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Water polo prodigy gets competitive edge from her All Black father

Water polo prodigy gets competitive edge from her All Black father
East & Bays Courier: The daughter of a former All Black is making a name for herself, being named as the youngest member of the New Zealand women’s water polo team. Morgan McDowall, 15, daughter of Steve McDowall, has been selected to represent New Zealand at the upcoming intercontinental water polo championships, to be held in Auckland on April 2 to April 8. The Diocesan School for Girls student has only been playing the sport for three years, but her physical talent and competitive nature were “impossible to ignore” when the national side... Read More

Dominic Overend – Put your feet in the right place and stand firm

Dominic Overend – Put your feet in the right place and stand firm
College Sport Media: An MRI scan, a CT investigation, try what he willed, Dominic Overend couldn’t resolve the source of an unusual pain. All the Auckland Grammar sprinter knew was something was seriously wrong after a 200m race in Sydney in April last year. “I was competing at the Australian Champs and started the 200m in the lead before something kinda snapped and I was unable to finish,” Overend recalls. “At first I thought I had torn a hamstring or done my Achilles, but when I went to see the... Read More

Auckland Grammar win NZSS Ultimate Championships

Auckland Grammar win NZSS Ultimate Championships
College Sport Media: Auckland Grammar School won the Open Division at the annual NZSS Ultimate Championships held in Taupo. They won their final over Hutt Valley High School boys 12-10 in the tournament at Owen Delany Park last Monday and Tuesday. AGS had earlier wins in the tournament against Wellington High School (13-3), New Plymouth Boys’ High School (12-5), Lytton High School (13-4), HVHS (13-9, first meeting), Green Bay High School 2 (13-0) and Westlake Boys’ High School (13-3). Click here to read more… Read More

Otumoetai lose out to Westlake Girls at NZSS Volleyball Championships

Otumoetai lose out to Westlake Girls at NZSS Volleyball Championships
New Zealand Herald: Auckland champions Westlake Girls’ High School became the national champions at the 50th Secondary Schools Volleyball Championships in Palmerston North yesterday when they overcame the top Bay of Plenty team Otumoetai College in straight sets. In each of the first two sets the Takapuna-based team pulled in front of their Tauranga opponents early in the set and held the lead throughout, on the back of some powerful outside hitting by Tamara Otene and Rachael Webster. Coached by the very experience Stewart Henderson, 13-times champions Otumoetai kept the scoreline... Read More

Volleyballer Tamara Otene digs for Youth Olympics

Volleyballer Tamara Otene digs for Youth Olympics
Māori Television: Westlake Girls’ volleyball player Tamara Otene has qualified for the Youth Olympics after taking out gold at the U19 Oceania Youth Qualifiers in Australia. Now she has her sights set on the Olympics. 16-year-old Tamara Otene is on her way to her biggest competition yet. Otene says “Honestly, my mind was just blank I was just so happy that the game was over and just so happy that we won and that we get to go.” Otene and New Plymouth partner Maya Dickson successfully claimed gold and their... Read More

Westlake Boys take out Fleet Racing Regatta

Westlake Boys take out Fleet Racing Regatta
Westlake Boys High School took out the 67th annual College Sport Auckland Fleet Racing Regatta at the Wakatere Boating Club yesterday but it proved a challenging event due to a lack of wind. There was no racing at all on Monday with the wind refusing to fill in but three races were sailed in all fleets yesterday with a maximum of five knots. Two boats from up to three classes count towards the overall team total and Westlake Boys managed a clean sweep of the placings in the Optimists as well... Read More

Ben Matthews named Student Official of the Year

Ben Matthews named Student Official of the Year
Northern Football Federation: He is known by his peers as being a big stickler for rules, so it comes as no surprise that Long Bay College student Ben Matthews tried his hand at refereeing. He hasn’t looked back. The 17-year old is a keen footballer and juggling both school and club football commitments meant time wasn’t on his side to take up the whistle earlier. “I had been wanting to be a qualified referee for a long time but I wouldn’t have been able to juggle refereeing and playing for... Read More

Basketball to overtake rugby, netball as most popular secondary schools sport

Basketball to overtake rugby, netball as most popular secondary schools sport
1 News Now: Census figures from the New Zealand Secondary School Sports Council show basketball has overtaken football as the third most-played sport. On current growth trends, it will become the most popular in 2020. In 2017 a total of 25,649 secondary school students played basketball in a way deemed by the NZSSSC to be “meaningful engagement” in a school setting. Netball retains top spot despite their numbers falling to 28,455 while rugby has dropped to 26,951. Basketball NZ chief executive Iain Potter says his organisation has been working hard... Read More