Winter competitions wind up

Maniototo Area School

The New Zealand under-21 curling teams have been selected for the World Junior B Championships in Finland on January 3-9 next year. Maniototo has five pupils named in these teams: Holly Thompson, Jessica Smith, Matthew Neilson, Ben Smith and Josh Whyte. Training continues for curlers hoping to make the final selection for the Youth Olympic Games in Norway during February. Holly Thompson, Courtney Smith, Tash Whyte, Matthew Neilson, Ben Smith and Anton Hood are on the long list. Two boys and two girls will be selected for the final team.

Cheyan Vowles was first in the senior women's section of the New Zealand luge championships in Naseby and Dion Voyce first in the junior men's section.

Courtney Smith, Lakita Taylor, Reuben Pyle, Liam Harrington and Thomas Howell attended the New Zealand Area Schools tournament in Wanganui during the holidays.

Pupils were also chosen for the following teams:

South Island B netball team, Courtney and Lakita; SI basketball, Courtney SI rugby, Reuben and Thomas Howell.

Kaikorai Valley College

The shooting team participated in the Otago Secondary Schools' smallbore competition on Wednesday night against 10 other teams. Kyle Rutherford, Tim Phanphattarapong, Meindert Harrison, Ryan Seatter and Adam Lockerbie secured third with some fine individual scores. Shaun Simpson competed in a major South Island competition last month, alongside members of his East Otago club. Shaun won the junior champion Greenhough Trophy. He is also leading the B grade of a national competition known as the Triple S after three rounds. Josh Macmillan has returned from Northern Ireland from his tour with the Milk Cup football team. The team had two wins, two losses and one draw, finishing 14th of 22. Josh scored a goal against Alset Colombia.

Taieri College

Taieri College hosted James Hargest High School in the annual winter interchange. Taieri dominated the rugby and netball. James Hargest had big wins in the junior and senior grades of basketball and dominated the hockey at the Alexander McMillan Turf, in Dunedin. The football was a close affair but James Hargest took the interchange three codes to two.

In the final weekend of the Dunedin Netball Centre competition, Taieri College teams achieved great results. The year 10A team had a close win over OGHS 10A in the premier one grade, while the 9A team defeated the Taieri Rubies to win the premier three grade. Taieri Senior C won the senior two and Taieri 10 Rata won the intermediate four. The senior A team finished third in the premier C grade. It has been a successful season so far with pupils already named in representative teams in a range of sports: rugby (12), netball (9), football (9), hockey (6) and basketball (4).

Logan Park High School

In boys' football, the season came to end with the playoff for the Dunedin secondary school division 1 title. This team, captained by Henri Gaudin, had not lost a game all season, which carried through to the final game against John McGlashan College. Logan Park won 3-2 and won its division.

The girls' football team finished on a high note by beating St Hilda's Seconds 7-1.

Captain Claudia Dakin-Thompson scored four goals. Year 9 pupil Annie Kennedy Atchison continues to impress in surf lifesaving.

She has picked up a total of four first places and three second places in individual and team events. In basketball, the senior A boys beat Bayfield last week and are through to the finals. In netball, two teams have reached playoffs and the senior B team has progressed to the final.

The junior A team lost its semifinal but will be playing up a grade next year.

Roxburgh Area School

It was a wet and windy week at the New Zealand Area Schools Tournament in Whanganui during the holidays. The first three days featured round-robin games against Central/North and Top of South which the A netball team won, and on day four the South-North games and NZAS-Invitational games were played.

The following pupils gained higher honours: Amelia Pasco, South Netball A, basketball, volleyball; Briana Forbes, South netball B, girls' football; Ashlyn Reid: South netball A and NZAS netball; Jonty McKinnel, South rugby, volleyball and NZAS rugby; Toby Grice, South volleyball; Jack Lennon, South volleyball; Zoe Moore, girls South sevens and NZAS sevens; Caileigh Forbes, South netball B; Mara McCurdy, South netball A, football and NZAS netball; Erin Vernon, NZAS netball; Lauren Kitto, South netball A and volleyball. Sean Levien passed his black belt in taekwondo .

Claybird shooting: Five pupils attended the Blue Mountain Championships in Tapanui.

The junior basketball team has been competing in a weekly competition to develop skills. Volleyball is up next, preparation for the Central Otago Tournament later in the term.

Jonty McKinnel is preparing to attend the New Zealand Barbarians area schools rugby camp and games in Hamilton.

Otago Girls' High School

Emma Takapi competed in the New Zealand Powerlifting Championships and won the sub junior records 84kg+ with four New Zealand records.

Heloise Fitzpatrick, Michelle Bong, Natasha Whyte, Katie Knopp and Rebecca McNaughton were selected for the Deep South (Otago-Southland) under-18 women's canoe polo team. They will play at the inter-regional tournament in Wellington in October. The Otago Girls' High School A canoe polo team came second at the South Island Secondary Schools' championships in Oamaru. Natasha Whyte was selected for the tournament team.

Curling goes from strength to strength. The Sweeping Beauties placed third at the New Zealand under-21 championships. Emma Sutherland has been selected to represent New Zealand in the under-21 in Finland next year and Diana Yeritsyan has been short-listed for the Youth Olympics.

At the South Island secondary schools swimming championships in Greymouth, Erin Ford swam in eight finals and achieved seven personal bests. She was third in the 400m freestyle open, 200m backstroke open and 400m IM open. Kaori Kitahara and Alice Ford also achieved personal bests.

Carina Donegan represented the St Clair Surf Life Saving Club at the southern regional championships in Dunedin in July. She was second in the under-16 women's 100m mannequin tow with fins, third in the open women's 100m mannequin carry with fins and had other fourth, fifth and sixth placings.

St Hilda's

The St Hilda's year 9 netball team finished fifth at the recent South Island junior tournament. Abbey Hawker was recognised for her umpiring. At the Festival of Rugby, the St Hilda's team encountered some strong opposition.

Olivia George and Jade Clark were named in the tournament team.

Five swimmers went to Greymouth for the South Island secondary schools championships. Isabella Gold was third in the 100m under-14 fly, Olivia Gold first in the 400m free and 100m free, third in the 200m medley, third in the 100m fly and 200m free in 15 and over age group.

Nicole Heaton was first in the under-14 50m fly. Mariette Devereux, Isabella, Nicole and Olivia were second in the 200m free relay. St Hilda's finished fifth overall.

The A badminton team won the Dunedin secondary schools competition

during term two. Adithi Alexander and Emily Perry have been named in the

New Zealand under-17 team to compete in Perth, Australia in April.

King's High School

Most winter competitions are into the semifinal stages. The First X1 football team won its final against OBHS Firsts 4-1 at the Kensington Oval to win OSSSA premier boys' competition and the Junior Firsts beat John McGlashan 3-0 in extra time to win the junior premier competition. Kings was well represented in Otago basketball teams at national age group tournaments. Dallas Hartmann (year 9) was a member of the under-15 team, year 11 pupils Olly McCombie, Logan Taimalie , Matt Monga were in the under-17 team and Josh Aitcheson (year 12) was selected in the under-19 team. Chi Campbell and Jack Kelly represented Otago under-16 at futsal in the New Zealand Federation tournament in Wellington where they finished third. Kees Duyvesteyn finished fourth in the South Island secondary schools under-20 road race in Christchurch.

Jimmy Flanagan (year 13) was selected in the junior Otago cross-country team which competed in the nationals in Christchurch and finished 23rd.

The following boys were selected in Otago football grade teams recently: Genta Kojima, Kaleb de Groot-Green, Rueben Peyroux, William Sharpf , Oliver Lobb and Ryan Gardiner (13th grade); Matt Hanrahan, Jed Collings, Jordan Hand, Matt Lloyd, Ethan Van Staden, Sam O'Kane, Chi Campbell, Hala Moata'ane, Tomos Jones, Dermott Tierney, Tate Barron, Josh Toomin and Aaron Allan (14th grade).

John McGlashan College

The First 1st XV achieved its goal of winning the inaugural Southern WideFirst XV competition when it beat SOHS in the final at John McGlashan College.

The football senior seconds and junior first teams both made their finals. The hockey firsts and seconds have made their finals and basketball has four teams in semifinals. The college hosted Uppingham College from England recently for two rugby matches, with honours to the visitors. Boxer Alex Hanan defeated the New Zealand Youth Commonwealth Games representative in his most recent bout. He now heads to the Australian Golden Gloves. Josh Homersham picked up a silver medal for New Zealand in weightlifting at the Oceania Games held in Port Moresby.

Dunstan High School

The school's gymsport team recently competed in the New Zealand secondary schools championships. The team of four finished with 16 medals between them for third overall in the teams section. Three teams attended the South Island secondary schools kayak polo event where each team finished first overall in its section.

The ski and snowboard squad entered three teams in the Otago-Southland secondary schools' championship. The mixed ski team was second overall, as was the boys' snowboard team. Winter codes are winding up. The mixed hockey team won its final in the Central Otago senior reserve B competition.


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


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