In an exciting final held at QBE Stadium last month, the Long Bay College girls’ rugby team won the 2019 North Harbour Rugby Secondary Schools Girls Championship for the second year in a row. The girls played Westlake Girls, winning the game 22-17. On the evening before the match, Long Bay College was proud to host three of the rugby girls’ idols, Toka Natua, Karli Faneva and Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate from the New Zealand women’s rugby team, the Black Ferns. The women encouraged the Long Bay side with stories of their personal challenges and successes during their journey to elite rugby.
“To have our role models stand before us and speak about the game was such an incredible experience. It made us so excited to play the game we love with people we love,” says Year 12 student, Latisha Trigwell-Achmad, who scored two tries in the North Harbour final. Team Captain, Dannidee Dryer, was deeply humbled to meet the Black Ferns who presented her, along with her teammates, with their match jerseys. “It really inspired me to put my heart on the line in the final and give it my all.”
Mr Kevin Parslow, Long Bay College Rugby Girls team coach say he is extremely proud of the girls. “We had a number of younger newcomers to the team this year and it has been fantastic to see them join the great culture established by the senior girls, who were keen to hold onto the trophy from last year. Westlake Girls was undefeated throughout the season so when they scored the first try of the final, it was great to see our girls hold their heads high and stay strong.” Long Bay College has a history of success in girls’ rugby. This is the fourth time in the competition’s history that the College has won the North Harbour trophy.