The national provincial Sevens tournament is being played at Rotorua in the middle of next month.
For a group of secondary school aged players, appearing in this tournament and getting noticed by the New Zealand selectors presents a huge opportunity for them to further their rugby careers.
One such player who has already made every post a winner is Feilding High School’s Lauren Balsillie, who, as a Year 12 student in 2015, has already established herself in both the Manawatu Cyclones’ fifteens and sevens rugby set-ups and recently made a 56-player Black Ferns wider training squad.
This year she played in five matches on the right wing for Manawatu in the Women’s NPC, scoring four tries. One of her tries, against Bay of Plenty, was nominated for Sky TV’s Fans’ Try of the Year at the recent New Zealand Rugby Awards. “That was a pretty good try, it was a good effort and it was a long way to run, so I was rapt to see that on the nomination list,” Lauren told College Sport Media.
Last weekend Lauren’s Manawatu team won the Central Zone provincial Sevens qualifying tournament in Levin. She and Feilding High School teammate Corrineke Windle were the two schoolgirls in this team. Lauren herself sat out the last few games after sustaining an ankle injury but she said she’ll be resuming training next week.
The week before she was at the National Condor Sevens in Auckland. Lauren scored two tries in Feilding’s 17-14 quarter-final win over Christchurch Girls’ High School, but couldn’t stop her side from going down 7-22 in the semi-finals to Southland Girls’ High School. Southland lost 0-35 to Hamilton Girls’ High School in the final. Two Feilding girls made the tournament team, Lauren and Georgia Ponsonby.
This was Lauren’s third Condor Sevens tournament, and she has noticed that it’s got more competitive in three years. “With the Olympics coming up most schools are trying to get involved in Sevens rugby now. Every team that I have been involved with has improved heaps on the previous one.”
Lauren’s short-term goal is to try and make Manawatu’s squad for the nationals in Rotorua next month.
“There’s heaps of competition in the Manawatu area with all the talent coming through, but for me nationals is definitely a big goal. I was involved last year and I can’t wait to get the opportunity to play in this tournament again. So I’ll just be training hard over the next little while.”
Perhaps her success so far can be put down to her background, a mix of French flair and Scottish fire.
With a French surname, Lauren was born in Scotland and spent her formative years there. She moved to New Zealand in 2006 and her family settled in Masterton. She started playing football, but it didn’t take her long to discover rugby.
She started her secondary schooling at Wairarapa College. “I had heard that Feilding had won the Sky Sport Magazine’s College Rugby Team of the Year in 2012, so that’s what prompted me to go there and I got a place in the hostel. I was a boarder initially but my family also moved up last year.”
Lauren said that her preference is for the shorter form of the game. “I probably prefer Sevens because the faster game is more suited to me. I enjoy them both but if I had to pick it would be Sevens, and with it being an Olympic sport now there’s more opportunities.”
Normally an outside back, Lauren was playing in the midfield for her school team this year.
Feilding qualified for their fifth straight National Girls’ Top 4 tournament after beating Wellington’s Aotea College 38-10 in the Hurricanes region final.
In their national Top 4 Semi-final, Feilding lost 20-10 to Southland. Playing at centre, Lauren scored both of Feilding’s tries in this match, one with a clever, weaving run through several would-be tacklers and the other an 80-metre runaway after scooping up a loose ball. They then edged out Auckland’s Southern Cross Campus 27-24 to finish the year as the third best girls fifteens school in New Zealand.
Four Feilding girls made Manawatu’s Women’s NPC squad this year: Lauren, Corrineke Windle, Sarah Swinbanks and Shayden Tipu.
Although she has just finished year 12, Lauren is not returning to school next year. “I’m going to UCOL in Palmerston North to study Sports and Exercise Performance.” She will continue to play rugby for Feilding Old Boys, the club team that she’s played in for the past three years.
The Condor Sevens Girls tournament team that was recently selected is:
Rina Paraone (Kaipara College), Georgia Ponsonby (Feilding High School), Kendall Buckingham (Southland Girls’ High School), Terina Te Tamaki (Hamlton Girls’ High School)
Risaleaana Pouri-Lane (Motueka High School), Violet Hapi-Wise (Hamilton Girls’ High School)
Lauren Balsillie (Feilding High School), Rosie Kelly (Christchurch Girls’ High School)
Tenika Willison (Hamilton Girls’ High School)), Alena Saili (Southland Girls’ High School), Isla Norman-Bell (Hamilton Girls’ High School), Sapphire Tapsell (Te Puke High School)
Josef Meek from Hamilton Boys' High School is more than a pretty face. The striking blonde was one of five boys featured on the Land Rover First XV rugby commercial promoting the season.
Meek is a national title winner in rugby, touch and sevens, but how did the chance arise to front the advertisement?
"Our manager Barbara Clark asked me to do it and I agreed. I didn't tell anybody in the team so when the ad first played everybody was shocked," Meek says.
The commercial was filmed at St. Kentigern College. It took two hours to record and Meek's reward was fuel vouchers, an umbrella and a couple of golf balls.
His autocratic nomination for the gig wasn't universally popular.
"I got a bit of stick for being in the ad. None of my teammates were asked to do it and suddenly this ad is turning up everywhere. It even turned up on the Discovery Channel. I didn't know Hamilton rugby players watched the Discovery Channel," Meeks laughs.
Hamilton's First XV season was no laughing matter. Hamilton won the Super 8 title for the 10th time in 11 years, trouncing Rotorua Boys' in the final. Rotorua would extract revenge by winning the Chiefs elimination semi-final, removing Hamilton from National Top Four contention.
"It was desperately disappointing to lose that match. It was an awesome season. We worked really hard to win Super 8 and to achieve our goal was incredible. Failing to achieve our second goal of defending the top four really hurt," Meek reflects.
The halfback learned a lot about captaincy throughout the season.
"Halfback is a good position to lead the team because your right in the thick of the action. When I started I found it tough. I worried too much and didn't know the right things to says. I got better," Meek admits.
Rotorua was later subject to a player illegibility investigation. Did this affect the outcome of the result?
"The rivalry between the schools' is intense because we play each other in Super 8, touch and a lot of sports where it's very close. I don't like to make excuses. The better team won on the day," Meek insists.
Hamilton was determined to be the better team on the day at the Condor Sevens. They won the Waikato schools tournament to qualify and competed in four open men's competitions to warm up.
"The men's grade was really tough, but it served a purpose even though we didn't win any of the tournaments. It hardened us up for the bigger teams in Auckland and gave us a sense of how to play sevens. To play good sevens, you have to play a lot of sevens. It's very different from fifteens," Meek explains.
At the Condors Hamilton reached the semi-finals with relative ease before confronting their arch-nemesis Rotorua.
Hamilton burst out of the blocks and eventually achieved a resounding 42-12 victory. Xavier Roe, the other blonde, scored two tries."
"Xavier scored a try in one of the TV games this year and they confused him with me. I had to say sorry to Xavier who is a really good halfback in his own right," Meek says.
In the final there was no confusion. Hastings Boys' High School was whitewashed 24-0. Stubborn defence and pouncing swiftly of mistakes saw Sevu Reece, Samuel Toa, Charlie Lawrence and Shaquille Sue Warra scored tries in the resounding triumph.
Meek was selected in the 12-strong tournament team. Meek illustrates the importance of his position.
"My role was to play sweeper. I had to talk a lot and help organise the team, put guys in space and act as a last line on defence."
This weekend Meek will represent Hamilton for the last time. The National Secondary Schools touch championships are in Auckland. Meek has been a Waikato rep since 11 and is seeking to repeat Hamilton's 2013 national title success, while stripping Rotorua of their present title.
"Last year we lost the final to Rotorua in a drop off. I am guessing Rotorua will be our main competition again", Meek says.
In 2016 the Chiefs Under-18 selection will head to Lincoln University on a rugby scholarship.
Congratulations to the boys and girls selected in the Condor Sevens Tournament Teams for 2015. Outstanding achievement.
Girls tournament team
Rina Paraone (KC)
Georgia Ponsonby (FGHS)
Kendall Buckingham (SGHS)
Terina Te Tamaki (HGHS)
Violet Hapi-Wise (HGHS)
Lauren Balsillie (FGHS)
Rosie Kelly (CGHS)
Tenika Willison (HGHS)
Alena Saili (SGHS)
Isla Norman-Bell (HGHS)
Sapphire Tapsell (TPHS)
Boys tournament team
Wainmana Reidlinger Kapa (MAGS)
Hoskins Sotutu (SHC)
Marino Mikaele-Tuu (HBHS)
Jesse Houston (CBHS)
Joe Meek (HBHS)
Vilimoni Koroi (FHS)
Liam Blyde (NPHS)
Ngarohi Black (RBHS)
Sevuloni Reece (HBHS)
Hayze Perham (RBHS)
James Tofa (RBHS)
TJ Vaega (KBHS)
Waikato Schools have completed a double triumph at the Condor Sevens at Kelston Boys' High School today.
Hamilton Boys' High School won the open boys title for the first time since 2008 while Hamilton Girls' High School successfully defended their 2014 title.
Hamilton Girls' were utterly dominant conceding only one try in the tourney and amassing 33 of their own.
In the final they trounced Southland Girls' High School 35-0 with tournament MVP's Terina Te Tamaki and Tenika Willison starring. Te Tamaki scored three tries, including two length of the field efforts while Willison had the last say.
Earlier Hamilton Girls' accounted for Motueka High School 29-5 in the quarter final and Te Puke High School 24-0 in the semi-final. Te Tamaki scored two tries in the semi-final while Willison collected a double in the quarter final. Lyric Siaki scored the only try against Hamilton.
Southland was the strongest team on the opposite side of the draw. They beat Mount Albert Grammar School 29-5 in the quarter final and Feilding High School 22-7 in the semi-final. Bree Thomas scored two tries in the semi-final and Kendall Buckingham and Alena Saili celebrated a pair each in the quarter final.
Other highlights of the finals play was Lauren Balsillie two tries for Feilding against Christchurch Girls in the quarter finals and the aggressive play of Te Puke High School. Brieana-Leigh Russell and captain Riria Mohi-Dewhirst were particularly prominent.
Cup Quarter Finals
Hamilton 29 - 5 Motueka
Te Puke 26 - 7 Tauranga
Feilding 17 - 14 Christchurch
Southland 29 - 5 Mt Albert
Hamilton 24 - 0 Te Puke
Feilding 12 - 19 Southland
Hamilton 35 - 0 Southland
Christchurch Girls' High School - Plate winners
St Mary's College - Bowl winners
New Plymouth Girls' High School - Shield winners
Hamilton Boys' High School revenged their First XV Chiefs semi-final defeat by stripping Rotorua Boys' High School of the title.
In the semi-finals Hamilton outpaced Rotorua 42-12. Xavier Roe scored two early tries and tournament MVP Sevu Reece crossed and played a hand in most of the tries scored.
In the quarter finals Hamilton was forced to defend for long periods against Kelston, but eventually pulled away to win 22-12. Reece, Samuel Toa, Kieran Lee and Rameka Poihipi, later carried to the trophy presentation injured on a chair, were the try scorers. TJ Vaega and Fa'atupu Lisati scored for Kelston.
In the final Hastings asked plenty of questions of Hamilton' defence, especially early in the second-half, but Hamilton's disruption at the breakdown and ability to scramble desperately secured the victory. Hamilton's tries in the final were scored by Reece, Toa, Charlie Lawrence and Shaquille Sue Warra. Reece's swansong where he beat five defenders, stumbled, but regained his footing and the ball to score was perhaps the best try of the weekend.
Hastings Boys' High School reached the final after tipping out Feilding 22-5 in the semi-final. Hunta Marsh impressed on the right wing flank scored two tries.
St. Bede's College were desperately unlucky to lose two thrillers. In the cup quarter final they rallied from 21-7 down to tie with Feilding, only to lose on a meek mistake and in the Plate Final they surrendered a two-try lead to lose on the last play. Calum Goddard scored a try for Christchurch that triggered a wild celebration from an especially exuberant mother - an appropriate exclamation mark on a weekend where there was plenty to cheer about.
Boys' Quarter final Scores
Rotorua BHS: 27 (Matangireia Yates-Francis 2, Kaleb Trask, James Tofa, Leethan Rawiri tries) Christchurch BHS: 7 (Jesse Huston try)
Hastings BHS: 29 (Devan Flanders 2, Hunta Marsh, Danny Toala, Antonio Mikaele-Tuu tries) Mount Albert Grammar School: 14 (Niven Longopoa, Caleb Clarke tries)
Feilding High School: 28 (Vilimoni Koroi 2, Jack Kinder, Josiah Maraku tries) St. Bede's College: 21 (Zach McKay, Declan McCormack, Gerard Evans tries)
Christchurch Boys' High School - Boys Plate winners
Nelson College - Boys Bowl winners
St Paul's Collegiate - Shield winners
Three second placed teams in Pool Play took advantage of their second lives in crossover fixtures to earn quarter final places. Hosts Kelston Boys' High School, Feilding High School and St. Bede's College sneaked into the last eight after finding form late in the day.
Kelston struggled past Westlake BHS 19-14 with two TJ Vaega tries proving the difference. However they were outclassed by Rotorua BHS in their second-game 29-14. Working style player of the year Isaac Te Aute scored two first-half tries before being rested for Rotorua's remaining games. In their crossover fixture Kelston beat Whangarei BHS 29-0. Earlier Whangarei had upset Gisborne BHS 10-7.
St. Bede's and Feilding enjoyed big first up wins before stumbling in their second games.
St. Bede's beat Alfriston College (a late replacement for Counties champions Manurewa High School) 45-0. Josh Tefler scored three tries and skipper Declan McCormack bagged two tries.
Despite leading Mount Albert Grammar School for most of the game St. Bede's was piped 26-21 in their second outing. They would rally from behind to beat New Plymouth BHS in the crossover. Despite being outscored four tries to three, a last-minute try and sideline conversion from Jake Keenan earned the Canterbury champions a 21-20 win. Liam Blyde was outstanding for New Plymouth scoring a hat-trick.
Jona Nareki scored a hat-trick for Feilding in their first game, but it would be two thrilling tries from captain Vilimoni Koroi against Sacred Heart College in the crossover that propelled Feilding into the quarter finals, despite being hammered by Hastings BHS.
The Hawke's Bay Champions were impressive scoring 15 tries in three games. NZ Schools Number 8 scored Marino Mikaele-Tuu scored two tries against Feilding and another double against St. Pats Town in the crossover, cancelling out the two tries scored by Siosaia Paese in a tight tussle.
Mount Albert Grammar School, Hamilton BHS and Rotorua BHS were perhaps the most impressive sides on day one.
MAGS scored 15 tries, Hamilton 16 and Rotorua 12. Defending champions Rotorua were sometime directionless in their first game against Westlake, but showed moments of quality to overcome a determined Kelston and had too much ammunition for Gisborne. Hayze Perham dazzled in the latter game scoring two tries.
Hamilton only conceded one try in pool play and outscored Silverstream five tries to three in an entertaining crossover clash. Josef Meek, Samuel Toa, Sevu Reece and Rameka Poihipi stood out for the Waikato champions.
Canterbury runners up Christchurch Boys' High School had a good day. They upset St. Pats Silverstream 28-19 in pool play and then foiled fellow Press Cup side Nelson College in the crossover. Jesse Huston, Judah Gawith and Josh McKay blossomed for the black and blues who scored 15 tries.
Open Boys' Pool Play
Match 40. New Plymouth 24 - 7 Opotiki
Match 39. St Patrick's Silverstream 19 - 28 Christchurch
Match 38. Hamilton 38 - 0 Nelson
Match 37. Mount Albert 26 - 21 St Bede's
Match 36. St Patrick's Town 7 - 17 Sacred Heart
Match 35. Rotorua 29 - 14 Kelston
Match 34. Gisborne 7 - 10 Whangarei
Match 33. Feilding 0 - 36 Hastings
Match 24. New Plymouth 33 - 0 Palmerston North
Match 23. St Patrick's Silverstream 27 - 0 Wanganui
Match 22. Hamilton 27 - 5 Tauranga
Match 21. Mount Albert 43 - 0 Alfriston
Match 20. St Patrick's Town 14 - 5 St Paul's
Match 19. Rotorua 21 - 0 Westlake
Match 18. Gisborne 26 - 7 Waihi
Match 17. Feilding 42 - 5 St Peter's
Match 8. Opotiki 24 - 7 Palmerston North
Match 7. Christchurch 29 - 0 Wanganui
Match 6. Nelson 21 - 12 Tauranga
Match 5. St Bede's 45 - 0 Alfriston
Match 4. Sacred Heart 29 - 0 St Paul's
Match 3. Kelston 19 - 14 Westlake
Match 2. Whangarei 19 - 5 Waihi
Match 1. Hastings 38 - 5 St Peter's
Rotorua BHS 22 - 7 Gisborne BHS
Christchurch BHS 27 - 12 Nelson College
Hamilton BHS 31 - 17 St Patrick's College, Silverstream
Whangarei BHS 0 - 29 Kelston BHS
Sacred Heart College 24 - 35 Feilding HS
New Plymouth BHS 20 - 21 St Bede's College
Mt Albert GS 26 - 5 Opotiki College
Hastings BHS 17 - 14 St Patrick's Town
Cup Quarter Finals
Rotorua BHS v Christchurch BHS
Hamilton BHS v Kelston BHS
Feilding HS v St. Bede's College
Mount Albert GS v Hastings BHS
National First XV Top four finalists Hamilton GHS and Southland GHS appear to be a class above the rest of the field. Hamilton scored 20 unanswered tries and Southland only conceded one while crossing for 19. Tenika Willison was particularly dynamic for Hamilton and Alena Salli and Kendall Buckingham were a hive of activity for Southland.
Te Puke have made the quarter finals for the first time while Motueka stunned Wellington Champions St. Mary's College to earn a place in the last eight. Two dramatic tries by Risaleaana Pouri-Lane, including a 75-meter intercept proved telling.
The girls quarter finals kick-off at 10am.
Pool Play Results
Match 48. Mt Albert 36 - 15 St Hilda's
Match 47. Te Puke 29 - 12 Kaipara
Match 46. New Plymouth 14 - 21 Tauranga
Match 45. Southland 37 - 0 Cambridge
Match 44. Otahuhu 25 - 0 Long Bay
Match 43. Hamilton 32 - 0 Christchurch
Match 42. Motueka 22 - 7 Bay of Islands
Match 41. Feilding 26 - 7 St Mary's
Match 32. Kaipara 17 - 19 Mount Albert
Match 31. Te Puke 38 - 7 St Hilda's
Match 30. Cambridge 20 - 7 New Plymouth
Match 29. Southland 30 - 5 Tauranga
Match 28. Christchurch 24 - 19 Otahuhu
Match 27. Hamilton 30 - 0 Long Bay
Match 26. St Mary's 5 - 19 Motueka
Match 25. Feilding 26 - 12 Bay of Islands
Match 16. Kaipara 33 - 14 St Hilda's
Match 15. Te Puke 29 - 0 Mount Albert
Match 14. Cambridge 10 - 12 Tauranga
Match 13. Southland 32 - 0 New Plymouth
Match 12. Christchurch 36 - 7 Long Bay
Match 11. Hamilton 44 - 0 Otahuhu
Match 10. St Mary's 26 - 0 Bay of Islands
Match 9. Feilding 28 - 7 Motueka
Cup Quarter Finals
Hamilton GHS v Motueka High School
Te Puke High School v Tauranga GC
Feilding High School v Christchurch GHS
Southland GHS v Mount Albert GS
When recalling his early days of First XV rugby at Naenae College, New Zealand Institute of Sport (NZIS) graduate Willie Tufui laments:
"It was pretty challenging. There was no structure in the games and not much talent in our team."
In 2011, Naenae was languishing in Premier 3 of the Wellington Secondary Schools competition. Tufui wasn't pleased to be in Wellington.
"I started college at Gisborne Boys' High School, which is a really strong rugby school. We left Gisborne because of my dad’s job," he says.
"It's pretty much impossible to make a rep side playing division three. My goal at school, as it is now, is to become a professional rugby player and unless you made rep sides that's hard to achieve," Tufui explains.
In 2014 Willie was a member of the Wellington Under-19's who won the inaugural National Championship and the wing trained almost every day in his pursuit to become a professional rugby player. He joined the New Zealand Institute of Sport (NZIS) so he would be able to train more and become better at his sport. Willie has completed his diploma in Advanced Exercise Prescription with NZIS last year. Tufui says his study has been invaluable.
"The biggest thing I have learned from my study is the value of good nutrition. As Islanders we have a mentality, whatever is on the plate has got to be finished. You have to eat right to be a good athlete. You have to be disciplined," he says.
Balancing the demands of high level rugby and study has been another benefit. Life at NZIS is about being challenged and pursuing excellence in everything you do with honest endeavour.
"I have learned to manage my time better. I know how to train by myself now and actually get something out of it."
Willie has also been part of the NZIS High Performance Academy over the time he has been studying. This has assisted with improving his strength, power, speed and agility through the NZIS High Performance conditioning programme.
Tufui plans to extend his study of Exercise Science in 2016, which is a pathway that NZIS provides for it’s graduates.
Tufui's arrival at Naenae College in 2010 coincided with the coaching tenure of John Manuel - an experienced, accomplished and hard-noised operator who shook things up.
Increased trainings, regular runs at the crack of dawn and extensive fundraising activities brought about a culture of hard work and accountability. The on-field results improved dramatically.
In 2012 Naenae won promotion to the second division. In 2013 they ascended to the top grade. Tufui recalls the moment Naenae reached Premier 1 for the first time since 2001.
"We played St. Bernard's College in the last grading game at home and beat them 25-5. I cried after we won because I knew it would open up so many opportunities being in Premier 1."
Naenae wasn't expected to be a force in Premier one and that apparent reality was reinforced in the opening fixture against defending champions St. Patrick's College, Silverstream. Naenae was hammered to the tune of 60 points.
The following week Naenae achieved a major milestone when they beat Hutt International Boys' School 33-18. Tufui recalls the triumph.
"It was a convincing win. It was a really positive performance where everybody did their job and we gained a lot of confidence."
With nothing to lose Naenae kept on improving and when they thrashed Rongotai College 26-8, reaching the semi-finals was a very realistic prospect.
The two schools meet again in the quarter finals. Tufui describes the drama.
"It was played at our home ground on a horrible day. A huge crowd turned up because there was a lot of pride on the line for the school. Rongotai was much tougher, but a Misi Savea try put us in the lead 10-8. Rongotai had a try disallowed. We had to defend for a long-time. It was hard, but we hung on."
Naenae was in the semi-finals for the first time since 1994. They were beaten by Silverstream again, but reduced the score by more than half.
Further acknowledgement was to come when Tufui and teammate Fereti Soloa (Samoa Under-20) were selected for the Hurricanes Under-18 camp and Wellington Under-18 secondary schools team.
"We had a real special bond at Naenae. Everybody brought into the training program and what we were trying to achieve. I wouldn't be where I am today without the Naenae boys," Tufui says.
Much of 2015 was spent injured. In pre-season Tufui tore his Achilles tendon.
A year earlier he made his Premier debut for Petone against Old Boys University. His most memorable match of that inaugural premier season was the annual McBain Shield against Hutt Old Boys' Marist. Tufui gleefully reflects on what happened.
"We were down 14-3 at halftime and really struggling. Our coaches gave us a real spray and we came back to win 20-19. Winning big, tough games is the best feeling in the world. I just want to experience that feeling of euphoria again."
The second U15 Boys and Girls Condor 7s tournament was staged at Kelston Boys’ High School today and new winners were crowned; New Plymouth Boys’ High School in the boys section and Howick College from Auckland in the girls section.
In the girls’ final, Howick College defeated Otahuhu College 19-5.
Otahuhu started strongly when their No. 8 Ataliana Taufa busted a tackle and sprinted 30 metres to find the whitewash.
Howick exerted defensive pressure on Otahuhu, forcing them into mistakes, and Howick’s Iva Livani - who was the Player of the Tournament – scored two tries and also made a telling tackle in the final. The final try that sealed the win was scored by Teuila Sotutu.
The two girls semi-finals saw Otahuhu beat Tauranga and Howick pip Southern Cross Campus.
In the boys’ final, New Plymouth’s superior ability at the breakdown was the reason for their 29-5 win over Wesley College.
Wesley started on attack and probed the line hard. But New Plymouth weathered the storm and came back to score the first try. From there they ran in four more consecutive tries, including two after a Wesley yellow card just before halftime.
Jamahl Hapi Orangi scored a hat-trick in the final, while his teammate Zane Firth was the boys' Player of the Tournament.
New Plymouth had come back from 0-12 down to beat Kelston Boys’ High School 24-12 in their semi-final, Firth scoring two tries. Wesley beat King’s College in their semi-final, with Robert Luatua bagging a brace of tries.
Condor 7s U15 tournament results (Results on https://www.facebook.com/condorsevens ):
U15 FINAL BOYS POOL RESULTS:
Match 42. Otahuhu 5 - 10 Massey
Match 41. Kings 17 - 0 Alfriston
Match 40. Kelston Red 59 - 0 Feilding
Match 39. Tū Toa Tai Wananga 7 - 19 Taupo Nui-A-Tia
Match 38. Mount Albert 17 - 26 Rotorua
Match 37. Manukura 10 - 17 Wesley
Match 36. Westlake 17 - 31 De La Salle
Match 35. St Peter's 19 - 12 Gisbourne
Match 34. New Plymouth 45 - 7 Rangitoto
Match 33. Mount Roskill 24 - 12 Howick
Match 32. Whangarei 14 - 5 Franci Douglas
Match 31. Otahuhu 5 - 10 Massey
Match 26. Feilding 14 - 19 Kings
Match 25. Kelston Red 31 - 5 Alfriston
Match 24. De La Salle 24 - Manukura 19
Match 23. Rotorua 19 - 19 Tū Toa Tai Wananga
Match 22. Mount Albert 24 - 0 Taupo Nui-A-Tia
Match 21. Otahuhu 19 - 12 Kelston Blue
Match 20. Westlake 14 - 21 Wesley
Match 19. Rangitoto 7 - 27 St Peter's
Match 18. New Plymouth 14 - 12 Gisbourne
Match 17. Francis Douglas 5 - 22 Mount Roskill
Match 16. Whangarei Boys' 45 - 0 Howick
Match 11. Feilding High 33 - 12 Alfriston College
Match 10. Kelston Boys' Red 14 - 21 Kings College
Match 9. Massey High 22 - 21 Kelston Boys' Blue
Match 8. Rotorua Boys' 33 - 0 Taupo Nui-A-Tia
Match 7. Mount Albert Grammar 12 - 7 Tū Toa Tai Wananga
Match 6. De La Salle 5 - 7 Wesley College
Match 5. Westlake Boys' 5 - 19 Manukura School
Match 4. Rangitoto 5 - 17 Gisbourne Boys'
Match 3. New Plymouth Boys' 12 - 5 St Peter's
Match 2. Francis Douglas 10 - 5 Howick
Match 1. Whangarei Boys' 14 - 19 Mount Roskill Grammar
U15 FINAL GIRLS POOL RESULTS:
Match 45. New Plymouth 0 - 15 Otahuhu
Match 44. Howick 31 - 12 Kaipara
Match 43. Long Bay 7 - 26 Tauranga
Match 30. Otahuhu 43 - 0 Taupo Nui-A-Tia
Match 29. Kaipara 27 - 0 Lytton High
Match 28. Tangaroa 17 - 5 Southern Cross
Match 27. Tauranga 12 - 17 Mount Roskill
Match 15. New Plymouth 29 - 5 Taupo Nui-A-Tia
Match 14. Howick 41 - 0 Lytton High
Match 13. Tangaroa 10 - 19 Southern Cross
Match 12. Long Bay 7 - 34 Mount Albert
BOYS QUARTER FINAL RESULTS:
Wesley College 29 - 10 Whanagarei
Rotorua 10 - 19 Kelston Red
Kings 38 - 0 Mt Roskill
Massey 22 - 24 New Plymouth
GIRLS QUARTER FINAL RESULTS:
Tangaroa 5 - 10 Tauranga
Otahuhu 10 - 5 Kaipara
Mt Roskill 5 - 29 Southern Cross
Howick 22 - 12 New Plymouth
GIRLS SEMI FINAL RESULTS
Otahuhu College 12 – Tauranga 7
Howick 19 – Southern Cross 17
BOYS SEMI FINAL RESULTS:
Wesley 26 – King’s 5
New Plymouth 24 – Kelston Red 12
GIRLS FINAL RESULT:
Howick 19 – Otahuhu 5
BOYS FINAL RESULT:
New Plymouth 29 – Wesley 5
The best of the best secondary school 7's players will be arriving at Kelston Boys this week. If you want to see who has made the respective teams, check out the team lists below.
Pool A (BOYS)
Pool B (BOYS)
Pool C (BOYS
Pool D (BOYS)
Pool E (BOYS)
Pool F (BOYS)
Pool G (BOYS)
Pool H (BOYS)
Pool I (GIRLS)
Pool G (GIRLS)
Pool R (GIRLS)
Pool L (GIRLS)
The ASB Youth Sports Persons of the Year awards (YSPOTY) is an opportunity for the elite sporting students in the Auckland Region to be celebrated for their success throughout the year.
This afternoon the Logan Campbell Centre played host to the 25th installment of the awards where the stars of the past were on hand to present awards to the stars of the future. Over 60 awards were presented to athletes from all sporting realms in what is a true celebration of school sport success.
As with any school sport success it is important to recognise the significant involvement, teachers, parents, coaches, schools and regional sports organisations have in enabling these students to excel in their respective sports. Thank you.
The winners are:
Niven Longopoa - Mt Albert Grammar School
Symone Tafuna'I - Mt Albert Grammar School
Oscar Guo - Westlake Boys High School
Sally Fu - Macleans College
Tai Wynyard - Rangitoto College
Tiarna Clarke - Westlake Girls High School
Aniket Parikh - Mt Albert Grammar School
Natasha Van Tilburg - Avondale College
Bryony Botha - Rangitoto College
James Fouche - Saint Kentigern College
Conal Wilson - Auckland Grammar School
Isabella Richards - Saint Kentigern College
Dylan Bull - Sacred Heart College
Daisy Cleverley - Western Springs College
Jake Meenhorst - Massey High School
Elanor Grimwood - Northcote College
Sean Wilson - St Peter's College
Alexa Kennedy - Rosehill College
Maddison Dowe - Diocesan School for Girls
Benjamin Edwards - Westlake Boys High School
Georgia Carter - Mt Albert Grammar School
Mackenzie Blucher - St Dominic's College
Aiden Takarua - St Peter's College
Jack Fisher - Auckland Grammar School
Kayla Russell - Howick College
Maia Wilson - Mt Albert Grammar School
Tommy Hayes - Auckland Grammar School
Kayla Fairbairn - St Cuthbert's College
Fergus McSwiney - Mt Albert Grammar School
Amber Fordham - Westlake Girls High School
Phoenix Hunt - Otahuhu College
Dalton Papalii - Saint Kentigern College
Moana Fineaso Levi - Southern Cross Campus
Brooke Whiteman - Epsom Girls Grammar School
Cole Evans - Mt Albert Grammar School
Eleanor Epke - Epsom Girls Grammar School
Rafa Yam - Westlake Boys High School
Gabrielle Fa'amausili - Avondale College
Mario Koenigsperger - Sacred Heart College
Nai Xin Jiang - Macleans College
Dean Shu - Auckland Grammar School
Connor Williamson - Saint Kentigern College
Rosie Cheng - Westlake Girls High School
Brosnan Meleisea - Saint Kentigern College
Tysaha Ikenasio - Sancta Maria College
Triathlon/ Duathlon/ Aquathon
Katherine Badham - Takapuna Grammar School
Daniel Hoy - Westlake Boys High School
Farrah Brill-Holland - Howick College
Forrest Axford - Mahurangi College
Gloria Aiono - Mangere College
Dallas Tagaloasa - One Tree Hill College
Liana Dance - Kristin School
Ryan Pike - Sacred Heart College
Brahm Richards - Rutherford College
Charlotte Porter - Diocesan School for Girls
Jackson Keon - Kristin School
Overall Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Winners
ASB Young Sportsman of the Year
Cole Evans - Mt Albert Grammar
ASB Young Sportswoman of the Year
Bryony Botha - Rangitoto College
Tonya Botherway - Mahurangi College
Caitlin Pritchard - Mt Albert Grammar School
Christina Oscar - Saint Kentigern College
Sydney Fraser - Saint Kentigern College
Sheldon Tovio - Sacred Heart College
Athletes with a Disability
Harry Crawford - Kings College
International Achievement Award
Laura Inkster - Saint Kentigern College
Puma Sports Educator of the Year Award
Charlie Meredith - Westlake Boys High School
Service to Secondary School Sport
Lance Watene - Saint Kentigern College
Jo Yates - Rangitoto College
Anthony Buckingham - Westlake Boys High School
Alan Kerr - Rangitoto College
Tara Mansell-Sawyers - Kaipara College