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1. Southland Boys’ High School hooker and captain Flynn Thomas has a fair shiner – but it doesn’t matter as he has just helped his team to a 32-19 win over Otago Boys’ High School in their annual traditional fixture, last Wednesday. Southland Boys' had not beaten Otago Boys' since 2008. Photo credit: Dianne Manson, www.southlandtimes.co.nz
2. Flashback. Steven Adams playing for Scots College against Mana College in 2011. Adams and his NBA side the Oklahoma City Thunder are locked in a hard-fought playoff series with the Golden State Warriors and the series is going into a seventh and deciding match this week. The winner is going to the NBA Finals. Photo credit: www.chainsawphotos.co.nz
3. A Nelson College runner lies exhausted at the finish line after last week’s Tasman Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships - held in heavy rain and very wet underfoot conditions. Winners were: Year 9 Girls Eloise Beattie (NCOG); Year 9 Boys Jack Danielsen-Watts (WMEA); Junior Girls Hunta Sutherland (NCOG); Junior Boys Ben Allen (NELC); Senior Girls Bridie Edwards (WMEA); Senior Boys Jared Lautenslager (GARI). Photo credit Tasman Secondary Schools Sport Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TSSSport/?fref=photo
4. Mount Albert Grammar School has made a hot start to the Auckland 1A First XV competition. MAGS beat Auckland Grammar School 50-0 on Saturday. In four matches they have scored 178 points and conceded 18. Their next match is against winless Dilworth School. Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/Mount-Albert-Grammar-School-134491383250450/?fref=ts via www.Photosport.co.nz
5. Rising girls Rugby players, left Ayesha Leti’liga (Porirua College) and right Monica Tagoai (St Mary’s College) and their New Zealand 2 team, AKA the Ninjas, went unbeaten in the New Zealand Women’s Sevens Series over the weekend just gone. The tournament also featured several other rising secondary school players and also teams representing Samoa and the Cook Islands. Photo credit Wellington Pride Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wtgnpride/?fref=nf
Photos of the week, 16-23 May
As part of a new series on College Sport Media, below are selected five Photos of the Week, highlighting some of the terrific secondary school sporting events and achievements over the past seven days.
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1. New Plymouth BHS students do their haka at their famous ‘Gully’ ground as their First XV took on Auckland Grammar School in their annual sports exchange on Tuesday 17 May. Auckland Grammar won the match 27-15. Other sports contested saw NPBHS win 6-1 in the golf, 73-67 in the basketball and win the cross country running. Auckland Grammar won the hockey 8-1 and the U15 rugby 43-5, while the First XI football was a thrilling 3-3 draw. Photo credit: Max O’Leary/ https://www.facebook.com/NZClubRugby/
2. The Canterbury Secondary Schools Senior Boys (Thompson Trophy) and Senior Girls (Whelan Trophy) basketball competitions are well under way. The Cashmere High School Boys made it three from three to start their season during the week, beating Shirley Boys’ High School 85-77. Top Scorers were Louis Oskam with 23 Points (14 Rebounds) and Mitch Mahon 15 Points (14 Rebounds, 10 assists). This week they play St Thomas of Canterbury College. Cashmere High School was also celebrating the selection of 2005-09 student Ethan Rusbatch in theTall Blacks squad to travel to Asia in July. Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/Cashmere-Boys-Basketball-757408430991978/
3. The Rongotai College First XV celebrating after beating Aotea College 67-10 on Saturday in their third and final Wellington WelTec Premiership grading game. Rongotai College, which has produced several famous players in recent years such as Ma’a Nonu and Julian and Ardie Savea, join other qualifiers St Bernard’s College, Wairarapa College and Bishop Viard College in the competition that starts this coming weekend. Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/brownlie.kiwi/
4. The Havelock North High School Junior Girls’ Orienteering team won the Junior Team of the Year award at the annual Hawke’s Bay Sports Awards in the weekend. Representing New Zealand at the World Schools' Championship in Orienteering in Turkey last year, the team of Jenna Tidswell, Olivia Wolland, Bianca Kirk, Alexandra Miller and Aishlin McIntyre won the title. Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/HBSecondarySchoolSport/
5. A great week for New Zealand junior volleyball culminated in New Zealand girls pair Alice Zeimann and Emily Johnston finishing second at the Asian U19 Beach Volleyball Championships in Laos. The New Zealand boys pair of Greg Vukets and Daniel Kilpatrick finished fifth and Jasmine Milton and Holly Chandler 11th. Both the boys and girls have qualified for the U19 Championships in Cyprus in July. Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/volleyballnz via Asian Volleyball Confederation.
Jamie Oakley is on a serious role at the moment. The son of squash great Dame Susan Devoy is the number one ranked U19 squash player in New Zealand. He has just returned from Tahiti where he won the Tahiti Open U19 title.
“It was tough event. It was played over 10 days and involved 64 players. I beat a guy from El Salvador in the final,” Oakley says.
In April the 18-year-old gave himself the perfect birthday present as he beat Scott Galloway from Wellington 9/11, 14/12, 11/9 and 11/9 to claim the New Zealand Junior Boys’ Open title.
Galloway has been a long-time and respected opponent.
“Scott has been one of the leading juniors for a long time. It’s always a tough match when I play him,” Oakley admits.
Jamie started playing when he was six or seven. He insists he had “no pressure from my parents to play,” but in a family of high achievers it was inventible some competitive sport would be tackled.
Older brothers Julian and Josh are on scholarships at leading American universities. Julian is running for Providence in Texas. He is a former National Secondary Schools 800/1500m title holder while Josh is playing squash for Hobart University in New York. His father John is an A grade squash player.
Jamie had a decorated career at Tauranga Boys’ College. He was a member of three teams that won the National Secondary Schools title from 2012 to 2014. Oakley recalls his high school years fondly.
“The Nationals are a team event and I was lucky to play with some great blokes. I think my favourite title was the one we won in Year 13. We weren’t the top seeds, but managed to take it out. I also played a bit of cricket and basketball at school.”
Oakley is currently ranked 451st in the world. The quickest way to rise in the world rankings is to collect points in PSA events. To be eligible for points you must have played eight events. There are only six PSA events which means a lot of fundraising and travel. Oakley was runner up at the Canada Open and says he receives “incredible support.”
In August Oakley will be supporting the New Zealand team at the Junior World Championships in Poland. The event is held every two years and Egypt have won the last three championships which were hosted by Christchurch in 1994 and Palmerston North in 2006. The World Junior Championships have long been a stepping stone to adult success since the first championship took place in 1980: The current Egyptian world number ones are both double World Junior Individual title winners – Mohamed Elshorbagy in 2008 and 2009, and Raneem El Welily the women’s champion in 2005 and 2007.
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History made as trio of Gymnasts selected into the New Zealand Olympic Team.
Gymnasts Courtney McGregor, Mikhail (Misha) Koudinov and Dylan Schmidt have been selected to the New Zealand Olympic Team to Rio, making up the largest gymnastics contingent to represent New Zealand in over 50 years.
This will be the first time since the Sydney 2000 Games that a New Zealand gymnast has competed at an Olympic Games.
All three first time Olympians have also made history as the first New Zealand trio to compete in three different gymnastics disciplines at an Olympic Games, as well as qualify directly through the international quota system, at the recent Rio Olympic Games test events.
While McGregor and Koudinov represent New Zealand in the men's and women's artistic gymnastics discipline, Schmidt ticks another historic box, becoming New Zealand's first ever trampoline athlete to compete at an Olympic Games.
18-year-old Courtney McGregor from the Christchurch School of Gymnastics has been making her mark on the world stage since 2012. She had a particularly strong showing in 2014 with a history making vault final at the World Cup in Doha, followed by a silver medal in vault finals at the Pacific Rim Championships. She then stepped it up with a 17th place vault finish at the World Championships last year.
McGregor will compete on all four apparatus in Rio, with a stronger focus towards her specialty apparatus of vault.
Speaking soon after her selection was confirmed, McGregor was both thrilled and relieved to have her spot in the team locked in.
“When I first found out it didn’t feel real and it took a while to actually sink in. But then I did a handstand lap around the lounge! I am proud to be going as so many people have worked towards this,” said McGregor.
“I knew I wanted to be an Olympian as soon as I started gymnastics. At primary school I always said I wanted to be an Olympic Gymnast when I grew up, without actually realising all of the hard work it would take!”
24-year-old Misha Koudinov from North Harbour Gymnastics began his international career when he was named as the youngest member in New Zealand's 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Team.
Koudinov then took up a four-year college scholarship with the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2010 where he continued to climb his way up the world rankings, finishing just 0.234 off making the parallel bar finals at the World Championships last year.
Misha will compete on all six apparatus in Rio, specialising in parallel bars.
For Koudinov, Olympic selection is a massive milestone after many years of hard work and dedication.
“I felt like I was 10 years old on Christmas morning, and Santa got me exactly what I wanted. I've known I've wanted to compete at the Olympic Games since I started gymnastics – I felt it was my destiny to dedicate my life to it and reach as high as possible," he said.
For 19-year-old Dylan Schmidt, selection into the Olympic Team today cements his spot in the history books tops off an impressive few years in the sport.
From Extreme Trampoline in Onehunga, Auckland, Schmidt secured his place for Rio in emphatic fashion winning a silver medal at the Olympic Test Event last month. This followed on from strong performances in 2015 also, with a top 10 finish at last year's World Championships in Denmark.
“It’s a surreal feeling to have been selected to the New Zealand Olympic Team and a huge honour to be the first New Zealand trampoline athlete to do so," he said.
"I can’t wait to compete on the biggest stage, representing my country and doing the best that I can.”
Today's selection trifecta marks a milestone which GymSports NZ CEO Tony Compier is immensely proud of.
“This is an historic day for gymsports in New Zealand. This is our largest number of athletes selected to an Olympic Team since Tokyo 1964," he said.
"It is also the first time that athletes from three different disciplines have qualified directly through the international qualification system. This means that not only have these athletes qualified by merit, but all three have made a strong case for targeting an Olympic Diploma (top 8 placing) in Rio.”
Also celebrating the selection of the three gymnasts was New Zealand Olympic Committee CEO Kereyn Smith.
"It is brilliant to be able to welcome Misha, Courtney and Dylan into the Olympic Team to Rio. They have each worked extremely hard over many years to get to this point and New Zealanders will be thrilled to have three gymnasts to get behind and support in August this year," said Smith.
"One of the exciting aspects of any Olympic Games is the great mix of sports across each team and to have both men's and women's artistic gymnastics represented in Rio, as well as Dylan on the trampoline for the very first time, is extremely special and unique to this New Zealand Team."
Artistic gymnast Theodora (Dido) Gotz, who was one of the three athletes in the New Zealand Team to Tokyo, was on hand to congratulate the athletes selected for Rio also, some 52 years after competing at the Olympic Games herself.
The three athletes selected today brings the total number of athletes selected into the New Zealand Olympic Team to Rio to 81 athletes.
Interviews will be facilitated with Dylan Schmidt and Courtney McGregor following the announcement.
An in form Kehu Butler (Mount Maunganui College) will lead the New Zealand Junior Team of twelve surfers at the 2016 Vissla ISA World Junior Surfing Championships that are being held at the Azores Islands, Portugal in September.
His inclusion in the team comes on the back of more international success over the weekend.
Both Butler and fellow Year 12 Mount Maunganui College surfer Raiha Ensor who was also named in the team, were representing New Zealand at the international final of the Rip Curl GromSearch held in Hawaii. Butler finished the event runner up behind American Nolan Rapoza. Meanwhile Raiha Ensor finished third in the Girls Division, eliminated by event winner Brisa Hennessy (HAW).
Butler’s result comes only one week after he claimed his maiden victory in the World Surf League Australian Pro Junior Series with a win at the Subway Pro Junior held at Cronulla Beach, Australia. The Pro Junior Series caters for surfers under the age of 18 and the win means that Butler finished the year ranked seventh overall.
At the World Junior Championships, Butler will be competing in the Under 16 Boys Division for the third consecutive year. He will be joined by three additional surfers – Kaya Horne (AUS), Jared Gebert (Ohope) and Elliot Brown (Dun).
Both Gebert and Brown will compete at the event for the first time as will Lee Ririnui (Mnt) who has been selected as one of four surfers in the Under 18 Boys Division.
Daniel Farr (Tara) and Jonas Tawharu (Mnt) move up a division to the Under 18 Boys in 2016 where they are joined by Northland surfer Manu Scott – Arrieta (Sandy Bay) and Ririnui.
In the girls divisions, Britt Kindred (Mur) and Raiha Ensor (Mnt) will compete in the Under 18 Girls Division while Elin Tawharu (Mnt) will be joined by Kea Smith (Mnt) who makes a return to the team after having competed at the World Junior Championships in 2014. The girls have six caps between them and will be looking for good results now that they are familiar with the international event.
The Azores Islands are located off the coast of Portugal. The event location picks up a lot of swell and when the surf gets over 1.5m, it becomes a powerful beach break with challenging waves.
The New Zealand Team finished 15th at the 2015 ISA World Championship which was won by the home team USA over France in second and Hawaii in third. The team is expected to climb back up the rankings this year given the experience of the selected surfers and a surf break that will suit the surfers. For the first time, the ISA will also utilize a four-man priority system eliminating the need to hassle for waves, a strategy that often disadvantages the New Zealand surfers.
Prior to the main event the team will meet South Africa to contest the annually run ‘SANZ’ Trophy held between the two teams. South Africa regained the trophy from New Zealand in 2014. The two teams will fine tune their competitive strategies only days out from the main event. The unique trophy that is up for grabs is made out of a solid pounamu base with paua inlay and a surfboard made out of South African hardwood.
The 2016 New Zealand Junior Surfing Team is as follows:
Under 18 Boys
Daniel Farr (Tara)
Jonas Tawharu (Mnt)
Lee Ririnui (Mnt)
Manu Scott - Arrieta (Sandy Bay)
Non travelling reserve – Jack Wilson (Chch)
Under 18 Girls
Britt Kindred (Muriwai)
Raiha Ensor (Mnt)
Non travelling reserve – Zhana Hutchison (Tara)
Under 16 Boys
Elliot Brown (Dun)
Jared Gebert (Ohope)
Kaya Horne (Mnt/Queensland)
Kehu Butler (Mnt)
Non travelling reserve – Caleb Cutmore (Ham)
Under 16 Girls
Elin Tawharu (Mnt)
Kea Smith (Mnt)
Non travelling reserve – Zhana Hutchison (Tara)
Team Manager: Damien Galvan (Mnt)
Team Coach: Khan Butler (Mnt)
This past week Kerikeri High School’s sailors have been celebrating winning the Open Team title for sixth time in the past seven years at the recent New Zealand Secondary School Team Sailing Nationals at Algies Bay, north of Auckland.
Kerikeri High School produced a series of consistent performances in both light and heavy conditions throughout the week-long round-robin regatta, to win the Open Team event, the Maersk Sealand Trophy.
In a field of 31 teams entered, Kerikeri finished second in all their round-robin races and won gold, ahead of Kristin School in silver and Wentworth College with the bronze.
The top girls’ team was again Napier Girls High School, followed by Diocesan School for Girls and New Plymouth Girl’s High School third.
The top three open and girls’ teams respectively are invited to race against the top three counterparts from the Australian Nationals. This year’s event is being held in New Zealand in late September – and Kerikeri High School will be defending their Open Team inter-dominion title.
Kerikeri High School’s manager Ian Harris explained the key race of the regatta:
“It came down to our third from last race on the last day against Kristen and either team could have taken out the regatta on the result of this one race,” he said.
“We had a bad start but came back to take a narrow win, so the race was agonising to watch and the culmination of increasing tension during the week as it was the closest nationals for a long time. Any one of four or five teams could have been where we ended up and there was no such thing as an easy race across the whole of the gold fleet this year.”
Ian praised Kerikeri’s team members for their performance on the water and their commitment off it in reaching this goal.
“The sailors, starting with the skippers, were Frankie Dair (Captain), Jack Bunce, Lewis Kidmanm, and crew, Francis Cassells, Emilie Jones, Amber Hookway, Maeve White and Chris Geerkins. Frankie Dair showed good leadership and is being actively chased by the RNZYS youth training programme but has agreed to stay with our squad for another year.”
Competition within the squad is also key to their success.
“We are the only school in the country that can field two teams at nationals and it is this depth that has meant we have coped with the challenge of half the open team leaving for each of the last two years.
“Also we are incredibly lucky to have Reuben Corbett as our coach. Reuben is a past Kerikeri High School student and is ranked in the top 10 match racers worldwide and is a big part of our success.”
Over the winter Kerikeri’s sailors will be racing at Kerikeri Cruising Club centreboard regattas before training starts again in the lead up to the series against Australia in September and also crewing on the keelboats that race that race locally.
Kerikeri High School has forged a strong tradition – winning more nationals more than any other school in the country in the 31 years that team sailing has been in New Zealand.
The event was introduced to New Zealand by Derry Godbert who is now in his 80’s and still actively coaching the Kerikeri High School’s Girls’ team.
“Over the last seven years Kerikeri only missed first place last year when we came second. It is an indication of the legacy that our team last year was disappointed to miss out on first but this was eased by going on to win in Australia against the top three Aussie teams and the other top New Zealand teams.
“I believe that part of our ongoing success is due to the culture of past sailors coming back to race against the team in their final training sessions, this gives the team competition at a very high level that not many other schools can provide their teams.
“Part of our history is having Olympic sailors such as Alex Maloney, Sharon Ferris and of course Blair Tuke who comes back to help when he can find the time. Other sailors have gone on to make careers in, for example, cruise ships so the current sailors are aware that there is a career path that can be found after the start that team sailing can provide.”
2016 New Zealand Secondary School Team Sailing Nationals (24-29 April)
Top three Open Team finishers:
1st: Kerikeri High School
2nd: Kristin School
3rd: Wentworth College
Top three Girls’ Team finishers:
1st: Napier Girls’ High School
2nd: Diocesan School for Girls
3rd: New Plymouth Girls’ High School
Sport Taranaki’s Future Champions programme has been officially launched with 11 new Taranaki athletes selected in this year’s intake.
The programme coincided with the launch of Sport New Zealand and High Performance Sport New Zealand’s programme ‘Pathway to Podium’ held at Sport Taranaki.
The Future Champions programme is run locally and acknowledges and supports the development of talented young athletes in a range of different sports aged between 15-18 years within Taranaki.
The programme aims to assist talented athletes in fulfilling their potential and gaining higher honours.
Programme facilitator Guy Honnor said it was one of the hardest years to cut 31 applicants down to 11 but is looking forward to working with the athletes.
“From the 31 applicants probably 25 of those were New Zealand age group reps or champions in their chosen sport. We looked at their results over the past 12 months and met the athlete individually that helped us ween it down a little bit. The four on the selection panel had some choices to make.
“There are obviously some unlucky ones that had to miss out” he said.
“We have a really talented group of young athletes and this programme will help them develop into the next stage of their chosen sport”.
Honnor said within the 11 new athletes eight sporting codes are covered including volleyball, basketball, boxing, tennis and surfing.
“We like to spread it around as much as we can” he said.
All of the athletes have competed at a national or international level.
The new intake will join the seven previous athletes who are into their second or third year of the programme.
The year programme will consist of a comprehensive workshop calendar that includes individual sessions with selected providers including mentoring and personal developing sessions, performance planning, strength and conditioning, mental skills, media management, biomechanics and much more.
The athletes’ parents and coaches are encouraged to attend these sessions too.
Meanwhile the Pathway to Podium programme is a nationwide talent development programme targeting young athletes and their coaches one to three years from ‘carding’.
Surf lifesaver and athletics champion Olivia Eaton is the only one selected in the Pathway to Podium programme with more athletes expected to be announced in due course.
(Name, age, school, sport)
Angus White 17 – NPBHS, Athletics
Felix Webby 16 – FDMC, Golf Croquet
Zac Reid 16 – FDMC, Swimming
Arnold Fage 16 – Hawera HS, Athletics
Emma Crewe 16 – SHGC, Football
Cassandra Wilson 17 – SHGC, Kayaking/SLS
Fletcher Broderick 17 – NPBHS, Golf
Libby Houghton 15 – Spotswood, Volleyball
Louise Waite 16 – NPBHS, Tennis
Maya Dickson 15 – NPGHS, Volleyball
Te Kapotai Tohu, 16 – Spotswood, Boxing
Joellen How 17 – NPGHS, Basketball
Matthew O’Connell 16 – FDMC, Basketball
Hannah O’Connor 15 – SHGC, Athletics
Holly Pearson 17 – SHGC, Hockey
Josh Gilbert 14 – Stratford HS, Swimming
Daniel Farr 17 – Correspondence, Surfing
Thane O’Leary 18 – NPBHS, Basketball
Pathway to Podium
Olivia Eaton 18 – SLS/Athletics
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