Athletes heading off to Townsville

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

Taieri College

Zharna Beattie and Ethan Walker are both heading off to Townsville, Australia, on Saturday, to represent New Zealand at the 2019 Oceania Area Championships. They will be competing against top athletes from 22 different countries. Eight under-18 females and 10 under-18 males were selected from NZ in their chosen events. Ethan will be competing in the javelin and Zharna in discus and shot put.

The senior and junior cross-country teams capped off a successful cross-country season, winning the co-ed sections of the Caversham relay events. Three of the team had recently come back from the NZSS Cross-country Champs in Timaru. There was some very fast running on a challenging course. In the junior girls 3km race, Jenna Prendergast came in 25th and Gabby Kakahi was 43rd out of a field with 96 athletes. In the senior girls 4km, Laura Bungard came in 29th out of 113 athletes.

Taieri took four teams to the recent Otago Secondary School netball tournament.

The 9A team played very well, only losing one game to Columba College, in the semifinals, to finish third overall.

The senior B team also had a great tournament and made it to the semifinals and finished fourth overall.

The senior A team had a tough tournament, losing several players with injury leading up to the tournament. They had a few very close losses and ended up 11th overall in the Senior A Grade. The year 10A team backed up its success at last year's tournament by winning the intermediate grade.

St Hilda's Collegiate

Jessica Scott was away competing at the New Zealand Open Swimming Championships in Auckland last week where she achieved some very impressive results up against the best female swimmers in New Zealand.

Jess placed eighth in the women's 50m butterfly and set a new Otago age group and open women's record, fourth in the women's 200m butterfly, ninth in the women's 200m individual medley and ninth in the women's 100m butterfly.

St Hilda's had a great two days of netball at the recent Otago Secondary Schools netball championships with all teams finishing within the top five of their respective grades.

The Senior As placed second, going down narrowly to Columba.

The Senior Bs went through their grade unbeaten with a 27-20 victory against Otago Girls' Senior B in the final.

The 10As team placed fifth and the 9As had a very dominant tournament beating Columba A 33-15 in the final.

Three of the top cross-country runners competed at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross-country Championships in Timaru recently, Zara Geddes finishing eighth and Anna Carswell finishing 36th in the year nine girls 3km race. Year 11 pupil Megan Foster was also competing in the senior girls 4km race, where she finished 67th.

Good Luck to Sarah Langsbury who heads over to compete in the open women's 100m hurdles for New Zealand at the Pacific Games in Samoa during the upcoming holidays.

Roxburgh Area School

The senior basketball team continued its winning start in the Lawrence competition, including playing the other Roxburgh team, the school team winning 66-10. It was great to see so many family and friends come along to watch a great game of basketball. The team is taking part in a Central Otago basketball competition in Wanaka against the other Central Otago school,s which will be a great opportunity to play against pupils of their own age.

The team will play against pupils from Wakatipu, Mount Aspiring, Cromwell and Dunstan.

Emma Buchan and Katie Gunn were placed third in the Otago under-19 badminton tournament recently held in Dunedin. It was great they have taken their badminton to the next level. The girls also played games in the mixed doubles.

The 1A netball team attended the Otago Secondary Schools tournament held recently in Dunedin and had a very successful tournament. The side played East Otago, Queen's and Tokomairiro High School in pool play. After winning pool B the side played Kaikorai Valley College in the playoffs, winning by three goals to go forward to the final against Kavanagh College. Unfortunately, a serious injury meant a change of positions and Kavanagh College took the title this year.

Otago Girls' High School

Sport at Otago Girls' High School continues grow and pupils are participating to a high level throughout all sporting teams.

The cross-country team continues to impress with great results at the recent Otago Secondary School Cross- country Championships, where the under-14 girls team was placed second, the under-15 girls team placed first and the under-19 girls team placed first.

Five of the cross-country athletes competed in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross-country Championships, held in Timaru earlier this month.

All athletes competed well, and a huge number of entries were seen in every age group. The three-person team made up of Ella Hou, Darcie Evans-Tobata and Olivia Bonner were placed ninth.

Claire Taylor has been chosen as a member of the Southern Rowing squad. This is a group of 16 girls and boys who attended a two-day rowing workshop in Clyde from June 21-23 and work with some top coaches and rowers to improve skills.

Four of the netball teams competed in the Otago Secondary Schools netball championships with pleasing results. The Senior A team was placed fifth, Senior B team second, 10A team second and 9A team 10th.

The school would like to acknowledge the continued financial support it receives from the Bendigo Sports and Charity Foundation, which enables the sports teams to compete in Otago and throughout New Zealand.

Logan Park High School

Earlier this month a team of runners competed in the Otago Secondary Schools Cross-country Champs. Viviane Dalphin continued her impressive form, winning the under-15 girls section. Viviane ran confidently, securing and holding the lead a kilometre into the race. She finished convincingly as the clear winner. Sister Rebecca Dalphin came fourth in her section, after a photo finish. Both Viviane and Rebecca travelled to Timaru and competed in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross-country Champs. They also represented Otago in the NZ Cross-country relay races.

Nico Alvarez Rey-Virag also ran well in the Otago Champs to claim second place in the under-14 boys section, and Nick James-Pirie had a top 10 finish in the under-15 boys race.

Many pupils and coaches are looking forward to participating in the Dunedin Co-Ed Tournament tomorrow, expecting a strong showing in football, curling and hockey. The young girls first XI football team recently beat an older, more experienced Columba College first XI. This team will also attend a satellite football tournament in Invercargill in September. The girls have been working hard on team building, which is paying off.

In the Otago Secondary School netball championships the junior girls team placed third in the year 9/10 division. The side improved over the tournament to beat Bayfield in the final. Special thanks to Danielle Frost, the side's fabulous coach.

The Student Sports Council remains busy organising fun, engaging events for everyone. The Interhouse lunchtime netball competition is proving popular and is well attended and supported.

King's High School

The busy term two continues sporting wise and the 10-member cross-country team travelled to Timaru recently to compete in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross-country Championships, which were held at the Ashbury Park course.

George Bates was the best placed senior competitor, in 70th place, and Harry Mason, in 82nd position, the best placed junior runner.

The school recently hosted Shirley Boys' High for the annual exchange and came away with victories in first XV rugby, junior basketball and surfing, giving them a 3-2 overall result. They only have one more interschool for the year, with Southland Boys' due today in Dunedin.

Well done to Spencer Campbell and Lachie Cameron who represented Otago under-17 at the national volleyball age group champs event held over Queen's Birthday weekend.

Congratulations also to Awatea Henry, a year 13 pupil, who competed at the South Island Golden Gloves boxing tournament, where he had a dominant win in the 69kg youth male open division and was also named the most scientific youth boxer at the tournament.

Henry (17) won all three bouts convincingly and the win qualified him for the New Zealand Golden Gloves which was in Rotorua last week.

Fencer Corey Symon's great year continues. He competed in the South Island Championships and in the National under-23 championships over Queen's Birthday weekend and finished with a fantastic third in the South Island Championships, and second in the national under-23 championships.

John McGlashan College

The school recently hosted St Andrew's College, from Christchurch, in the annual winter sporting exchange for the senior teams. STAC dominated in both games of basketball and John McGlashan won the debating, badminton and golf. The hockey game was a very close battle with STAC eventually winning 5-4. The hosts won the football match 1-0 and in an even battle, with the lead changing numerous times, the first XV took the Trustee Bank Cup off STAC with a 20-19 victory.

The first XV rugby team has successfully defended the Trustee Bank Cup with two of the victories against King's High School and Waitaki Boys' High School after close games. Congratulations to captain Leroy Ferguson, who has become one of only a few boys to play 50 games for the first XV cap.

Brothers Riley and Keegan Hall ended up fighting each other on the way to winning medals at a recent Canterbury-Westland karate competition.

Angus Kenny, Will Morshius, Josh Hou and Tom Sullivan recently joined girls from Columba College to compete in an adventure race in Geraldine, at the Hillary Outdoors six-hour race and came a very credible fifth place.

At the recent Otago cross-country championships, the school won the under-15 boys team event, and was second in the under-19 boys team event

Runners also competed in the individual races at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross-country Champs in Timaru, and then represented Otago in the relay the following day.

East Otago High School

East Otago High School girls rugby 10s team has started the competition with a loss against St Kevin's in Maheno and a win against KAVA/LPHS Combined team at Waikouaiti. It was great to see the school and wider community supporting these games.

The Otago Secondary Schools netball tournament was a tough competition for EOHS, as the side was plagued with injuries and sickness.

The girls came seventh in their grade and coach Mandy Elliot was pleased that everybody stepped up and played their best right until the end of the tournament.

EOHS has been lucky to have several workshops over the last couple of months with Basketball Otago, Netball South, Otago Hockey and the Otago Rugby Union.

The junior boys' basketball team and mixed first XI hockey are looking forward to competing in the Co-Ed Tournament in Dunedin tomorrow.

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