Tauranga Boys' College started the volleyball year with a match against Otumoetai senior A last Thursday. As it was the first game, the team didn't know what to expect, but claimed the first set, with Max Schroder playing well.
Otumoetai took the second set as Tauranga Boys' standards slipped, with passes not sticking and hits not going in. Otumoetai ended up winning as time ran out before the third set could start. Schroder was named the player of the match.
Tauranga Boys' headed to Palmerston North on Sunday for the Super 8 volleyball competition.
In Tauranga Boys' first match, against the Palmerston North B, the boys scored a solid 3-0 win to get the tournament under way. The second match of the tournament was against Hastings Boys High. With help from Hiki Ngata and Dan Looker, TBC went to a 2-0 lead.
Suddenly the Tauranga boys found themselves in a fifth-set decider and the passes were not as good as at the start of the match, meaning setters were having a hard job getting into position. Eventually, TBC went down 3-2.
The third and final pool game was against Hamilton Boys, in which Tauranga Boys were too strong and put them away 3-0.
The next day was finals day. Tauranga Boys were up against Palmerston North Boys' A, with a convincing 3-0 win giving them a shot at winning the Super 8 title.
The final, later on, was against a strong Napier Boys' A team. TBC played their best volleyball all tournament, with some nice passing, setting and strong sliding, as well as some great defence, earning a 2-0 lead.
However in the third set Napier played strongly and Tauranga's intensity dropped, giving Napier the set.
But TBC came out firing in the fourth and lifted the intensity that was lacking in the third, taking a 3-1 win and the Super 8 title.
Tauranga Boys' College had their annual swimming sports on February 22. Swimmers wore their house colour on their caps so there was plenty of support poolside from fellow house members. Halberg house looked the team to beat early on as they had the greatest numbers for the morning events. The competitive placings were mostly dominated by the black and yellow caps of Halberg and Hillary.
In the junior competition the individual award for most points throughout the event went to Callum Gilmour, with Sean McKenzie second and Brad Currie third. The intermediate competition saw Cameron Hayes claim the win, followed by Matt Hyde and Andre Lee.
In the senior boys' event, the champion was Cameron Witney, followed by Kabil Young and Andrew Drummond.
Over the weekend, the TBC rowing squad were at Lake Karapiro for the KRI junior regatta. Standout performances included the under-16 quad winning their A final by 8 seconds.
The under-18 boys' novices were third in the A final, the under-17 quads each made A finals, the under-15 quad won their B final and Daniel Bridgewater finished second in the under-16 single and continued to show improvement.
Rower of the week goes to Sheldon Noyce, who won all heats on Saturday and backed it up with some great performances on Sunday with first in the under-16 quad, third in the under-16 double and fifth in the under-18 double.
Tauranga Boys' had some great results in the Bay secondary schools tennis championships. Division one winners were Josh White, in the boys' singles, and Josh Newman and Jakeb Scholes in the doubles.
We have had a busy week at Tauranga Girls College, with competitive athletics at Tauranga Domain. This was a great success. One record was broken by Jessica Bitcheno in the 1500m Year 9 race.
At the senior Bay tennis champs, Kerry Hampton was runner up in the division 1 singles after winning a tight semifinal. Anna Mahon was singles winner in the consolation plate.
Jacinta Coleman and Lina Timmermann won the division 1 doubles final and division 2 saw Kirsty Pentecost finish third in the singles and Bria Merritt and Danni Taylor combine to win the doubles.
Netball has been well represented recently, with Amanda Harvey and Khanum Elisaia (ex-student) named in the NZ talent development squad. Khanum also competed in the Western Region Academy of Sport Exchange.
In a curtainraiser game before Magic v Steel on February 20, Kirsten Mackay, Renee Penny, Danni Taylor and Amanda Harvey were part of a Tauranga Central Invitation team playing against a Coast Invitation team.
In volleyball, three of our teams have qualified in the top 10 in the Bay of Plenty qualifying tournament for the nationals this month, with senior A making the top 5. The highlight was the senior B team beating Trident A 2-0.
Meanwhile, Olivia Chance is in Cyprus playing for the Football Ferns in a pre-World Cup tournament. - Zoe Wieringa.
Our Special Olympic swimmers competed at the Memorial Pool this week and had a great day. The standout performers among a wide range of ribbon winners were Stephanie Martelli, Luke Moulds and Libby Martin.
Luke Roguski continues to perform with excellence in his BMX 16-29 male class. This year he has won the Auckland, Taupo and Te Kuiti champs and the Waikato and Taupo Intermediate Superclass series. Luke's selection for the NZ junior development programme was well deserved.
Our two golf teams had another good Monday competition, Hayden and Jamie Henderson sharing the best stableford scores of 22.
We had a large team at the Bay secondary schools tennis champs last Friday. Sam Daly was the best with a silver medal in the boys' singles division one.
Our doubles team of Jeremy Burns/Scott Borren and Lena Voigt/Maike Hausmann also secured silver in senior boys' and girls' grades. In the division one plate, Sven Jung, G Tims and M Davis won gold.
Our schoolwide athletics days were held in perfect conditions last week. The following are school champions: Junior girls, Roebi Bidois; junior boys, Daniel Hill; intermediate boys, Brad Horn; intermediate girls, Emily McCormick; senior girls, Emma Jackson; senior boys Joseph Reynolds.
We had three boys' and four girls' teams in the first Bay qualifying volleyball competition at the weekend. Our A and B boys and A girls nailed top-five positions.
Bethlehem College's major highlights include the athletics sports and the success of our cricketers.
On a brilliant day at the Domain, the athletics day was a huge success. In ideal conditions, an impressive 18 records were broken, many having stood for several years.
In the junior girls', Alice McCafferty broke the 1500m and 3000m records and Florence Turner the 300m. In intermediate girls', Caitlin Proctor (200m) and Paula Muller (300m) broke records, while in the senior girls' a total of five records were broken by Beniece Douch (100m), Rose Keddell (200m and 800m), Kelsey Randrup (shot put) and Samantha Reid (javelin).
Three boys broke eight records between them. Matthew Connolly set new marks in the intermediate triple jump, the 400m and 200m, while Michael Booth (100m and 400m) and Luke Davison (shot put, discus and javelin) shattered senior records.
The House Cup was won convincingly by Brown House, who also supplied all three of the boys' individual champions. They were Luke Davison (senior), Matthew Connolly (intermediate) and Samuel Fox (junior). Girls' champions were Rose Keddell (senior), Courtney Rennie (intermediate) and Florence Turner (junior).
Our first XI boys' cricket team started their Gillette Cup campaign with confidence at Waipuna Park on Wednesday with two wins. The first Twenty20 game against Aquinas saw BC chalk up 177-7 thanks to a quick 59 by Matt Cole. Aquinas managed only 90.
In the next game, against Otumoetai, BC bowled first and restricted them to 68-8. This was then chased down thanks to 34 not out from Shane Anderson.
On Saturday in the Bay competition, BC batted first against Trident College and scored a commanding 328, thanks to solid contributions from Eremia Tapsell (49), Bede Murray (54) and Tim Richards (61). Trident were then bowled out for 50, with Eremia having a great spell of four wickets for no runs off three overs.
Over the weekend, our senior A volleyball girls competed in the Bay preliminary tournament, going in as top seeds in their pool. They confirmed their seeding by winning all four games on Saturday.
On Sunday, in crossover games, they managed two more wins, confirming a spot in the top five.
In badminton, a number of students were selected for the emerging squad for the Bay Performance Centre at the trials. They were Philip Cho, Michael Lewis, Phoebe Cho, Dylan Downs-Hetet, Scott Young, Josh Pepper, Vanapan (Paul) Tanchareon and Ben Robinson.
Finally, BC students participated in the Bay schools tennis. In division one girls' singles, Samantha Tibshraeny was fourth. In the second division boys' doubles grade, the team of Shane Anderson/Michael Wickham and Timothy Richards/Matt Smalberger also did well, with Shane and Michael third and Tim and Matt winning. - Hannah Marshall and Matt Smalberger, sports captains.
The triathlon season is well under way at Aquinas College with a Year 8 girls' team proving invincible at the Waikato/Bay of Plenty teams' triathlon last week. Michelle Dykes, Dana Welton and Kimberley D'mello took out first place at Lake Karapiro.
Performing for Aquinas for the first time at the event, the Year 7 Boys' team (Josef Schuler, Sean Dykes and Jarod Schneebeli) also did exceptionally well to finish second.
Aquinas College teacher in charge of multisport Shem Banbury said it was the first major teams' triathlon of the year and it was pleasing to get such a high number of first-time teams at the event. He praised the Aquinas students for performing so well, often against more experienced, better-resourced teams.
Top placings were also enjoyed by Aquinas students at the Bay individual triathlon at Ohope late last month. James Sharp finished second in the under-14 boys' race and Lili Crombie fifth in the under-14 girls'. Over the same weekend, Alice continued her good season with a third in a strong field at the Contact triathlon in Takapuna.
Aquinas fielded other teams at the Karapiro event as well. At Year 8 level, Megan McCarty, Ellen Lellman and Nathalie Gurnier finished ninth, with Hannah Skelton, Sophie Thompson and Rhianna Mulhern one place behind.
In the under-14 boys', Cayne Dew, Liam McFall and James Sharp were fourth. The College fielded two under-14 girls' teams. Poppy McIntyre, Rebecca Brebner and Morgan Schuler were sixth while Sophie Main, Annabel Anderson and Portia Thompson were eighth.
Fraser Kirk, Luke Frame and George Cortesi were eighth in the under-16 boys'.
The junior surf lifesaving under-14 nationals, renamed Oceans 11, was held at the Mount main beach last weekend.
Outstanding individual performer at the event was Mason Bryant, a Year 10 student, who was first in the under-14 surf swim and second in the board race.
Mason paired with Daniel Edwards in the board relay for gold, board rescue and tube rescue for silver and both boys were members of the Grand Cameron relay who finished third to take their Papamoa club to first equal with Red Beach in the overall standings.
Fletcher Swan, Year 9, won silver in the under-14 board relay. Other Mount College students put in awesome performances, with many of them from the Mount, Omanu and Papamoa clubs making it through to finals.
The Bay preliminary senior volleyball champs started last weekend with senior teams vying for top seedings to take them through to the nationals.
Our senior A boys' and girls' sides each had one loss during the weekend. This put the boys' team out of the top five and the girls out of the top 10.
With qualifying rounds over the next three weekends, the teams are all striving to regain placings. Our senior B boys' team, made up of Year 10 students, provided a highlight, taking critical sets off Tauranga Boys' B and Western Heights A to make it to the top 10.
Our first XI played Rotorua Boys' High at Waipuna Park at the weekend. Katikati won the toss and batted, achieving what seemed a below-par 166, Jacob Morton scoring 36. But Katikati kicked into top gear with the ball.
Brody Gilroy's second over snared both Rotorua openers, then Louie Darvill's amazing spell started, collecting a rare hat-trick. By the time Brody and Louie had finished their opening spell, Rotorua were 26-8, Louie taking 5-20 and Brody 3-14.
Katikati showed no mercy, Mark Telford collecting the final two wickets with two blinding catches from captain Caleb Williams to have Rotorua all out for 55.