The Long Bay College Open Girls team finished ninth at last year’s Condor 7s, and they return to the tournament this weekend as recent North Harbour champions. We caught up with the team ahead of the tournament this coming weekend.
Team: Long Bay College Open Girls Rugby Sevens Team
Founded: Long Bay College was founded in 1975. The school vision being Personal Excellence for Global Success.
Dene Vosloo (Captain) – (Jersey No: 10 – Year 13)
Dannidee Dreyer – (Jersey No: 5 – Year 12)
Faith Underwood – (Jersey No: 2 – Year 12)
Georgie Carroll – (Jersey No: 9 – Year 11)
Hannah Corkill – (Jersey No: 3 – Year 10)
Holly Skinner – (Jersey No: 13 – Year 13)
Jenna Over - (Jersey No: 6 – Year 13)
Jessica Heath – (Jersey No: 11 – Year 13)
Kara Sheerin – (Jersey No: 4 – Year 11)
Latisha Trigwell-Achmad – (Jersey No: 8 – Year 11)
Mila Matson – (Jersey No: 14 – Year 11)
Phillipa Henderson – (Jersey No: 12 – Year 13)
Renee Haywood - (Jersey No: 1 – Year 10)
Sammy Speak – (Jersey No: 7 – Year 12)
Coach: Kevin Parslow
Manager: Teresa Underwood
The Long Bay College Open Girls Rugby Sevens team has had a successful year of rugby in 2018, with the team going undefeated in the Harbour Sevens tournament and winning the final against Massey High School. This was the school’s maiden win, after finished second on four previous occasions.
In July, the team was invited to the Griffin’s Invitational Rugby Sevens Tournament in Noumea, New Caledonia. The team only had one loss to the eventual winners of the tournament and came away asthe Plate winners. During the tournament, the girls played a team from the island of Lifou who could not afford mouth guards and many players did not have boots. In the spirit of rugby, the Long Bay College girls went into town after the first day of play and purchased mouth guards and boots for the team. The Lifou team was exceptionally grateful of the gifts and gave a blessing to the Long Bay College Girls.
The Long Bay College 10-a-side team, of which all the Sevens team are part of, convincingly wonthe North Harbour Championship against Rangitoto College in a thrilling final (54 to 12) at QBE Stadium prior to a Mitre 10 Cup game.
The team motto is Control the Controllable.
Ten of the Long Bay College players have played for North Harbour in either Sevens or 15-a-side this
Phillipa Henderson won 2018 Harbour Player of the Year at the recent North Harbour Rugby Awards. Jessica Heath has recently participated in the Red Bull Ignite 7 tournament for the quest to find the next Black Ferns Sevens superstars.
As a school, the Long Bay College Girls Rugby programme has been so successful due to the coaching of Kevin Parslow and his ongoing passion to promote Girls Rugby. The school currently has 22 U15 girls who are training which will further build the team for the future.
Long Bay College are in Pool L on the first day of the Condors, along with St Mary’s College (Wellington), Gisborne Girls’ High School (Poverty Bay) and Opotiki College (Bay of Plenty).
Their games on the opening day are:
10.10am Long Bay College v Gisborne Girls’ High School (field 4)
12.10pm Long Bay College v St Mary’s College (field 1)
2.10pm: Long Bay College v Opotiki College (field 3)
PHOTOS: Credit to Donald Allison-Carnie and Kevin Parslow for images in this story.