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Report: Winter Tournament Week (Day 2)

Winter Tournament Week Day 2 (Tuesday 30 August):

The Under 15 Basketball team were named Northern Regional Champions on Tuesday after defeating St Peter’s College 92-83 in a hard-fought final. This is a fantastic result for the team after narrowly losing in the Auckland Championship final last week, and was a great way for the team to cap off their season.

The Premier Badminton team played two matches yesterday. They began with a strong 5-1 win over Rangitoto College, but lost 5-1 to Westlake Boys’ High School in their afternoon game. Today (Wednesday) the team play highly ranked Macleans College in what will be a key fixture in deciding their final national placing, before playing Palmerston North Boys’ High School this afternoon. The team will then finish their national campaign with two further games on Thursday.

The 1st XI Football team began their final pool match against Scot’s College poorly, conceding three goals in the first 20 minutes of the match. The team recovered and played much better in the second half, but were only able to claw back two goals to lose 3-2. This meant the 1st XI missed out on the top 16 by goal difference. On Tuesday afternoon the team played St Patrick’s Silverstream and failed to bounce back from missing the Round of 16, losing 2-1 after failing to capitalise on a number of chances. Today the team play Rathkeale College and have further games on Thursday and Friday.

The 1st XI Hockey team put on a dominant performance against St Peter’s College to win 7-0 and in doing so guaranteed themselves a place in the Round of 16. In their final pool game against Westlake Boys’ High School yesterday afternoon, the team were soundly beaten 5-0 and were unfortunately unable to take any of the chances they created. Today the team play a round of 16 game against Hamilton Boys’ High School and will continue with one playoff match per day through to the end of the tournament on Saturday.

The Under 15 Rugby team had one game yesterday, securing a convincing 29-8 win over Wesley College. This result saw the team finish top of their pool and they will play Rotorua Boys’ High School in a quarter-final this afternoon (Wednesday). Their competition continues with playoff matches on Thursday and Friday.

The Premier Table Tennis team was named the National Team Champions after a strong second day of play. The team started the day with dominant 4-0 wins over both Macleans College and Botany Downs Secondary College in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively, before playing top seeds Westlake Boys’ High School in the final. The team performed exceptionally well win 4-2 against their highly favoured opponents and claim the national team title. Today (Wednesday) the team continues their tournament in the Individual National Championship competition.

Today sees the Premier Basketball team begin their Regional Championships with games against Pakuranga and Northcote Colleges. This tournament runs through until Saturday and doubles as a qualifying event for the upcoming National Championships, so the team are focussed and determined to do well.

The Fencing, Weightlifting, and Cycling individual time trial national championships will begin over the long weekend and we wish all teams well who are competing.