The Wellington Rugby Football Union have named their extended representative sevens’ squads. Congratulations to Cheyne Copeland, Lomia Fa’amausili, Dhys Faleafaga, Lyric Faleafaga, Ainsleyana Puleiata, Renee Savai’inaea and Monica Tagoa’i who have all been named in the Wellington Women’s Team. What a wonderful achievement for such dedicated group of athletes.
Congratulations to the St Mary’s College Sevens team once again, when on Saturday 5 November they won the American Ambassador Sevens title. This is a Wellington Women’s Club competition and it is extraordinary that a College team has done so well. The girls went through the day unbeaten, defeating Norths Rugby Club 26-12 in the semi-final and then Oriental Rongotai Rugby Football Club 24-15 in the final. Keep up the good work!
On Monday October 24 St Mary’s Sevens Team competed in the Condor Regionals at Naenae College. Over five games they scored 216 points with only 10 points scored against them. They now go to Auckland in December to compete at Condor Nationals.
On Tuesday, October 18th, Rebekah Amitrano represented St Mary’s in the Stockley Cup, an annual senior speech competition put on by the Wellington Speaking Union. It was held in Parliament this year there and were 15 speakers from almost every school in Wellington. The speeches were wide ranging in subject and style and the overall standard was excellent. Rebekah delivered her speech on Women’s Rights, with passion and commitment.
On 5 Oct, 26 girls in the rowing squad headed up to Whanganui and settled into the Army Camp at Languards Bluff. The camp is located next to the airport and whilst pretty basic, it served its purpose and provided a good base for the week. On the first day the girls unpacked the boat trailer and set up the boats for an afternoon row. Unfortunately the wind picked up so the girls didn’t get out on the water and instead put on their running shoes and ran 8km from Top Ten (where our boats were kept) to Union boat club.
Fortunately the water conditions were better the next day and the girls were able to train for two 3 hr sessions. During both sessions the training was conducted in pouring rain. The girls, whilst soaking wet, showed great character in adverse conditions and trained hard.
Overhead conditions during the next couple days provided largely clear skies for the girls to train in, allowing them to hone their newly acquired rowing skills. The camp culminated with a race day on Sunday morning. This session saw the girls race each other to bring out the competitive spirit and to simulate a regatta scenario in preparation for upcoming Regattas. It was a great way to finish the camp with close racing, demonstrating just how far the girls have come in such a short time.
The annual Dunsheath Shield Speech Competition for junior public speakers is a competitive and inspiring opportunity for Year 9 and 10 students to express their voice. Catherine Ramoo represented St Mary’s College with an entertaining and thoughtful speech on the life lessons found in stories, in particular Disney films. Amongst some remarkable speeches, Catherine’s speech was very well received and she was placed third.