Last Saturday afternoon a group of St Peter’s students, staff, family and coaches headed away for the two-day Catholic Schools Sports Tournament held at St Kevins College in Oamaru.
This year the school entered teams into boys and girls hockey, basketball and football as well as a netball team. After two days of tough competition the final results included girls hockey finishing 1st equal with St Kevin’s. A draw with St Kevin’s in their first game led to the girls endeavoring to finish with a higher goal difference than St Kevin’s at the end of the tournament should both teams finish on equal points. This ended up not affecting the results as goal difference was not taken as a factor in the final standings; however the mindset of the team to keep pushing in games for extra goals was great to see.
The Netball girls finished 2nd overall after only losing against the eventual winners, St Kevin’s. Strong team ethic and the ability to close out some tight games is promising for a group of players with a lot to play for throughout the rest of the year.
Results for the remainder of the teams weren’t as positive however there were some real highlights in terms of performance and effort. The girls basketball team in their final game showed massive amounts of determination as they scrambled under their hoop to hold onto a draw against Verdon in the final seconds. Players strewn across the floor was a highlight of this team through the tournament and this final game was no exception as they launched themselves towards the opposition players and loose balls to claim a hard-fought draw.
The boys basketball team had a similar final match, giving everything against a well drilled Roncalli side, who in the end just pipped us by three points. The boys showed resilience throughout the two days against players much taller and teams more experienced than themselves.
The football teams gave their all, often with first time players, and had some positive moments throughout the tournament. The boys hockey team also showed glimpses of promise, especially considering the young group that made up much of the squad. Hugely exciting moving forward with such a talented group.
The greatest highlight of the tournament, something that was shown again and again, was our players’ ability to pick themselves up for multiple games across different sporting codes, with a grit and determination and a fighting spirit against some very talented opposition. The students individually, and collectively as a school, left Oamaru on Monday afternoon with heads held high and had earned the right to do so. Well done to everyone who competed!
Finally, a big thanks to the coaches, managers and supporters who gave their time over the weekend. Without your involvement the teams could not attend the tournament and the performances and efforts of the players was a reflection of your input which is hugely appreciated.
Daniel Wards - Sports Co-ordinator