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Traditional Exchanges

During Term 2, over 500 students have competed in two annual traditional exchanges with New Plymouth Boys High School (away) and against Hamilton Boys High School at home.

New Plymouth Boys High School report - Tuesday 18 May 2021


The Premier Basketball team had a very tight encounter against New Plymouth, losing 70-68 in the last play of the game.

Team members stepped up with two starting players unavailable, and the match see-sawed throughout all four quarters in a well-fought encounter.

Top scorers were Form 7 student J. T. Todd with 31 and Form 6 student C. R. Brown with 12.

Cross Country

30 students competed on a very wet and slippery course. The course itself is a challenging 4.5 km track.

Senior Prefect J. W. Tohaia once again performed strongly to win the senior race. There were also impressive performances from Form 5 students Q. R. Gardner-Hall, J. A. Mora and J. E. M. Park who solidly secured the win for Grammar in their race.

C. P. Wagener was first in the Form 3 race, and second overall in the Junior race, with a Form 4 New Plymouth runner just ahead of him. Despite the wins in the Form 5 and Form 7 races, the total points gave New Plymouth the overall win.


The 1st XI Football team opened their game well but failed to capitalise on the early chances created. Instead, the team took an early lead that was short lived when Form 6 student S. M. F. Clegg and Form 7 student R. M. S. Davies scored two goals each to put Grammar 4-1 ahead. Some complacency resulted in New Plymouth bringing the score line back to 4 - 3 by the half time break.

Early in the second half, Clegg and Form 7 student K. E. F. Muller both scored to extend the lead before New Plymouth replied. In a high scoring fixture, Clegg secured a fourth goal to close the game and secure a 7-4 victory.


The School's Golf team sadly recorded a 1.5 - 6.5 loss to New Plymouth Boys.


The 1st XI Hockey team fought well in the first half to secure the lion's share of possession and created multiple scoring opportunities. Form 7 student C. J. Matthew opened the scoring through an excellent field goal to secure a 1-0 led at the break.

The second half saw New Plymouth apply pressure, however Grey in goal kept the lead intact. The team remained patient and retained the majority of possession and scored a second goal through Form 6 student J. W. Pooley. Form 7 student T. J. Tairua-Doyle followed this up with a third goal through a penalty corner.

New Plymouth fought back with a well converted penalty corner of their own to close the score line. In the closing minutes of the match, Form 7 student J. A. De Wilde secured a further field goal to close the match with a sound 4-1 win.

Rugby - 1st XV

The 1st XV started well in wet and windy conditions with Form 7 student E. S. F. F. O. T. Filimoehala regathered an attacking kick from Captain R. O. Williams to score next to the posts. Williams kicked the conversion to make the score 7-0 to Grammar.

The forwards worked well to allow Jackson to crash over from close range and Williams converted to take the score to 14-0 to Grammar. Form 7 student G. D. Jackson scored again and Williams took the score out to 21-0.

By half time the score was 24-7, however in the second half the team struggled to get out of their own half and New Plymouth began clawing the score back and an intercept try put them back in the match with 15 minutes remaining 24-21.

The 1st XV had their opportunities to close out the match, but mistakes handed the ball back to New Plymouth in good field position and they secured a 26-24 and a late penalty goal closed the game with a 29-24 win to New Plymouth Boys.

Rugby - Under 15

In cold and wet conditions, the Under 15 Rugby team secured a 27 - 6 win to open the exchange against New Plymouth Boys High School.

Hamilton Boys High School report - Wednesday 2 June 2021

The School's annual traditional exchange with Hamilton Boys’ High School is the largest sporting exchange of the year, and this year there were over 450 students competing across nine different sporting codes.

Auckland Grammar School hosted the visitors and fixtures were played in fine conditions. The School found success in Junior Basketball, Junior Hockey, 1st XI Football, Senior Debating, both Senior and Junior Chess and Senior Badminton, with the Premier Squash team claiming a 3-3 draw.

Below are the full results from the exchange:


  • Junior team lost 2-4
  • Senior team won 6-1


  • Junior Premier won 66-38
  • Senior Premier lost 76-77


  • Junior team won 12.5-3.5
  • Senior team won 13-3


  • Junior team won their debate
  • Senior team lost their debate


  • 1st XI won 5-0
  • Junior Football lost 0-8

Golf - Premier team lost 3.5-4.5


  • 1st XI lost 0-5
  • Under 15 won 3-0


  • 1st XV lost 7-31
  • 2nd XV lost 0-27
  • Under 15 lost 7-34

Squash - Premier team drew 3-3

A special thanks to all competitors involved with both exchanges, to coaches and managers, and Mr Mackay for his organisation of the home exchange as Director of Sports Development.