Meldrum Harris, of Kaikorai Valley College, steps to avoid
defender Lydia Hammersly, of Taieri College, during the
Otago secondary schools touch championships at the Oval on
Saturday. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Fifteen-year-old Blue Mountain College pupil Yvonne van
Baarle excelled at the NZ secondary schools athletics
championships in Hamilton in December, gaining a personal-best
throw of 34.79m in the under-16 javelin.
In January she travelled to Wanganui to participate in the
North Island Colgate championships where she finished third
in the shot put and the 80m hurdles. At the South Island
Colgate championships, Yvonne jumped a massive 5.23m to
secure the gold medal in the long jump. She also gained
silver medals in the shot put and the 80m hurdles along with
bronze in the discus. Yvonne was awarded the Nick Willis
South Island scholarship for her efforts.
Year 9 pupil George Davies has been selected in the Southland
A under-15 cricket team. Troy McIvor and Sam Calder are in
the Southland B under-15 team.
Year 10 pupil Georgia Heffernan was selected in the Otago
under-21 cricket side to play at the nationals in December.
She was the youngest player at the tournament and took the
most wickets for Otago - seven in total. Twin sister Kate was
selected to play in Christchurch as a member of a combined
Otago-Nelson team. Georgia and Kate Heffernan, along with
Taylah Dawson-Tait, were selected in the Otago under-15 team
which travelled to Wanganui in January. It defeated Auckland
and Canterbury and was fourth overall. Georgia was named
bowler of the tournament for taking 12 wickets.
Gold medal for McGlashan pupil
Joe Beamish won gold at the New Zealand secondary schools
athletic championships in the senior boys 3000m steeplechase.
Oli Chignell was third in the road race at the same event, in
Hamilton in late December. Alex Hanan won gold in the light
bantamweight division at the New Zealand boxing championships
also in Hamilton. The JMC First XI has won eight of its past
nine games and has won promotion to the senior reserve grade.
Captain Josh Preston leads the batting with an average of
more than 50. The top wicket-taker is James Logie.
JMC rowers won three medals at recent South Island camp. Tom
Grave and Harry Hasselman won bronze in the under-16 double
sculls. Tom also won bronze in the single sculls. The
under-15 eight also took home bronze.
The senior tennis side (Carlos Reid and Paddy Ou) has again
won qualification to the South Island championships with a
convincing win at the Otago qualifiers. Gene Turner, Max
Gomez and Nathan Wolf have been selected for the Otago
under-14 water polo side. Nathan also recently attended the
South Island surf championships where he picked up five
King's High School
On the back of the recent success of old boys Otago players
Bradley Scott and Brad Rodden, and
the McCullum brothers, who have been playing for the Black
Caps, cricket at King's has a real buzz about it. The First
XI has played four games in the senior reserve competition.
The highlights have been Taylor Cumberland's 186 against
Taieri and Eamon O'Brien's six-wicket bag in the same match.
Kings amassed 351 for eight in its 50 overs before bowling
Taieri out for 98.
On the representative front, congratulations for recent
selections go to Felix Page (Otago under-19), Joel Meade and
Taylor Cumberland (Otago under-17), and Patrick Arnold (Otago
under-15). The King's High School junior boys triathlon team
of Tame Govaerts (swim), Malachi Buschl (run), and Zac Mason
(cycle) claimed first place at the Otago-Southland triathlon.
After an impressive fifth at the national secondary schools
touch tournament, King's High year 13 student Taylor Haugh
was selected in the NZ under-17 team.
Year 10 student Josh Duff was also selected in the NZ
under-15 team and will travel to the Gold Coast in late
Logan Park High School
Standout basketball player for Logan Park, Jaren Roy
travelled to Australia with the New Zealand Koru tour
under-16 boys development squad in January. His team competed
against Australian Country teams in Albury-Wodonga.
There were two New Zealand squads at this competition. Jaren
said his team did well to finish fifth. His team was the
better of the two NZ squads.
The close links between the school and the Taieri Athletic
club continue to show dividends with 12 school records broken
across seven events. The record-breakers were: Hamish Mears
(under-13 100m, shot put, discus), Hannah Ashton (under-13
100m, high jump), Ciara Lawlor (under-13 shot put), Ben
Hackfath (under-12 400m), Cameron O'Connell (under-12 800m),
Hayden Butcher (under-12 1500m), Zharna Beattie (under-12
discus), Tara McNally (under-12 75m). Congratulations to
Celine Timoko for her recent selection for Otago to attend
the national touch tournament. Taieri College entered a team
into each of the under-14, under-16 and under-18 grades of
the Burger King 3 on 3 basketball competition.
The under-14 team (Jacob Woodcock, Matthew Miller and Josh
Glennie) won its division as did the under-16 team (Mat
Crammond, Callum Ballantyne, Adam Greer and Jordan Bell).
Roxburgh Area School
Amelia Pasco and Jonty McKinnel were the senior swimming
champions and Graeme Frame and Emma Lennon the senior
athletic champions. The triathlon was won by Jonty McKinnel
and Briana Forbes. The highlight of the past few weeks was
the mixed team of Amelia Pasco, Jack Lennon and Anton
Fitzgerald winning the Otago-Southland triathlon in Cromwell.
Other good performances were achieved by Jonty in the
Individual senior boys section and the junior girls team and
junior boys team.
Paige, Sam, Renae and Jamie Church spent a good part of the
school holidays in the North Island and upper South Island
competing in rodeos. Sam was competing for the NZ high school
team at the three Far North rodeos and his successes
contributed to NZ beating Australia by 40 points. Renae
placed in most of the rodeos in the junior barrel race and
will be competing in this at the national finals in Wanaka
along with sister Jamie.
At the school athletics day, three school records were broken
and 34 students qualified for the Otago secondary schools
championships in more than 60 events.
East Otago had three teams enter the Otago-Southland
secondary schools triathlon in Cromwell. Our most successful
team of James Bungard and Olivia Ollerenshaw was second in
the senior mixed grade and 14th overall. The East Otago First
XI cricket team has had a successful start to its Gillette
Cup campaign with wins over Logan Park High School and
Tokomairiro High School. Standout performers were Andrew
Grubb with the bat and Ethan Simpson with the ball.
St Hilda's success
Last December the St Hilda's cricket and touch teams competed
at their respective national tournaments.
The First XI cricket team was second at the NZCT tournament
in Palmerston North and the touch team ninth at the national
secondary school tournament in Papakura.
Seven St Hilda's athletes competed in the national secondary
school athletics n Hamilton. Caitlyn George won bronze medals
in the junior 100m and 200m. Meg McKay won a silver medal in
the senior high jump. The junior relay team of Caitlyn
George, Aria Park, Hayley Shallard and Caity Kenny won a gold
medal in the 4x100m relay. Meg McKay was was named in the
NZSS athletic association paper team.
At the St Hilda's athletics day at the Caledonian Ground, the
following records were broken: Libby Jones (senior discus),
Caity Kenny (senior high jump), Millie Scully (yr 7-8 50m,
100m, 200m 400m sprints). Abbey Johnston and Paige Thomson,
members of the Otago under-15 mixed touch team, have been
selected in the New Zealand under-15 mixed team and Libby van
Harselaar has been selected in the New Zealand under-14 water
Five school records were set on athletics day by Adriana
Mawhinney (senior girls triple jump and high jump), Jayden
McLew (senior boys triple jump), Ryan Shields (under-14 boys
3000m), Chris Hill (junior boys 3000m) and Simone Keane
(senior girls discuss). The athletics champions for 2014 were
Matt Langley (under-14 boys), Chris Hill (junior boys), Cole
Wilson (intermediate boys), Jayden McLew (senior boys), Ella
Creagh and Fuki Baker (junior girls), Kia Wales (intermediate
girls) and Adriana Mawhinney and Stacey Dennison (senior
The swimming champions for 2014 were Hannah Begg (junior
girls), Ryan Shields (junior boys), Sydney Cook (intermediate
girls), Campbell Pearson (intermediate boys), Emma Dick
(senior girls) and Sam McCulloch and Josh O'Donnell-Fluit
The Dunstan First XI has progressed to the next round of the
Gillette Cup when it will play John McGlashan College, after
victories over Roxburgh Area School and Wakatipu High School.
Three pupils competed in the Otago secondary schools
triathlon and multisport event in Cromwell last week. They
were Kia Wales (multisport first place in junior girls, fifth
overall, time 1.08.48), Tim McGimpsey (multisport first place
in junior boys, ninth overall, time 1.25.31) and Sam
McCulloch (multisport first in senior boys, first overall,
Ilana Goosens was selected for the Otago tennis squad and
Eliza Booth, Amelia King and Brooke Miller as members of the
Otago age-group tennis teams. Karley Wilden-Palms gained a
gold medal in the women's club single and a silver medal in
the under-17 girls' singles at the South Island rowing
championships. She was also fifth in the girls under-17 coxed
quad sculls A final along with Georgia de Raad, Juliett
Alm-Lequeux, Ellie Murphy and cox Daniela Lemow. Shayla
Rowley has been selected for the international softball
academy under-15 girls development team and Tayla MacDonald
is a member of the Otago secondary schools cricket team. Jade
Middleditch has been invited back to the National Talent
Centre for football.
Kiana Pelasio was selected for the New Zealand under-17 girls
touch team for the second year running. She was a member of
the Otago Girls' senior A touch team that recently beat St
Hilda's to qualify for the South Island tournament in
Christchurch on March 29-30. At the recent Otago-Southland
multisport-triathlon championships in Cromwell, the Otago
Girls' senior girls multisport team of Melanie Paddon,
Juliette McMullan, and Juliette Lequex won its section while
Natasha White won the senior girls' multisport individual
The annual sports day was held in February.
The overall athletic champions at each year level were: year
9 Hannah King, year 10 Jade Middleditch, year 11 Emma Ward,
year 12 Sydney Evans-Tobata and year 13 Brigid O'Neill.
Kaikorai Valley touch
The Kaikorai Valley College senior mixed touch team competed
in the Otago secondary schools touch championships on
February 22. The team went undefeated until the final against
South Otago when it lost by a point. It qualifies for the
South Island secondary schools championships on March 29-30
in Christchurch. The next big event on the school`s calendar
is the annual 1000k challenge. The day kicks off with a fun
run involving the whole school walking/running down Kaikorai
Valley Rd from Stone St to Kenmure Rd. Students are divided
into groups with each group participating in at least eight
different activities during the day. Twenty-seven different
sports/activities are stationed around the school. Activities
range from the traditional sports such as netball,
rugby,cricket etc to activities such as la crosse, fishing,
petanque and rock climbing.
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