Taieri to fore in co-ed tournament

Taieri College recently took part in the annual Dunedin co-ed winter sports tournament.

The Taieri teams performed well in all sports, gaining overall wins in rugby, netball (senior and junior) and football.

The boys first XI football team is having its first season in A grade and has notched up some good wins against quality sides. The girls First XI is also performing well under new coach Rachel Chisnall. Riley Anderton and Peter Coates have been named in the Milk Cup team to tour Ireland later in the year.

The First XV has also had an unbeaten start to the season as it attempts to defend its title in the under-18 grade.

Taieri College has just completed the school year 9-13 cross-country. In the junior boys and girls sections, Lewis Dyer and Zara Forgie respectively were clear winners. So, too, were

Regan Sleeman and Vicki Clarke in the senior boys and girls races.


Kaikorai Valley College

Kyle Rutherford's hard work paid off when he finished

third in the boys aged 16 section at the New Zealand BMX championships in Tauranga. Kyle also placed second overall in the national points series.

Blake Porteous has been selected in the Otago football team for the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland.

Adam Hartley, Bailey Turner, Bridget Angus and Cheyenne Roberts have been selected as sports prefects.

Shaun Simpson was second in his grade and Tarnisha Harrison third at the recent smallbore rifle shooting competition with East Otago. The KVC boys football and girls senior netball teams performed well at the co-ed tournament, placing third in their respective competitions.

Congratulations to ex-pupil Victoria Nafatali for her re-selection in the Black Ferns.


Logan Park High School

Gymnast Shannon Thorsnes (17) competed in the Australian championships in Melbourne, competing in the ribbon, ropes, clubs and ball in a week-long event. The New Zealand team won a bronze medal overall, and Shannon won a silver medal as an individual in the clubs.

Logan Park finished third overall at the co-ed schools winter tournament.

The winners in the recent school cross-country were Maddy Bowen, Tyler Stenton- Martin, Henry Gaudin and Molly Morley.

In the local badminton competition, the Logan Park boys team is the top co-ed school team and is leading the competition with wins over King's and John McGlashan.

Claudia Dakin and Maddie Bowen are trialling for the Otago under-17 girls football team, and Joseph Araya and Solomon Liesbeth are both junior Otago football representatives.

George Vella King, Alexander Woolrych and Frances Barnett are playing in the premier reserve adult hockey competitions and enjoying the challenge. Natasha Abbot and Izzy Locker have been selected in the Otago under-16 hockey team.

The school ice hockey team is competing well on Wednesday evenings. It beat Taieri College and is looking good for second place in the event.


St Hilda's sport

St Hilda's had two teams competing in the South Island secondary schools squash tournament in Dunedin on May 10-11. The A team of Laura McKenzie, Paige Cotton and Ella McDonald finished second, losing only to eventual winner Marlborough Girls'.

The St Hilda's cross-country was held on May 7. Following on from this event, runners have been competing in the Logan Park road race, King's relays and Otago cross-country relays in Milton. In the Logan Park race, Meg McKay (senior girls) and Suzie White (junior girls) gained third-fastest times. In the King's relay, Cecilia Crooks (junior) and Meg McKay (senior) had third-fastest times. St Hilda's senior teams placed second, third and fourth and the junior team second at this event.

Polly Inglis, Mallory Cooper, Philippa Dingle, Libby Morris and Annabel Girvan have all been selected for the Southern under-18 hockey team to compete at the national tournament in Napier in July.

In netball, Kate Holden has been selected in the Otago under-19 team, Maggie Burns in the Otago under-17 team, Sarah Wyber, Kim Paisley and Georgia O'Malley in the Dunedin centre under-17 team, Megan Borst, Neena Davison and Libby van Harselaar in the Dunedin centre under-14 A team, and Olivia Ray in the Dunedin centre under-14 B team.


John McGlashan College

Ryan Whelan was selected in the Otago under-16 golf side that won the gold medal at the South Island tournament. Along with Hanlin Johnstone and Harrison Taylor, he was also selected in the under-18 Southern hockey team.

Harrison Russell (year 9) starred for McGlashan at the intercollegiate trapshooting competition in Southland recently. He had the top score of the day, out of 55 competitors over all age-groups, and also won the single rise event. Harrison helped his team retain the team trophy from last year.

James Baker, Luke Duncan and Fynn Duncan placed third in the South Island, B division, squash championships in Dunedin. Also placing third in a South Island event was Raunaq Bhabra, in the under-15 badminton championships.

Oli Chignell has been the quickest runner in all of the OSSSA road race events. He was first at the Logan Park event and helped McGlashan to second place at the Caversham and Milton relays. Josh Stoddard placed third in the junior section at Logan Park, and his team came second in the Caversham relay.


King's High School

In a field of 33 runners in the Logan Park senior race, King's had four runners - Andrew Smith (fourth), Felix McDonald (seventh), Jacob Granger (ninth) and Nathan MacDonell (10th) - in the top 10. In the junior race, a field of 36 runners took part. Malachi Buschl (second), Sam Gouverneur (seventh), Jack Addis (10th) and Zac Mason (11th) did well from King's. David White and Josh Rosie were outstanding in the senior AWD race, finishing first and second respectively. These good results were backed up in the Caversham relays, both the senior and junior teams placing third.

King's has completed interschool fixtures in recent weeks against Waitaki Boys' and Otago Boys'. In the Waitaki interschool, King's had wins in rugby, football, hockey, smallbore, basketball and badminton. The Otago Boys' interschool was a more even affair where, despite a blowout in rugby, other sports were keenly contested, reflected by the overall result of eight wins to each school and two draws.

The following boys have been awarded Blues for commitment to excellence in summer sport: Jacob Granger, Ben Kiore, Nathan MacDonell, Luke Maker, Felix McDonald, George McKinlay, Rory O'Neill, Sam Tindley, David White (athletics), Taylor Cumberland, Kane McKay, Joel Meade, Eamon O'Brien, Liam Trainor (cricket), Christian Amos-Dowie, Sean Bennett, Jake Burtenshaw, Hayden Carey, Mitchell Finnie, Logan Herbert, Will Meiklejohn (softball), Cairo Griffin (surfing), Joseph Cairns-Thomson, Taylor Haugh, Luke Maker, Reece Te Pairi (touch), Lewis Mears, Alex Stoddart (volleyball), Dylan Crawford, Sebastian van Harselaar (water polo).

Silvers were awarded to New Zealand representatives Joshua Duff, Tame Govaerts and Taylor Haugh.


Dunstan High School

There are 12 Dunstan netball teams competing throughout the grades in the Central Otago competition. In addition, there were three teams competing in the Otago secondary schools championships, and the senior A team will be competing in the South Island secondary schools tournament in September.

The hockey squads have been competing well this year. There is one team in the senior men's grade, which is sitting in second place on the table, and three other teams in the senior B grade. The Commanders are leading that competition.

This year, there are four rugby teams in various competitions throughout Otago. The First XV is playing in the Highlanders competition.

Dunstan basketball teams are looking strong this year, with seven teams competing in the local senior competition. The boys A team is preparing for the secondary school premiership.


Otago Girls' High School

There are 16 winter sports on offer at Otago Girls' and, with 22 netball teams entered in the schools competition, the participation rate is pleasing. There has also been a drive to get pupils to try out sports such as canoe polo and ice hockey.

Nicole Kellet won the Southland under-19 badminton mixed doubles title and paired with Maddy Doran to win the doubles. Karmilla Jaafar won the singles plate.

At the recent Neptune Queen's birthday swimming meet, Alice Moran was second in the 15-16 years 200m backstroke.

The senior A football team recently defeated Craighead 9-0 in the Southern regional playoff. It has now qualified for the national tournament in Taupo later in the year.

Rock climbers had a successful weekend at the Twizel competition. In the 16 to 17 year grade, Rosie Craven was first, Mhairi-Bronte Duncan second and Juliette McMullan third. In the 14-15 year grade, Millie Bray was first and Sian Meffen third.


Roxburgh Area School

Roxburgh recently held the Southern Zone area schools tournament, hosting 150 pupils from Catlins, Lawrence, Maniototo, Twizel and Waiau area schools over three days and playing 19 sports. A team comprising 50 pupils was selected for the New Zealand area schools tournament in Nelson from July 7 to 11.

Roxburgh pupils who have been selected as part of this team are: Tahlia Moir, Amelia Pasco, Briana Forbes, Ashlyn Reid, Scott Muir, Anton Fitzgerald, Jack Lennon, Jonty McKinnel, Lauren Kitto, Zac Botting and Mara McCurdy.

Tournament winners were: Catlins (boys basketball, rugby, boys/mixed volleyball, clay bird shooting, mixed netball, quiz, ultimate frisbee), Lawrence (girls basketball, girls touch, netball, girls volleyball), Roxburgh (boys touch, football, table tennis, golf, rogaining) and Maniototo (badminton). Petanque (Maniototo and Roxburgh) and indoor bowls (Catlins and Lawrence) had shared winners.



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


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