Southern Cross win four straight
Southern Cross Campus are the queens of Auckland school girl rugby, again.
The Parusi Lemalu and Rod Ratu coached side claimed their fourth straight championship with a hard fought 24-17 win over Onehunga High School at Williams Park, Mangere last Monday. The victory opens the door for a crack at the national title.
But first they must beat the winner of the match between the champions of Northland and North Harbour for the right to represent the Blues region.
Ratu says the team owes it’s four year reign to the systems and structures put in place by the school’s sports department and the continuity of teaching and coaching staff.
‘‘We focus producing athletes, developing their skills and shaping their attitudes towards training, learning and self improvement. Much of what they learn becomes transferable to the classroom.’’
Ratu says the programme is at a stage now where the 1st XV players, both girls and boys, now coach Year 7 and 8 students.
‘‘The idea is to ensure we have a whole lot of students coming through each year. This provides for a continuity of numbers and a consistency skills.’’
Ratu says the programme doesn’t distinguish between girls and boys.
He says it’s contributed to the success of the girls’ 1st XV, the girls’ turbo touch team which won the Auckland title for a second year running and the boy’s rugby league team, the reigning New Zealand champions.
Prop Luti Sikolau, first five Jaime Patuki, centre Sarah Filimoeatu, No. 8 Tuiala Iakopo and Idlequinn Tapasoa are testament to the programme’s success.
The five were among the first girls drafted into the programme. They’ve featured in every championship win and will be shooting for a fifth next year.
The full squad is: Alvin Cocker, Opomataniu Feso, Faith Filimoeatu, Sarah Filimoeatu, Loreta Fraser, Tilila Hifo, Tuiala Iakopo. Laumanu Lavulavu, Shaniah Lui, Oloataua Magele, Paea Matangi. Tili Moli, Imeleta Oloa, Jaime Patuki, Luti Sikoloni, Idlequinn Tapusoa, Lavinia Tauhalaliku. Tatianah Temata, Lucy Teofili Fidow, Zoya To’ofohe. Amelia Tulelei, Florida Viliamu Otto.