SCHOOLGIRL Grace Kaihau has shelved her promising ironwoman aspirations to chase one thing dearer to each Kiwi’s coronary heart … rugby trophies.
Just 17, Kaihau was one of the unheralded stars when University of Queensland accomplished their unbeaten sweep of the Aon Uni Sevens series at Bond University on the Gold Coast.
Twenty matches, 20 wins, 4 tournaments, 4 gold medals. The UQ run spells dominance in any sport plus a rhino tattoo for Emma Sykes to maintain the promise she made earlier than the series if such a feat could possibly be pulled off.
Kaihau and co had been stretched like by no means earlier than in yesterday’s pulsating last once they clawed again 5-Zero and 10-7 deficits in opposition to the stylish Macquarie Uni ladies for a worthy 12-10 victory.
Kaihau was later named in a series “Dream Team” of Next Generation expertise after not even being on the radar two months in the past.
The athletic Year 12 scholar from Mountain Creek State High on the Sunshine Coast received the Under-19 division of the gruelling Coolangatta Gold final October.
“Surf lifesaving was my sport but I’m just stoked with how far I’ve come in just a year playing rugby sevens,” Kaihau mentioned.
“At surf lifesaving carnivals, you do a lot of races in one day, so it’s quite similar to recovering well and going hard at five games of sevens at a tournament.”
The ardent Richie McCaw fan was born in Otaki and there may be loads of work ethic in the best way she stays concerned too.
In the ultimate, two huge defensive stops by Lily Dick had been essential after Olympic gold medallist Chloe Dalton had dashed 80m on halftime to wrestle a 10-7 lead for Macquarie.
The second jolted a turnover to arrange the profitable strive for Jannicke Ijdens.
Aon Uni Sevens Dream Team: Lily Dick (UQ), Mackenzie Sadler (UQ), Grace Kaihau (UQ), Katie Harrison (Macq), Lauren Brown (Grif), Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea (Grif), Nita Maynard (Macq)