St Hilda's Collegiate goal defence Libby Jones offloads the ball in her side's game against Columba College at St Hilda's gymnasium yesterday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Over the school holidays, four South Otago High School pupils
were selected for the Dunedin under-17 netball team.
Well done Abby Erwood, Sophie Erwood, Megan Morrison and
The team finished third overall at the national
championships. Abby Erwood was named in the tournament team
and also had the opportunity to trial for the Dunedin NPC
netball team and was named in the team. It is great to see
South Otago High pupils playing at this level.
Kavanagh curlers took part in an under-21 coaching camp in
Naseby during the school holidays. They learned strategy and
practised and refined their skills and techniques. Video
analysis was completed for each curler and they had an
opportunity to practise curling blindfolded. The Kavanagh
College First XV has been having a very successful season in
the under-18 grade. It has had some great results in recent
weeks and is working hard to make the top four. Ben O'Farrell
has been selected in the New Zealand under-17 football squad
of 20. This wonderful achievement by Ben continues his rapid
rise in his chosen sport.
The Kavanagh First XI football team is leading the secondary
school football competition and is looking forward to
competing in the top four competition, and preparing well for
its tournament in Timaru.
Otago Boys' High School
In 1967, two more winter interschools were introduced for the
top teams at Otago Boys' High School.
In beating Waitaki Boys' 32-12 this year, the 2014 team under
the guidance of Ryan Martin is only the sixth OBHS 1st XV to
win all six fixtures in one season.
Other years this has been achieved were 1989, 1991, 1994,
2001 and 2012. The scores in 2014 were as follows: Southland
Boys' High School 23-15; King's High School 60-7; Timaru
Boys' High School 33-15; Christ's College 60-8; Christchurch
Boys' High School 29-7; Waitaki Boys' High School 32-12.
Fourteen Year 12 physical education pupils at Tokomairiro are
co-ordinating a community indoor netball tournament, held
over eight weeks at the school's gymnasium, as part of an
NCEA assessment. Eight teams are fiercely competing for top
Another pupil-led health initiative is the Year 13 Physical
Education pupils implementing a cross-fit programme for the
community. This will run for six weeks and it is designed to
encourage people in the community to get active.
Hockey, a recently revived sport at Toko, is reaping rewards
with Liam Grant and Harley Herbert having made the Otago
development team for 2014. Both boys are in their first year
of hockey and are playing extremely well. They will play in
tournaments later on in the year.
Congratulations to Charlotte Cahill, a year 13 pupil, and
Hanna English (year 12), who have been selected in the New
Zealand Secondary Schools cross country team to compete in
Perth in August. Hanna won the New Zealand Secondary Schools
senior girls' 4km race in Palmerston North recently and
Charlotte was eighth.
The college had 14 girls participate in the South Island
Secondary Schools cycling championships in Christchurch. The
weekend was a huge success with many podium finishes,
personal bests and great memories.
In the 3.4km individual time trial, Bailey Saville won gold
in the under-20 age group. Ella Harris took silver and Ruby
Knight bronze in the under-17 category. In the under-16 team
time trial, Holly Cameron, Hannah Rogers, Thirza Smith and
Madeleine Cooper-Forster finished second. Bailey Saville,
Ruby Knight, Phoebe Swale and Ella Harris combined to take
second in the open women's category. Columba College was
represented by seven junior swimmers at the South Island
Secondary School swimming championships. All swimmers
achieved personal bests throughout the meeting, in the 14 and
under age group events (50m and 100m events), and the open
age group events (200m and 400m events).
Several Cromwell College netball players have won Central
Otago representative honours. Sophie Skimming, Della Clark
and Emma Patten were selected in the under-17 team and
Chelsea Schwas won under-19 selection. Jesse Cox was picked
for the under-15 team and in the under-14 team Tia Clark,
Sarah Hogan, Laurel Williams and Claudia Patton made the
squad. Jayda King and Alanah Ward were selected in the year 8
team and Kelsie Clark, Shakayla McKinley and Jade Dixon were
selected in the year 7 team.
Three pupils have made Otago Country rugby representative
teams: Joe Harrison (under-14), Sebastian Downie (under-16)
and Jack Harrison (under-18).
A mixed hockey team will compete in Gore during the SISS
tournament week and the senior A netball team will be
competing in Invercargill.
Liam Robertson recently won the Cromwell Club Golf
Championship, a huge achievement.
Emma Smith, Tegan Buchanan, Tristen Paget and Daniel Anderson
competed in the Milton relay in the senior mixed grade. Jodie
Batt is among the best and has been selected in the New
Zealand team to compete in the Oceania karate championship in
Fiji in September.
The sporting star this week was Carter McAuliffe, who
finished third in the Peak to Peak race last weekend. Carter
was competing against boys a couple of years older than him.
Queen's High School
Queen's High School Year 9 and 10 pupils spent the last two
days of term two involved in a Commonwealth Games inspired
programme. During day one the students listened to a
presentation from Raylene Bates, made country flags,
researched and rehearsed for their country performances and
participated in a range of activities across all curriculum
areas. Day two's opening ceremony included a performance from
the aerobics, hip hop and kapa haka girls, the running of the
Queen's baton and a message read by principal Julie Anderson,
and a reading of the Athletes' Oath. The students
participated in country teams in seven events that focused on
different curriculum areas. The day concluded with
performances from all the countries represented and medals
presented to the winning countries by Alison Shanks and the
singing of the national anthem. Queen's Aerobics athletes
competed in the Otago Gymsport Competition in Alexandra the
first weekend of the school holidays. In the Step 8,
15-17-year-old grade, Grace McIntyre was first and Kerry
Remon second. In Step 6, 15-17-year-old grade, Lucy Elliot
was second. Lucy and Sian Remon were first equal in the Step
6 pairs with Riley Haugh and Kylie Lyders. Shania Smith
represented QHS in the SISS swimming championships. She
finished second and third respectively in the SWID 50m
freestyle and backstroke.
Year 10 pupil Caitlin Sue was a member of the Otago under-15
badminton team which competed in the South Island
Championships in Christchurch in July.
Bayfield High School
Bayfield pupils are feeling positive about the start of term
three sports, starting with the Waimate Exchange. Sports
included rugby, netball, basketball, badminton and squash. A
chess tournament was also held. A new sporting venture has
been introduced this term with the inclusion of the Bayfield
High School Basketball Academy. Bayfield is using the skills
and resources of former student Greg Brockbank, from the
Otago Nuggets, to enrich the academy. Five pupils represented
Bayfield at a recent Special Olympics football tournament.
Taoka Potiki, Aidan Jamieson, Gian McClutchie-Clark, Bradley
Caffell and Gabriel Freeman joined pupils from King's High
School to form a very successful combined team. They won all
Congratulations to Bradley Caffell, from year 12, for an
outstanding result in the South Island powerlifting
championships held in June. He won a gold medal in the
sub-junior category, lifting the following weights: squat
105kg, bench press 62.5kg, deadlift 127.5kg, which was a new
personal best for Bradley, overall totalling an impressive
Bayfield is very proud of Brennan Carne, who has just
competed with the Football Otago Youth Development Academy
squad in the Dale Farm Milk Cup competition in Coleraine,
Northern Ireland. Bayfield looks forward to hearing about
this international competition and his experiences when he
Blue Mountain College
The school finished second in the South Island Secondary
School junior development netball tournament in Christchurch
last month. This young Blue Mountain team, which consisted
mainly of Year 9 pupils, played the final against St Peters
from Gore which contained only Year 10 pupils. Coach Janine
Venz was proud of her young team, which beat Papanui,
Ellesmere, Hillview and Menzies and then beat Timaru Girls'
34-23 in the semifinal. The semifinal win was the highlight
of the tournament for the side and the entire team excelled
on court. Rachael Kummer and Georgia Thomson pounced on any
loose balls, Hollie Kelly, Terryn Miller and Lucinda Butler
applied excellent defensive pressure and Cindy Weller and
Ashleigh Reihana shot outstandingly. The team also had two
talented reserves in Amy Tomsett and Emma Stuart, who were
invaluable team members. The final against St Peter's College
was a close game and the score was even at halftime. St
Peters pulled away in the second half, winning 24-18.
Taking second placing in the South Island in 2014 was a great
achievement for such a small school.
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