Tawa College Wellington softball champions
March 21, 2019
The Tawa College girls softball team won the College Sport Wellington regional tournament after defeating St Mary’s 5-3 in the Final last week.
The team, which was made up of girls ranging from year 9 to 13, went into the tournament with relatively low expectations, just hoping to have a good time playing together.
However, Tawa College coach Amber Wairau said as the day progressed feelings of nervous excitement quickly emerged as they began to exceeded expectations.
“It was a lot of fun, [but] quite stressful because we’ve never made it that far before and actually won it,” Wairau said.
The tournament, which was held at Fraser Park, started with pool play where Tawa College beat St Orans College 10-1 and Bishop Viard College 16-2.
Those performances put them through to the semifinals where they beat Sacred Heart College 7-2.
As the tournament was a one-day event, games were capped at one hour as opposed to the standard seven innings.
To add to their achievement, the Tawa College players had come together only for this tournament, as they usually play for their club teams.
Tawa College captain Jamie Howe, who is year 12, said they did a great job playing as a team.
“The day was really good, really exciting and fun to be with all the girls I hadn’t always played with,” Howe said.
After winning the regional tournament Tawa College had qualified for the national tournament but will not be attending due to a lack of time to organize fundraising and other logistics.