Water polo: Title winners
Local schools won two titles at the North Island Intermediate schools water polo tournament held in Auckland last weekend. Water polo is on a roll with these great results for local schools following on from the excellent results Tauranga club teams achieved recently.
At the North Island Intermediate champs, Mount Maunganui Intermediate won the A Grade Girls competition beating St Mary's from Auckland 1-0 in a low scoring final. The game was a thriller with strong defence by both teams keeping the score 0-0 until the last 30 seconds when Grace Elisara from Mount scored the winning goal. NZWP tournament convener Chris Hayward said this was the first time the girls title had gone to a school from outside Auckland. Julia Kayes was named one of three Most Outstanding Players for the girls competition.
Papamoa College, a first time competitor at the champs, won the B grade final with a convincing 5-1 win over Rosmini College. Mitch Cowdrey was named a Most Outstanding Player for Papamoa College.
Aquinas College entered the A Grade as befitting the AIMS silver medallist and had a good tournament, losing a crucial early game by just one goal which put them into the 5th-8th grouping.
Mount Intermediate beat Baradene 6-0; beat St Cuthberts 4-3; beat St Mary's (round robin play) 7-3; quarter final beat St Dominics 16-1; semifinal beat Carmel 6-2; final beat St Mary's 1-0. Most Outstanding Player Award Julia Kayes (Mount Maunganui Intermediate)
Open A Grade: Aquinas College beat Glen Eden Lakers 3-0; lost to Northcross 0-1; lost to Murrays Bay 3-4; lost to St Kents 4-8; lost to Belmont 4-7; beat St Peters 5-1 (final placing 7th in Open A Grade)
Open B grade: Papamoa College beat Glen Eden Rockets 17-0; drew with Rosmini 4-4; beat ANI B 16-1; beat Balmoral 7-2; beat Wairau 6-1; beat Mount Maunganui Boys 7-2; semifinal beat Sacred Dolphins 7-4; final beat Rosmini 5-1. Mount Maunganui Intermediate boys: drew with Somerville 4-4; lost to Papamoa 2-7; beat Wairau 4-3; lost to Rosmini 1-5; beat Waikawhau 6-5; for 5th/6th, lost to Wairau 5-4.
Soccer: Season opener
WaiBOP Football plays the Northern-based NZF Under-17 side in their first home game of the ASB Women's League season at St Peter's School, Cambridge, on Sunday.
WaiBOP opened their campaign with a 3-1 loss to defending champions Northern Football in Auckland last Sunday, a result which WaiBOP head coach Peter Smith said was disappointing for the young side.
"Considering the way we played, and the amount of possession we had, we were disappointed not to pick up any points," said Smith.
"However, on the flip side we can take a degree of confidence of how we preformed against a team of that calibre, considering the young squad we have."
Northern included eight or nine players with international experience, while 15 players in the WaiBOP squad are 18 years or younger.
The age disparity will be in Smith's favour this Sunday as WaiBOP look to take advantage of the top draw facilities at St Peter's School.
"We're looking forward to playing in the WaiBOP region and, hopefully, enjoying some good home town support. We're well aware of the talent and technical range of these players and we now have to combat it.
"They'll be a technically good team which will be well set up under Aaron's [McFarland] guidance as coach. They'll be well disciplined and tough to beat."
Only two changes have been made to the WaiBOP squad from the team which played last weekend. Tayla Forward and Chantelle Leban have made way for Kylie Jens and Nicole Christensen.
"Kylie was unavailable for our last game due to exams, while Nicole's attitude and work ethic at training have resulted in her forcing her way into the game day squad."
Smith says with their home ground advantage WaiBOP will be looking to chalk up their first win and take the valuable three competition points on offer.
"We're looking to win with a style of play which is attractive and flowing. If we play attractive football and apply ourselves like we did last weekend then the score will take care of itself."
The match kicks off at 1pm on Sunday.
WaiBOP Football squad: 1-Naomi-Beth Carter (gk), 4-Kylie Jens, 5-Kate Carlton, 6-Eilish Hayes 7-Trudi Greig, 8-Libby Williams, 9-Emma Baker, 10-Rachel Porteous, 11-Jackie Pretswell, 13-Keri O'Connell, 15-Helen Collins, 16-Isabella Coombes, 17-Ella Golding, 18-Nicole Christensen, 21-Megan Anderson, 22-Jess Clark.
Head coach: Peter Smith.
Cricket: Shield success
There was good news for Bay of Plenty cricket in one of the ND primary school final shield games played on Monday. Defending New Zealand Cup champions Tauranga Intermediate advanced to one step off a place in this year's national finals, when they beat Bombay School to win the ND title. Next week, they play an Auckland school with the winner playing in the national final. Tauranga Intermediate girls team were beaten in the ND final of the New Zealand Shield, but can be proud of their achievements to be in the top echelon of primary school girls teams in the country.
First XI Comp: A scintillating century from Trident High School batsman Pip Thickpenny set alight the Western Bay of Plenty Cricket Secondary School First XI competition on Saturday.
Showing loyalty to his school side after being selected for the Eastern Bay of Plenty Attrill Cup team, Thickpenny blasted the Katikati College bowlers to score 136 as his team made 257/8. While Katikati College made a valiant chase for victory, the home side were restricted to 130/7, with Trident bowler Tom Casey returning 3/23.
Otumoetai College won their encounter against Aquinas College in a match that was competitive to the end. Batting first, Otumoetai set a good-sized target when they reached 208/9 in their allotted overs. Vaughan Wilson led the way with a solid 67, with Chris Charlton and Christian McDonald both scoring 30. Srinish Fernando was the best of the Aquinas bowling attack finishing with 3/27. Aquinas made a solid run chase, but were bowled out for 175 to hand Otumoetai College the victory. David Randrup (47) and Dion Collins (35) were the main contributors with the bat, with Joel Duggan (4/42) and Tim Klyen (3/30) doing the damage with the ball for the winners.
Bethlehem College were made to battle to the end, when they chased down the Tauranga Boys' College total of 153. Denym Clarke top-scored with 30, with Jack Preston taking four wickets for Bethlehem. While Bethlehem closed out the game, the Tauranga Boys' side made them fight all the way. Jack Preston backed up his bowling performance with his side's top score of 32 not out, with Bethlehem College scrapping home to a two-wicket win.
WBOPCA Secondary School First XI Results
Tauranga Boys' College 3rd XI 153 (Denym Clarke 30, Jack Preston 4/34, Chris Johnson 3/33) lost to Bethlehem College 154/8 (Jack Preston 32no)
Otumoetai College 208/9 (Vaughan Wilson 67, Chris Charlton 30, Christian McDonald 30 Srinish Fernando 3/27) beat Aquinas College 175 (David Randrup 47, Dion Collins 35, Joel Duggan 4/42, Tim Klyen 3/30)
Trident High School 257/8 (Pip Thickpenny 136, Kevan Arnold 59) beat Katikati College 130/7 (Tom Casey 3/23)Club report: A sparkling century from Grasshoppers batsman Ray Body took centre stage on the opening day of the Western Bay of Plenty B Grade cricket season on Saturday.
Facing Albion at Mitchell Park, the Hoppers posted 247 in their 40 overs with Body in good touch with the bat, blasting 104 of his side's total.
While the Hoppers posted a big first innings target, Albion weren't fazed and made a determined attempt for victory, before being dismissed for 206.
Geoff Crocker top scored for Albion with 40 and Cameron Lockett took four wickets for the winners.
Greerton swept to the top of the Reserve Grade competition with a hard fought win against Te Puke.
The Te Puke side batted first and were removed for 166, with Joel Kurisi and Matt Demler taking four wickets each. Mo Singh, who is better known for his bowling feats, anchored the Greerton innings with an unbeaten 31 as his team posted a three wicket win.
Sangha CC moved into second place on the standings with a victory over Mount Maunganui thirds. Led by Jatinder Sehgal and Amardeep Tiwary, who both recorded half centuries, the Sangha side were dismissed for 226. Sangha bowler Charanjit Singh grabbed the first six-wicket bag of the Western Bay season returning 6/42, as the Mount side finished their turn at bat at 170 all out.
Cadets cruised to a big win against Papamoa, with the Tauranga Domain-based side posting 224, then bowling their opponents out for 129. Mount Maunganui seconds won a high scoring encounter with Tauranga Boys' College Second XI, in a match where nearly 500 runs were scored in an afternoon.
The other B Grade matches were taken out by Katikati, who posted over 400 runs against Cadets, Greerton getting past Wanderers, with Mount Maunganui losing to Malwa CC.
WBOPCA Grade Results, October 27
Cadets 224 (Rob Ferrari 5/51, Nerri Hutchings 2/41) defeated Papamoa 129 (Hayden Goodall 26)
Te Puke 166 (Joel Kurisi 4/39, Matt Demler 4/42) lost to Greerton 167/7 (Mo Singh 31no, Suhkdeep Sidhu 28)
Sangha CC 226 (Jatinder Sehgal 52, Amardeep Tiwary 50) defeated Mount Maunganui thirds 170 (Charanjit Singh 6/42)
Mount Maunganui seconds 266 defeated Tauranga Boys' College Second XI 228
Katikati 401 (Colin Chase 86, Rob Simpson 76, Logan Brewer 65, Gene Darvill 52) defeated Cadets 93
Grasshoppers 247 (Ray Body 104, Andy Balfour 40; Mike Sommerville 4/17, Paul Higson 3/31) defeated Albion 206 (Geoff Croker 40, Grant Parsons 32; Cameron Lockett 4/35)
Wanderers 154 (Bobby Tagore 3/6, Josh Zarjae 3/24) lost to Greerton 155/2 (Ben Lind 69no, Jason Wilson 53no)
Mount Maunganui 99 (Josh Jane 25) lost to Malwa CC 100/5 (Carl Redshaw 2/24)
Bowls: Twilight series
The Matua twilight bowling series gets under way next Monday at 5.30pm.
Everyone is welcome to play bowls with our members and visitors from other clubs. You can make up a team of four with friends, family, neighbours or club members, or we will fit you into a team. The game is simple and easy to learn and many players from last year started off with no previous experience. Play every Monday or whenever suits you.
The cost per player is $5 per game, with the emphasis on fun and good meat pack prizes are marble drawn against the scores handed in. Your team does not have to be the best to win the top prize. A BBQ sausage sizzle is available for the price of $1 at the end of play plus there are raffles with good meat pack prizes.
To register phone Phil Green on 576-3516 by midday on the day of play or arrive by 5pm. No special equipment is needed, wear any clothing that you desire but wear flat-soled shoes (no heels or cleats on the sole). Bowls are available for loan if required. For more information contact Matua Bowling Club phone 576-9980 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Table tennis: Big tournament
The 2012 Specsavers Bay of Plenty Closed Table Tennis Tournament was held on Saturday at Memorial Hall, Tauranga. As this was the first official Bay of Plenty Association event held in well over a decade there was much curiosity among both the 49 players and numerous spectators.
Entries came in from most clubs in the recently reformed Association, with Table Tennis Tauranga leading the way with 25, followed by nine from Rotorua and eight from Papamoa.
Other clubs represented were Te Puke, Mount Maunganui Social, Ohope, Katikati and Matua.
Despite the absence of four New Zealand representatives from the draw, a good standard of play was displayed throughout the busy day.
National Coach of the Year, John Tuki, was rewarded after sponsoring the event in promotion of Eggcel and The Honest Food Company. He took out the men's singles and doubles, winning a generous Specsavers voucher in the process. The other open event winners, Lyn Ashdown, Heesu Kim and John Lea, also took home vouchers.
Lyn had a tremendous day, winning the singles and doubles combo in both the Open and Over 40 events, plus the B Grade singles. John also won his three doubles events, including the featured Generation Doubles event with son Xavier, recently turned 11. Xavier won four events and was runner-up in his remaining three.
A number of thrilling battles ensued, including Barry Jones epic finish with Ron Sheridan in the Over 60s, a tense B Grade final between Brendan Faulkner and Mitul Doshi, and a split decision between leading juniors, Xavier Lea and Isaac Sidebottom. The Generation doubles had comfortably the biggest field of the day, drawing in parents and grandparents to partner their progeny. It is sure to be popular in the future.
Open Men's Singles: John Tuki, Open Women's Singles: Lyn Ashdown, Open Men's Doubles: John Tuki/John Lea, Open Women's Doubles: Lyn Ashdown/Heesu Kim, B Grade Men's Singles: Brendan Faulkner, B Women's Singles: Lyn Ashdown, B Men's Doubles: Brendan Faulkner/Mitul Doshi, C Men's Singles: Mitul Doshi, C Women's Singles: Pauline Wilkinson, C Men's Doubles: Brendan Faulkner/Mitul Doshi, C Women's Doubles: Pauline Wilkinson/Nicole Duncan, Over 60 Mixed Singles: Ron Sheridan, Over 60 Mixed Doubles: Ron Sheridan/John Crowley, Over 50 Mixed Singles: Barry Jones, Over 50 Mixed Doubles: John Lea/Barry Jones, Over 40 Men's Singles: Joe Reihana, Over 40 Women's Singles: Lyn Ashdown, Over 40 Men's Doubles: Joe & Tony Reihana, Over 40 Women's Doubles: Lyn Ashdown/Jodie Burton, Generation Doubles: Xavier & John Lea, Under 21 Singles: Isaac Sidebottom, Under 21 Doubles: Isaac Sidebottom/Jeremiah Reihana, Under 17 Singles: Xavier Lea, Under 17 Doubles: George Ashdown/Conlon Haseley, Under 13 Singles: Xavier Lea, Under 13 Doubles: Xavier Lea/George Ashdown.
Golf: Quadrangular win
Bay of Plenty took away all the trophies at this year's Central North Island Quadrangular at Taupo over the weekend.
The Bay didn't get off to the best of starts on Saturday morning against Eastland, who with some recruits managed to secure three wins, but some clutch putting from Victor Janin and Brad Kendall, who both won on the 18th hole, secured the 5-3 margin. Earlier Cameron Neal, William Howard and Sam Davis had all won comfortably.
On Saturday afternoon against Taranaki, there was a noticeable lift in intensity and although Howard and Davis were taken to the 18th, Neal, Ben Shanly, Craig Hamilton, Janin and Landyn Edwards all won comfortably. Kendall was 4 under the card after 7, but one down to Taranaki No1, Brad Hayward, who hung on to win 4/3.
The Sunday match up against Manawatu-Wanganui was always going to be the decider and after nine holes they were up or even in six of the eight matches. However, once again the Bay team finished strongly with Ben Shanly securing a win over New Zealand Age-Group Champion, Tyler Hodge. Davis and Janin made it three from three for the weekend and Howard and Hamilton again had wins.
There was much interest in the battle of the No1s with Kendall fresh from being the top amateur at the Carrus Tauranga Open up against Josh Munn, who last week won the Charles Tour event at Harewood and is the only amateur to have won twice on the Charles Tour. Both players started impressively with the first halved in birdies and with more along the way. Kendall birdied the 9th to go one up then immediately sprayed his drive into the long rough on 10 to concede the hole with his ball never to be seen again.
However on the Par 5, 11th after a drive he best described as average, Kendall from 240m out launched his driver off the fairway to finish about 4m from the pin then drained the eagle putt and he never lost the advantage again in winning 3/2.
The Bay four-man under-19 team also had a successful weekend with Jordan Golding and Charlie Hillier both winning all three matches to again hold on to the Mike Nicholson Trophy for the 11th consecutive year.
Bay of Plenty 5 Eastland 3
Cam Neal def Edward Brown 4/3 Ben Shanly lost to Ruel Pedersen 5/4, William Howard def Shayde Skudder 3/2, Craig Hamilton lost to Mathew Mackey 2/1, Sam Davis def Tony Akroyd 4/3,Victor Janin def William Brown 1up, Landyn Edwards lost to Andrew Higham 2/1, Brad Kendall def Steve Donnelly 1up.
Bay of Plenty 7 Taranaki 1
Neal def Gray 3/2, Shanly def Doyle 5/4,Howard def Lewis 1up, Hamilton def Reid 4/3, Davis def Hill 1up, Janin def White 5/3, Edwards def Otene 5/4, Kendall lost to Hayward 4/3.
Bay of Plenty 6 Manawatu-Wanganui 2
Neal lost to Harold 4/3, Shanly def Hodge 1up, Howard def Lock 2up, Hamilton def Steer 2/1, Davis def Westergaard 5/4, Janin def Ring 3/1, Edwards lost to McDonald 4/2, Kendall def Munn 3/2.
Bay of Plenty 4 Eastland 0
Harry Middleton won 5/4, Jordan Golding won 6/4, Charlie Hillier won 6/5, Bailey Smith won 5/4.
Bay of Plenty 3 Taranaki 1
Middleton lost 5/4, Golding won 6/4, Hillier won 1up, Smith won 3/2
Bay of Plenty 2.5 Manawatu-Wanganui 1.5
Middleton lost 2 down, Golding won 3/1, Hillier won 4/3 Smith halved his match.