During the school holidays our 7's team embarked on a Japan Sanix Tour. We begun the tour in Hong Kong, visiting the Institute of Sport and training with the U18 Hong Kong side followed by ice baths and a pool session. The girls soaked up the sights of Hong Kong on a day tour to Victoria Peak by tram, Hong Kong Island by boat and Stanley Markets. Ocean park was another highlight of Hong Kong where the girls experienced exhilarating rides, panda bears and lots more theme park fun.
Japan is where the Sanix International Rugby and Sevens tournament takes place. This year the team was challenged in pool play by newcomers, Otemon Gakuin High School (Osaka) but won two games and pushed through to the semi-finals. The semi-final was a well fought battle but, unfortunately, a few calls went against us and we lost in the final stages of the game. Obviously, the team was disappointed but an hour later the girls were battle ready again and this time, even with only 6 players on the field, they played their hearts out and took the win after the hooter with Jazmine Hotham running 70m to score. The team were ranked 3rd overall and the newcomers, Otemon Gakuin High School, won the tournament.
Another highlight of our tour was hearing the news of Kanyon Paul making the New Zealand Seven’s development squad. We are very proud of Kanyon and the rest of our team for being great ambassadors for both Hamilton Girls High School and New Zealand.