St Mary’s played under the flag of Canada at the recent Rippa Rugby World Cup held at Blake Park.  Our year 3/4 team and our year 5/6 team were joined by 62 other teams in the Western Bay regional tournament.  Each team consisted of five boys and five girls.

Our teams represented their school and Canada with pride and excellent sportsmanship.  The year 3/4 team had a very successful day.  Despite winning all their games in pool play, they were unlucky not to finish top of their pool and ended up second on a count back.  They were unstoppable and didn’t lose a game all day and finished up 5th, winning the Shield divison and missing out by one spot on moving on to the Bay of Plenty competition.

The year 5/6 team also finished second in their pool on a count back.  They meet some tough competition in the subsequent rounds but were up to the challenge and finished a well placed 8th.  A highlight for the children was having black ferns captain Sarah Goss and Kelly Brazier watching and supporting them.  The senior team were particularly lucky and got to have a photo with them and also touch and have a photo with Kelly’s Olympic Silver medal.

It was a terrific day with our teams showcasing some amazing speed and skills.  A big thank you to Mr Barry and Mr Greaves for coaching and sharing their knowledge with the teams.