Kapiti College girls 1st XI excited to progress to Premier Grade

Exciting but very anxious times for the Kapiti College girls this year as they have won their way up to the Wellington Secondary Schools Premier Girls Hockey grade for the first time.

A dream for their Captain Ashleigh Hill who from year 9 has been the MVP for the team and has been a major factor in getting them there. They have been on the brink over the past 2 years and have now made it. Ashleigh is a fantastic mentor to the younger players and has a real team attitude which now has filtered through the whole team, which wass also one of her goals being one of the Sports Captains this year.   They have some great year 13 role models in their team this year from Head Girl, Head Student team and Academic Captain – their team only has a hand full of rep players.  This will be Ashleigh’s 3rd year playing in the Capital Under 18 Women’s team and is thriving on the challenge of being in the Leadership team. Her personal goal this year is to hopefully get NZ identified, but first and foremost is to help lead her team gain a top 4 placing at the Vantage National Under 18 Regional Tournament which runs from 7th – 13th July at the National Hockey Stadium in Wellington.

In 2017 the Kapiti College girls were placed 2nd at their Tier 4 Rosemary O’Brian Secondary School tournament and in 2018 won the Evelin Hankers Memorial Trophy in Taupo which now means they have moved up to the Tier 3 Chica Gilmer Trophy at North Harbour.

They know Premier and Tier 3 will be a huge challenge ahead of them but feel it will be very rewarding and heading into it with a real positive attitude and with the support of two fantastic coaches – Kapiti College teachers Emily Periam and Kirsty Cole.