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Hamilton Exchange - 30 May 2012
For the first time in recent years the Hamilton Sports and Cultural Exchange was contested in perfect conditions.
The Exchange has grown over time and now 22 matches take place both at Auckland Grammar School and at Hamilton Boys’ High School.
This year Grammar took out the Exchange winning 14 matches, with Hamilton winning 6 matches and two draws.
Grammar dominated the Basketball with 2 convincing wins. The Premier’s winning 92 – 79 with M Kelly top scoring with 38 points. The Under 16 team were very dominant winning 100 – 50.
The Squash team continued its stranglehold on this exchange winning 5 – 1. At Badminton Hall the junior team won 6 – 0 and the seniors were equally impressive winning 5 games to 1.
The AGS Chess teams proved they will be amongst the best in the country, with the junior team winning 14 – 2 and the seniors 16 – 0. Also at Grammar the debates were squared with the junior team winning and the seniors losing.
The Golf Team were beaten 9 – 3 and in the newest sport introduced to this fixture last year, the AGS Cycling Team won both the junior and senior races.
Football won three of the four games, with the 1st X1 winning 3 – 2, the 2nd X1 winning 1 – 0. Whilst in the junior games our 13th Grade team won 3 – 1 and the 14th Grade team drew 1 – 1.
Hamilton Boys’ High School Hockey dominated the three games with only the 2nd X1 managing a draw 1 – 1. The Under 15 team lost 3 – 0 and the 1st X1 losing 4 – 2.
The Under 15 team flew the flag for Grammar rugby with a 31 – 10 win over Hamilton. The 2nd XV were guilty of not turning pressure into points losing 7 – 0, whilst in a game where the lead swapped several times the 1st XV were eventually overpowered by a very accurate Hamilton 1st XV 30 – 24. This was the AGS 1st XV’s first loss of the season, however it was a performance the side could be proud of.
I must thank all the Grammar students involved for the way they played and the way they conducted themselves on and off the field.
Mr G Hansen
Director of Sport
Sport at Auckland Grammar
New pupils to the school will soon realise that there are many sports and activities in which they are able to participate. It is our intention to ensure that as many boys as possible take an active part in these co-curricular activities as this will enable them to reap the benefit of the coaching offered by the large number of staff who commit themselves to sport in the school.
The traditional sports at the school are Rugby (50 All Blacks), Soccer, Hockey, Cricket, Athletics and Tennis, though in recent years Cycling, Basketball, Badminton, Waterpolo, Weightlifting, Cross Country and Multisport events have all emerged as strong codes as well. In 2004 Hamish Carter was our first Old Boy to win a Gold Medal at the Olympics.
The school has always had, and will continue to have, exceptional success in sporting activities. In the past ten years Auckland Grammar School teams have been New Zealand Champions in 1st XV Rugby, Soccer, Hockey, Cycling, Wrestling, Weightlifting, Rowing, Tennis, Orienteering, Yachting, Chess, Golf, Table tennis and Under 15 Rugby. This success over the years can be attributed to the dedication of a large number of very competent and highly motivated staff, excellent facilities and the sportsmen themselves.
Consistently, each year, we field over five hundred in Auckland Secondary School competitions with representation in 50 different sports. In 2010, this represented a total of over 3000 players over winter and summer sports supported by a full commitment from ninety plus staff in coaching and managerial roles.
Boys from this school have gone on to represent their Province and New Zealand in a wide range of sports and this has been achieved through
• hard work
• positive attitude
Being a member of a school sports team brings responsibility. Pupils are required to:
• Attend meetings promptly
• To attend practices on time
• To wear the correct playing uniform with pride
• To have a responsible and positive attitude
• Once you have entered into a sport you re committed to that team for the entire year.
On the noticeboard outside this gym is a list of sports offered and the Master to see if boys are interested in playing a particular sport. If you have any queries regarding any of these, please see Mr G. Hansen, the Director of Sport or Mr J Fennelly, the Third Form Dean.
Above all else, all pupils are encouraged to get involved in one or more of these activities and remember that the enjoyment gained from playing the sport is the most important thing - not the winning or the losing, just the playing.
Director of Sport
Auckland Grammar School