Tournament week took place last week with St Kevin’s College, Waitaki Girls’ High School and Waitaki Boys’ High School competing in a range of sporting activities throughout the South Island.
A range of Waitaki Boys’ High teams competed at tournaments around the South Island.
WBHS’s standout team was the first XI hockey team, which won the Johnson Cup in Greymouth and went through the tournament undefeated.
In pool play, they started strongly, scoring eight goals in wins over Cashmere High 5-2 and Pakuranga 3-0. Their match with Strathallan ended in a 0-0 stalemate, before recording more wins over Pukekohe 2-1, Shirley Boys’ High School 1-0 in the semi-finals and a 2-1 victory over Waimea College in the final.
The hockey team only conceded four goals at the tournament, something they were very proud of, and won the tournament for the first time since 1994.
Waitaki Boys’ High School manager Richard Jopson said it was an awesome achievement by the side.
“They played really well and we are so proud of them. They had an awesome tournament.”
As a result of winning the tournament, the side has now been invited to compete in the India Shield instead of defending their title at next year’s Johnson Cup.
Jopson said everyone in the team played incredibly well and the win was down to the side’s teamwork.
“We played so well as a team. The forwards, midfielders, defenders and our goalkeepers all did great jobs.”
The school’s under-15 colts rugby side competed in Blenheim and finished the tournament without a win, while the trapshooting team won and swimmer Jared Brenssell also did well.
Meanwhile, Waitaki Girls’ High placed second at the South Island Secondary Schools’ netball tournament in Invercargill. They were beaten in the B section by Garin College.
Following their second placing, the girls will get to compete in Section A of next year’s tournament.
They went through the tournament unbeaten until they reached the final, where they were knocked over by Nelson’s Garin College 41-37.
It capped off a good week for the school, which also competed in the North Otago Premier Division Netball Final on Saturday.
The school’s hockey team, which competed in Ashburton, placed sixth, losing their playoff match 2-0 to Villa Maria College.
Various St Kevin’s College teams competed in the tournaments. These included girls’ and boys’ football, an under-15 rugby side, a netball team in section A of the South Island Secondary Schools’ netball tournament, girls’ and boys’ hockey and a basketball team.
The basketball team produced the best result for the school, winning section 4 (small schools section) of the competition in Dunedin, with the side going through unbeaten.
They recorded victories over Buller 82-51, Bayfield 87-55, Cathedral College 74-67 and Roncalli 86-75 in the semi-finals and came out on top against Kavanagh 79-65 in the final.
The basketball team is now looking forward to the national tournament in Palmerston North later this month, where they hope to defend their title.
Manager Stephen Robertson said it was a fantastic result.
“They played really well in the final and showed some great composure to remain calm and stick to the plan given to them by Brendan Polybank.”
By BRAYDEN LINDSAY
PHOTO: PETER MITCHELL
VICTORIOUS: The Waitaki Boys’ High First XI hockey team took out the Johnson Cup.