Nine NZ reps in wide array of sports

McGlashan is proud to have nine New Zealand representatives in a wide array of sports.

Louis Jennings won gold at the Australian under-15 men's epee championships. His New Zealand team also won silver and bronze in the epee and foil respectively.

Alex Hanan won his second national title in boxing as well as being awarded the title of best New Zealand junior boxer.

Sports stackers Ben Lovelock and William McLauchlan have been selected in the Black Stacks.

Seamus Leahy and Padraig MacKenzie have been named in the New Zealand under-16 ice hockey team, Josh Fogo has been named in the New Zealand curling team, and Tristan McKenzie represented New Zealand in biathlon.

Drew Schievink competed for New Zealand in the Australian junior diving championships, claiming one second and a third.

Jayden Baker was part of the Otago under-19 team which won the South Island badminton title, and Max Wolf won six golds at the South Island surf life-saving pool championships.

Josh Stoddard (basketball) and Rory Ferguson (rugby league) have both been identified as rising talents in their respective sports. Rory came away from the Kiwi league camp with the courage cup.

The McGlashan First XV has made the top four of the Highlanders competition for the first time since 2009.


Taieri College

Liam Young finished third at the New Zealand secondary schools karting championships in Palmerston North recently.

Corey Campbell competed at the North Island wrestling championships in Auckland, winning a gold medal in the 35kg (10-13 years) division. He was also named most scientific wrestler in his age-group.

The annual James Hargest winter exchange was held last week. Taieri's senior A and year 9 netball teams had excellent wins. The other pleasing result was the first XV winning 40-24. The senior A netball team is set to compete in the South Island schools tournament in Invercargill. The first XI football boys are away to Timaru after finishing in the top four of A grade in their first year back. The football girls are competing in Dunedin.


Maniototo Area School

The school had five pupils (Jessica Smith, Holly Thompson, Simon Neilson, Josh Whyte and Matthew Neilson) named in the New Zealand under-21 curling teams to compete in the Asia-Pacific championship in Naseby in January. The gold medallists from this event will be eligible for the world championships in Estonia in February. The senior boys (Simon Neilson, Josh Whyte, Matthew Neilson, Ben Smith and Hunter Walker) defended their title by winning the New Zealand under-21 curling championship in Dunedin.

Jessica Smith, Holly Thompson, Josh Whyte, Matthew Neilson and Tash Whyte played in the New Zealand mixed doubles competition in Naseby.

Thomas Howell and Keagan Mulholland are in the Otago Country under-14 rugby team while Laura Dowling was selected for the South Island area schools volleyball team.

Colleen Hollows was selected for the South Island area schools netball and volleyball teams, and the New Zealand area schools volleyball team.


Logan Park High School

Jaren Roy has been selected for the New Zealand under-17 basketball team training camp in Timaru, while George McLaurin has been picked for the Dunedin under-17 cricket training squad. In football, Joseph Araya has made the Otago under-13 team and Solomon Liesbeth the Otago under-15 team.

In hockey, Jacob Duffy and Ben Major have been selected for the Otago under-15 development team. The under-15s have been playing in the senior club hockey competition each week in preparation for a regional tournament in the next school holidays. Alexander Woolrych, George Vella-King, Natasha Abbott and Izzie Locker, who play in the club hockey competition, are in teams that made finals.


Kaikorai Valley College

On July 26-27, Kasib Murdoch travelled to Auckland to represent Otago at the North Island Olympic wrestling championships. He won all his matches and took the gold medal in the 10-13 years 47kg category. Kasib will be attending the national championships in Hamilton in September.

Thomas Johnson has been nominated for selection for the New Zealand secondary schools rugby team.

Hamish King and Natalya King competed in Invercargill at the Southland gymnastics championships. Hamish was second in the level 4 men's competition and had a personal best on the vault with 11.5 out of 12. This followed winning the Otago championship for level 4. Natalya was first overall in the step 4 women's competition, finishing first on bar and floor.

The Kaikorai Valley College judo club entered the Canterbury Open at the Lincoln University Event Centre for the first time. Kruz Cleminson won a bronze medal in the cadet open grade and Tessa Brownlie won a bronze medal in the senior girls open.

At the interschool smallbore shooting competition, the KVC team came third overall. Tarnisha Harrison was top shooter in the girls section and Shaun Simpson was top shooter in the boys section.


St Hilda's Collegiate

St Hilda's had excellent results at the South Island schools championships. Aleisha Ruske won six gold medals in the 15 and over grade - 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 200m butterfly - and also won the 200m freestyle relay with Lulu Schneiders, Olivia Gold and Cecilia Crooks. The 200m medley relay team of Aleisha, Cecilia, Olivia and Esther Fogarty won the silver medal. Cecilia was also second in the 14 and under 50m freesyle, 50m backstroke, 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke. Esther was third in the 200m individual medley, 200m breaststroke and 400m freestyle, and Mariette Devereux was third in the 14 and under 50m backstroke.

The years 9 and 10 netball teams competed at the South Island junior tournament, with the year 10 team finishing fifth. Mariah Nelson and Meg Timu were named in the talented players team.

The St Hilda's First XV competed in the Festival of Rugby in Oamaru during the holidays and finished third overall. After the holidays, the first XV won the secondary schoolgirls final against Otago Girls' High School.

On August 4-5, St Hilda's won the annual winter quad tournament also featuring Columba, St Margaret's and Craighead. Netball, badminton, hockey and debating were contested over the two days.


Dunstan High School

It has been a successful season for the boys hockey team, which made it to the final in its grade, losing 3-1. Two of the other hockey teams, the Commanders and Falcons, were the top two teams in their grade and played each other in the final.

The two ski teams finished second and third in the mixed grade in the Otago-Southland ski and snowboard champs. The school had three teams compete in the recent Peak 2 Peak race from the Remarkables Skifield to Coronet Peak, one of the teams winning the schools section and the other two teams finishing fourth and sixth in their sections.


Kings' High School

The first XV will play off for third in the Highlanders competition, and the first XI hockey team is top-equal in the premier schools competition. Caleb Booth, Jordan Ward and Malachi Buschl all represented Southern in the New Zealand under-18 hockey tournament in Napier during the July holidays. Malachi Buschl, Dylan Thomas, Ethan Booth, Finn Ward, Zach Mason, Lachlan Pearson and Ali Mole have also been selected to represent Otago at under-15 level.

Josh Aitcheson, Oli McCombie and Logan Taimalie represented Otago at the New Zealand under-17 tournament, where the team finished third. Josh was selected in the tournament team.

Avanish Shastri continued his good form on the badminton court, winning the South Island boys doubles title, as well as finishing runner-up in the mixed doubles. He also reached the semifinals in the South Island under-17 singles.

In golf, Conor Jamison and Connor Ross have both been selected to represent Otago in the under-19 division at the national championships in the October holidays, with Jacob Bleach also gaining selection in the under-16 division.


Roxburgh Area School

The competition was hot at the school cross-country with some very good times posted. Anton Fitzgerald won the senior boys in a record time of 16min 19sec. Ashlyn Reid won the senior girls in 21min 53sec. Jessie Moore won the year 9-10 boys and Brooke Johnston had the fastest female time over the course in 21min 3sec.

Anton Fitzgerald has been named in the Otago 16th grade football squad to play in the South Island tournament in October in Timaru.


Otago Girls' High School

Otago Girls' won the annual winter sports exchange with Waitaki Girls' and Southland Girls', by one point.

The OGHS Sweeping Beauties came second at the New Zealand under-21 curling championships in Dunedin. The team comprised Emma Sutherland, Mhairi Duncan, Heloise Fitzpatrick, Kelsey Mee and Diana Yeritsyan.

The junior and senior canoe polo teams competed in the South Island championships in Invercargill during the first weekend of August. The junior girls were gold medal winners in the under-15 girls section and the senior girls were second in the under-19 girls. Natasha Whyte was selected for the tournament team.

Grace Morton (year 9) was first in the girls SWID 50m backstroke at the South Island secondary schools championships. Karmilla Jaffa and Madeleine Doran were members of the Otago badminton team that won the South Island under-19 competition. Nicole Kellett won the doubles and mixed doubles and was runner-up in the singles at the South Island under-17 competition in Christchurch.

OGHS pupils performed well at the aerobics competition held in Dunedin, and 23 of them have qualified for the national competition.


These articles are compiled by the Otago Secondary Schools Sports Association, which is proudly sponsored by Perpetual Trust.


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