Hamilton Girls High School reinforced their reputation as the leading secondary school in girls rugby last weekend by winning their second consecutive National Top Four title.
For a fourth year in a row the event was staged in Palmerston North, and despite featuring the same four schools as last year, it was noticeable the standard of play has increased.
Hamilton trounced Southern Cross 73-0 in the 2014 decider. This year they were stoically challenged by Southland Girls' High School, eventually prevailing 27-5.
Waikato senior representative Terina Te Tamaki is the captain of Hamilton Girls.' She says an increase in player numbers is the reason why the competition is more competitive.
"All the teams definitely upped their games this year. There are more girls getting into the game and that is increasing the standard and opportunities."
Hamilton lost nine players from last year's team and Te Tamaki says the highlight was watching their replacements improve.
"It was great to see the babies in the team step up. We are in good shape for the Condor Sevens and next year."
Te Tamaki was briefly injured and missed the Chiefs final after being dropped in a lineout. The openside was in imperious form at the National Top Four. She scored a try in the final and stood out with her abrasive defence.
Next year Te Tamaki plans to study early childhood and one day she hopes to became a Black Fern.
Hamilton Girls 2015 Season
· Sacred Heart College, 102-0
· Te Awamutu College, 34-0
· Feilding High School, 35-0
· Auckland Girls' Grammar, 41-5
· Matamata College, 79-0
· Tokoroa College, 34-0
· Hamilton Girls' High School 2nd XV, 98-0
· Matamata College, 86-0 (Waikato Semi-Final)
· Tokoroa College, 47-0 (Waikato Final)
· Feilding High School, 27-17
· Opotiki College, 29-15 (Chiefs Final)
· Southern Cross Campus, 46-12 (Top Four Semi-Final)
· Southland Girls' High School, 27-5 (Top Four Final)