Water polo: Committed school
The Intermediate A, B and C grades are well under way this term with 27 teams competing for the three titles up for grabs.
A record number of C grade teams have entered this term with most of the schools at primary school level who are getting a good introduction into the deep water game.
Special mention of Pongakawa School which has two teams entered this term, one in each of the B and C grades, which is a great commitment from the school's students who have to travel for 45 minutes twice a week to play.
Some of the games played have been quite intense with parents and supporters enjoying the atmosphere at the BOP Polytechnic pool on Tuesday and Friday evenings.
Sevens: Marist tournament
Greerton Marist will host the annual Sevens tournament on Saturday at Greerton Park.
Club president Terry Meredith is hopeful of attracting a tremendous entry of 20 teams from far and wide.
Teams entered so far include clubs from Auckland, Waikato, Hastings, Palmerston North and prominent Sevens club Marist St Pats from Wellington.
Most of the competing clubs are Marist clubs.
The top Bay of Plenty teams will be in action, including Bay of Plenty club champions from last weekend Te Puna, plus Mount Maunganui, Rangiuru, Te Puke Sports and Rangataua. Hamilton's top clubs Fraser Tech, Te Rapa and Hamilton Marist are also competing.
Kickoff is at noon at Greerton Park with round robin games on four fields followed by semifinals at 3.20pm and finals.
Cricket: National title
Tauranga Intermediate has earned the right to defend the New Zealand Cup title they won last year, when they defeated Rosmini College in the Northern Regional final in Auckland on Monday.
The New Zealand Cup, which started life as the Milo Cup, is a NZ Cricket national primary school competition, where four regional winners from throughout the country battle for the title of national primary school cricket champion.
On an overcast morning at Cornwall Park in Auckland, Tauranga Intermediate were asked to bat by Rosmini College. The Auckland team bowlers grabbed the early ascendancy and had the Tauranga side in trouble at two wickets down for just nine runs.
The arrival of Mikaere Leef (26) and Taylor (29) at the wicket got the Tauranga side back into the match. Batting down the order Oliver Norris took to the bowling with real enthusiasm to smash 28 runs, which saw his side through to 109.
Tauranga bowler Finn Sears took two early wickets, before Oakley Dench, Taylor Kite, David Rout and Mikaere Leef all slowed the opposition momentum with the ball. Coupled with some outstanding fielding, the defending champions booked a second successive national finals berth, when they removed Rosmini College for 95. The Tauranga coaching team of Aubrey Jefta and Brett Hampton were extremely proud of the performances of their team.
The 2012 New Zealand Cup National Finals are to be played in Palmerston North on November 28-29.
Cricket: Centuries scored
While wet weather hit the Western BOP Secondary Schools First XI competition on Saturday afternoon, with just one completed result posted, a century from Bethlehem College batsman Patrick Davenport shone like a beacon on an otherwise bleak day.
Batting first Bethlehem College were dismissed for 225 against Aquinas College. Patrick Davenport was in majestic form smashing the ball to the boundary in his outstanding innings of 105. However, rain conspired to ruin the Aquinas turn at bat, with the official result being declared as a draw.
The one game that produced a result was a relatively short sharp affair. Otumoetai College were dismissed for 105, with Katikati College chasing down the target with three wickets to spare.
Tauranga Boys Third XI posted 203/8 with Trident reaching 72/1 before rain intervened to call a halt to the game.
WBOPCA Secondary School 1st XI Results 3 November
Otumoetai College 105 lost to Katikati College 106/7
Bethlehem College 225 (Patrick Davenport 105) drew with Aquinas College 1st XI 0/0
Tauranga Boys College 3rd XI 203/8 drew with Trident High School 72/1 after 11 overs
Points Table: Bethlehem College 6, Trident HS 6, Katikati College 4, Otumoetai College 4, Tauranga Boys 3rd XI 2, Aquinas College 2.
Batting Highest Score Pip Thickpenny (Trident HS) 136
Bowling Best Figures Jack Preston (Bethlehem College) 4/34
Pip Thickpenny (Trident HS) 136
Patrick Davenport (Bethlehem College) 105
Cricket: Reserve grade
While the mid-afternoon rain on Saturday ruined all but two of the Western Bay of Plenty Reserve and B Grade fixtures, the two games that were completed featured a century and a six wicket bag.
In a game that finished in the rain at the Te Puke Domain, the home side lowered the colours of last season's Reserve Grade champions Katikati. Te Puke batted first and posted a modest 83 runs. Starting the second innings, few would have given the home side much chance against last season's titleholders, however, no one told Te Puke bowler Isaac Newitt.
Newitt ripped through the Katikati batting attack, grabbing a six wicket bag as he returned the remarkable figures of 6/27. The visitors challenge was extinguished in just the 16th over, when they were removed for 80 runs, to hand Te Puke a remarkable three run victory.
In spite of the Mount Maunganui derby between the clubs second and third XI's being rain affected, Mount seconds posted a significant total when they finished their turn at bat at 351/8.
Mount seconds batsman Joel Thompson blasted a chanceless century, smashing 128 while Mike Corby scored 77 and Vern Kohi was unbeaten on 37. Led by Mount seconds quick bowler Chris Atkinson, who grabbed four wickets for 23 runs, the Mount 3rd XI were removed for just 119 to hand the Mount second team a big win.
WBOPCA Grade Results
Te Puke 83 defeated Katikati 80 (Isaac Newitt 6/27)
Mount Maunganui seconds 351/8 (Joel Thompson 128, Mike Corby 77, Vern Kohi 37no) defeated Mount Maunganui thirds 119 (Chris Atkinson 4/23)
Cadets v R&A; Sangha CC, Tauranga Boys College 2nd XI v Greerton, rained out.
B Grade - all games rained out.
Soccer: Four goals
Goal-scoring machine Helen Collins scored four goals to lead WaiBOP Football to a 6-2 win over Northern-based NZF Under-17 in the ASB Women's League match played at St Peter's School Cambridge on Sunday.
Rachel Porteous and Collins gave WaiBOP an early advantage before Martine Puketapu pulled one back for the Under-17s just after half an hour.
The match was evenly poised at halftime in favour of the hosts but a four goal blitz in a 15 minute spell on the hour sealed the match for WaiBOP.
Kylie Jens extended the lead to three before Jess Innes brought it back to a goal margin two minutes later, Collins completed her hat-trick with two quick goals before wrapping it up with her fourth to kill off the match.
WaiBOP Head Coach Peter Smith was very happy with the win, but more importantly with the way his young squad played.
"We knocked the ball about and looked comfortable in and out of possession," said Smith. "We place value on our performance rather than the result and in today's game the performance got the result it deserved. The folk that were there saw a good game."
However, Smith was aware that for the second week in a row his team looked most vulnerable immediately after they've scored.
"We get our noses in front and then switch off, which is something we need to address. The Under-17s caused us a few problems in the central area, but once we tactically addressed that it solved the problem.
"Unlike last week, we took our chances, but we also had a belief in ourselves. In football you have to believe you can play and you've got to trust your mates.
"Helen [Collins] is top draw, has an abundance of talent and is a quality player. How she is not a [Football] Fern, I don't know. Rachel Porteous [central midfield] performed well, Kate Carlton and Eileish Hayes were strong in central defence, while Kylie Jens [left back] was quality, really strong in the tackle and with her pace was dangerous in attack. Fifteen year-old Ella Golding [forward] worked well and is gaining invaluable experience playing alongside Helen."
Golf: Top juniors
The Mount Maunganui 18 Hole Under-19 Junior Open was held on Sunday at the Mount course.
The event drew 45 golfers from five local clubs. Highlight of the day was 12-year-old Shaun Campbell from Omanu, who shot a superb 68 to beat Wyatt Amerson from Tauranga, who had a 70, in the boys' gross division.
Nett Maddison Gartner (Tauranga) 68
Stableford Emma Lee Morrell (Tauranga) 38
Gross Shaun Campbell (Omanu) 68, Wyatt Amerson ( Tauranga) 70
Nett Jordi Langton (Otumoetai) 66, Dylan Williams (Mt Mga) 67, Joshua Presley (Tauranga) 68, Jordan Samuels (Omanu) 69
Stableford Sam Kendall (Mt Mga) 42, Josh Wilson (Mt Mga) 41, Matthew Fairweather (Omanu) 40, Vasley Thompson (Mt Mga) 38
Best girl in 9 hole division Makayla Hall (Tauranga)
Best boy Patrick Magill ( Tauranga)