Congratulations to the following students who have been selected in Touch Southland Representative teams for 2018:
EASTERN SOUTHLAND SOFTBALL ASSN 2018-2019 Season
The Eastern Southland Softball Association are looking for interested children with parental support to play Softball in the Invercargill Morning Competition. We are looking at entering an under 15 combined team. Cut off age is as of the 31st December. If you are interested, please attend training beginning Wednesday, 26th September at the Skin Diamond Gore Show Grounds between 5 and 6pm. Play in Invercargill commences Thursday, 27th October, through to Saturday, 15th December 2018 and recommences 9th February 2019 through to 23rd March 2019. Equipment supplied.
For further information on Primary School Softball please telephone or text Heather on 027 233 4748 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Southland Womens’ Rugby Under 18’s were lucky enough to play the curtain raiser for the Stags game last weekend. They had a fantastic game but unfortunately lost 39-20. St Peter’s representatives in this team are Georgia Holland, Rosie Corcoran, Sarah Mitchell and Tegan Henderson. Good luck to the team who will be competing in the South Island Tournament during the first week of the school holidays, in Christchurch.
Congratulations to Brendan Krieger (Year 11), Morgan and Josh Lawton (Year 9) who placed 3rd in the Men’s A grade in the Southland Secondary School Squash Tournament held in Invercargill last Friday.
Well done boys!
U15 Girls Rugby written by Dixie Burr
On Friday the 7th of September, the U15 Eastern Girls’ team took up the challenge of competing in the ‘Highlanders Region 10 aside Tournament’ located here in Gore. Our team was made up of girls from Gore High School, Blue Mountain College and St Peter’s College. Rugby Southland held the event, bringing along with them two Black Ferns and Nancy - the ‘Women’s Rugby World Cup’.
With a positive mindset, our team prepared for our first game against St Hilda’s Collegiate. We fought hard in this match, but the outcome wasn’t as great as we had hoped. This wasn’t much of a problem considering this was the first of 5 games. We left that loss behind us and focused on the upcoming game against Queen’s High School from Dunedin. With Krishanee Tamou, our Coach, screaming at us from the side-line and an improvement in our defensive structure, we came away with the win, 20 - 7.
With plenty of smiles, our team continued forward, and we won our next match against Menzie’s College, 27 - 0. This was our goal, to beat our closest neighbours and we achieved this successfully. With winning this we were in the top 8, playing Taieri College next. This game was a challenging one. Having most of our school standing in support on the side-lines and we played with passion and determination winning 29 - 24. This was the highlight of the tournament for me, having the older boys cheering us on and acknowledging our talents.
Points did play a part in the rankings, which left us to play for 5th or 6th against South Otago High School. With narrowly losing this game, we were placed 6th out of 13 teams.
Our efforts left us proud and by the end of it we had nothing left in us. I was given the privilege of Captaining the girls and was extremely thankful for their efforts on the field. For only having three training sessions with each other, our team definitely came together as one. Thank you to Krishanee Tamou for being the awesome Coach and Kathryn Pinckney for organising us on the day and always keeping us positive. Hopefully next year we can come away with the gold medal!
Football written by Joshua Kotkamp
The SISS Football Tournament was held in Invercargill at the Turnbull Thompson Park the week of the 3rd - 7th September. With stunning team hoodies (designed by Ryan Watkins), the ‘Blessed’ Coach, Mr Terry, the SPC First XI battled through the many talented and challenging teams from all over the South Island in the Linwood Cup Competition.
Our first game against Dunstan High School was a nail-biting 2 - all draw. We were a bit disappointed with this, although it was a good start to the Tournament. Our next game was against the 2nd place winners of the whole tournament, Papanui, from Christchurch. Even though we lost to these guys some outstanding football was played.
Our third game of the Tournament was one of our highlights where we played Roncalli College from Timaru. We stopped these guys from scoring and played one of our best defensive games ever. Roncalli who were one of the favourites to win the competition, ended up seventh because of this upset result.
Middle of the Tournament Week (Wednesday) we faced the Geraldine team hoping for a win, however it didn’t go our way and we were disappointed with a 3-0 loss.
Now we had moved to Pool placement of 9th to 16th. Our game was against Logan Park. Unfortunately, the goals scored against us were from penalties and our lonely free kick from Leslie Cheung; the score ended up being 2 - 1.
Finally, our last game against our neighbouring rivalries, Menzies College, was an enjoyable way to end the Tournament with a well-earned win 4 - 1.
We would like to thank Mr Terry for all his organisation, coaching and the motivational half time spiels. Also, for the many parents who took the time to come and support us on the side line.
Well done Leslie Cheung was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament, chosen by the opposition teams and referees.
Girls’ Hockey written by Lucy Swain
The week of the 3rd - 7th September, St Peter’s College Girls First XI competed in the 2018 Aon Jenny McDonald Cup in Gore. Our first two games were tough because we were in a strong pool. We lost 2 - 1 to Papanui Girls’ and then had an unlucky loss against St Kevins 2 - 1.
On Wednesday we had a great win, 7 - 1, against Buller High School. The team afterwards went to the pool where we had a recovery session. Thursday we had two games. The first game we drew 2 all against Middelton Grange and then had a strong win over Logan Park, 6 - 1. On the last day we had one game and were playing off for 9th and 10th. We lost 2 - 1. Overall we had a really fun Tournament and would like to give a big thanks to Mr Forbes for his great coaching. Also thanks to Miss McPhee for managing our team.
Mixed Hockey written by Jacob Dickie
For Tournament week St Peter’s sent a Mixed Hockey team up to Oamaru, this was a team that didn’t have much prep before the tourney. With only having the trial seven weeks before the Tournament and without even having our coach confirmed we managed to scout out last years ex-pupil, Liam McFaul to coach, and along with help from Margaret Dickie, we trained hard to ready for the Tournament. The team was looking for a redemption story from last year, although with a much younger squad our team gave it their all to try and take the trophy. We started strong with a total thrashing against our rivals, Gore High and from there on we managed to achieve 2nd in the pool stage which allowed us to have a chance at the finals. Our next battle was our old foes in Wakatipu High School who we lost to in the final last year. Unfortunately, the team fell short in the semi-final losing 3 - 1 to the eventual champions. The team played very well and fought hard against the strong opposition all tournament and ended with a good effort achieving 4th overall. Thanks to excellent support from Lynn McFaul, Margaret Dickie, and Miss Hickey for helping us with meals and making sure we were up there to focus on playing hockey and having fun throughout the week. I would like to thank Liam for doing a great job as the Coach and in making the best out of our team in only a short amount of time.
Senior A Netball Tournament
written by Katie Reed
On Sunday afternoon, the Senior A Netball team, Coach Mrs Chris Karena and Manager Mrs Hunter left for the SISS Netball Tournament held in Dunedin. We had a reasonably tough pool going up against Central Southland College, St Margaret’s College and Blue Mountain College. On the first day of Tournament, we had 2 losses against Central Southland and St Margret’s College. However, we only lost to St Margaret’s by 6 goals which was a great achievement as they’ve been placed in the top four for many years. Personally, this game was one of the highlights. On the second day we played Blue Mountain College and unfortunately lost. In the afternoon we won our first game 36 - 25 against Wakatipu. On the third day of Tournament we secured ourselves 2 more great wins, against Craighead in the morning 43 - 39 and Mt Aspiring 41 - 25 in the afternoon. This put us in the position of fighting for 17th place, just missing out on top 16. On the final day of Tournament, we faced Marlborough Girl’s who put up a tough fight and won by 3 goals. In our last game we fought until the end coming out on top beating Rangi Ruru 37 - 31 to be placed 19th overall. A huge thank to Chris Karena and Mrs Hunter for helping us achieve an amazing week of netball.
A huge congratulations to Freya Bools (Year 12) who was awarded the Women’s Young Player of the Year at the 2018 Southland Football Senior Awards. Well done Freya!
Also congratulations to Freya and Mya Robinson (Year 12) who have both been selected for Southland Football Girls’ Representative squad.
Caitlyn Tweedie (Year 10) applied for a 5 day Working Student Boot camp with the Wilson Sisters in Whangarei through a Facebook opportunity that came up. After submitting her application which included a 'CV' of her achievements and work experience, Caitlyn was one of eight girls who were chosen to attend, with two being chosen from the South Island to ride Amanda Wilson's own horses. This was such an awesome experience for Caitlyn!
Included in their time, there were daily lessons, sore horse clinics, bandaging, saddle fitting, hack out over the farm, lots of hard work and lots of fun. Such a valuable experience, and a lot of knowledge shared. You can read below a letter Amanda Wilson sent Caitlyn after the camp.
It was a pleasure having you at my very first Working Student Bootcamp (aptly named after this week)! I was so impressed with your transformation from the start of the week to the finish, especially riding such a big powerful horse that you’d only just sat on five days ago. I was also so impressed by how well you took my instruction (even when I was very tough). You came back a better rider than ever and today’s finish was just the icing on the cake, with a picture to go with it!
Keep up the great work and best of luck for the coming season.
Check out the Wilson Sisters on FB: https://www.facebook.com/amandawilsonnz/
Congratulations to Jacob Dickie (Year 13) who received the Mens’ Young Umpire of the Year Award at Hockey Southland’s Prize-giving. What a fantastic achievement Jacob! Congratulations also to the St Peter’s players (members of the Eastern Green team) who won the Mens’ Division 2 Southland Competition for 2018.
Pictured from the left: Ben Aynsley, Nairn McBeath, Sam and Jayden Stevenson, Ted Nelson, Lewis Bolt-O’Neill and Xander Marsh.
A huge congratulations to Samantha Marsh (Year 7) who was graded for her Black Belt in Goju Ryu Karate.
Her grading took place last weekend in Dunedin at the Otago Unipol. This is a huge achievement Samantha and shows your complete commitment and dedication has paid off.
Well done Samantha!