Tournament successes for Kavanagh College

Allied Press group advertising manager Paul Dwyer congratulates the Otago Boys' High School First XV on winning the ODT Cup on Saturday, topping its pool in the Highlanders First XV competition. King's High School won the Express-Ensign Cup for winning th
Allied Press group advertising manager Paul Dwyer congratulates the Otago Boys' High School First XV on winning the ODT Cup on Saturday, topping its pool in the Highlanders First XV competition. King's High School won the Express-Ensign Cup for winning the other pool. The competition now splits into top-eight and bottom-six sections with the final to be played on August 16. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Kavanagh has experienced great success in two recent tournaments.

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 girls).

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 basketball.

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).


Cromwell College

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 College

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 two times.

The Columba junior 2 team was third. The team members were Indiana Williams, Caitlin Deans, Lilli Renner and Teigan Tarapi.

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 39sec.

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 (Otago u15).

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.

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