The Moko New Zealand Junior Surfing Team are poised and ready to compete on the eve of the 2017 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship being held in Japan starting tomorrow.
The Moko New Zealand Junior Surfing team is:
Under 18 Boys
Elliott Brown (Dun)
Jared Gebert (Ohope)
Jonas Tawharu (Mnt)
Kehu Butler (Mnt)
Under 18 Girls
Elin Tawharu (Mnt)
Raiha Ensor (Mnt)
Under 16 Boys
Caleb Cutmore (Ham)
Dylan Preston (Mnt)
Kaya Horne (Mnt/Queensland)
William Van Der Beek (Mnt)
Under 16 Girls
Saffi Vette (Gis)
Tegen Bishop (Chch)
Team Manager: Damien Galvan (Mnt)
Team Coach: Khan Butler (Mnt)
The Kiwis have spent the past three days familiarising themselves with the waves and culture of Japan.
“The team are in good spirits and they are all surfing well in the tiny conditions we have had so far” commented team coach Khan Butler.
“I think the two training weekends at the Mount were good prep for here. They have been holding their own out amongst the pack which was our aim when surfing the comp bank and now they have heaps of confidence coming into the event” he added.
The team will contest the SANZ Trophy today against South Africa as a warm up to the main event.
Saturday will see the team participate in the Parade of Nations and the Sands of the World Ceremony before the surfing action commences on Sunday and runs through until October 1st.
The swell is forecast to build throughout the first three days of the event before tapering off for the latter half of the week. The swell forecast will please the New Zealand Team despite their preparations in the small waves.
The twelve Kiwi team members will be led by the Under 18 Boys and Girls. 2016 bronze medallist Elin Tawharu (Mnt) steps up a division and is joined by Raiha Ensor (Mnt), the two girls aiming for podium finishes this year. Ensor also competed at the ISA World Surfing Games held in France earlier in the year so has had a good build-up of international competition this year.
Kehu Butler (Mnt) has spent much of the first nine months of this year competing overseas and will go into the Boys Division as one of the favourite surfers at the event. He is joined by Elliot Brown (Dun) and Jonas Tawharu (Mnt), two surfers that attended the Fiji Launch Pad High Performance Camp during July this year. Second time team member Jared Gebert (Ohope) rounds out the four boys as a late replacement for Daniel Farr (Tara) who is continuing his World Qualifying Series campaign with a QS3000 event in the Philippines.
Gold Coast based Kaya Horne is the most experienced of the surfers in the Under 16 Boys Division having contested the event on two previous occasions. Horne is joined by three first-time team members in William Van Der Beek (Mnt), Caleb Cutmore (Ham) and Dylan Preston (Mnt). The girls are represented by Saffi Vette (Gis) and Tegen Bishop (Cant), the two surfers being first time team members.
The 2017 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship is being streamed live via ISAWorlds.com. Japan is three hours behind New Zealand and action is expected to get underway at 8:00am daily (11:am NZT).
The New Zealand Team finished 10th at the 2016 VISSLA ISA World Championship which was won by France with Australia in second, Hawaii in third and this years’ hosts Japan in fourth. The Kiwi team will aim to break into the top eight to qualify for the Aloha Cup at future events.
Thirty young Ultimate Frisbee players will cross the Tasman next weekend to represent New Zealand against Australia. This event will be the third Under 18 trans-Tasman Ultimate competition, now a regular fixture in the youth high performance calendar of both countries and traditionally held in the off-year of the biannual World Junior Ultimate Championships.
The tournament will take place at the Balmain Road Sporting Grounds in Sydney on 30 September and 1 October 2017 with three games each for the Under 18 Men’s and Under 18 Women’s teams. This year will see the event livestreamed for the first time, allowing fans in both Australia and New Zealand to follow the action live through the Ultimate Australia YouTube channel.
New Zealand are the holders of the trans-Tasman Trophy in the U18 Women’s division after an exciting 2-1 series win in Auckland in 2015. Kahu (NZ Junior Women’s team) will be aiming to be the first team to win the trophy away from home with the host country winning all previous encounters. They head into the competition with a strong team of 14 players including 7 who were part of the team that finished 6th at last year’s World Junior Ultimate Championships.
The New Zealand Junior Men’s (Katipo) will be looking to avenge their 1-2 series loss in 2015 and bring the trans-Tasman trophy home for the first time since the inaugural competition in 2011. Despite only 4 returners from WJUC, the team has a lot of skill and athleticism and is looking forward to the challenge Australia will present.
The trans-Tasman Trophy is a key stepping stone for both teams as they look to prepare for the 2018 World Junior Ultimate Championships to be held in Waterloo, Canada next August.
Tournament Schedule (times are listed in Sydney local time and NZ Time – note the change in time difference due to Australian Daylight Savings on Sunday morning).
Saturday 30 September
9.00am: NZ U18 Men v Australia – Game 1 (12.00pm New Zealand Time)
10.30am: NZ U18 Women v Australia – Game 1 (1.30pm New Zealand Time)
1.30pm: NZ U18 Men v Australia – Game 2 (4.30pm New Zealand Time)
3.00pm: NZ U18 Women v Australia – Game 2 (6.00pm New Zealand Time)
Sunday 1 October
9.00am: NZ U18 Women v Australia – Game 3 (11.00am New Zealand Time)
12.00pm: NZ U18 Men v Australia – Game 3 (2.00pm New Zealand Time)
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New Zealand Ultimate website
Livestream Coverage via Ultimate Australia YouTube Channel
The New Zealand teams are:
KAHU – NEW ZEALAND JUNIOR WOMEN’S ULTIMATE TEAM
Abi Liddell (Wellington High School)
Anna Crosby (Auckland University)
Beth Thompson (Hutt Valley High School)
Bianca Mercer (Epsom Girls High School)
Bridget Forsyth (Hutt Valley High School)
Emma Doile (Hutt Valley High School)
Farren Halliday (St Catherine’s College)
Helena Cvitanovich (Hutt Valley High School)
Hillary Sheridan (Hutt Valley High School)
Lucy Parsons (Epsom Girls Grammar School)
Maia Mance (Canterbury University)
Nicole Svensden (Takapuna Grammar School)
Sunny Zhou (Epsom Girls Grammar School)
Zoe Risner (Victoria University)
Head Coach – Iain Stewart
Assistant Coach – Sally Neal
Manager – Riah Mildenhall
KATIPO – NEW ZEALAND JUNIOR MEN’S ULTIMATE TEAM
Andrew Fitzpatrick-Cockram (Auckland Grammar School)
Campbell Nauman (St Bede’s College)
Graydon Scott (New Plymouth Boys' High School)
Hamish Forde (Westlake Boys' High School)
Jack Doherty-Eagles (Auckland Grammar School) Replaced by Daniel Linklater
Jack Doile (Hutt Valley High School)
Josh Driscoll (Auckland Grammar School)
Luca Mercer (Auckland Grammar School)
Luke Rabe (New Plymouth Boys High School)
Max Benter-Lynch (Cashmere High School)
Nicholas Whitlock (Auckland Grammar School)
Rory Coxill-Bogacki (Wellington High School)
Rowan Burns (Auckland Grammar School)
Russell Syder (Hutt Valley High School)
Sean McKeown (Auckland Grammar School)
Tane Rolfe (Hutt Valley High School)
Head Coach – Warren Buckingham
Manager – Mike Sheridan
Congratulations to the Senior National Champions from Winter Tournament Week 2017
National Senior Champions
Regional Senior Champions:
A number of NZSS Championships are being held this week. National champions have already been found in table tennis and golf, while several others will be decided over the next few days.
A number of regional tournaments in other sports such as basketball and netball are also being contested this week.
A quick-fire summary of NZSS tournaments below as of late Wednesday afternoon.
Semi-finalists found in football
The semi-final line up has been found at the Lotto Premier Boys First XI Football Nationals in Napier. Nelson College will clash with Hamilton Boys' High School and St Thomas' of Canterbury College will challenge defending champions Sacred Heart College. Both games kick-off at 1:15pm.
The girls Premier tournament semi-final matches in Taupo are Baradene College versus Mt Albert Grammar School and Saint Kentigern College v. Rangiora High School. These contests also kick-off at.1.15pm.
There are also several other NZSS football tournaments being played. For more visit the NZSS Football Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NZSSFootball/
Top 16 teams found in NZSS hockey tournaments
The final pool matches of the respective Premier boys and girls tournaments in Hamilton and Napier were today.
The quarterfinal Rankin Cup (boys) and Federation Cup (girls) match-ups start on Thursday. Finals are on Saturday.
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Burnside High School reign supreme at NZSS Table Tennis
The ping pong has been fast and furious at the NZSS Table Tennis Championships in Palmerston North early this week.
On Tuesday, Burnside High School emerged as the overall champions – winning both boys and girls teams events.
Auckland Grammar School (boys) and MacLeans College (girls) were runners up. Westlake Boys’ High School were third in the boys and James Hargest College third in the girls.
The Individual tournament was played on Wednesday (winners TBA).
Christchurch Boys’ High School NZSS Golf champions
Christchurch Boys High School (CBHS) have won the NZSS Golf Championship for the first time on Monday, with a clinical final round at the Hawke’s Bay Golf Club.
The southerners consisting of Tom Parker, Ben Baker, Dominic Brettkelly and Jack Ryder won by a dominant eight strokes over defending champions Burnside High School after Parker and Baker recorded impressive afternoon rounds of 66 and 67 respectively (par 73).
CBHS led by one shot after the first round before the pair of Parker and Baker went bogey free in the second round to widen the gap on the field and lead CBHS to their maiden win. Burnside High School finished second and Saint Kentigern College third.
Badminton in full flight
The 40th annual NZSS Badminton Championships reach their conclusion tomorrow.
Follow the tournament in Napier on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/badminton.newzealand/
NZSS Rugby League tournament
The NZSS Rugby League tournament is being played at Bruce Pulman Park in Auckland.
Day three on Wednesday saw last year’s premiership finalists, Kelston Boys’ High School almost pipped by Rotorua Boys’ High School – the former holding on to win 18-16.
Premiership Pool A winners, Kelston Boys’ High School, will face Pool C winners, St Thomas of Canterbury in their semi-final at 10.15am on Thursday Defending champions Southern Cross Campus face St Paul’s College in the other premiership grade semi-final at 11.30am.
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After finishing runners-up to Waikato rivals Cambridge High School in each of the past two years, the Epsom Girls’ Grammar team were celebrating their maiden NZSS Girls Lacrosse title at Whangaparoa over this past weekend.
Year 13 player and attacker Nikki Fordyce spoke about the team’s weekend. “After our previous second placed finishes, our goal was to win and it was awesome for us to take it out the first time,” said Nikki who was also the MVP in the final.
The final against Cambridge HS was tense and tight. “We won 9-8 so it was a close result. We were winning by 9-3 at one stage, before they came back after halftime and ended up coming back but we still held on for the win.”
In the semi-final they beat their close Auckland rivals Mount Roskill Grammar School, after winning all three pool games on day one. In fact EGGS were unbeaten all year.
“We played in the Auckland league every Thursday and also in a regional tournament where we played a lot of quick-fire games against everyone. We won both, and we were undefeated in all our games the whole season.”
Nikki and Caitlin Dellow are the co-captains of a team of mixed ages. “We have a got a good base of players with younger players and seniors all playing together.”
Many of the EGGS players are also Auckland senior and age grade provincial and New Zealand players.
Nikki recently played in the New Zealand Women’s Team that finished eighth out of 25 teams at the Women’s World Cup in Guildford, England. Next up is the World U19 Championships in Canada in two years, with New Zealand currently ranked fifth at U19 level.
Nikki has her sights set on making the U19 national side. She has been playing lacrosse since year 9, and has a background in football, while her grandmother is a former captain of the New Zealand Women’s hockey team.
As well as playing for New Zealand teams, there are scholarship opportunities in American universities where the sport is played competitively at college level.
Nikki’s year 12 EGGS teammate and specialist midfielder Harriet Overend, also in the recent Women’s World Cup team, has already secured her future with a scholarship already in place when she leaves school at Villanova University in Philadelphia and has already been over there several times to train and play.
The tools of the trade for a lacrosse player their goggles and lacrosse stick, while mouthguards are essential in a high energy, competitive game, that is officially a non-contact sport in the female game. “In the lead-up to the World Cup, we had a few girls with concussion, and you get a lot of bruises on your arm,” said Harriet.
As well as lacrosse Harriet is also an equestrian rider and has played football as well. Like Nikki she has also been playing lacrosse since she started EGGS in year 9.
Both Nikki and Harriet said one of the secrets to their success is their head coach Rosie Gunn, who was the Assistant Coach at the recent World Cup coach and the recently appointed New Zealand U19 Head coach.
Both are in the Auckland team. “Nikki and I have both played for the Auckland senior women’s team for the last two years, and earlier this year we won.”
The growth of women’s lacrosse in New Zealand has largely been in Waikato and Auckland, but Hariett said it is expanding. “There is a Wellington U18 team coming to our upcoming tournament, while some girls from up north are bringing the game to Canterbury, “added Harriet.
The Epsom Girls Grammar lacrosse squad that won the NZSS tournament was:
At the end of this month a group of young New Zealanders will be putting their best foot forward at the IFSC World Youth Climbing Championships.
Amongst them is Hutt Valley High School year 12 student Ben Hubmann, and he can’t wait. “We’re leaving next Tuesday for the worlds in Innsbruck in Austria, so I’m pretty excited to head over and mix it with the best climbers in the world,” he extolled. The New Zealand team will be competing with 779 climbers representing some 40 countries.
This coming weekend, Ben and the rest of the team that is heading to Austria descend on the Extreme Edge West Gym in Glen Eden Auckland for the 2017 Lead Climbing Nationals.
There are three disciplines in competitive climbing, speed climbing, lead climbing and bouldering.
Ben is competing in the second two in Austria, lead climbing and bouldering.
“Speed climbing is pretty straightforward, it is all about getting to the top fastest,” Ben explained. “Ever since they developed this there has only ever been one speed route that is internationally recognised.”
“Lead climbing is with ropes and that is based on how high you get and the route gets harder the further you go.”
Bouldering is performed without the use of ropes and harnesses and involves climbing a four and a half mete wall with just a mat on the ground as a crash pad.
“Bouldering is very problem solving, you need to think of creative solutions. Bouldering differs from lead climbing also in that you can only have one attempt for your climb, once you have fallen off that’s your attempt.”
Before the event, none of the competitors will have seen the wall they are climbing, and none get to see others compete to avoid copying what others do.
With a number of climbing walls in most New Zealand urban centres, the sport has been growing over the past several years. Given its nature, it’s a young person’s sport, with 90 percent of climbers aged 20 or younger.
Ben trains regularly at the Hangdog Climbing Centre in Alicetown in Lower Hutt.
He carries some of his own equipment. “I have my own harness, my own climbing shoes and my own chalk bag – those are the main things."
How did he get into his sport? “I went with my parents a couple of times and enjoyed it. One of my friends did it as part of his birthday party and the instructor told me that I should come and join and from there I got to where I am now.”
He’s also keen on outdoor climbing. “But it’s windy and cold in Wellington and you’ve got to get a ride out to where the rock is, so it’s tricky.” The rock in Wellington is on the southeast and southwest coasts and up around the Titahi Bay/Pukerua Bay coast, while there’s lots of places around New Zealand like Paynes Ford in Golden Bay, and in Canterbury and up in Waikato.”
An outdoor climbing road trip appeals. “Especially in summer, a main goal is to go on a good long trip, that is the best part of it - that is what indoor climbing is about, trying to replicate that.”
Climbing is now an Olympic Sport – with the chance of representing New Zealand at the Olympics now a clear goal for Ben and his teammates.
“The Youth Olympics next year in Buenous Aires will be the first time at Olympic Level and then will be a sport at Tokyo in 2020.”
Initially, just 20 males and 20 females will earn selection for the Olympics, but the sport can only grow from there.
The New Zealand team attending the IFSC Youth World Championships:
Junior Female (U20): Lucy Whitehead (former Napier Girls’ High School)
Youth A Male (U18): Ben Hubmann (Hutt Valley High School), Joe Dravitski (St Thomas of Canterbury College), Josh Cornah (St Andrew’s College)
Youth B Male (U16): Luke Gardner (Rotorua Lakes High School), Matthew Jones (New Plymouth Boys’ High School)
“I don’t really train or play against my sister. She is a couple of years younger than me, but she is definitely getting better,” Corbin Faint says when asked about his sister's squash ability.
Annaleise refutes that claim and was motivated to play the sport because of Corbin’s success.
“We’re both really competitive and I was resentful of Corbin’s success. I decided to play to try and beat Corbin,” Annaleise laughs.
The fierce sibling rivalry has driven both to great heights. Corbin has been named captain of the New Zealand Secondary Schools team for the upcoming Trans-Tasman series, while Annaleise is ranked No.1 in the girls team for the series that takes place in Rorckhampton from 21-24 August.
Corbin has enjoyed previous success against the Aussies.
“I have played in two series where we play Queensland and New South Wales first before they combine to become Australia. I have won all of my matches and was captain last year, Corbin reflects.
Annaleise earned her National honours after helping Palmerston North Girls’ High School win their third consecutive National title. Girls' High didn't drop a single game at the tournament accounting for Napier Girls’ High School 5-0 in the final.
“Were really lucky to have a lot of depth. Our fourth and fifth seeds are really competitive with our top seeds. That isn’t the case in some of the other teams,” Annaleise acclaims.
Boys’ High matched their pre-tournament seeding and finished third at the boys tourney behind St. Paul’s Collegiate and Westlake Boys’ High School.
Corbin started squash at the behest of his uncle and achieved a major breakthrough when he won the Oceania under-15 title. Annaleise finished second at the National under-15 championships. Both have been well served by the same coaches, despite contrasts in their style.
Initially the pair was coached by Kashif Shuja, a five-time National champion who was ranked as high as 34th in the world. Shuja helped build fitness and a passion for the game. National high performance mentor Nick Mita has now taken over helping improve technical aspects of the Faint’s game.
“I’m a hustler and back myself to outlast my opponents. I enjoy working hard work,” Corbin says.
Annaleise prefers a more exuberant approach.
“I like short rallies and taking control of the point straight away. I like to be smarter than my opponents.”
The NZSSSA Trans-Tasman team for the upcoming series is:
Senior Boys:Lwamba Chileshe, Temwa Chileshe, Corbin Faint, Sean Dykes, Angus MacDonald, Glenn Templeton (Reserve)
Senior Girls: Annaleise Faint, Iyra Stewart, Taylor Clarke, Amy Hroscroft, Jess Dean, Amelia Wadsworth (Reserve)
Junior Boys: Elijah Thomas, Ben Tomlinson, Riley-Jack Vette-Blomquist, Mason Smales, Sam Kelly, Devlin Gurr (Reserve)
Junior Girls: Anna O'Connor, Jena Gregory, Alex Harding, Katie Templeton, Sam Harding, Dileesia Henare (Reserve)
Next week is a massive one in the Super 8 with the hockey and basketball tourneys happening. The hockey is being hosted by Gisborne while the basketball is staged in Rotorua.
Hamilton has been the power base of New Zealand Secondary Schools hockey in recent years. St. Paul’s Collegiate are the reigning Rankin Cup champions and prior to that Hamilton Boys’ High School had won the title twice.
In 2017 the Waikato region again appears to be the pace-setting region. Heading into the Super 8, Hamilton BHS is 12-0 and leading the Waikato Secondary Schools Championship. Additionally Hamilton was the only team to win all five games at the ANZAC hockey festival in April which featured three of the top four sides from the 2016 Rankin Cup.
Hamilton are superbly led by midfielder Tim Nield in his fourth Super 8. Nield is a dynamic midfielder who has represented the Junior Blacksticks and both the Midlands U18&21 squads. Brad Coxon is another real threat.
Palmerston North Boys’ High School are a perennial contenders having won in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015. Longtime coach Bruce Kensington departed at the end of 2015, but six wins from seven games and a India Shield triumph at Nationals last year shows the program is still in good shape.
Hastings Boys’ High School have enjoyed notable wins over King’s College and Wellington College in April and locally have beaten Napier BHS and Lindisfarne College. If Hastings are consistent they could threaten. Their key players are Hamish Gilbert and Central U18 rep Sachan Dadrah.
Similarly New Plymouth Boys’ High School have experienced mixed form. Losses to Auckland Grammar School (4-2), Hamilton BHS (3-2) and Palmerston North BHS (4-1) were offset by easy victories over local rivals Francis Douglas Memorial College and Wanganui Collegiate.
Players to watch in the New Plymouth roster include Branden Russ, a young Year 11 striker who is very elusive and deceptive with his dribbling skill and speed. Tom Nicholls is a workmanlike defender who will prove tough to foil in the back field.
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Palmerston North Boys’ High School are the overwhelming favourites to win the Super 8 basketball tourney at Rotorua Boys’ High School next week.
Palmerston North lost the 2016 National final by a solitary point on a miraculous three-pointer, but have retained most of their roster from that setback and have started 2017 in rampant form winning 23 out of 25 games.
Palmerston North is stacked with National representatives. Rangimarie Mita, Oscar Oswald, Tama Fa’amausili and Cooper Boyce-Towler are all New Zealand Under-18 reps while seven-footer Callum McRae is a Junior Tall Black and will almost certainly head to the US on scholarship next year.
Who could challenge Palmerston North?
Hastings Boys` High School always produce a competitive team and 2017 will be no exception. Under the astute coaching of Curtis Wooten, Hastings have developed a reputation as the `best small team in New Zealand.` Hastings play a high speed game that relies on skill rather than height and power to succeed.
However in Isaiah Jones they have a big man of genuine quality. Jones represented New Zealand at the 3×3 World Championships recently.
Napier Boys’ High School are the defending champions and have retained former Tall Fern Kirstin Daly-Taylor as coach. Tyrese Davies who made the 2016 Super 8 tournament team is a key player.
Hosts Rotorua Boys’ High School are a long way off the standard which saw them make the final in 2015 and lose a National semi-final by a solitary point to eventual National Champions, Rangitoto College.
Pool A consists of: Napier BHS, Hamilton BHS, Palmerston North BHS and Rotorua BHS. Pool B features New Plymouth BHS, Tauranga BC, Hastings BHS and Gisborne BHS.
Hastings were the first winners in 1998 and the most frequent champions with five titles. New Plymouth BHS have prevailed four times since 2010 while Palmerston North last won in 2008.
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Last weekend Napier Boys’ High School won their 14th consecutive NZSS Orienteering title in the 30th edition of the event held in rural Wairarapa.
The early events had as few as 60 or 70 competitors but now over 350 athletes assemble to contest the races. There are three disciplines run over as many days.
First up is the sprint course, which is 2–3.5 km long. It requires speed of leg and thought, where a hesitation or poor decision can cost a few seconds and several places. This year, Rathkeale College’s 60 hectare campus made for very fast times.
Long races can be up to 6 km for senior boys, with nearly 300 metres of climb by the optimal route. A different athlete often wins – one with stamina who is more subtly in touch with map and terrain. Running up the wrong gully can cost irreplaceable minutes. The Ngaumu Forest map, Mingimingi, provided deep stream gullies, tangled undergrowth and steep hills to supplement the mud underfoot.
The final day are the relays, which invariably decide the champions. Teams of three run branching courses in spectator friendly races. After all the rain, soft underfoot conditions made every step a slog on the rolling farm of the Riverlands map, near Opaki.
Napier’s dominance can be traced to the arrival of Derek Morrison’s children at the Boys’ and Girls’ High Schools around the turn of the millennium. While success was not instant, as coach Derek built a sustained programme with a competitive culture at both schools – NGHS has nine titles of their own.
Even now, with his last child nearly a decade gone, Derek continues as NGHS coach and, with the two schools’ teams working so closely together, has never really left NBHS either. However, since graduating from Derek’s assistant, Hugh Forlong-Ford has in recent years been the coach of record for NBHS.
The Napier secret is not startling. It depends on the simple principles of recruitment, skill, fitness and enjoyment. While there are certainly members of the team who focus exclusively on orienteering, most see orienteering as one sport among many, often using it to supplement their fitness for other sports. Identical trainings are run on consecutive days so that students can choose which meets their other commitments best. Inclusiveness is crucial to the Napier mind set, with newcomers and old hands equally valued. Thus continuity is maintained, so even passing the coaching baton hasn’t interrupted the streak.
While 14 years of sustained success looks utterly dominant, in reality there have been many close run events, chiefly from Hawke’s Bay rivals Havelock North High School (coached by Steve Armon and Derek’s brother, Geoff).
This year, Napier’s victory wasn’t assured until Bayley Stephens-Ellison crossed the line for Napier ahead of HNHS in the Senior Boys’ relay, the last race of the weekend. In 2015, the two schools were separated by a single relay place. But the closest was in 2006 as, when the points were tallied, the two schools shared the title – Napier’s third and, to date, Havelock North’s only one.
Appropriately, New Zealand sporting legend Brian Lochore presented NBHS captain Jonty Anderson with the trophy.
For full results visit: https://wellingtonorienteering.org.nz/#results
Longest National Championship Win Streaks (all sports):
Boys Basketball: Church College, 1984-1991
Girls Basketball: Church College, 1991-1999
Girls Cricket: New Plymouth Girls’ High School, 2003-2008
Boys Hockey: Christchurch Boys’ High School, 1962-1968
Girls Rowing: Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, 1991-1999
Boys Rowing: Wanganui Collegiate, 1963-1969
Boys Rugby Leauge: St. Paul’s College, 2004-2010
Boys Squash: Auckland Grammar School, 2003-2008
Boys Orienteering: Napier Boys’ High School 2014 -2017
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