Below are some selected 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. Last week Napier Girls’ High School won their fourth straight Hawke's Bay Secondary Schools Super 12 netball title. Napier GHS beat Hastings Girls’ High School in the final. Napier led 7-5 after the first quarter, 16-14 at halftime and 25-21 after the third quarter. Only two of the starting seven, goal shoot Kaya Lord and goal keep Emily McLaren, won't be returning to school next year. The three curtain-raisers were nail-biters. Taradale High School pipped Wairoa College 23-22 in the playoff for third, Woodford House snuck in 25-24 against Havelock North High School in the plate final and Iona College pipped St Joseph's Maori Girls' College 29-28 in the bowl final. Photo credit and article link at the Hawke’s Bay Today at http://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503460&objectid=11699798
2. The Westlake Boys’ High School 1st XI hockey team got a warm send off on Sunday from basketball legend Steven Adams as they headed to Wellington for the Rankin Cup/India Shield NZSS tournament. Westlake are the defending Rankin Cup champions, but are expecting stiff competiton from several other schools wanting their crown. The tournament is all week, with the Rankin Cup final at the National Hockey Stadium on Saturday. Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/wbhshockey/?fref=ts
3. A superb game from Timaru Boys' High School First XV captain Cullen Grace helped his side regain the O'Neill Shield off their Waitaki counterparts last Wednesday – in the 133rd game between the two sides. The exchange is New Zealand’s longest, uninterrupted inter-school rugby fixture. Waitaki still hold the overall advantage with 68 wins to TBHS's 55, with 10 draws. Grace along with fellow loose forwards Kaleb Hunt-Wheeler and Finlay Joyce stood out in what was an enthralling encounter.TBHS two strike weapons, wing Isireli Kawa and fullback Ofa Manuofetoa, also had big games. Two well taken tries in the final 10 minutes sealed the win for TBHS after the game was tied 24-all. Photo credit: Stu Piddington, and read more here http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/sport/83430826/timaru-boys-high-school-first-xvs-perfect-finish
4. The New Zealand Secondary Schools Squash team pictured together that sent Australia's best secondary schools squash players back across the Tasman Sea with their tails between their legs after thrashing them in Palmerston North last week. New Zealand teams won all of their games in the test match convincingly. The New Zealand open A boys team won 21-4, The New Zealand open A girls thrashed Australia in their matchup 25-0. Photo credit http://www.squashnz.co.nz/ and follow the article link at http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/sport/83554297/nz-thrash-australia-in-secondary-schools-squash-test-match
5. The King’s High School A team - Winners of the Otago Secondary Schools Sports Association A Grade Ice Hockey Competition last week, beating John McGlashan College 4-3. Otago Boys’ High School won the B grade, Photo credit: OSSSA Facebook, more photos at https://www.facebook.com/osssa.org.nz/photos/?tab=album&album_id=633826506791439
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