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A full wrap-up from Winter Tournament Week

Badminton:

The Premier Badminton team played two matches on the first day of national tournament in Porirua.

The team met Wellington College in their opening match, winning this comfortably 6-0. They followed this result up with another solid performance against Palmerston Boys' High School, winning all doubles and singles matches to secure another 6-0 victory.

On Tuesday they played Kristin School and Otago Boys High School, winning both matches 6-0.

With a draw to Macleans College and a win over Rangitoto College on Wednesday, the team met Westlake Boys' High School on Thursday in the final of the championships. A 5-1 victory to Westlake meant the Premier team are National runners-up for 2019.

Form 7 student N. Zhang, the team's top ranked player, was unable to play due to an eye injury from the semi-final, meaning the remainder of the team played against players of a higher rank. A highlight was Form 5 student S. X. Lin giving an incredible performance to win his singles match in a three-setter.

Basketball:

Junior Premier: The Junior Premier Basketball team started their National Zone Championships with a strong 98-77 win over Liston College.

Their second game saw the team continue this form with a 90-60 victory over St Peter's College. Both games witnessed all team members gaining court time to allow rotation of players during the longer tournament games.

With only two teams in their pool, this meant the team finished top and crossed over in the quarter final against Mount Albert Grammar School on Sunday evening. After a strong start, the Junior Premier team went on to beat Mt Albert 97-54 in an impressive shooting performance and met Westlake Boys' High School in the semi-finals.

A superb performance by the Junior Basketball team saw them beat Westlake Boys' High School 113-61 in the semi-final. The team concluded the first quarter ahead 39-10 and continued throughout the match in the same vein. The contribution from the bench was impressive with all players getting valuable minutes without the intensity dropping at any stage.

The Junior Premier Basketball team lost to Rangitoto College 77-86 yesterday in the final of the National Junior Zone Championships.

After a poor start, the team were 9-0 down within the first two minutes, but fought back to be within three points at the end of the first quarter. Both teams spent the next two quarters trading baskets with the lead fluctuating at different times, but Grammar were again down by three at the end of the third quarter.

Unfortunately, Rangitoto began the final period with a flurry of baskets which the Grammar team couldn't claw back eventually losing by just nine points, seeing the Junior Basketball team end up in second place overall.

Senior Premier: The Senior Premier Basketball team played the Zone 1 (Northern) regional tournament during Winter Tournament Week. The top seven sides from this competition qualify for the National Tournament in Palmerston North in the Term 3 holidays.

Grammar had a series of excellent results over the first three days of pool play, posting big victories over Mount Roskill Grammar School (82-59), Sacred Heart College (111-51), King's College (118-57), and Avondale College (108-51) before an outstanding 84-70 win over recent Auckland champions, Rangitoto College.

The quarter-final saw a comfortable win for the team over Liston College (105-77), before the side fell in the semi-final to St Kent's College (68-99). However, they recovered later in the day to beat Westlake Boys' High School and finish third overall, which is one better than last year.

Form 7 student J. K. K. H. Mete averaged 16 points per game, with Form 5 student D. C. Boyd, Form 7 student I. Tela and captain C. B. Ngan the other big contributors on offense. Form 5 students C. E. Landon and L. A. Vea, and Form 6 student C. J. A. Ward provided the defensive platform.

The team will go into nationals as the second seed in a challenging Pool D, behind St John's of Hamilton and ahead of Rangitoto College, St Andrew's College, Shirley Boys' High School, and Whangarei Boys' High School.

Cycling:

The Cycling Northern Tour took place over the weekend and included an individual time trial, Hill Climb up Mount Wellington and criterium.

The junior cyclists all put in extremely impressive performances in the time trial, with Form 3 students N. P. Boness first, Q. R. Gardiner-Hall third and D. Morton fifth. In the senior Under 17 race, Grammar students took out four of the top six places with Form 5 student D. F. Barclay third, and Form 6 students C. N. Boness fourth and J. S. Rackham fifth. In the Under 20 grade, Form 7 student O. H. Grave put in an excellent performance to finish fifth overall.

In the Mount Wellington hill climb in the Under 14 grade, Morton produced an excellent ride to finish first with N. P. Boness third. Form 6 student T. H. W. Waters produced the ride of the day in the Under 17 grade to win with Form 5 student C. J. Worrall third.

On Sunday, riders completed the final stage of the Northern Tour - the criterium. In the Under 14 grade N. P. Boness produced a strong sprint finish to finish third with Morton fifth and Form 3 student C. D. Scarlett eighth. The Under 17 riders again showed the strength in depth of the squad with Grammar taking out seven of the top 14 places with Barclay second, C. N. Boness third, Rackham fourth and Waters sixth.

In the overall classifications, N. P. Boness and D. Morton finished second and third respectively in the Under 14 grade. In the Under 16B grade, Form 4 student T. D. Hiddleston finished second with Form 6 student C. M. J. Dalton finishing first in the Under 17B grade. In the Under 17 A grade Grammar claimed five of the top eight places with Barclay second, C. N. Boness fourth, Waters fifth, Rackham sixth and Worrall seventh.

Fencing:

The National Men's Individual Sabre began on Friday with Form 6 students D. J. Z. Evans and A. L. Lim just finishing outside of the top 10.

In the Men's team sabre, the School defeated St Bernard's College of Wellington 45-30, before narrowly losing 45-37 to the Macleans College A team, who went on to take first place. Grammar came third in points but placed fourth overall due to a truncated table resulting in several bye games.

Saturday featured the Men's Individual Foil with many Grammar fencers competing. The top performance went to Form 7 student B. E. Peltola, who had back-to-back victories against Grammar's Zhu and the top-seeded foilist from Scots College, to reach the quarter finals and come seventh overall amongst exceptional talent.

Football:

The 1st XI Football team played two games on the first day of their national tournament in Napier. The team faced Napier Boys' High School in the morning and struggled to get in the groove of the requirements of a national tournament campaign, drawing the match 3-3.

Their second match of the day was early afternoon where they faced Hamilton Boys' High School. The team secured a 1-0 win to keep their hopes alive to qualify for the round of 16.

The 1st XI Football team played their last pool play match against St Patrick's College Silverstream and secured a 2-0 victory to qualify top of their pool.

This put them into the round of 16 where they met Hutt International High School. The frantic pace at the start of this match saw the scores locked at 1-1. While the 1st XI dominated, they didn't score again until the second half when they scored twice to secure a 3-1 victory and a place in the quarter final against Nelson College on Wednesday.

Wednesday saw the team gain a strong victory with a 4-0 win over Nelson College, followed by a 2-0 over King's High School in the semi-final on Thursday to progress into the national final on Friday against Sacred Heart College.

The team played extraordinary football throughout the week and this continued in the final where they lead 1-0 well into the second half. Sacred Heart secured an equaliser and at the conclusion of ordinary time the scores were locked at 1-1. 

Two extra periods of 10 minutes then followed and Sacred Heart scored from a penalty to secure the win and the 1st XI were runners up at their National Tournament. 

Hockey:

1st XI: The 1st XI Hockey team also played two games in pool play on Monday. The morning game was against Hastings Boys' High School, a game they won 4 -2.

The team then played their second game of the day against Westlake Boys' High School and lost this fixture 5-0 after a strong first half where they dominated play, created good goal scoring chances including four penalty corners, but couldn't convert these into goals.

Their final pool match was against Pukekohe High School. They played with intensity and applied pressure on the opposition and this turned into goals in the second quarter where they led 5-0 by half time.

Captain O. L. Schnauer secured a hat trick in the third quarter, and the team continued to apply pressure and earned second place in the pool and entry into the round of 16 with a 9-0 victory.

After playing St Kent's College on Wednesday in their round of 16 match, the team lost 2-4 via a penalty shootout, to head into the playoffs for ninth to 16th place.

The team secured a sound 3-1 win over Tauranga Boys' College, to play for ninth to 12th position, before losing to New Plymouth Boys' High School 3-1 on penalties and Christ's College 3-2.

The 1st XI Hockey team finished their National Tournament, the Rankin Cup, in 12th place. 

Under 15: The Under 15A Hockey team played their first pool play game against Hastings Boys' High School, winning 4-2. They then played John McGlashan College in their final pool play match. John McGlashan went into half-time leading 1-0. Grammar dominated play in the second half, but weren't clinical in the attacking circle, however scored the equaliser three minutes before full-time.

As a consequence of the draw, the Under 15 team qualified second in their pool because of goal-difference and met St. Andrew's College, Christchurch in their quarter-final on Tuesday morning. The team dominated possession and scored two goals to secure the victory 2-0 and a semi-final match against Westlake Boys' High School.

Westlake dominated the first half leading 3-0 at the break, and the score blew out to an 8-0 with lessons for the team from a match of this nature. The team then played Palmerston North Boys' High School in the playoff for third and fourth place. The scores were tied 3-3 at the end of the game which meant that a penalty shootout ensued. Crucial saves made by Form 4 student M. J. Ready in goal ensured that Grammar won the shootout 3-2, and the team then finished in third place overall.

Rugby:

The Under 15A Rugby team started their national invitational tournament in Napier well by winning both games day 1. They scored first against a strong Christchurch Boys' High School team in the morning game and went on to win 24-12 .

The afternoon fixture was again a tough one against Otago Boys' High School. The team had to defend for long periods and then take their chances, but they won this tight game 22-19.

The Under 15A Rugby team played their final pool match against Palmerston North Boys' and chose to rest some players for matches ahead of them. Another well-fought game was played, and a very close 14-12 victory to Palmerston North. However, they managed to qualify for the quarter-finals and will play Napier Boys' High School on Wednesday.

After drawing 10-10 with Napier Boys' High School, the team went onto to play Rotorua Boys' High School and lost 28-19, meaning they would take on New Plymouth Boys' High School for seventh and eighth place.

A low-scoring game against New Plymouth Boys' High School meant the team finished their National Tournament in eighth place. The team played with determination and can be proud of the way they competed throughout the week.

Table Tennis:

The Premier table Tennis team had a busy first day at National Championships in Tauranga.

They had strong performances in all four matches on the day, beating Macleans College's B team (5-2), Botany Downs Secondary College (7-0) and Burnside High School's B team 5-2 before facing Macleans College's A side in the evening.

This was the toughest match of the day against the second seeds. The scores were locked at 2-2, before Grammar took the lead 3-2, and eventually lost in a closely fought encounter 4-3.

On Tuesday, the team played Westlake Boys' High School, winning 5-2, and then top-seeded and current title-holders Burnside High School A, losing 4-0..

In the play-offs for third and fourth placings, the team played second-seeded Macleans College. The team played with determination and motivation to beat the higher seeds 6-1 to place third overall.

The team received their Bronze medals together with a special mention by the tournament organisers.

In the Individuals (Singles) Under 15 competition, Form 4 student D. D. Guo (seeded third for the event) played well to reach the final by dispatching the second-seeded player from Macleans College in three straight sets. Guo then went on to win Gold by beating the top-seeded player from Westlake Boys' High School in a tight final coming back from two match points against him to win 3-2 - a stellar performance.

Weightlifting:

The New Zealand Secondary Schools Weightlifting Championships took place over the weekend with seven Grammar students competing. All seven lifters achieved a personal best, with the following results:

  • Form 4 student J. Z. L. Cook received Gold in the Under 15 73kg class
  • Form 4 student H. J. Mortimer received Gold in the Under 15 89kg class, including a national record
  • Form 5 student A. J. Greenbury gained Silver in the Open 89kg class
  • The team placed third equal overall, equalling their placing from the 2018 tournament
  • Form 6 student G. B. J. Brown narrowly missed out on the Bronze in the Open 73kg class. He managed to lift the bar, however his elbow grazed his knee at the bottom of the clean part of the clean and jerk, resulting in a 'no lift'.

 

Our thanks go to our staff who gave of their time to coach and manage teams competing at regional and national tournaments around the country last week. It is a sacrifice that is made to give our young men the opportunity to compete at the highest level in the sport they love.

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