College Sport: Football success; brilliant rugby

Bethlehem College

The football club had a successful weekend with the boys' first Xl beating Aquinas College 3-1 with Mitchell Evans player of the day. The girls' 1st XI had a close 1-0 win against Otumoetai College second Xl with Laura Neureuter player of the day.

Congratulations to Lucy Pringle who competed in the national gym sports qualification meeting in Hastings last week. She came first on both days of her competition, which means she is now able to compete in the nationals in Blenheim in October.

The Bethlehem College golf team of Andrew Holliday-Brown, Dylan Wadsworth, Bill Burnett, and Mitchell Fairweather competed in the annual Eagles Society tournament at Te Puke. The team finished with a combined Stableford total of 114. This left them equal third with Trident High School.

Bethlehem College Open A netball won their final game of pool play against Aquinas, 50-37. The teams will now meet again in the semifinal tomorrow at 7.15pm. The Open B team lost, and have finished 8th in the first division.

The junior A team are sitting top of their table having beating Otumoetai, 27-22. They too will meet again in their semifinal.

Connie Randrup plays for the Harbourside Netball Centre's no exceptions team (netball for the disabled) and they played against Tauranga Girls' social team, winning 8-2. Thank you to those girls who took the time to play.

Finally, there was a gallant effort from the first XV rugby team who fought hard against John Paul College before losing 10-20 in the semifinals of the division one Baywide competition.

A try to Michael Booth halfway through the first half, converted by Matt Cole, was a great start. However, the forward dominance of the opposition meant conceding too many penalties and gradually our lead was pegged back.

Despite lots of encouragement from the sideline, too much of the second half was played in our half. The team however, can be proud of what they have achieved this season. - Kelsey Randrup, Bethlehem College sports captain.

Te Puke High School

Our first XI boys competed against BC second XI last weekend. In a brilliant game, lots of goals were scored with Te Puke winning 5-3.

Our second XI came up against their toughest opponents, Otumoetai Junior boys B. They played well and came away with two goals but it wasn't enough to beat Otumoetai, who scored five. Our third XI played against Whakatane. Our boys had very strong defence but Whakatane managed to sneak a goal through, winning 1-0.

The girls' teams had some tough opponents last weekend with the first XI taking on Tauranga Girls' third XI. They managed to score a goal but could not stop Tauranga scoring five.

Congratulations to Brooke Halcombe who recently competed at the New Zealand secondary schools gymnastics competition in Auckland. She competed in floor, vault, bar and beam against 20 other competitors and took out first place overall in level 4. This medal had never been won by a Te Puke High School participant before.

Te Puke High School boys' first XI played a friendly against Bethlehem College seconds. Our boys played well and prevailed 6-1.

Mt Maunganui College

Our under-15 rugby team travelled to Opotiki to play Opotiki in a semifinal round to decide who would go through to this weekend's grand final day in the Premier under-15 Championship.

The teams had fought out a 24-all draw the weekend before so the game was expected to be a cliffhanger. And so it proved.

Opotiki dominated the scrums but Mount College controlled the lineouts. Halftime saw the score sitting at 14-12 to Mount but Opotiki hit back early with a converted try before Mount scored to lock the game up at 19-all with 10 minutes to go. Opotiki then slotted a penalty to take the lead, but on fulltime Luke Horne scored a great try in the corner and Leighton Fowler converted to give Mount a 26-22 victory.

The team play the grand final against Trident High at 11.45 this Saturday at Paengaroa Domain.

Our girls' first XI soccer team have had one of their best seasons in 10 years. They currently sit second on the Premier under-19 Baywide table and last Saturday won 2-1 against Trident.

Tauranga Girls' College

The sportswomen at Tauranga Girls' College continue to excel.

Netball teams were successful last weekend as they played their last pool games in order to gain a place in the semifinals this coming week. TGC League 1 beat Otumoetai College Premier 1 42-35, making them undefeated in their division.

Junior A won their game against TGC League 3 55-20 and Junior B won 30-23 against Te Puke High Junior A.

The TGC 10A team won 30-18 against Bethlehem College Junior B, and TGC 9A had a convincing 44-10 win against Te Puke High Junior B. Out of the school's 9 senior teams, 7 of them will be playing in semifinals this week. These teams are: League 1, League 2, Gold Diggers, Senior Social, Dominators, Senior Reserve and TGC Herberts.

Of our four competitive junior teams, both the Junior A and Junior B are in the semifinals, as well as three of the junior social teams: 9Crusaders, 10B, and 10Diamonds. Teams must win their game this week to progress to the finals.

In football, over the weekend, all of our competitive teams were successful. The first XI had a tense game against Aquinas College first XI and won 2-1. The second XI also had a close game, winning 3-2 against Otumoetai College first XI. The third XI were victorious against Te Puke High School first XI 5-1, and the Junior A had a 10-0 win against Mount Maunganui College second XI.

Hockey teams were also triumphant last week. The first XI had a close game against Otumoetai College girls' first XI, winning 2-1. The second XI also had a victory against Otumoetai College girls' second XI, winning their game 2-0, and TGC Juniors had a clear win of 5-0 against Mount Maunganui College second XI.

TGC's inline hockey team had a nail-biting game against Mixed 1. It didn't look good when they were down 6-4 with only five minutes to go, but they managed to pull it back to draw 6-all.

Today we host Rotorua Girls' High School in our annual exchange.

Aquinas College

They started the season in third division and this Saturday they end their rugby competition for the year in the second division final.

Aquinas College 1st XV boys have exceeded all expectations to win their way through to the finals in Paengaroa this weekend. There they will meet Reporoa College, after a closely fought match last Saturday where Aquinas met, and beat, Taupo's Tauhara College 15-11.

Congratulations also goes to the number of Aquinas hockey players selected for representative teams this year. They are: Davin Franks for under-15 premier boys, and Macy Adams, Nikki Anderson and Meg Johnston for Collier girls.

Alice Williams was selected for the Collier development girls' squad, while brothers Jamie and Josh Sutherland are also showing their hockey prowess with Jamie in the Hatch boys' team and Josh in the Hatch development squad.

And, it's a big "well done" to Sophie Joret for her rhythmic gymnastics skills. Sophie took away the gold medal at a recent regional competition, and then went on to finish ninth overall at junior level in rhythmic gymnastics at an Auckland competition.

Tauranga Boys' College

August 8 was a history-making day for surfing at Tauranga Boys' College. Forty-six years after first becoming a school sport, (the first school in the country to do so) we are finally New Zealand secondary schools champions.

The New Zealand schools event has been running at Manu Bay, Raglan, since 2004 and after winning silver and bronze in the last four years, we finally cracked it. Our team of surfers consisted of under-18s Mackenzie Christie (3rd), Peri Matenga (9th) Jacob Steens (11th), and under-16s Jordan Griffin (4th), Matt Hansen (7th), Quin Matenga (13th) and Nick Mason (25th).

Our first XV took on Gisborne Boys' High School firsts, with two penalties to both sides the only scoring in the first half.

Whatever was said during the halftime talk seemed to work for Tauranga Boys' as two minutes after the re-start, George Honey made a big bust up the centre of the field and passed it in to Simon Malu in support. From the ensuing ruck, the ball went wide to Connor Fifita, who passed and then looped to score in the corner.

Gisborne scored late to tie the score and their kicker had to make the conversion from 3m inside the touch line to win the game. He did.

Tauranga Boys' College's rowing squad competed at the first of two indoor erg competitions last Sunday at Bethlehem College and two New Zealand records were broken. The first was Daniel Bridgewater who beat the 2km 15/16-year-old lightweight record by 5.7sec, clocking 6:33.2. The second was in the 2km 15/16 year old lightweight relay team.

The fourth and last of the sport climbing national series competitions were held in Auckland last weekend. Levi Offner won the under-14 male in both speed and difficulty and was the all-round series winner for 2012. Wiz Fineron won the under-18 event in Auckland and came fourth in the open event. He placed equal second in the series.

Adam Steens was third in the under-18 event in Auckland and equal second in the series, with Isaac Buckley sixth in the under-18 series in Auckland.

Otumoetai College

Otumoetai College first XV narrowly missed out on being finalists in division one for the second year in a row, going down 22-20 to Trident College at Trident.

Otumoetai College played into the wind in the first half and only conceded 10 points, which showed the team knew how to defend and carry the ball away from its defensive zone.

Billy Carter had to step in as halfback and had an excellent game. Troy Webber was dominant at lineout and his steals helped the team's ability to attack.

In the second half, Ryan Henstock scored a try after pressuring the Trident counter-attack.

Slowly Otumoetai began to mount pressure on Trident and with four minutes to go, Ethan Russell and Billy Carter combined to score a try to give Otumoetai the lead 20 -17.

With time running out, Otumoetai needed to keep possession, however Trident launched an attack from deep inside their half. After many phases of strong defence, Trident found the line to retake the lead.

The junior girls' table tennis team of Robyn Hyland, Grace Burnett and Lauren Dance were first in the Bay secondary schools event. The second team of Michelle Annear, Cheyenne Arnold and Ellie Dyche were second.

The boys' table tennis team of Damien Potts, Gareth Fletcher, Dominic Daly were first.

The second XI hockey boys had the opportunity to try some new ideas in a friendly against Tauranga Boys' White last Thursday. A close game ended with a win to our boys with goals by Alec Greenslade and Nick Mowlem.

Our rowers are displaying their skills and having an open day session in the Red Square on Saturday. Boosted by the Olympic success, we are expecting a few new rowers to take up the challenge.

A school-wide congratulations to Samantha Charlton, Lukka Jones and Josh Utanga for their fantastic performances at the London Olympics.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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