St Hilda's unveils elite sports honours board

Taieri College No 8 Matt Walker looks for the pass while tackled by James Hargest College...
Taieri College No 8 Matt Walker looks for the pass while tackled by James Hargest College defender Jacob Alsweiler during the First XV interschool in Mosgiel on Monday. Taieri College won 17-10. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Last week, the St Hilda's sports council unveiled an elite sports honours board. The board features old girls who have represented New Zealand at the highest level in sport.

The pupils honoured were Judith Elder (nee McSkimming, hockey), Sharon Macniven (nee Hanley, swimming), Lesley Rumball (nee Nichol, netball), Michelle Kardos (water polo), Mandy Barker (nee Smith, hockey), Di Hollands (tennis), Lucy Strack (rowing) and Sue Hamilton (golf).

During the holidays, the junior and intermediate netball teams competed at the South Island development tournament in Christchurch.

The junior A team had a successful tournament, finishing runner-up in the year 9 competition. Libby van Harselaar and Laura Taylor were named in the tournament team.

The intermediate team won division two.

The first XV competed at the festival of rugby tournament in Oamaru, finishing third and being named best all-round team.

Hannah Perkins, Simone Ferguson and Bridget Hendry were named in the tournament team.

A large team travelled to Invercargill to compete in the NZCAF aerobic and hip-hop regional tournament, with many groups qualifying for the national tournament in Dunedin in September.

Outstanding results were recorded by Maddie Holmes, who won the year 11-13 individual novice, Grace Wallace, who was third in the year 9-10 aerobics individual novice, and the team of Hannah Alcock, Helen Knott and Isobel Woodhouse, second in the year 7-8 novice teams event.

Gracie Hannagan and Tamsyn Dunphy also qualified for the national event in their sections.

In the hip-hop competition, ''Quixotic'' members Maddie Gabbusch, Lola Garden, Gracie Hannagan, Maddie Holmes, Olivia McNab, Claudia Maker, Zoe Sabonadiere and Cara Thomson placed first in the same school year 9-13 section, and ''Square One'' placed second in the same section.

Dunstan High School

Georgia Vessey was one of 12 New Zealand riders who competed in a four-day event at the Australian road cycling championships in July, and went on to compete in the criterium, the next day.

The road race was on a challenging, hilly course, with the top girls from both countries attending. Georgia was the leading New Zealander and seventh in the overall classification.

Kate Maclean is one of three riders from across the country selected for the Dressage New Zealand under-21 national performance squad for 2013-14.

Dunstan High School kayaker Deahna Shearer recently attended the world junior championships in Slovakia as part of the New Zealand under-18 and under-23 teams.

She was up against the top junior paddlers in the world on slalom courses considerably harder than our New Zealand courses. Leading up to the event, the team also competed in two European junior championship races.

Other Dunstan kayakers - Emily McGimpsey, Max Rayner, Kate Pascoe, Shannon Kelly, Sam McCulloch, Hamish McKay and Jeremy Norbury - have been named in the New Zealand under-18 development team to compete at the Australian championships in January.

Daniel Arnott and Deahna are included in the national performance squad.

The Dunstan First XV has performed well this year and will play Ashburton College in the South Island co-ed final in Ashburton on August 31. If Dunstan wins, it will travel to Rotorua to play in the co-ed top four competition the following weekend.

East Otago update

Year 9 pupil Haleunu Jouanides became the South Island women's colts karate champion after winning two fights at the championships in Waikouaiti.

Samuel Porter and Kate Poulsen were in Hamilton at the national under-18 hockey tournament, where their teams placed seventh and third respectively.

Year 11 pupils Jasmine Neilson and Olivia Ollerenshaw competed in the Dunedin under-17 netball team in the Otago tournament, placing sixth of 10 teams.

For the first time in several years, East Otago High School had enough year 9 and year 10 netball players to enter the intermediate team in the South Island secondary schools championships.

Year 9 pupil Jack Laney is preparing to travel to Lower Hutt for the national secondary schools indoor bowls championships in September after placing second at the Otago junior singles earlier this year.

East Otago's senior A netball team and mixed hockey team are competing in their respective South Island secondary schools championships during tournament week at the beginning of September.

Area schools update

The New Zealand area schools tournament was held in Whangarei in the first week of the holidays.

The South of the South team consisted of pupils from Roxburgh, Lawrence, Maniototo, The Catlins and Waiau area schools.

They competed in netball, rugby, futsal, volleyball and basketball. South won both the A grade and B grade netball. Teams were then selected to compete between each island.

Results and team members. -

Girls basketball: Lost 24-18, Amelia Pasco (Roxburgh), Colleen Hollows (Maniototo), Brooke Cameron (Lawrence), Kylie Lyders (Lawrence.)

Boys basketball: Lost 24-31, Raymond Hollows (Maniototo), James Inder (Maniototo).

Girls futsal: Lost 4-0, Coleen Ebron (Waiau), Sophie Unahi (Waiau), Kaitlyn Roughan (Catlins), Kelly Tweed (Lawrence).

Boys futsal: Lost 3-1 on penalties after 4-4 draw, Oscar Goodlet (Lawrence), Hannes Geissler (Catlins), Tyler Ford (Catlins).

Rugby: Lost 35-33, Ashley Sim (Roxburgh), Hannes Geissler (Catlins).

A netball: Lost by two goals, Meghan Scanlan (Roxburgh), Emma Parker (Roxburgh), Tahlia Moir (Roxburgh), Kylie Lyders (Lawrence), Claudia Dodds (Catlins), Kaitlyn Roughan (Catlins).

B netball: Won 33-31, Laura Dowling (Maniototo), Hayley Adams (Waiau), Courtney Smith (Maniototo), Nadia Lyders (Lawrence), Nikeisha Clarke (Catlins).

Girls volleyball: Lost 2-1, Darcy Hawea (Maniototo), Colleen Hollows (Maniototo), Shakhan Tapatu (Maniototo).

Boys volleyball: Won 2-1, Ashley Sim (Roxburgh), James Inder (Maniototo), Raymond Hollows (Maniototo).

New Zealand teams. -Netball: Drew 35-35, Meghan Scanlan (Roxburgh), Emma Parker (Roxburgh), Tahlia Moir (Roxburgh).

Girls volleyball: Lost 2-0, Laura Dowling (Maniototo), Sophie Unahi (Waiau).

Logan Park rugby

The Logan Park High School rugby team has had a fine season, finishing top of the junior B league.

In the final game, a tight battle against Sassenachs, Logan Park led 24-22 at halftime and stepped up to win 45-22, playing some pulsating rugby. The team has been unbeaten this year with notable wins over King's and Otago Boys' teams.

Eight of the boys have gone to the Otago trials. On the last day of term, a visiting Australian team will be playing against Logan Park at the North Ground.

KVC news

Kaikorai Valley College is next month hosting cross-country races for primary and intermediate runners and also a co-ed secondary schools event. The course will be challenging, with uphill and downhill stretches, a track through trees and, for the seniors and a stream crossing.

There will be entrants from all over Otago.

Brent Chilton-Scott attended the World Taekwondo Federation national tournament in Wellington last weekend, winning two gold medals in sparring and a third gold in the jumping front kick.

Thomas Johnson has been selected for the South Island Scorpions under-17 rugby league squad. The South Island team will play a series of games against North Island provinces throughout September and October, culminating in a grand final on October 19.

Taieri College

Jarrod Casey, the 2012 senior sportsman of the year, travelled to Hamilton with the Southern under-18 hockey team, which finished seventh.

Gemma Bonney (year 11) finished second in the Otago-Southland open girls trap shooting competition.

The 9A netball team attended the South Island junior tournament and finished 10th out of 32 teams.

Riley Bungard was a member of the Otago Milk Cup team which spent its holidays in Ireland playing against some top youth competition from around the world.

The team also stopped in Los Angeles and beat the LA Galaxy youth team.

Tessa Nichol, the girls football captain and coach, has been selected for the New Zealand secondary schoolgirls team to travel to Australia later this year.

The senior boys basketball team broke into the A grade ranks this season and narrowly missed out on the playoffs with a narrow loss to Waitaki Boys'.

Otago Girls' success

At the recent South Island secondary schools swimming championships in Blenheim, Otago Girls' High School was second in the 200m medley relay.

Members of this team were Tegan Duncan, Saskia Turner, Alice Moran, and Erin Ford.

Alice also placed second in the 14-plus 50m backstroke, and Erin was third in the 14-plus 50m backstroke and the 50m freestyle.

The World Taekwondo Federation national tournament was held in Wellington on August 10-11.

Phoebe Lee (year 12) won gold in the women's 2-3 under-55 fight, silver in the North v South team fight,and bronze in the 3-1 division of poomsae.

Khata Pearce (year 9) won gold in the women's 2-3 under-66 fight and was sixth in poomsae.

A large team participated in the regional aerobic championships in Invercargill.

Sixteen have qualified for the national tournament in Dunedin in September, including the following who gained places at the regional event.

- Teams: 9-13 novice, Tyler Barnes and Bree Rowe-Clarkson (first), Hannah Blagdon and Jas Simonsen-Hogg (second); 9-13 open novice, Olivia Jackson and Jess Barron (first), Indie Casswell and Jorja Casswell (third); 9-13 open, Melissa McDonald and Madilyn Cushnie (first).

Individuals: 9-10 open novice, Holly Paterson (first); 11-13 novice, Julie Lamont (second); 11-13 open novice, Indie Casswell (third).

The annual triangular exchange was held recently with Southland Girls' High School and Waitaki Girls' High School. Competing in badminton, football, hockey, basketball, rugby, netball and debating, Otago Girls' won by a narrow margin from Southland Girls'.

Anna-Louise Robinson was chosen to play in the Southern women's ice hockey team, while Rosa Waters competed at the South Island rhythmic gymnastic championships in a group that won silver.

King's High School

King's High School had a successful open night recently, with most of the prospective pupils being stunned by the number of sports and activities offered at the school.

One of the busiest stations on the night was the sports academies. Jonny Thorn has been selected in the New Zealand under-18 hockey squad. Jonny is the only secondary schoolboy field player south of Christchurch to be included in the squad.


• These articles are compiled by the Otago Secondary Schools Sports Association (OSSSA) which is proudly sponsored by Perpetual Trust.



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