Colours Awards

Colours Awards

Colours are awarded to elite sportsmen at Auckland Grammar School on an annual basis.  The sportsmen who cross stage today have achieved considerable success in their chosen code or codes during this academic year.

As a School we recognise there are many other talented sportsmen among us, who have achieved considerable success, but have just missed selection in regional or national teams, thus preventing their selection in 2019.

We respect that in team sports it takes a team to win, but the colours process does not purport to celebrate team success, or team leadership, rather it acknowledges individual sporting prowess.

The Colours Committee made up of senior staff with extensive secondary school sporting knowledge receive and discuss nominations from Premier coaches before voting occurs using the following criteria:

  • The student must represent Auckland Grammar School in a competition or event(s).
  • Where applicable the student should have gained representative or regional selection and Under 17 or Under 19 level.
  • The student's attitude and discipline on the field during the season has been exemplary.
  • The student has performed to the best of his ability in the classroom and has been a role model around school at all times
  • The student has maintained an acceptable and justifiable attendance record
  • In exceptional circumstances the Colours Committee do consider an applicant who does not qualify from the above criteria on an individual basis.

Students awarded Colours are awarded a Colours tie in their first year of an award.

2019 Colours recipients

B. R. Barclay for Skiing

Barclay has been a member of the Senior Ski team for the past three years.

Unfortunately in 2019 he was unable to defend his North Island Secondary School Title due to an injury just prior to the event.

At the Freestyle Junior World Ski Championships he placed eighth in the Slopestyle and 13th in the Big Air.

At the Australian New Zealand Cup he placed second in the Big Air and 1st in the Slopestyle.

He is a current member of New Zealand Men's Freestyle Ski Team and he has been selected to represent New Zealand at the Youth Olympics in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2020.  

D. F. Barclay for Cycling

2019 marks Barclay's first year in the Senior A Cycling team.

He was a member of the Senior A Cycling Team that won the Auckland Secondary Schools Team Time Trial Series and the North Island Team Time Trial Race.

At the Auckland Championships he placed 3rd in the Under 17 Individual Points race.

At the North Island Secondary School Individual Championships he placed second in the Under 17 Criterium, third in the Under 17 Individual Time Trial and second overall in the Under 17 General Classification.

In 2019 he represented the New Zealand Under 17 Road Cycling Team.

M. A. Barr for Water Polo

Barr has been a member of the Premier Water Polo team for three years.

In 2019 the Premier Water Polo team placed fifth at the Auckland Championships and seventh at both the North Island and New Zealand Championships.

In 2019 he has been selected to represent the New Zealand Secondary Schools Water Polo team and he was a finalist for Water Polo at the College Sport Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards.

L. A. Batts for Football

Batts has been a member of the 1st XI Football team for three years and in 2019 he was captain.

He was a member of the 1st XI Team who placed second in the Auckland Premier League and second in the New Zealand Secondary School Championships.

He is a highly respected footballer who turned down the opportunity to play senior men's club football to ensure he was totally committed for the role as captain this year.

C. N. Boness for Cycling

2019 marks Boness' first year as a member of the Senior A Cycling team.

He was a member of the Senior A Cycling Team that won the Auckland Secondary Schools Team Time Trial Series and the North Island Secondary Schools Team Time Trial.

At the Auckland Championships he placed first in the Under 17 Individual Points race.

At the North Island Secondary School Individual Championships he placed first in the Under 17 Criterium, third in the Under 17 Road Race and third in the Under 17 Criterium.

At the Northern Tour he was third in the Under 17 Criterium.

At the New Zealand Secondary Schools Individual Championships he placed third in the Points Race.

In 2019 Boness also represented the New Zealand Under 17 Road Cycling Team.

L. W. Bow for Gymnastics

Bow has been competing for the School in Gymnastics for the last three years.

At the Auckland Secondary School Gymsports Championships he was second in the Men's A Grade all round division.

At the New Zealand Secondary School Gymsports Championships he won the Men's A Grade all round division

In 2019 he has been selected for the New Zealand 360 Men's Artistic Gymnastics Squad.

L. G. A. Cashmore for Yachting

Cashmore has been a member of the Premier team for three years and this year he was captain of the squad.

He was skipper of the Premier Team that finished first in the Auckland Cup and first in the Auckland Fleet Racing Regatta.

In 2019 he represented the New Zealand Youth Laser Team at the World Youth Championships in Poland placing 15th out of 57 boats. Following this regatta, he competed at the World Laser Radial Championships in Canada placing 11th out of 160 boats.

M. J. E. Clark for Swimming

Clark has been competing for the School in the Swimming team for four years.

At the Auckland Secondary School Championships he was first in the Senior 50m Backstroke. He was also a member of the relay team that were second in the Backstroke, the Breaststroke and the Medley.

At the New Zealand Secondary School Championships he was:

  • Third in the Senior Boys 100m Individual Medley
  • Third in the Senior Boys 100m Backstroke
  • Fourth in the Senior Boys 100m Breaststroke
  • Fourth in the Senior Boys 200m Backstroke
  • Fifth in the Senior Boys 50m Backstroke

He was also a member of the relay team who were first in the 8 x 50m Freestyle and third in both the 4 x 50m Freestyle and the 4 x 100m Freestyle.

In 2019 he has been selected for the New Zealand Under 17 Training squad and he was a finalist for Swimming at the College Sport Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards.

L. B. P. Dickson for Cycling

Dickson has been a member of the Senior A Cycling team for three years.

He was a member of the Senior A Cycling Team that won the Auckland Secondary Schools Team Time Trial Series and the North Island Secondary Schools Team Time Trial.

Unfortunately he was unable to compete at the North Island Individual Championships due to his commitments with the New Zealand Team.

At the National Age Group Road Cycling Championships he placed first in the Under 19 Boys.

This year he was selected to represent the New Zealand Team at the World Junior Track Cycling Championships where he was a member of the Men's team who finished fourth in the Team Pursuit.

He was also awarded the College Sport Young Sportsperson of the Year Award for Cycling in 2019.

T. J. Drillien for Football

Drillien has been a member of the 1st XI Football team for three years.

He was a member of the 1st XI Team who placed second in the Auckland Premier League and second in the New Zealand Secondary School Championships.

He also plays Senior Men's Football for the Auckland City First Team.  

L. A. Fatialofa for Squash

Fatialofa has been a member of the Premier Squash team for two years.

He was a member of the Premier Squash Team that were second in the Auckland Secondary Schools Championship. Unfortunately he was unable to play for the Premier Team at Nationals due to his New Zealand representative duties.

He is a member of the Auckland Senior Men's Team and the New Zealand Junior Men's Team where he is currently ranked second in the country for his age.

He also won the College Sport Young Sports Person of the Year for Squash in 2019.

J. F. J. P. Fusitu'a for Rugby

Fusitu'a has been a member of the 1st XV Rugby team for three years.

He was a member of the 1st XV Team who finished fourth in the Auckland Secondary Schools Championship.

In 2019, he represented the Auckland Under 18A Team and the Blues Under 18 Team where he is currently ranked the second best Tight Head Prop for his age.

D. H. Gong for Chess

Gong has been a member of the Premier Chess team for four years and captained the side in 2019.

At the New Zealand Junior Championships he finished first in the Under 16 Division and second in the Under 20 Division.

At the New Zealand Open Men's Championship he finished in the Top 4 playing against two Grandmasters. He is currently ranked fourth in New Zealand in the Open age division.

F. S. Halafihi for Rugby

Halafihi has been a member of the 1st XV Rugby team for two years.

He was a member of the 1st XV Team who finished fourth in the Auckland Secondary Schools Championship.

In 2019, he represented the Blues Under 18 Team where he is currently ranked the best Hooker for his age.

He was also selected to represent the New Zealand Secondary Schools Rugby Team.

P. D. M. Hayes for Orienteering

Hayes has been a member of the Senior A team for two years and captained the team in 2019.

At the Auckland Secondary School Championships he was first in the Senior Boys Long Course and second in the Senior Boys Sprint Course.

At the New Zealand Secondary School Championships he was second in the Sprint course and fifth in the Long course.

In 2019 he represented the New Zealand Secondary Schools Senior Boys Orienteering Team and won the College Sport Young Sportsperson of the Year Award for Orienteering.

J. R. Irwin for Hockey

Irwin has been in the 1st XI Hockey team for four years.

He was a member of the 1st XI Team that placed second in the Auckland Secondary School Championship, fifth in the Super City and 12th at Nationals.

In 2019 he was selected for the Auckland Under 18A Team and he is a member of the New Zealand Under 18 Squad.

B. J. Kelsey for Athletics

Kelsey has been a member of the Senior Athletics team for two years.

At the Greater Auckland Secondary School Championships he was 1st in the Senior Boys 800m and second in the Senior Boys 400. He was also a member of the Senior 4 x 400m relay team who were first.

At the North Island Secondary School Championships he was second in the Senior Boys.

At the 2018 New Zealand Secondary School Championships he was a member of the 4 x 400m Senior Boys Team who finished first.

He is also the new record holder for the 800m at Auckland Grammar.

A. C. D. Lagman for Tennis

Lagman has been a member of the Premier Tennis team for four years and in 2019 he captained the team.

He was a member of the Premier Doubles Team who were semi-finalists at the Auckland Champion of Champions.

In 2019 he earned a wild card entry into the ITF tournaments run by the Oceania Tennis Federation with his best result being reaching the quarter-finals.

O. Lin for Badminton

Lin has been a member of the Senior A Badminton team for four years.

He was a member of the Senior A Team that won the Auckland Doubles Title and placed second at the New Zealand Secondary School Championships.

In 2019 he has been selected to represent the Auckland Under 19 Team and he is a member of the New Zealand Juniors Squad.

H. B. Marshall for Rowing

2019 marks Marshall's first year as a member of the Senior 8 Rowing crew.

At the Auckland Championships, he was a member of the crews who placed first in the Under 17 Eight, and second in both the Under 18 Four and Senior Eight races.

At the North Island Championships, he was a member of the crews who placed first in both the Under 17 Four and Under 17 Eight and second in the Senior Eight races.

At the New Zealand Secondary School Championships, he was a member of the crews who placed third in both the Under 17 Eight and the Senior Eight race (the Maadi Cup).

In 2019 he represented the North Island Under 18 in the Eight, the Four and the Pairs.

D. J. Mee for Volleyball

Mee has been a member of the Premier Volleyball team for three years and captained the side in 2019.

He was a member of the Premier Team who placed 11th in the College Sport Championships and 10th in Division 2 at Nationals.

In 2019 he represented the Auckland Manukau Under 19 Team who finished second in the National Tournament.

C. B. Ngan for Basketball

Ngan has been a member of the Premier Basketball team for two years and captained the side in 2019.

He was a member of the Premier Team who placed third in the Premier League, third in the Greater Auckland Regionals and 10th at Nationals.

In 2019 he also represented the Auckland Under 19 team and the New Zealand Under 17 Team.

D. T. C. Overend for Athletics

Overend has been a member of the Athletics team for five years and captained the side in 2019.

At the Greater Auckland Athletics Championships he recorded a new Auckland Record when he placed first in the Senior Boys 100m. He also placed first in both the Senior Boys 200m and the 4x100m Senior Boys Relay.

At the 2018 New Zealand Secondary School Championships he was first in both the Senior Boys 100m and 200m races. He was a member of the Senior 4x100m Team who finished first.

In 2019 he represented the New Zealand Team at the Oceania Championships where he placed first in the 100m. He was also a finalist at the College Sport Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards for Athletics in 2019.

M. T. P. Percival-Afeaki for Para Athletics

Percival-Afeaki has been a member of the Athletics team for two years where he competes as a para-athlete.

At the Greater Auckland Athletics Championships he was first in the 200m and the Shotput, and second in the 100m and the Long Jump.

At the 2018 New Zealand Secondary School Championships he won five gold medals in the 100m and 200m, the Long Jump, the Shotput and the Javelin, n where he set a New Zealand record.

In 2019 he has won the College Sport Young Sportsperson of the Year Award for Athletes with a Disability.

J. S. Rackham for Cycling

2019 marks Rackham's first year as a member of the Senior A Cycling team.

He was a member of the Senior A Cycling Team who won the Auckland Secondary Schools Team Time Trial Series and the North Island Secondary Schools Team Time Trial.

At the Auckland Championships he was second in the Under 17 Boys Individual Points Race.

At the North Island Championships he was second in the Under 17 Criterium.

At the New Zealand Championships he was second in the Under 17 Boys Points Race.

In 2019 he also represented the New Zealand Under 17 Road Cycling Team.

O. L. Schnauer for Hockey

Schnauer has been in the 1st XI Hockey team for three years and captained the side in 2019.

He was a member of the 1st XI Team who were second in the Auckland Secondary School Championship, fifth in the Super City competition and 12th at Nationals.

In 2019 he was selected for the Auckland Under 18A Team and was their top goal scorer.

J. P. Stables for Hockey

Schnauer has been in the 1st XI Hockey team for three years.

He was a member of the 1st XI Team who were second in the Auckland Secondary School Championship, fifth in the Super City competition and 12th at Nationals.

In 2019 he was selected for the Auckland Under 18A Team.

Y. Sun for Badminton

Sun has been a member of the Senior A Badminton team for three years.

He was a member of the Senior A Team who won the Auckland Doubles Title and placed second at the New Zealand Secondary School Championships.

In 2019 he has been selected to represent the Auckland Under 19 Team and is ranked third by New Zealand Badminton in the mixed doubles category.

E. Z. Thomas for Squash

Thomas has been a member of the Premier Squash team for four years and captained the side in 2019.

He was a member of the Premier Squash Team who were second in the Auckland Secondary Schools Championship. Unfortunately he was unable to play for the Premier Team at Nationals due to his New Zealand representative duties.

He is a member of the Auckland Senior Men's Team and the New Zealand Junior Men's Team where he is currently ranked first in the country for his age.

In 2019 he was won the Oceania Title, the Australian Title and he is ranked the second best player in the world for his age.

Earlier this year he turned professional and has improved his World Squash Association ranking from 510th to 273rd for Open Men's.

O. J. White for Cricket

White has been a member of the 1st XI Cricket team for four years and captained the side in 2019.

He was a member of the 1st XI team who finished third in the Auckland One Day Championship.

In 2019, he has captained three additional sides - the Northern Districts Under 19 Team, the New Zealand Secondary Schools Maori Team and the New Zealand Under 19 Team in matches against Australia and Bangladesh.

He is a current member of the Northland Senior Men's team and the Northern Districts Senior A team.

He also won the College Sport Young Sportsperson of the Year Award for Cricket in 2019.

N. Zhang for Badminton

Zhang has been a member of the Senior A Badminton team for four years where he is the No. 1 seed.

At the North Island Championships he was a semi-finalist in the Under 19 Boys Division.

He was a quarter-finalist at the North Harbour Open Men's Championship.

In 2019 he has also been selected to represent the New Zealand Under 19 Team at the Australian Juniors International Series.

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As a School you have seen many Premier Teams perform at the highest level this year. We have today acknowledged the success of individual sportsmen and it is also appropriate to acknowledge and thank our coaches and managers who have guided Premier teams throughout their respective seasons this year.

Many pathway and premier teams have experienced considerable success at Auckland, Regional and National level this year and we commend them on their performances.

Across the School we enter some 300 teams into a wide range of sporting competitions and the majority of these teams are coached or managed by a Grammar master.

I would like to firstly acknowledge the masters who have given of their time to coach or manage a sports team this year. You will understand we need masters who understand the sport, can plan for a range of circumstances and have an ability to motivate team members and develop positive relationships with them. We thank you for the afterschool hours and weekends you have given up to coach or manage a team or teams this year.

Auckland Grammar School would not feature regionally or nationally without having coaches at all levels of sport. You have our thanks.

Highlights of the sporting year include:

National Champions - Athletics
Our best athletes were outstanding at the nationals in Dunedin. In the recognised team events, Grammar won gold in the Senior 4 x 400m and 4 x 100m. The Junior 4 x 400m team also won gold.

National Champions - Disc Ultimate
The Premier 1 team were a class above their competitors by securing their third consecutive national title. The School has now won the national title four times out of the last five years.

National Champions - Swimming
It was particularly pleasing to see our largest swim team in many years attend the nationals.  Numerous individuals are to be commended for their podium finishes. The Senior 8 x 50m Freestyle Relay team deserve recognition for winning gold.

Other sporting highlights included:

  • The Premier Badminton team winning the Auckland Teams Championship for the fifth year in a row. The team were runners-up at nationals.
  • The Senior A and Junior A Cycling teams won the Auckland Time Trial Series retaining their dominance of the sport in Auckland. The Senior A team were disappointed to finish fourth at nationals.
  • The Distance Squad won silver medals in the Junior and Senior teams event at the Road Race National Championships in Dunedin in December 2018.
  • The 1st XI Football team finished second in the Auckland Championship, followed by an agonisingly close final at the New Secondary School Championships.
  • The Senior Eight Rowing team produced the row of the season in the Maadi Cup final to finish in third place. They were the top placed team from the North Island.
  • The 1st XV Rugby team produced an excellent team performance to win in front of a 15,000 strong crowd at the Grammar v King's match during the 150th celebrations. The team went on to qualify for the 1A semi-finals.
  • The Premier Squash team finished runners up in the Auckland Championship and third at nationals.
  • A young Premier Table Tennis team finished third in the New Zealand Secondary School Championships.
  • The Premier Touch Rugby won the Auckland Secondary Schools Competition
  • The Weightlifting team finished third at nationals in a repeat of their 2018 result.

There were also 36 individual NZ reps this year and 13 individual national titles won in Athletics, Cycling, Kayaking, Paralympics, Race Walking, Swimming, Table Tennis and Weightlifting this year.

Our congratulations are extended to these teams, and individuals and again our thanks are extended to all our coaches, managers and parents who have supported the development of sport at Auckland Grammar School in 2019.

My thanks are extended to all Masters in Charge of Sports codes this year, and to Mr Mackay, and Mr Askew, for the leadership roles they have played in Grammar sport.