At the recent Bay Of Plenty secondary schools athletics championships we had a large group of 24 athletes participating. They achieved some excellent results with nine athletes winning a total of 10 events.
Madison McBride, Rowan Lowe and Brieana Greenway all won their respective age group high jumps, Beniece Douch was first in long jump, Ruby Marsters first in discus, Luke Davison first in both the high jump and shot put, Matthew Connolly first in triple jump, Michael Booth first in 100m and Emily Johnston first in 300m.
Many other students performed well and were placed in the top three in their events. These were Paige Boggiss, Molly Anning, Hannah Anton, Taylor Craig, Thomas Bernard, Garrick Du Toit, Reuben Clinton, Savannah Fuller and Ashleigh Frew. A final highlight of the meeting was our senior boys relay team of Luke Davison, Matthew Connolly, Michael Booth and Thomas Bernard, who not only won but also beat the Bay schools championship record which has stood since 1984, lowering it to 44.14sec.
Our first XI cricket won easily against a Tauranga Boys' team on Saturday. We batted first, getting through to 267-2. Matthew Cole scored 161 not out! Also on form were Mitchell Fairweather (43) and William Burnett (26no). The BC Panthers also on form with Christian Randrup and Oliver Harrop scoring 55 runs in a good partnership to win the game.
Congratulations to Beniece Douch, who has made the New Zealand under-19 junior elite beach volleyball team and joins a four-girl squad who will compete in the world championships in Cyprus in July.
Sarah Renouf competed in the North Island secondary school rowing championships and came fourth in the B final of the girls' under-17 single sculls.
Our senior A volleyball team won both their qualifying games in three sets against Kawerau A and Mount A, with Caitlyn Proctor playing two superb games. - Bethany Garland, sports council.
Tauranga Boys' had big sporting weekend this past week. Starting with cricket, the second XI beat the Greerton Hornets by one wicket. Also Wanderers won comfortably, beating the BOP girls development team and Lords hammered Bethlehem College 3rd X1 by 204-8 to 147 all out.
Finally in cricket the Caveliers lost well and truly to Aquinas College by five wickets.
In tennis, junior champion is Sam Haywood, with the No3 seed beating No1 seed Reuben White in a close final. Intermediate champion was Brad Currie, with the top seed untroubled on the way to the final where he took on second seed Finn Henderson. It was a tight match but Currie outplayed Henderson.
In canoe slalom Tauranga Boys' College went to the North Island event that was held in Kawerau on the Tawerewa River last weekend. Over 16 of our paddlers competed in the K1 and C1 events.
In K1 Cole O'Connor-Stratton was second and Jake Cumming third. In the under-16 K1 Daniel Munro was first, Alex Hawthorne second and Blake O'Loughlin third. In the under-14 K1 Jack Dangen was first and Olivah Hughes-Lindley third. In the C1 under-18 Cole was first with Brogan Gordon and Jack Dustin second and third.
Callum Gilbert won the under-16 C1 ahead of Alex Hawthorne and Blake O'Loughlin. Their next major event will be the New Zealand secondary schools champs where their main rivals will be the South Island schools from Queenstown. Cole, Tauranga Boys' captain, is favoured to take out the overall top New Zealand schools under-18 K1, C1 and DR paddler trophy after last month finishing second in the under-18s at the Australian Opens and third at the Oceania champs in Penrith.
Tauranga Boys' rowing squad competed at the North Island secondary schools champs last weekend. It was a hugely successful event for the squad with a medal haul of four golds, one silver and one bronze.
Success came from the under-17 crew who won four gold medals in the under-18 lightweight four, under-18 lightweight double, under-17 quad and under-17 double. They also won silver in the under-18 quad sculls.
Jordan Parry and Daniel Bridgwater topped the medal list for the college with three gold medals each, an outstanding achievement. The under-16 crew won a bronze medal.
Across all age groups there were races where crews from the college just missed out on making the final. There were also some promising results in various B finals across the squad.
In two weeks' the squad travels to Lake Ruataniwha in Twizel to compete at the Maadi Cup The success from the weekend has provided a great boost for the boys and reflects all the hard training that has gone into the season so far.
The squad is looking to continue on from this success and bring back more medals to Tauranga Boys' College.
As another week goes by, our girls continue to excel in their sporting codes.
Last weekend Jessica and Samantha Bitcheno competed at the Waikato Bay of Plenty Children's athletics champs in Hamilton. Samantha took out 1st place in the 13 girls 100m final with a personal best time of 12.91sec, and gained a silver medal in the 200m. Jessica won gold in the 14 girls 400m final with a personal best time of 59.95sec, and also came 3rd in the discus. She has been selected to represent the Waikato Bay of Plenty region at the New Zealand champs in the 800m and the 4x400m relay on March 23-25.
The North Island kayaking champs were held over the weekend on the Tarawera River in Kawerau. In the under-18 division, Anna Higgins came first, Haylee Dangen came third and Chelsi Williams fourth. In the C1, Anna Higgins was first and Haylee Dangen second. Anna was also second in open K1W.
The equestrian team had eight riders competing at Gambler Stakes in Te Teko on March 7. Outstanding performances were from Oliva Pogan who won the Year 9 and 10 division, and Georgina Wratten-Lowe who was second in the Year 11-13 division. The team placed third in the Bay overall.
The volleyball teams had another busy weekend, as stage one of round two of the qualifying tournament commenced. The senior A and senior B are in the top 10 pool and senior C and senior D are in the bottom 10 pool. Senior A had two wins against Otumoetai B and Mount Maunganui College A. This coming weekend at TECT Arena is stage 2 of the qualifying tournament, cross-overs and finals, with the Bay of Plenty champions being decided.
Our rowing team also competed at the 2012 AON North Island secondary schools champs last weekend at Karapiro. There were many successes in the A finals.
In the under-18 division, Rebecca Wilson came fourth in the single and Maxie Robb and Hannah Doelle were fourth in the novice double. In the under-17 division, Ellen Crane, Lydia Milne, Anna Cullum, Laura Perry, Belinda Ketel, Alana Lockett, Fiona Bennet, Sam Fredheim and Courtney Coughlan (cox) were sixth in the eight, and in the double Laura Perry and Lydia Milne were sixth.
In the under-15s Aimee Muir and Huia Ackerman were fourth in the double. In the B finals we also did very well. For the under-17 quad, Laura Perry, Lydia Milne, Anna Cullum, Ellen Crane, and Courtney Coughlan (cox) were second and Belinda Ketel, Maddy Fryer, Fiona Bennett, Lisa Allen and Huia Ackerman (cox) fourth.
The U16 quad - Ala Lockett, Sam Fredheim, Lisa Allen, Hannah Doelle and Courtney Coughlan (cox) - were second and Sam Fredheim and Maddy Fryer came seventh in the double. The under-15 quad (Charlotte Humphries, MacKenzie Forrest, Chloe Gettes, Amy Mills and cox Courtney Coughlan - were sixth. In the C finals, Huia Ackerman and Ala Lockett were fourth in the under-16 double. - Bria Wollaston.
Volleyball: It was a big day for volleyball on Friday. Our girls team played hard and won both their games and so did our senior boys A team. Our senior boys B and C teams are playing together really well and still have a bit of work to do before finals this weekend. If you are going to be in Papamoa on Saturday and Sunday come down and watch them at TECT Arena.
Cricket: Our boys had a good win over Tauranga Boys' Sabina. They batted first and got 272/9 of 40 overs. Mikare Teki 60 not out, Conwell Taylor 30, Sam Greenslade 30, Julian Diprose 38.
The girls also tasted victory this weekend against Aquinas. Caitlyn Fenneman got a wicket with her first ball, Claire Roderick took 2 wickets in 1 over, Angel Sefton took a wicket and Taylor Simpson took 2 bowling and caught 2. Everyone got to bat and bowl with Lina Pulega getting the top score of 15. Almost all our batters retired. Well done to both teams, what a great effort!
Touch: Our senior mixed touch team had a full on day on Sunday competing in the Bay secondary schools touch competition. They played hard against other schools and won a couple of games, finishing 5th overall. Great work guys.
Waterpolo: Our girls are playing against Mount Maunganui Red tonight at 4pm at Baywave. They are currently tied for second place in their pool with Aquinas. Keep up the great work girls, let's take out the top position.
The Ucan2 Community triathlon was held last weekend at Pilot Bay, doubling as our school triathlon champs. The event consists of a 600m swim, 16.5km cycle and 5.5km run. The first Mount student in the senior boys was Sam Durrant who finished third overall in a time of 1.00.36. The first senior girl was Katie Smith in a time of 1.15.27, good enough for fifth overall.
In the junior field Kate Miller was leading junior girl and Jake Cowdrey was having a great race, which finished abruptly with a puncture. The conditions were wet and slippery.
The State Ocean Swim was also on in the weekend at Mount Main Beach, with Mason Pickering finishing in a fantastic time of 33.42 to be third overall in the 2.6km swim and first in the 15-19 age group. Brother Justin Pickering was also in the same race and was first in the 0-14 age group in a time of 38.09. Ben Johnston raced the 2.6km in the elite field, also swimming 2.6km, and finished 10th male in a time of 35.21
Over 60 surf lifesaving athletes will be travelling to Gisborne this weekend to contest the National titles against the best in New Zealand. We wish them all good luck.
A contingent of 17 Aquinas students has earned the right to compete at the Waikato-Bay of Plenty athletics championships this weekend.
Some of those students have qualified to compete in multiple events, and these athletes are: Caitlin O'Toole, Alice McFall, George Cortesi, Dana Welten and Anneke Grogan.
The other students who have qualified to compete are: Nathalie Guernier, Cayne Dew, Cameron Street, Ryan Foord, Ethan Black, Scott Downey, Mathew Strong, Charlotte Skelton, Chelsey Cameron-Empson, David Randrup and Adam O'Connor. Adam, however, will be unable to compete, as he will be battling it out in Gisborne this weekend with other Aquinas students at the national surf lifesaving championships.
Aquinas will be represented in long jump, high jump, shotput, discus throw and the 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500 and 3000m distances.
Meanwhile, Aquinas College will also be represented at the New Zealand secondary schools' rowing championships, also known as the Maadi Cup, later this month. A place in the A final at the recent North Island secondary schools championships qualifies both Gavin Powell and Rosie van der Velden to compete at the Cup.
The North Island secondary schools rowing championships were a successful three days for our crews at Karapiro.
Outstanding performers of the weekend were Brad Borren and Nicholas Pilbrow, who qualified for finals in all three of their events. In the A final of the boys under-15 double they placed 7th and combined with Daniel and Hamish to finish 4th in the B final of the quad.
Holly McNabb and Kendall Hofland had an impressive race to win the B final of the under-16 double convincingly. In their quest for an A final they missed by a mere 0.5sec.
The girls under-15 quad of Suraya Thomas, Lizzie Coughlan, Jamie Lynds, Hannah Ouellet (substitute Zoe Stevenson), coxed by Lauren Dance, were 8th in the B final, while Suraya with Kate Hendry finished 6th in the B final of the under-18 novice double.
These were exceptional results from a young and relatively small squad. We wish Holly and Kendall all the best at the upcoming Maadi Cup in Twizel.
The first XI travelled to Rotorua on a dry but overcast Saturday for what we knew was going to be a challenging game. We won the toss and elected to bat. After losing two early wickets our middle order settled in with Tim Eriksen (67no) and Sanjeev Mistry (73) steadying the ship and leading us to post 185.
Unfortunately our bowling effort - Julian Bradley 2-28, Christian MacDonald 2-47, combined with two stunning catches by Vaughan Wilson and a brilliant runout by Joel Duggan - wasn't quite enough to bring us home, with Rotorua Boys' High winning by three wickets.
Our second XI scored 142 to beat Tauranga Boys' College Edgbaston, who scored 51, while the third XI lost to Katikati.
The Bay secondary schools volleyball competition continues with some great contests amongst teams fighting for nationals seedings. The A boys and girls are doing well and are aiming to peak this weekend for the Bay champs. Saturday sees the completion of round two with Sunday at the TECT Arena the big finals days. The senior girls A, B, C, and boys A, B, C teams' preparation for nationals continues with a visit from Heathfield College in Australia next week.
Our best school athletes progressed onto the Bay champs last week held at the Domain, with some standout performances at this elite level. Junior girl Jessica Gadsbey was second in the 300m and 3rd in the 800m. Anna Tingey was first in the hurdles followed closely by Robei Bidois in second. Anna also won the triple jump and was fourth in the long jump.
Jim Van der Vorm was second in the junior boys high jump. In the intermediate girls Deborah Paine placed third in the 400m and Katie Horan was second in the hurdles. Sophie Tingey was third in the Triple Jump. Grayson Teaz and Daniel Hill were second and third in the hurdles while senior girl Abbie Meredith was second in triple jump. Liam Matheson was third in the senior boys' triple jump.