Five star netballers chasing rugby glory

College Sport Media:

Howick College is a state co-educational secondary school founded in 1974 and located in the eastern Auckland suburb of Cockle Bay. The school has a roll of 2093 students and the motto is Whakamanawahia tētehi hapori o ngā ākonga hihiri – Inspiring a community of passionate learners.

Howick has little history as a rugby programme, but they have made rapid strides in their brief existence in sevens.

Howick first competed in the YouthTown Condor 7s in 2014 – the year girls rugby was introduced at the college. Howick finished runners-up. In 2015, Howick went one better and captured the Under-15 National title. They beat fellow Auckland schools Southern Cross (19-17) and Otahuhu College (19-5) in the semi-final and final and Iva Livani was the Player of the Tournament.

In 2016, Howick competed in the open grade for the first time and made the quarterfinals, losing to Motueka High School (12-17) and going on to win the Plate with wins over Southern Cross (31-5) and Christchurch Girls’ High School (5-26).

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