The mighty Wauchope High School U17s girls’ rugby team have done fantastically well.
On September 25, they played in the NSW Secondary Schools Rugby 7’s State Championships in Newcastle. The competition was for all schools across NSW: public, private and Catholic.
To make it there, the girls qualified at zone and then regional level. They were drawn in Pool A and first up, played Calrossy from Tamworth. The girls defeated them 17-0. Next up was Monte St Angelo North Sydney. The girls won 33-12.
“Our final pool game was against our nemesis Hunter Sports High School,” said coach, Matthew Taylor.
“We have never beaten them at State level. The girls put history aside and defeated Hunter Sports 22-0.”
In the semi-final we played St Peter’s Catholic College Tuggerah and beat them 33-15 to qualify for the final against St Pius Adamstown, and in an amazing performance, won 43-0.
The Wauchope High School U17’s Girl’s Rugby team were crowned State Champions. The girls won 13 out of 13 games in season 2018 scoring 402 points for and having only 61 points scored against them. They scored 66 tries and kicked 36 conversions.
Mr Taylor says the girls’ success is testament to their hard work on the training paddock.
“The girls are a credit to themselves, our school and our town. No one can ever take that State title away from them and it just goes to show what we in Wauchope can do: take on the state and win.”
The team have been extremely well-supported by WHS staff, especially the Support Unit staff, parents, families and supporters, the WHS P&C, the WHS SRC, the Port Macquarie-Hastings Mayoral Sporting Fund, the Wauchope Lions Club, bus drivers Mr Whittock and Mr Price, Bruce Doherty, assistant coach Mr O’Brien, resident scrum doctor Mr Palmer, regular guest coach Jimmy Holbeck and photographer Madison Auld.
“September 25 was a wonderful day for our girls. Not only did they win five out of five games including the final 43-0, they kept three of their opposition teams scoreless. An incredible achievement in the game of Rugby 7’s. All of the girls played well and impressed those who saw them play,” he said.
Congratulations to the girls, the coaches, the support team and the families.