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More than 50 teams from across Southland’s secondary schools are competing in tournaments from Palmerston North to Invercargill this week. Remember to check in as we provide daily updates from around the country from Winter Tournament Week.


NZ under 19 golf - Cromwell

Southland golfer Liam Hewitt produced a 70 in the final round and then won a playoff to claim the New Zealand under 19 title after starting the day two shots in arrears.

Luke Harvey produced a 76 to finish 39th.

Audrey Timlin hockey - Timaru

James Hargest College enjoyed the territorial advantage in their semfinal against Lincoln High School but couldn’t turn into into goals. They went on to lose 4-1 and will playoff against St Hildas for third place.

Rankin Cup hockey - Christchurch

Southland Boys’ High School beat Rongotai College 3-1, dominating the game throughout for a deserved victory. That result left Boys’ High needing to beat Pakuranga College today to qualify for next year’s Rankin Cup.

SISS Junior Rugby - Christchurch

Southland Boys’ High School took on Nelson College for third place. Boys’ High played well in the wet conditions, with fullback Rico Muliaina having an outstanding game at fullback gaining plenty of metres on counter-attack. Two first half tries to Tain Niania helped Boys’ High to a 12-5 lead at the break. Caleb Williams scored after halftime to extend the lead, but Nelson fought back to get within seven points. JJ Fisher scored in the final quarter to relieve the pressure and help set up a 26-12 win, with Boys’ High finishing third overall. Christ’s College beat Timaru Boys’ 17-12 in the final. Southland Boys’ High School and Kings High, from Dunedin, will co-host the tournament next year.


Linwood Cup football - Dunedin

Southland Boys’ High School completed a 3-2 win over Menzies College with Sebastian Castillo Viveros scoring two goals and Dylan Lee adding the other for Boys’ High. That set up a playoff for 17th position against Dunstan, with Boys’ High losing that game 6-nil. All Dunstan’s goals were scored in the first half, so the coaching staff were pleased with the way the team fought until the end.

Gore High beat Logan Park 1-nil on Wednesday night.

SISS Netball - Nelson

James Hargest have taken out the B grade section after a come-from-behind win over Riccarton High School. The final score was 31-29, leaving Hargest with a perfect winning record from their eight games.

Aparima College had a good win against Mackenzie College 34-19 and a 40-25 loss to Garin College to set up a playoff for 21-24th placing in B grade.

SISS Junior Rugby - Christchurch

Southland Boys’ High School had a hard fought battle against Christ College in miserable conditions. Boys’ High took an early lead with a well-worked try in the corner to Dorian Walker. Christ College managed a first half try on the back of their big forward pack and a series of pick and go drives and the score was 7-5 at halftime.

Boys’ High had two other potential tries disallowed in somewhat controversial circumstances which proved pivotal as Christ College converted a penalty from out in front to win the game 15-12. Boys’ High were set to play Nelson College for third place, with Christ College taking on Timaru Boys’ in the final.

NZSS Football Lotto Girls - Invercargill

The Aurora Combined team completed a pleasing week despite losing to Southland Girls’ High School on penalties in their final game. Aurora Combined had the first lead of the game after a great pressure goal from Jacabeth McBride. Girls’ High levelled the score at 1-all and would go on to win on penalties. It was a good week for the Aurora Combined team, which included students from Verdon, Waiau and Central Southland and the initiative could be continued in the future.

NZ Under 19 Golf - Cromwell

Luke Harvey will go through to the final round after shooting a second round 80 to be in 45th position. Connor Fowle shot 83, Josh Cooper shot 84, and George Prendergast from Te Anau shot 84, with the trio missing the cut.

Liam Hewitt, no longer at school but still eligible for the under 19 tournament, had a blinder in this second round with a 66 which has left him two just shots off the lead in fourth position heading into the final round.


SISS U15 Rugby

Southland Boys’ High School fought back from 13-5 down at halftime yesterday against a big Marlborough Boys’ team. A superb solo try from hooker Rico Fisher helped swing the momentum. A 38m penalty from Stirling McKelvie on the fulltime whistle sealed the win. The last pool game is against Christ College, with the winner to play the final on Thursday.

Central Southland College scored two late tries to beat Menzies College 31-21, after Menzies had led for most of the game.

NZSS Audrey Timlin hockey - Timaru

James Hargest struggled in the heat yesterday. Despite having the better of the game offensively, Hargest could not find the back of the net against Marion College, who had lost their first two games.

Marion won 2-1, but Hargest still qualified for the top eight - the highest level the team has achieved since moving up to the Audrey Timlin tournament four years ago.

NZSS Linwood Cup football - Dunedin

James Hargest have beaten Dunstan 5-2 and drawn 1-all with Rangiora. This left them second in their group and out of semifinal contention, but are guaranteed to finish in the top eight out of 20 teams.

Hargest take on Geraldine at 7pm tonight with the chance of playing off for fifth place.

Southland Boys’ High School lost 5-1 to Hillmorton last night and also lost George Naylor to a broken collarbone. Boys’ High played well to keep the scoreline respectable, with Daniel Titter, Jed Mockford and Sebastian Castillo Viveros all having strong games.

The afternoon saw a 10-1 loss to Kings, who went chasing goals in order to qualify in top spot. Sebastian Castillo Viveros scored Boys’ High sole goal.

Wakatipu enjoyed a 2-1 quarterfinal win over Nayland and then beat Timaru Boys’ in the semifinal 4-2 on penalties after the two teams were locked at nil-all after regulation time.

Gore High School lost 2-nil to John McGlashan yesterday and beat South Otago High School 3-1 today, and are scheduled to play Logan Park tonight.

NZSS Lotto Girls football - Invercargill

Aurora Combined found the going tough against a good Queens team, losing 4-nil. Kate Schurmans kept Aurora in the game with some great keeping. Aurora Combined will play for 13th position in a rematch against Southland Girls’ High School tomorrow at 9am.

SISS Netball - Nelson

James Hargest Gold A are through to the top four finals, a great effort considering they went into the tournament ranked 21st. Hargest produced a close win in the rain against Fiordland College before convincingly beating Motueka 27-15 in the afternoon. They take on top seed Waimea tomorrow.

NZSS Golf - Cromwell

With the under 19 tournament getting underway, Luke Harvey shot a 75 to be 29th overall. Te Anau’s George Prendergast shot 79 to be 56th, Connor Fowle shot 81 to be 66th, Josh Cooper shot 82 to be sitting 72nd in a field of 104. While no longer at school, Liam Hewitt still qualifies as an under 19 and is also competing, he shot 74 and is sitting 24th. The competition includes a second round tomorrow followed by a cut for the Friday round.

Rankin Cup hockey - Christchurch

Southland Boys’ High School had a great performance against Wellington College, but went down 4-1 against a big, physical team. The two teams shared the honours 1-all at halftime, with Wellington going ahead 3-1 with eight minutes left. Boys’ High subbed their keeper with three minutes left to try and make up the deficit and Wellington scored a late goal. Boys’ High takes on Rongotai College tomorrow at 8am.


NZSS Football - Invercargill

Aurora Combined came back from being 1-nil down at halftime to beat Southland Girls’ High School 2-1, with goals to Jacabeth McBride and Ella Crowe.

It was a great team effort for a combined team drawn from Aurora, Verdon, Central Southland and Waiau, playing just their third game together.

The Aurora side takes on Queens tomorrow at 11am.

SISS Junior Rugby - Christchurch

Gore High School had a win and a loss on the second day of the three day tournament in Christchurch, winning 12-5 over an unnamed opponent in the morning and losing 54-nil to a dominant St Andrews in the afternoon.

Menzies College lost 22-19 to a well-drilled Blue Mountain College in their morning game, conceding two early tries in a slow start. A late try to Mana Kamo in the first half swung the momentum Menzies’ way and a well-worked try early in the second half gave them an opportunity to grab the win, but BMC’s defence held strong.

Linwood Cup football - Dunedin

An absorbing clash between Southland Boys’ High School and Verdon College saw Verdon take a 2-1 win.

The two teams had shared the honours in two games during the local College League, so there was plenty of interest in this result, with much of the play coming in the first 25 minutes.

Boys’ High take on Hillmorton at 7pm tonight.

James Hargest draw nil-all with Logan Park yesterday and beat Dunstan 5-2 today. If they beat Rangiora tomorrow they will finish in the top eight.

Rankin Cup hockey - Christchurch

Southland Boys’ lost both games today, but were competitive throughout.

After conceding two early goals against New Plymouth Boys’, Boys’ High produced two tight quarters which featured end to end hockey. Two soft goals were conceded late in the piece for a 4-nil loss.

In their second game, against Wairarapa College, the two teams were locked together at 2-all going into the last quarter. Wairarapa scored with eight minutes left on the clock. Boys’ High created several chances to draw level but couldn’t convert.

SISS Netball - Nelson

James Hargest Gold A produced two wins on day two in Nelson to qualify for the top 16.

They produced a 37-12 win over Aparima and a 40-16 win over Queens High School.

Aparima College bounced back from their loss to beat Kaikorai Valley 27-15.

Central Southland College A has also made the top 16 after beating Avonside Girls 34-25 after standout games by Riley Ballantyne at centre and Jaime Anderson at goal attack.

CSC’s afternoon game turned into a nailbiter with Ashburton claiming a 33-32 win. CSC led 20-16 at halftime but struggled in the third quarter. Tomorrow CSC takes on Rangiora and Nelson GIrls’.

Coaches Cup hockey - Ashburton

St Peters have opened their account with a 6-2 win over Tairei College. Ted Nelson and Sam Stevenson had standout games for the Gore team.


NZSS Golf finals - Cromwell

Southland Boys’ High School has finished 15th at the New Zealand secondary schools golf championships in Cromwell, with the under 19 event starting today.

The team’s competition was played over two rounds, with Luke Harvey shooting a combined 162 to place 31 out of 67. Josh Cooper shot 165 and was placed 38th, while Connor Fowle shot 170 and was 49th. Ollie Piggott, a year 8 student, shot 211 and was 65th.

Meanwhile, James Hargest had a big opening day at the Audrey Timlin hockey tournament in Timaru yesterday.

They started with a 2-all draw with Craighead before taking on Cashmere in the afternoon. After scoring two earl goals to take a 2-nil lead into the third quarter, Cashmere hit back with a successful penalty corner before getting another one back from a penalty stroke. With five minutes left in the game, Hargest scored to make the game safe at 4-2 and ensured they finished top of their pool. Hargest takes on Marion College today for a place in the top eight finals.

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James Hargest have been involved in arguably the best game of South Island junior girls basketball tournament, going down by five goals in their semifinal to Waimea.

The game was a repeat of last year’s semifinal, and also finished with the same margin.

Hargest played well but had a tentative start and couldn’t hit their straps. Coach Lucy Kean was impressed with the development of all her squad, who will play off for third spot this afternoon. At the conclusion of the tournament, Laura Jackson, Madison Tinnock and Holly Cunliffe will fly north to Nelson to bolster the Hargest senior team, coached by Bert Tobia, for their tournament.


Central Southland College made a strong start to the South Island secondary schools tournament in Christchurch today with two wins.

The team had plenty to play for following the news former coach Blair Vining had been successful in influencing the introduction of a national cancer plan.

After a sluggish start against Greymouth High School, Jordan van Miltenburg impressed with a runaway try from the opposition’s 22m. A strong game from lock Connor Wilson helped CSC secure a 21-17 win.

With confidence levels high, Zacson Murray, Josh Gill, and captain Mackenzie Hunter had standout games against Opihi College, the 40-7 win and no injuries setting the team up for tomorrow’s matches.

Gore High got their campaign in Christchurch off to a mixed start with a win and a loss.

After being tied 12-all with Roncalli at halftime, Gore High scored all the second half points to win 31-12 before going down 42-5 to a strong Dunstan team in the afternoon.

Menzies College produced a hard-fought 29-24 win over Wakatipu, with Hunter Richards setting up three tries with his kicking game. Cameron Slatery, Ryan Crump, Kegan Sutherland (2) and Lachlan Stewart all dotted down for Menzies.

Trailing 14-5 against Westland, Menzies produced a strong comeback to grab a 33-all draw, with Mana Kamo scoring a try with time up on the clock.

Southland Boys’ High School had to weather a big Waitaki Boys’ High School forward pack, but eventually found some space out wide to win 53-5. No 8 Jack Churstain scored four tries, with winger Devan Clark and centre Michael Gillies both grabbing a brace.

A masterful game plan from coach Lucy Kean was executed perfectly by the James Hargest team at the South Island secondary schools junior basketball tournament in Dunedin, securing a 94-39 quarter-final win over St Margarets.

Special note to Laura Jackson who locked down the main threat from St Margarets, expertly backed up by Neave Rowland. Maddison Tinnock, Ruby Stewart, Kiana Collet, Lilly SImone and Holly Cunliffe, paved the way for Kate Wallace, Lucy Archer and Azaria Molioo to close out the game and set up a semi-final against Waimea tonight.

The New Zealand secondary schools football tournament, the Linwood Cup, got underway in Dunedin today, and includes a number of Southland teams.

Southland Boys’ High School suffered a 2-nil first up loss to Roncalli College after giving up a goal either side of halftime.

Jed Mockford was a standout for Boys’ High.

Boys’ High will take on Verdon tomorrow at 2pm, the two teams having taken a win each in two previous encounters during this year’s College League.

Wakatipu made a strong start with a 5-nil win over Buller before going down 2-nil to Papanui College in their afternoon game.

James Hargest earned a 2-all draw with St Kevins, with Liam Martin scoring both of Hargest’s goals.

Gore High were beaten 3-1 by Trident High and 2-1 by Geraldine.

Southland Girls’ High School had two losses to open the New Zealand Secondary Schools girls football tournament being hosted in Invercargill.

Girls’ High lost 3-1 to Mt Aspiring, with Ella Humphrey scoring for the home team and Ashlynn Scherp and Tara Ballie producing standout games on defence.

Girls’ High’s second encounter was a tight 1-nil loss to Villa Maria. Tara Baillie and Joey Sheppard both had strong defensive games with Ella Humphrey putting in a huge amount of work up front for little reward.

The Aurora College combined team, which includes players from Verdon, Central Southland and Waiau, giving a range of players who might not otherwise have been able to play in the tournament, produced a pleasing opening day despite only coming together at short notice.

On the back of just two training runs, the team pushed Villa Maria all the way before losing 3-2 and fought hard in a 4-nil loss to Mt Aspiring. A massive match against Southland Girls’ High School looms tomorrow.

Playing in the New Zealand secondary schools hockey tournament, the Rankin Cup, in Christchurch, Southland Boys’ High School were in trouble early against Auckland’s Kings College, trailing 2-nil in the first quarter. The team showed plenty of heart to restrict the final score to 3-nil. They take on New Plymouth Boys’ High and Wairarapa College tomorrow.

Gore High School kicked off the South Island secondary schools netball tournament in Nelson with two wins, a 39-16 victory over Kaikorai Valley and a 31-25 win over Queens.

James Hargest Gold A beat Middleton Grange 34-26 and Cromwell 42-26.

Aparima College lost 33-19 to Cromwell and 42-28 to Middleton Grange, but did manage to get their photos taken with some Netball World Cup silverware.



James Hargest have finished top of their pool at the South Island secondary schools junior basketball tournament in Dunedin.

Hargest beat Greymouth 93-47 despite illness and injury ruling out a couple of players. With the full squad being rotated, Hargest produced an excellent all round display on attack and defence.

A high foul count by both teams was a feature of the afternoon game against Rangiora, with both teams making regular visits to the free throw line.

Clutch threes from Kiana Collet and Kate Wallace helped support forwards Azaria Molioo and Lucy Archer.

Fellow forward Ruby Stewart has stepped up her defence is came up with some important steals.

Guards Holly Cunliffe, Neave Rowlands and Lilly Simone were led by Laura Jackson causing havoc in the midcourt with timely steals and intelligent decisions on office.

In another display of her versatility, Madison Tinnock showed she could play both forward and guard, bringing the ball up and playing inside.

Hargest closed out the game 87-43 to cement top place in their pool for Lucy Kean’s team, advancing to a cross-over quarter final game against St Margarets tomorrow at 12.30pm.


James Hargest has gotten off to a strong start at the South Island secondary schools junior basketball tournament in Dunedin.

Hargest beat a strong Cashmere team which finished second in the Canterbury junior competition 72-42.

Lilly Simone produced a series of outstanding blocks which allowed guards Laura Jackson, Hollie Cunliffe, Neave Rowland and Kiana Collet to get out and run the floor.

There was also solid performances from Maddison Tinnock and Ruby Stewart from inside the paint during an extremely physical first half.

Masterful coaching from Lucy Kean saw the rotation of Kate Wallace, Lucy Archer and Azaria Molioo and their injection into the game provided additional stability on defence and kept the score ticking over.

The tournament continues until September 3.

The New Zealand Indoor Bowls tournament gets underway tomorrow, featuring teams from Aurora and Verdon, with most other competitions getting underway from Monday.

Invercargill is hosting the Lotto Sportswear New Zealand Secondary Schools girls football tournament, with local teams including Southland Girl’s High School, Gore High, Menzies and James Hargest.

The tournament starts on Monday.

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