Ten senior pupils represented Maniototo at the NZ Secondary
School Curling Tournament in Auckland.
It was an amazing result to have both the Maniototo teams
playing in the finals. A great achievement for a small
country school. Both teams performed exceptionally well and
brought home silver medals.
The school is thrilled to have three of its pupils, Jessica
Smith, Holly Thompson and Simon Neilson, selected for the New
Zealand under-21 curling teams. They will be travelling to
Harbin, China in January to compete at the Pacific Asia
Junior Curling Championships. Maniototo Area School is very
proud of Ashleigh Smith, who was awarded a talented
identified umpire award at the South Island Secondary Schools
Netball Tournament in Christchurch. Ashleigh recently passed
her New Zealand regional theory umpiring examination. Sarah
McMillan and Tash Whyte spent the first week of the holidays
playing in a national hockey tournament in Dunedin for the
Central Otago under-15 team. Reuben Pyle played for the Otago
Country under-14 rugby team, despite breaking his arm during
a trial match earlier in the year. He had a brilliant
end-of-season tournament in Invercargill, when his side won
all its games. Ben Smith is in great form. He is putting a
lot of time and effort into practising his high jump in
preparation for the NZ secondary school athletics to be held
in Hamilton in December. Recently Ben won the high jump at
the Otago athletics meet with a personal best of 1.62m, equal
to his father's own high jump record.
Dunstan High School
The Dunstan boys basketball team attended the secondary
schools national tournament for schools under 600 pupils,
held in Palmerston North, and achieved second place in the
finals. Liam Mulvihill was named in the tournament team.
A team of clay target shooters from Dunstan competed at the
New Zealand and North Island secondary schools clay target
championships in Hamilton, at the end of September, coping
very well in appalling weather. The year 12 team of Luke
Whipp, Izaac McKissock, Drew McBride, Jade Miller and Tyler
Miller gained silver in the teams event at the North Island
championships, and bronze in the national championships.
Dylan Crawford placed 11th in single rise at the national
Luke Whipp gained a place in the South Island team, which
thoroughly beat the North Island. He and Izaac McKissock were
selected to represent Otago in the provincials and skeet on
day three and he and Drew McBride were selected for the New
Zealand Youth Games in December.
Bryn Gilbert competed in the South Island Secondary Schools
Moto-Cross Championships in Timaru in September, finishing
first overall in the 14-16 years 250cc class.
Will Meehan recently played for New Zealand under-17 in
softball tournaments in Adelaide and Sydney. The team placed
second in Adelaide. In Sydney, it beat New South Wales
under-17 and lost to New South Wales under-19.
Campbell Pearson and Emma Dick swam very well at the New
Zealand short course championships in Wellington during the
holidays. Campbell gained bronze in the 50m backstroke and
silver in the 100m backstroke, which puts him in the top two
in his age group in New Zealand. Campbell also was selected
to represent Otago in the national relays and the South
Island Makos in the inaugural New Zealand zonal meet. The
Makos beat all other teams at this meet and Campbell won two
golds and a bronze. Awards recipients.- Hamilton Trophy for
team of the year 2013: Boys First XV rugby. Chris Fowle
Trophy for contribution to DHS sport: Dylan Hoskins.
Maynard-Penny Award for Fair Play: Daniel Ryley and Jaydin
Aburn (jointly awarded).
Kaikorai Valley College
In September a team of 13 Kaikorai Valley College Judo Club
members competed at the So Kan Ju Judo Tournament in Timaru.
The tournament was a huge success for them, as they collected
Four girls competed in the senior girls. Mariza Antonopolou
fought strongly and won gold in her division, and Jessica
Brownlie gained a bronze. Olivia Druce won silver in the
girls cadets. Tessa Brownlie also gained silver in her
category in the senior girls and fought bravely in the girls
open to win bronze. Kruz Cleminson fought for the first time
in the cadets and won silver. Tyler Jordan also fought
extremely well to win gold in a mixed category.
KVC had its most successful day in the annual secondary
schools doubles petanque tournament at the Caversham petanque
centre, at the end of term 3. The school not only secured the
Schools Challenge Trophy for the third year in a row, but
also had three doubles combinations in the semifinals. Jack
Malcolm and Quinn McIntosh won the final in convincing
fashion, 14-4. KVC retains the title, which it won in last
Touch continues to be a sport where Kaikorai Valley College
Thomas Johnson (year 12) has recently returned from
Australia, where he was a member of the New Zealand under-17
boys touch team. While on tour, Thomas was one of the top
try-scorers with eight tries from as many games.
Ryan McCutcheon, Nathan Wilkie (both year 13) and Johnson
have all been named in the Otago under-19 boys team. Shanneka
Pearson and Rebekah Wairau have been named in Dunedin Metro
teams, along with other year 7 and 8 players.
For the first time in some years, the school has two teams
entered in the adult grades at the Oval on Tuesday nights. To
date, both teams are undefeated and the development work the
school has been doing is starting to reap results.
Logan Park High School
Kingaroy High School, from Queensland, Australia visited
Logan Park as part of its South Island Tour. Logan Park was
given a lesson in how to play touch. With rugby league
skills, the Kingaroy mixed team was very fast and skilled.
Kingaroy won this competition easily.
The tide turned when futsal was the game. Logan Park girls
easily beat the Kingaroy girls 5-0. Kingaroy boys never gave
up against Logan Park's top boys futsal side but Logan Park
was just too strong, winning 11-0. Overall, it was a great
day of sports. Both schools enjoyed meeting each other and
the day was very social.
Otago Girls' High School
OGHS pupils performed very well at the recent aerobics
nationals in Dunedin. In the teams section, first place went
to Tyler Barnes and Bree Rowe Clarkson in year 10. Olivia
Jackson and Jess Barron in year 13 gained second place. In
the individual competitions, Lauren Johnson (year 10) was
placed third, Holly Paterson (year 10) was placed second and
Julie Lamont (year 12) was also placed second. Kendyl Taiawa
also competed with a hip-hop crew from Rasa Dance and picked
up a silver medal and most promising dance crew.
Eliza Booth and Amelia King both competed in the 2013 Otago
Junior Spring Tennis Open during the holidays. Eliza was
first in the girls under-16 and first in the doubles. Amelia
was second and third in the doubles.
In swimming, Erin Ford, Alice Moran and Tegan Duncan competed
at the New Zealand short course championships recently. Erin
came sixth in the 800m freestyle, Tegan came third in the
200m breaststroke (17- and 18-year-old final) and fourth in
the 100m breaststroke.
Two Otago Girls' curling teams flew to Auckland for four days
to compete in the New Zealand secondary schools national
championships. The two teams ended up in third and fourth
place and played off against each other in their final game.
At the recent indoor rowing regatta held at the Otago
University Rowing Centre, Juliette Lequeux was first in the
under-15 500m and 2000m, Maddy Dixon was second in the
under-15 500m and Karley Wilden-Palms was third in the
under-16 500m and 2000m races.
East Otago High School
Paige Church and Courtney Martin were selected for the Otago
secondary school rugby team but missed playing the
schoolgirls tournament due to being selected for the Otago
women's rugby team. Both girls' debut was a win against
Taranaki on September 21, which was televised live. Since
then, Paige and Courtney have been in the Otago squad.
Year 7 pupil Lauren Keen and year 8 pupils Jenna Thorne,
Taylor Thorne, Gabriella Snell and Keenan Bridger were all
part of the South Island under-13 hockey development
tournament in Ashburton in the holidays.
Year 9 pupil Anna Lindsay was named junior umpire of the year
at the Dunedin Netball Centre umpires awards at the beginning
of October. A committed Anna only started umpiring in 2013
and completed all her requirements and accomplished her
umpire's badge qualification in time to umpire at the South
Island secondary schools tournament in Christchurch.
East Otago High School's sporting achievement awards will be
held in the school's D G Murray Hall tonight at 7pm.
John McGlashan College
The national secondary schools swimming championships were
held in early September in Hamilton. Thomas Heaton was the
sole school representative from John McGlashan.
There were 123 schools and 478 swimmers from throughout the
Thomas had the following top-eight results in the boys 14
years old grade: gold in the 400m freestyle, silver in the
200 freestyle, fifth in the 200m backstroke and 8th in the
50m backstroke and 100m backstroke.
Thomas and other boys attended the South Island championships
in Blenheim. Thomas gained four gold medals and three other
top-10 placings and Han Zhang also performed outstandingly,
gaining seven gold and two silver medals. Courtland Ellis
gained four gold, four silver and a bronze medal.
The 2013 swimming sports were held at Moana Pool on Friday,
September 20. Three records were broken this year: by Han
Zhang in the 100m medley and 50m breaststroke, and by Ben
Simmers in the 50m freestyle. On September 21, 2013, we held
our annual sports dinner. This year we were lucky enough to
gain the services of John Hart and Suzie Bates as guest
speakers. More than 200 people gathered at the Savoy to
celebrate sport at the college. Tony Sycamore announced that
a sports council would be formed and a new role of director
of sport would be established for the start of 2014.
Earlier this month, Taieri College held its senior and junior
blues ceremonies. The blues ceremony is a celebration of
those pupils who have either achieved Otago representative
honours or won titles at least to the Otago level.
Traditionally, the blues ceremony has been one event, but due
to the increasing success of our pupils, two events are now
held. At the junior blues event, 56 received their blues
across 26 sporting codes, ranging from athletics to water
polo. At the senior blues evening, another 27 senior pupils
received their blues in 17 sports codes.
The highlight of both events was the naming of the sportsman
and sportswoman of the year. In the junior ceremony, Kaylee
Bezett (netball and basketball) and Ben McKinlay (basketball
and athletics) were named the 2013 junior sportspeople of the
year for their achievements across several codes at the Otago
level. Later that evening, Will Pickering (water polo) and
Tessa Nicol (football) were named sportspeople of the year
for their achievements in representing New Zealand. The team
of the year was the Taieri College First XV rugby team, for
winning the Otago under-18 competition.
St Hilda's Collegiate
The juniors are looking forward to junior tournament week,
which is being held in November and gives them the
opportunity to get extra competition in a tournament format.
The junior water polo and volleyball teams are preparing for
South Island tournaments and the senior A touch team, the
First XI cricket team and the athletics team are busy
training for national secondary school tournaments in early
The school is very proud of two of its cricketers who are
making great progress in the sport. Caitlin Blakely and Polly
Inglis have spearheaded the well-performed St Hilda's First
XI cricket team for the past four seasons. Both Caitlin and
Polly are about to embark on their second season with the
Otago Sparks team in the national domestic competition.
Since coming together to open the batting for the First XI at
the NZCT New Zealand secondary school girls finals in Taupo
in 2010, Caitlin and Polly have amassed a formidable record
at national level. In the 12 games where they have batted
together at the top of the innings, their opening
partnerships have totalled a little over 500 runs at an
excellent average of 46. The bowling and fielding skills of
the team have developed significantly this year as well, due
in no small part to Suzie Bates visiting every fortnight on a
Wednesday morning at 7.30am to give her guidance and wisdom.
Recently Mark Bracewell has been assisting as well. Coach
Neil Rosenberg is confident that the team can improve on its
very creditable third place at last year's national finals
when it travels to Palmerston North in early December to try
to win the NZCT national competition.
King's High School
It is time for a final wrap-up of the winter season before
turning our focus to the summer season. The school has
continued to have success with ice hockey teams, culminating
in two of its pupils, Liam Kinraid and Callum McLaren, being
selected for the southern junior elite team. This team went
on to win the gold medal against Auckland in the tournament
final. Other notable achievements were notched up in rowing,
where Mitchell Anderson, Mitchell Booth, Michael Freeman and
Quinn Hawthorn dominated the Wilson Regatta, on Lake Waihola.
The shooting team members continue to impress. Sam Young,
Josh Brosnahan and Will Cottle were selected for the Otago
under-21 team that competed in the South Island interclub
teams championships, winning the gold medal.
Josh Aitcheson and Rory O'Neil also experienced success at
nationals when playing for the Otago under-17 basketball
Congratulations must also go to Jonny Thorn, who returned
from the gruelling New Zealand under-18 hockey squad
selection camp held over the holidays, to find out, after an
agonising wait, that he has been selected for the team, which
will tour Australia in early February next year. The softball
team is looking to kick on from its great result of winning
the South Island tournament. The team has now qualified for
nationals and will be looking to the likes of Will
Mieklejohn, Mitchell Finnie, Sean Bennett, Hayden Carey and
Christian Amos-Dowie to lead the way. Captain of the team
Will Mieklejohn has just returned from a tour of Australia
with the New Zealand under-17 team, so brings a wealth of
knowledge to the team.
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