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Winter Tournament Week updates

Winter Tournament Week updates


It is NZ Secondary Schools Winter Tournament week, with 13 Southland Secondary Schools involved in individual and team events around the country during the week.

Forty-nine Southland secondary school teams will travel to various destinations to play in national and South Island tournaments.

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James Hargest College has gotten off to a good start at the New Zealand Basketball Zone 4 Junior tournament in Timaru.

The James Hargest Junior team (year 9 and 10) beat a well-drilled Ashburton team on Saturday 68-30 with strong defence a feature of their performance.

The only negative from the game was the loss of a player to an ankle injury.

Hargest backed up their efforts on Sunday with wins over Saint Andrews and Timaru Girls'

A strong opening performance from the starting five of Madi Grieve, Hayley Van Beck, Laura Jackson, Lucy Nind and Maddy Tinnock paved the way for a 61-35 win over Saint Andrews.

The second game as a bruising affair against a physical Timaru Girls' team. Hargest, coached by Lucy Kean, were able to managed to overcome the home team 75-28. Two wins today (Monday) should be enough to secure Hargest a place in the top four playoffs.

Four Southland riders - Oliver and Kayne Borrie (U13 Boys), Morgan Borrie (U16 boys) from James Hargest College and Navarh Brotherston (U17 Boys) from Southland Boys' High School - attended the Southern Schools cycling tour in Blenheim. The event included the national schools criterium title with Kayne finishing second in his age group. The Northern schools tour is held in Auckland at the end of the week where the time trial and hill climb titles will be decided.



The main part of the event was the National School’s Crit Titles which Kayne was second in for his age group.


Southland Boys' High School have started well at the South Island Single Sex Boys Rugby Tournament in Blenheim. After a rusty start they found themselves down 12-5 against home team Marlborough Boys' but they rallied in the second spell to win 23-12. Will Stodart was one of Boys' High's best with two tries, while Jack Taylor and Charlie Carran also dotted down. Boys' High will take on Christ College tomorrow, who had a good win over Waitaki Boys' today.

At the South Island secondary school Rural Livestock Junior rugby tournament in Queenstown, Central Southland College scored three unconverted tries in a 15-all draw with Roncalli and were beaten 28-14 by Lincoln.

Gore High beat Ashburton 22-17 and then produced a big 66-10 victory over Papanui in perfect spring conditions. Gore High takes on Rangiora tomorrow.

At the South Island Secondary Schools netball tournament in Dunedin, Central Southland College had a 34-22 win over St Peters and a 42-27 loss to Blue Mountain College.

Southland Girls' will advance to the top 16 after beating Avonside 46-18 and Rangi Ruru 35-17 in a very physical encounter. Girls' High will take on Marian at 10am with a chance of being top of their pool, with a cross-over game at 3pm.

At the Rankin Cup hockey tournament for boys in Mt Maunganui, Southland Boys' came up against one of the favoured teams, Kings College, and were beaten 6-0. A couple of late goals meant the score didn't really reflect the nature of the game. Boys' High played well and had a number of chances to score. Josh Murrell, Benji Culhane and Max Milne all had good games in a beaten side.

Southland Boys' has made a scratchy start at the New Zealand Football Linwood Cup being hosted in Invercargill. Playing against John McGlashan, Boys' High conceded a sloppy goal just before halftime against the run of play.  John McGlashan proved hard to break down in the second half, with Boys' High managing an equalizer just three minutes from time after some crisp passing saw player of the day Xavier Meurier produce some strong finishing. Boys' High coach Ryan Marshall is hoping for significant improvement in tomorrow's games against Taieri and Cromwell, with hopes of still topping the pool.

James Hargest College lost 3-0 Massey in the morning, but bounced back well with a 6-0 win over South Otago in the afternoon.

Results from day one of the Jenny McDonald secondary schoolgirls hockey tournament in Gore were: Cromwell College 1 Dunstan High School 3; Waitaki Girls' High School 5 Buller High School 0; Papanui High School  2 St Peters Gore 1; Riccarton High School 0 Middleton Grange 0; Taieri College 2 Logan Park 0; SC Rural Combined 3 Dunstan 1; Roncalli College 9 Buller 2; St Kevins 2 St Peters 1.


It was a successful day for James Hargest College and Liam Martin at the NZSS Football Linwood Cup being hosted in Invercargill. Hargest beat Verdon College 6-0 in their morning game, with Martin rattling in five goals. The afternoon saw Hargest beat Central Southland College 8-0 with Martin adding another two goals to his tally.

Southland Boys' recorded wins over Taieri (5-1) and Cromwell (5-0) with Calem Castle scoring a hat trick in each game. Boys' High need a four goal win over Gore High tomorrow (Wednesday) to top pool B. After a wayward peformance on Monday, coach Ryan Marshall was much happier with the way the team struck to its task from the opening whistle until fulltime.

Another day of perfect conditions at the SISS Rural Livestock Junior Rugby tournament in Queenstown saw Central Southland College rack up wins over Geraldine 24-12 and Rangiora 17-0, with Bryce King, Jahn Stodart and Nick Munro having standout games.

Gore High came back from a 21-14 loss to Rangiora to win their quarterfinal against Motueka 18-14. Max Balloch, Jet Schmanski and Lyncoln Fittes scored tries in the win, with Finn Hurley adding a penalty.

At the Zone 4 Junior basketball tournament being held in Timaru, James Hargest College followed up an 81-44 win over Christchurch Girls' and an 86-43 win over Rangi Ruru to advance to a semifinal against Waimea College today. Hargest's defence in the closing minutes saw them take a 66-61 win and put them into the final against Otago Girls'.

At the South Island single sex boys tournament in Blenheim, Southland Boys' went down 26-15 to Christ College. It was a good performance from Boys' High, but they struggled to contain their opponent's backline. Angus Crombie is out after suffering a broken nose. Jack Churstain and Cameron Smith had strong games for Boys' High, who will take on winless Waitaki Boys' tomorrow.

Southland Girls' have topped their pool at the South Island Secondary Schools tournament in Dunedin. They beat Marian 43-25 with all 12 players getting game time. Despite only leading Cashmere by two goals at halftime, Girls' High had a great third quarter and won 42-27. Girls' High's attack has been in good form with Jessica Moreton and Holly Munro solid with their shooting, while the midcourt and defence have also been performing well. Tomorrow they take on South Otago at 11am and St Andrews at 3pm. The top of the pool after those games go into the semifinals.

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At the Jenny McDonald Cup hockey tournament in Gore, the results were: Riccarton 4 Logan Park 1; Taieri 1 Middleton Grange 0; Cromwell 4 South Canterbury Rural 1; Waitaki 6 Roncalli 3; Papanui 1 St Kevins 2; Middleton Grange 4 Logan Park 0; Riccardton 2 Taieri 2.


At the SISS netball tournament in Dunedin, Aparima College heads into the semi-finals tomorrow morning in the C grade section. With strong performances throughout the court on Monday and Tuesday against Rolleston, East Otago and Grey High the girls are looking forward to taking on the unbeaten Amuri College.

Photo: James Hargest v Cashmere at the ILT Hockey Turf. Pic: Nathan Burdon

Photo: James Hargest v Cashmere at the ILT Hockey Turf. Pic: Nathan Burdon

At the SISS Rural Livestock Junior rugby tournament in Queenstown, Gore High came through a hard fought semifinal against Waimea with a 21-17 win to set up a final against St Andrews. Gore played with passion and purpose in the final but were beaten 38-10.

Central Southland College beat Dunstan in the morning round and then suffered a narrow 6-5 loss in the division two final against Roncalli.

Aparima College took out Pool B after dominating the lower grade at the tournament.

At the ILT Football Turf in Invercargill, Southland Boys' will take on Papanui in one semifinal tomorrow after an eventful day of qualifying. Needing to beat Gore High by four goals to top their pool, they scored three goals in the final 10 minutes to win 4-0 and finish ahead of John McGlashan at the top of the pool. The quarterfinal against James Hargest College was a physical encounter. Boys' High scored in the fourth minute and took a 1-0 lead into halftime. Two second half goals saw them win 3-0 and advance to the semifinals on the back of their third clean sheet of the tournament.

At the Jenny McDonald Cup hockey tournament in Gore: Buller High 1 St Peters 7; South Canterbury Rural 0 Logan Park 0; Dunstan 2 Riccarton 1; Cromwell 1 Taieri 0; Waitaki Girls 4 Papanui 1; Roncalli 0 St Kevins 3; Middleton Grange  3 South Canterbury Rural 1; Buller 0 Logan Park 1.

At the South Island single sex boys rugby tournament in Blenheim, the Southland Boys' under 15 team demolished Waitaki Boys' 101-5 in a great team effort with Sam Cavanaugh scoring four tries and kicking nine conversions for a 38-point haul. Marlborough beat Christ College which left three teams on two wins, but Christ College finished first in the pool, with Boys' High second. Boys' High will take on Timaru Boys' tomorrow (Thurs) in a play off for third place overall.

The Southland Boys' High School first V had a win and a loss to start the Zone 4 senior basketball tournament being held at ILT Stadium Southland. Boys' High lost 101-78 to Middleton Grange in their opening game, but bounced back to beat Papanui 101-82.


At the South Island senior basketball tournament being held in Invercargill, Southland Boys' lost 70-55 to Rangiora, but turned around to beat St Thomas of Canterbury 64-62.

At the South Island secondary schools netball tournament in Dunedin, Southland Girls' went down 39-26 to Villa Maria. Aparima College beat Waimate High School 27-25 in the C grade final and Menzies College won the B grade.

Photo: C Grade winners Aparima College. Pic: Supplied

Photo: C Grade winners Aparima College. Pic: Supplied




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