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. Muddied and tired – Otago Boys’ High School runners at the conclusion of last Thursday’s Otago Secondary School Cross-Country Championships. On a bleak day, there were 161 starters across eight grades. Mount Aspiring College’s Janus Staufenberg won the senior boys race, while Drew Cairney, of King’s High School, won the boys under-16 race. George Bates, of King’s, won the under-15 race and Josh Hou, of John McGlashan College, won the under-14 race. Sammy Burke, of Mount Aspiring College, won the senior girls race and Eila Chirnside, of Kavanagh College, won the girls under-16 race. The girl’s under-15 race was won by Rebekah Hill, of Otago Girls’ High School, and Zoe Smith, of Mount Aspiring College, won the under-14 girls race. Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/pg/osssa.org.nz/photos/?tab=album&album_id=789155727925182
2. Timaru Boys' High School footballer Cam Anderson's scoring feats are starting to become a regular occurrence. The 17-year-old produced another footballing masterclass with four goals in Timaru Boys' 5-2 victory over Pleasant Point, in a game they led throughout. It was his third four goal haul in two weeks as he led Boys' High to a second successive South Canterbury Football men's division one league win. The fleet-footed striker has also banged in four against Timaru City A in the League and Thistle B in the South Canterbury Cup during the last fortnight. The haul takes his tally to 11 and has him well clear of the chasing pack in the race for the golden boot, he's only one away from matching last season's effort of 12 by Meadowbank's Matt Haywood. Photo credit: Tetsuro Mitomo / Fairfax NZ and read more at http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/sport/93062750/Timaru-Boys-striker-Cam-Anderson-works-his-magic-against-Pleasant-Point?cid=app-android
3. The Kamo High School Year 9/10 boys hockey team at last week’s Northland junior tournament. Kamo High School sent two teams to the tournament, the boys team winning and the girls runners-up. Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/kamohighsports
4. International kickboxing glory is in sight for one south Auckland teenager. Two and a half years ago Israel Meredith was overweight, a big fan of junk food, and dreaded going to the gym. In a final resort to lose weight, he stepped foot in the doors of Manurewa's SMAC Gym, which specialises in Muay Thai kickboxing. Israel hasn't looked back since. The 15-year-old is now 20 kilograms lighter and readying himself for the IFMA Youth World Championships in Thailand in August. Photo and story credit Emily Ford. Read more at: http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/well-good/inspire-me/93190161/auckland-teenager-combats-weight-through-muay-thai-kickboxing
5. They left it late, but Rotorua Boys' High School First XV clinched the Chiefs Cup with a 29-27 victory over Hamilton Boys' High School on Saturday. With the final play of the game, Stuart Leach scored a try that tied the scores at 27-all. First-five Quin Collard slotted the conversion to end the game. Coach Ruki Tipuna said his side was 12 points down with just seven minutes to play, and were up against a daunting Hamilton Boys' High School team. "They were big and they were strong and they used it well. They had a conservative game plan, but they carried strongly and we sat back on our heels and almost let them come to us," said Tipuna. But I think we looked sharper with the ball in terms of the ability to create opportunities, but it's pretty tough if you are sitting on your heels all the time with big boys running at you." Read more here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503438&objectid=11869513
6. Bay of Plenty Juniors, Seniors and Intermediate students from around the region scaled great heights at Rocktopia, Mount Maunganui, in the Secondary Schools Climbing, Bouldering and Clip and Climb Competition last week. Each category put the students to the test: Clip and Climb was a mix of agility and speed, while Climbing required students to follow a set 'problem' up the walls of Rocktopia in order to gain points. Meanwhile Bouldering (without a lead) saw the students unleash their inner monkeys as they not only tried to scale the walls without touching the ground but also raced against the clock. Individually, Conrad Booker (John Paul College) and Irralee Hair (Otumoetai College) were Senior Boys and Girls winners, while Western Heights High School won the Senior Teams Trophy. Photo credit and read more at: http://www.sportbop.co.nz/news--results/bop-secondary-schools-climbing-competition--results/
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