Kavanagh has experienced great success in two recent
The first was the Dunedin co-ed tournament on May 27.
Kavanagh's boys hockey, girls hockey, badminton, boys
football, senior boys basketball, senior girls basketball and
junior girls basketball teams all won their respective
competitions. Overall, Kavanagh won the tournament and was
pleased to retain the trophy.
The second was the southern Catholic schools junior
tournament in Dunedin on June 18. This tournament involved
year 7-10 teams from Kavanagh, St Kevin's, St Peter's and
Verdon competing in basketball, football, netball and rugby.
Again, Kavanagh excelled, the boys football, year 9-10 girls
basketball, year 7 netball, year 8 netball and year 7-8 rugby
teams all winning. Overall, Kavanagh won the tournament with
20 wins, ahead of St Peter's and St Kevin's on 17 wins.
Kavanagh year 11 pupil Ben O'Farrell has been selected in a
New Zealand under-17 football training squad.
Mt Aspiring College
Mt Aspiring College enjoyed a great start to the
cross-country season. Three school teams competed in the
Milton relay on June 4 and came up against competitive
Dunedin and Southland school teams.
The junior boys and junior girls both finished second
overall. All 14 athletes did exceptionally well individually,
achieving three podium finishes overall, two in the junior
boys (Janus Staufenberg first, Gregor Findlay second), and
one in the junior girls (Phoebe Young third).
Other runners were Laura MacCullough, Caitlin Saunders and
Sammy Burke (junior girls), Nick Toepher, Julius Staufenberg,
Campbell Russell and Harrison Brown (junior boys), and Briar
Hight, Mel Telford, Tish Telford and Kenzie Findlay (senior
Five of these athletes went on to the Otago secondary schools
cross-country the following week - Phoebe Young (first, girls
u14), Sammy Burke (first, girls u15), Janus Staufenberg
(second, boys u15), Nick Toepfer (eighth, boys u15) and
Julius Staufenberg (14th, boys u14).
Tokomairiro High School
More than 100 Tokomairiro pupils travelled to Tapanui to
compete in the annual sports exchange with Blue Mountain
College. Five games of netball were played, from a year 7
team through to the A team. Three rugby teams competed - the
first XV, year 9-10 and a year 7-8 team. Senior and junior
boys basketball games were also played. The final tally was
three wins to Toko and seven to Blue Mountain. Toko dominated
in rugby and Blue Mountain cleaned up in netball and
The Tokomairiro A netball team played in section B of the
Otago championships and placed fourth overall. It was a
couple of places down from 2013 but, with a young team, the
future looks promising. A development team played in the
intermediate grade and placed 14th.
Three netballers have earned South Otago representative
honours: Terri Thomas (under-17), Jorjah Mason-Waru
(under-14) and Emma Paul (year 7).
Rugby players who made Topp Cup teams were Jacob Walls, Jared
Hayes and Sam Walker (under-13), Dylan Lee and James Scanlan
(under-14), and Matthew Roxburgh, Kaleb Hayes and Sam
MacDonald (under-16). Selected in South-West Otago weight
grades were Kaleb Fegan, Jared Hayes and Harley Herbert
(under-48kg),and Zayde Francis, Felix Gillan, Jacob Walls and
Liam Ferguson (under-65kg).
Joe and Ethan Pugh have been selected for the Southern
under-18 hockey team to travel to Napier in July. Year 10
pupil Tegan Buchanan has been selected for the Southern
development under-18 team.
Two Cromwell teams entered the Milton cross-country relay at
the beginning of June. Both teams performed well, the team
consisting of Daniel Anderson, Tristan Paget, Emma Smith and
Tegan Buchanan winning the senior mixed event.
Otago Boys' High School
It has been a busy three weeks with senior and junior sports
as well as debating and chess.
A trip to Timaru Boys' High School was very successful, OBHS
winning 6-2 overall. Basketball won 74-60. Both junior and
senior football teams had wins, as well as the First XV and
colts rugby. Chess was very dominant, winning 8-1. Timaru
proved too strong in hockey and golf.
The most recent interschool was against Christ's College in
Dunedin, where again the result was 6-2 to OBHS.
Squash led the way with a 5-0 win, followed by wins in
smallbore, football and second XV rugby. Again, basketball
and the First XV had dominant wins, but Christ's proved too
strong in hockey and debating.
Queen's High School
A highlight of the term was the annual interchange with
Southland Girls' High School. Queen's had good wins in year 9
netball, senior basketball, football, aerobics and hockey but
had to concede the other seven events to the visiting teams.
Again this year, the school swimming sports were limited to
just the competitive swimmers, so it was quality rather than
quantity at Moana Pool on June 19. Caitlin Harris was named
champion, and Jess White senior champion.
The cross-country course at KVC provided good variety of
terrain and required fitness and determination from the
competitors at the championships on June 12. Queen's year 9
pupils Ella Scott and Celine Robertson performed well, Ella
finishing second in the under-14 girls' race.
Blue Mountain College
The school had two teams at the Otago secondary school
netball tournament at the Edgar Centre on June 8-9.
The A team competed in the senior A section, beating Cromwell
College (27-8) and Waitaki Girls' High School (22-18), before
losing to Taieri College (23-19). On day two, Blue Mountain
was beaten by Otago Girls' High School (21-15) and Taieri
College (23-17), before downing Dunstan High School 23-15 in
the seventh-eighth playoff. Coach Vicky Weller was happy with
her young team's performance, saying good shooting and hard
work on defence were the keys.
Year 9-10 coach Janine Venz was delighted with her team's
effort in finishing second of 18 teams in the intermediate
section. On day one, it had wins over East Otago (33-7),
Queen's High School (24-7) and Dunstan High School (24-22).
On Monday, it lost to Waitaki Girls' High School (25-21),
beat Taieri College (20-18) and made it into the final
against St Hilda's Collegiate, losing 35-9. This is a young,
talented, well-drilled team made up of mainly year 9 pupils
who all work well in defence and attack.
Columba teams won the junior and senior races for the first
time at the recent Caversham relay event. The junior team
consisted of Isabelle Becconsall-Ryan, Meg Breen, Gabby
Trotter and Claudia Carruthers. Isabelle ran strongly,
posting the fastest junior time.
The senior team was Hanna English, Charlotte Cahill, Ella
Harris and Holly Barclay. Hanna and Charlotte had the fastest
The Columba junior 2 team was third. The team members were
Indiana Williams, Caitlin Deans, Lilli Renner and Teigan
At the Otago-Southland cross-country relay, both the junior
and senior events were won by Columba for the first time. The
juniors won by 24sec from Mt Aspiring College, with Isabelle
Becconsall-Ryan showing her class to produce the fastest
junior time overall. Joining Isabelle was Lilli Renner, Meg
Breen and Claudia Carruthers to make the winning four.
The senior team of Hanna English, Charlotte Cahill, Ella
Harris and Holly Barclay won by 50sec from St Hilda's. Hanna
and Charlotte ran extremely well, producing the fastest two
senior times. Hanna produced an outstanding time of 6min
The Columba senior A team played well at the Otago netball
tournament, qualifying for the final, against South Otago, by
beating St Hilda`s in the semifinal. Scores were level at
fulltime in the final, forcing the game into extra time, in
which South Otago scored quickly to win by two goals.
The junior A team preformed extremely well, winning all games
in qualifying for the final, which was a rematch of an
earlier game against Taieri College. This time, Taieri came
out the winner in a very exciting and close game.
The following girls were selected in the Otago and Dunedin
age group representative teams.-Netball: Georgia Nichol
(Otago u19), Analise Cowie and Tarryn Dickson (Dunedin u17A),
Lilly Cunningham, Anna Macdonald, Jordyn Taylor, Emma Turner
(Dunedin u17B), Milly Nesbit, Chenoa Metua, Mia Aoake
(Dunedin u14A), Meg Breen, Shannon Inch (Dunedin u14B).
Badminton: Amy Logie, Priyal Patel (Otago u19), Rileigh
Fields , Maddy Foster (Otago u17), Peyton Fields, Kelly Hoyt
Hockey: Phoebe Steel, Lydia Shirley (Southern u18A),
Mackenzie Cassie, Tyla Toheriri-O'Neill, Emma Stackhouse,
Holly Lang, Isabelle Becconsall-Ryan, Rose Johnston (reserve)
(Southern u18 development).
• These articles are compiled by the Otago
Secondary Schools Sports Association (OSSSA), which is
proudly sponsored by Perpetual Trust.