It took three periods of extra time before Charlotte Arthur scored the golden goal for Rangi Ruru to win the 2015 Federation Cup, beating rivals St. Margaret’s College in a game that will be remembered for years to come. Coached by the legendary John Radovonich and Canterbury Cat Rachel McCann, the win was extra special given the dominance of Rangi’s opposition over the years.
Fast forward two years, and Rangi Ruru were at it once again, beating St. Margaret’s to win the Connetics Secondary School Premier (SSP) competition, their first Canterbury title in over 15 years, and they continued that form through to Fed Cup where they finished runners up to St. Cuthbert’s College.
The 2019 side are unbeaten through their opening five matches, and the current holders of the Connetics Shield they won courtesy of the 2017 title. They are they only holder so far, having successfully defended it 14 times since its inception, going undefeated through the entire 2018 regular season. Head coach Aaron Ford, in his fourth year in charge, doesn’t see the shield as the main focus each week, “it’s always about taking pride in our performance and looking to improve each game. In saying that, it’s nice to have and we are proud of the record to date and will do our best to hold onto it”.
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