2016 South Island Secondary Schools Basketball Tournament
We began our trip on Wednesday 31st of August by travelling up to Dunedin to our home for the week, Manor House. The next morning, we had our first game against Dunstan High School, winning in a close game 58-54. After a short rest we played our second game against Kaikoura High School, this time winning a little more comfortably, 63-41. After our successful first day we geared up for Day Two with games against Ellesmere High School and Roncalli College. We started off well and won against Ellesmere, 46-42. In our final pool game against Roncalli, we were met with a superb shooting effort and eventually went down 81-47. This left us in the playoff pool for 5th place, meeting Greymouth and South Otago. The next morning, we came up against Greymouth eventually losing in a close game, 74-80. This left us to play South Otago for 7th place, eventually winning comfortably, 84-54. In this game Caleb dropped a stunning 46 points and Jarrod nearly dropped 30! Overall, I am very proud with the way we played the whole tournament and 7th place out of 18 reflecting what good basketball we played. Our team grew closer with every game and was an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. A big thanks to all the parents involved, especially to the mums, Jude Taylor and Susan Heanue. Also a huge thanks to Manager Brendan Terry and Coach Troy Collins.
2016 South Island Secondary Schools Hockey Tournament
Starting this years tournament in the pool of death due to last years seeding, was always going to be a tough ask. In our first game we lacked a little cohesion and lost 5- 1, with the scoreline not a true reflection on how close the game was. Next up we came out all guns blazing to demolish Logan Park 4-0 with the whole squad performing admirably. Needing to win the last game against Wakatipu to qualify for the quarter finals we had to settle for a draw. The heartbreak was evident throughout the squad to not go through. We then accounted for Rodney and Rangiora High Schools by 10-0 and 10-1 respectively to finish ninth overall, with many opposition coaches and managers saying we were deserving of being in the top 8. I am proud of the way the team conducted themselves on and off the field and they were a great bunch young adults to mentor. With the majority of the squad still available to play next year the future looks bright.
Tessa Hewlett and Celia Dickie (Coaches)
2016 South Island Secondary Schools U15 Rugby Tournament
Winning three of our five games was a really good effort for our team which included a number of younger players who will return again in 2017. With wins over Golden Bay, Blue Mountain, John Paul College and a narrow two point loss to Mt Hutt we qualified for the semi finals of division three. Unfortunately the boys couldn't quite get up for this.
Special mention to Ryan Horrell who was named the teams most valuable player for his powerful running and high work rate over the five games. Thanks to those who came in support of our team as well as the coaches who gave up their time to take us away.
2016 South Island Secondary Schools Netball Tournament
On Sunday, August 28th the Senior A Netball Team along with Dana Bond and Jo Perkins left for Nelson to compete in the South Island Secondary Schools Netball Tournament. We had a loss to Nelson Girl’s, St Margaret’s and a win against Geraldine High School which unfortunately put us into the bottom 16 of A grade. After a swim at the beach we were ready to go for our next games. This put us into a pool with Taieri College, Wakatipu High School and Mt Aspiring College. We ended Day Two with a convincing win over Mt Aspiring 33-21, which meant that we couldn’t drop down to B grade. The next day we had a tough morning game against Wakatipu which we won 30-26. The last game of Day Three was a loss to Taieri College who were too strong for us with a score of 35-29. With some tired and sore bodies, we ended the last day with a win against Rangi Ruru and Waimea College, which resulted in us finishing 21st out of 80 teams. It was a brilliant tournament with a lot of fun had by everyone. A big thank you goes out to Dana Bond and Jo Perkins for ensuring we were at the right place at the right time and enabling us to play some excellent netball. And also to our parents for getting us to Nelson.
2016 South Island Secondary Schools Mixed Girls Rugby
On Friday 2nd September, a group of 20 girls from five different schools around Southland came together to make the 'Gore' team for the Under 15 Girls Rugby Tournament. The girls who made up the team were from St Peters, Gore High, South Otago, Blue Mountain and there was also one girl from Menzies College. The tournament was an absolute blast. We played teams from all over the Otago/Southland region. We won the first game and lost the second, which put us into a lower pool. From then on we won all of our games making us top of our Pool and 3rd overall. We all had the pleasure of meeting five women out of the Black Ferns which is the Womens Rugby Sevens team that travelled to Rio for the Olympics and brought us back Silver medals! After all of the rugby had finished, we had a great opportunity to talk to the Olympic Medalists and ask them questions about their routines, what it felt like playing over in Rio and their reactions to finding out that they were going to Rio. Overall, this was truly a great experience as it was just a tournament for people around the same age group as us and who are around the same skill level. I would definitely recommend girls rugby as it is so much fun and there are so many cool opportunities which have started coming up as girls rugby culture has become stronger and hopefully it keeps growing.