Dunstan eyes fourth A-grade netball title

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Dunstan High School

The school's senior A netball team is again set to defend its A grade women's title for the third year, and other netball teams are working hard to secure titles in their grades.

The senior A girls and boys basketball teams are also in with a chance to win their respective competitions. The girls will be particularly keen to do so after losing in close finals in the previous two seasons.

The kayak polo team has recently returned from the South Island secondary schools event in which the junior A boys won their section. The junior B boys came third and the senior boys and girls finished second.

The First XV's season came to an end after a close loss in the first round of the South Island co-ed schools knockout tournament.

Finally, the school recently sent a small team to the Otago-Southland ski championships and finished in third place in the slalom.

John McGlashan College

Noah Coutts came back from the Youth World Showjumping Championships in Russia with placings of third, fifth and seventh in different jump heights.

At the end of the winter sports season, McGlashan is pleased to have made finals in rugby, hockey, and football.

The First XV gave a strong performance against OBHS. The scores were level 42 minutes into the second half before OBHS scored on fulltime.

The First XI enjoyed playing its final at Forsyth Barr Stadium, and the hockey boys played in a great final. There were supportive crowds for both sides.

The 27 basketball teams have enjoyed the season.

Max Gutry won gold at Brazilian jujitsu under-18, blue belt, 70kg national championships.

Kaikorai Valley College

Kasib Murdoch (year 13) won both his fights at the Anzac Boxing Super Series in Auckland last month. He then travelled to Taipei to attend the Taipei City Cup, an international boxing event, with 11 other competing countries. Kasib came home with the silver medal. He has been chosen to represent New Zealand at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires in October.

Jenna Willis (year 9) has been selected for the 14th grade Otago football team which will travel to Kaiapoi in early October to compete in the South Island championships.

Lachlan Colquhoun has been selected for the under-15 Otago premier boys hockey team competing in the national premier tournament in Christchurch in Term 3 holidays. The senior A netball team will contest the South Island secondary schools tournament in Dunedin next week.

King's High School

Last week the junior First XI and senior First XI football teams won their respective grades, made all the more special by being able to play the finals at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

The junior First XI beat OBHS 10A 3-0 and the First XI beat a determined John McGlashan First XI 3-2.

The King's smallbore rifle team - Cameron Bradley (year 10), James Young (year 12) and Cameron Colson (year 10) - won the Otago championship last week.

The under-15 Panthers rugby team won the Colts championship, defeating Dunstan HS 44-12 in the final.

The King's First XI hockey team beat John McGlashan First XI 2-0 in the Otago secondary schools final to finish unbeaten for the season.

King's hockey First XI players Finn Ward, James Nicolson and Zeke Buschl were named in the national under-18 training camp in December. Finn has also been named in the Southern men's team to compete at the national tournament.

The First XI football team is competing in Christchurch, and the junior First XI football team is away to Tauranga for tournament week.

The First XI hockey team will be competing in Hamilton at the Rankin Cup.

The junior A basketball team is competing in Nelson and the senior A team will compete in Invercargill.

King's is also attending the South Island ice hockey tournament in Dunedin. The under-15 development rugby side will be in Nelson while the under-15 Panthers will be competing at the Hurricanes under-15 tournament in Wellington.

Logan Park High School

Athlete Rebecca Dalphin placed first in the South Island secondary schools under-15 3000m, first in the Otago Ponydales high school championships, and in club competitions she was second in the open women's Lovelock Race.

Footballers Ben Deveruex, Connor Stephenson, Nico Alarez Rey-Virag, Eamon Lupton-Wilson, Leilani Baeumer, Hannah Yeardley, Naomi Jutel and Maggie Gorman have made Otago representative teams.

Year 9 pupil Nicola Molteno has qualified for the New Zealand trampolining championships in October in Tauranga.

Kane Wilson, Aurburn Boyd and Flynn Nichols were selected to attend the Steve Adams basketball camp in Dunedin.

In handball, Laura Graham has competed with both the Otago under-19 team and the Otago University team at tournaments.

The girls football black team won the second division of its competition. Leilani Baeumer scored a hat-trick, with the team beating Kaikorai Valley College 4-1 in the final.

The badminton teams have performed well. The boys first team won division two and the girls second team won division three.

In rugby, Jesse Manihas been playing in the co-ed combined under-14 rugby team led by Kaikorai Valley College and was named the most valuable player.

Otago Girls' High School

Last week was busy with the winter senior triangular sports exchange with Waitaki Girls' High School and Southland Girls' High School. On the same day, the First XV rugby team played in the Otago metro secondary schoolgirls First XV final. It was defeated by St Hilda's Collegiate 37-31.

At the Otago gymnastics championships in July, Alyssa Shelton placed first overall in step 9. Bridie Shelton placed first overall in step 8 unders.

Abby Stevens placed first overall on day one and third overall on day two in step 8 overs.

Ella Macgillivray placed third overall on day one and second overall on day two in step eight overs. Lily Johnson placed second on floor and third on beam in step 7.

The following pupils have been selected for the Otago under-18 women's rugby team: Oceania Campbell, Ella Gomez, Tash Iti, Gemma Millar, Xanthe Maole, and Storm Maole (captain).

Many teams are competing in winter tournament week. The swimming team will travel to Wellington for nationals, and the under-15 10-a-side rugby team will be travelling to Gore.

The school has two curling teams competing in the national tournament in Dunedin.

Roxburgh Area School

The basketball teams have been playing in the Lawrence competition. The junior team came fourth overall and the senior team won its final.

Brooke Johnston has just returned from representing the New Zealand mounted games team who competed in the International Mounted Games Competition in Kentucky, United States. The team finished in fourth place.

The Central Otago netball competition finished on Saturday. The A team won the A2 grade and the B team won the B2 grade.

The A netball team is now preparing to attend the South Island competition in Dunedin.

Tiaan McKinnel has been selected in the New Zealand area schools rugby team and will attend a camp and games at Massey University, Palmerston North, next month.

Taieri College

The rugby girls' team had the final of the rugby 10s competition last week and came away with a fabulous win after struggling early in the season.

All four hockey teams made the finals of their grades. The senior girls team had a thrilling final but lost in a penalty shootout. The junior girls team had a great season to make the final. Both the senior and junior boys won their divisions.

The First XI football boys team played in the senior reserve grade and have made the final. The junior boys finished second in its grade and our girls team finished third.

Seven of the 10 netball teams made the top four.

Many of the basketball teams have had success. The junior girls made the A grade top two and another five teams made the finals or top two of their grades.

At the rugby prizegiving the following were named most valuable player for their sides: First XV, Hunter Dale; girls, Shanae Burgess; under-15, Gene Jamieson; under-14, Lachlan Nicholl.

St Hilda's Collegiate

It was a great night of hockey for St Hilda's on August 20. It won all three divisions in the Otago secondary school girls competition. The First XI won its division one final 2-1 over Columba College.

The Second XI won its division two final 1-0 in an exciting penalty shootout against Taieri First XI.

The junior XI won its division three final 1-0 over the Taieri Second XI. The Third XI also won its final game of the season 7-0.

The First XV rugby team also had an exciting finish to their season, winning the secondary school girls grade final.

Olivia O'Neill recently returned from Kuala Lumpar competing for the New Zealand under-18 girls touch team in the Youth World Cup. The team finished second.

St Hilda's hosted and finished third in the annual winter sports quad tournament.

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