong showing in the tournament, with the under 15 girls’ team finishing second behind Hamilton Girls to make it through to the national final, and the under 18 boys’ team, finishing fifth overall, also going to the national tournament.

Cambridge High School’s under 18 girls finished fourth in the competition, and the under 15 boys were eliminated after pool play.

“It was a fantastic afternoon for sevens and our CHS teams played very well,” said Carl Hudson, coach for the CHS under 18 girls’ team. “A massive thanks must be passed on to all the players, coaches and managers for their efforts leading up and during the tournament.”

The National Secondary Schools Condor Sevens tournament will take place from November 29 to December 2 at Sacred Heart College in Auckland.

Cambridge High School’s under 18 boys team in a scrum against Fairfield College.

More Recent Sports

Ride on: Leo’s big target 

‘Outside the comfort zone is where you grow.’ “It was a saying on the Nutri-Grain box,” says Leo Piper, when The News asks if he’s daunted by the prospect of cycling for six hours straight….

A special mention for Jarrod 

Ask any cyclist at the Cambridge Velodrome who the most important person on the track is and most would point towards Jarrod Gilbert. As a world class competitor himself, the 28-year-old Cambridge caretaker understands the…

Schools return to battle 

The battle of the Waipā high schools saw Te Awamutu College, St Peter’s and Cambridge High back competing on the sporting fields for the first time in four years last week. It was Cambridge that…

Mud and glory

Appalling weather conditions meant the much anticipated “sea of red and white” at Hautapu’s Memorial Park in Cambridge on Saturday was more a small wave – but those who did participate, made a notable difference….