Below are some selected Photos of the Week highlighting some of the secondary school sporting events, news stories and achievements from the past week in NZ secondary school sport.
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1. Nelson College for Girls netballer Tali Uia (right) with Tactix player Zoe Walker last week. Goal shoot Uia scored 71 goals for her school against Waimea College last Thursday and is one of six up and coming players from the Mainland Netball Zone to be selected in the Pathway to Tactix programme. Uia said her dream is to make a career out of netball and Walker wants to see ambitious Nelson talent like that joining her in the Tactix in the future. Photo credit by Marion Van Dijk and read more here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/sport/92772587/nelson-college-for-girls-goal-shoot-tali-uia-on-the-pathway-to-tactix
2. The senior boys Manawatu Secondary Schools cross country race was dominated by Palmerston North Boys' High School runners, who made up the top five. The winner was Alex Hull (pictured leading here), who finished the 4.8km in 17 minutes 40 seconds, ahead of second placed Harrison Porritt. "It's pretty tough going back up that massive hill," he said. "It was a challenging course, but it certainly helps for the bigger up-and-coming races." The 16-year-old, who is year 12, wants to be in good form for the Super 8 cross-country and the national championships. Tessa Webb of Feilding High School blitzed the field to win the senior girls race. Photo credit David Unwin and read more here http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/sport/92677209/Tessa-Webb-wins-Manawatu-schools-cross-country-title-at-a-canter?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
3. The Tokoroa High School Rugby League team who last week won the Upper Central Zone Secondary Schools Rugby League qualifying tournament, gaining them top the qualifying position from the region for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Rugby League Tournament in September. Photo credit: Waikato Secondary School Sport at https://www.facebook.com/sportwaikatosecondaryschools/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf
4. Aquinas College Year 13 student Ella Akkerman was recently selected last week in the New Zealand team to compete at the Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in July. The 17-year-old will team up with partner Jasmine Milton from Rangitoto College in the girls' doubles event. They are part of the 34-strong New Zealand team to compete in the Bahamas alongside 1300 athletes from 70 countries. Photo credit George Novak and read more at http://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503345&objectid=11857577
5. The first real cold snap of the year hit much of New Zealand over the weekend, including Dunedin where it snowed. Indoors, the ice hockey season is underway. Photo credit: Otago Secondary School Sports at https://www.facebook.com/osssa.org.nz/
6. Mount Maugnanui College’s Raiha Ensor narrowly missed a place in the top eight, placing third in her quarterfinal and ninth overall, at the International Surfing Association World Surfing Games in France overnight. Raiha was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Teresa Bonvalot (Portugal) and Frankie Harrer (Germany). Ensor found herself with the heat lead for the first ten minutes before her opponents caught up. However, she was left requiring a 5.74 point ride to advance and fell short on her last wave posting a 4.13. Ninth overall sees Ensor vastly improve on her 22nd placing in 2016, a factor that is not lost on the 17-year-old. “I'm super stoked on how I improved my placing in comparison to last year which was my goal for this event. I can use this performance as more motivation for the World Junior Championships scheduled for Japan in September” added Ensor. Photo credit: ISA World Surfing .
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