College sport: Thrilling semi-finals, water polo win


We had 48 athletes enjoy a fantastic day at the Mount Beach competing in the BOP Secondary School Beach Champs last weekend.

Everyone enjoyed the perfect conditions throughout the day with plenty of attention on competition among the pairs to reach the medal games.

In the Senior Boys grade, Cameron Ragg / Jack Boyle had a thriller semifinal match losing by just 2 points in the 3rd set against eventual winners Fullerton/McAdam (TBC).

Willis Glen Vile / Daryl Lewis also semi finalists claimed the bronze medal.

The Senior Girls grade won by our team Abbie Meredith /Julia Hartley with another Oats team of Kiahani Strickland /Brooke Palmer claiming Silver after a 3 setter game.

The Junior Boys team of Jack May / Isaiah Duncanson did well to claim the bronze medal.

In the Junior Girls grade we dominated with 5 teams into the quarter finals. Best teams were Jasmine Tawa /Roebi Bidois and Grace Burnett / Cushla Vanstone reaching the semi's with Jasmine and Roebi winning the Bronze medal.

Thanks to our coach Sam O'Dea who has been brilliant in training these athletes for this Tournament. Congratulations to Abbie Meredith / Julia Hartley and James Gilling / Daryl Lewis for being selected into the NZ teams competing at the Oceania Beach Volleyball Championships in Tahiti in late November.

The 1st XI had a win over Trident on our home ground.

Trident posted 117 runs all out. We responded with a good innings with 12 overs and 6 wickets to spare. Nathan Mcdonald, Vaughan Wilson and Sanjeev Mistry all contributed with the bat and Scott Wilson took 2 wickets for 27 runs.

The water polo team had a win 12-3 against Mt College B . They have played 5 games this season with only 2 losses.

Tauranga Boys'

CRICKET: The First XI's roller-coaster of a season continued on Saturday, this time with a poor performance at Rex Morpeth Park in Whakatane against East Bay United.

After a sensible start at 47 for 1 and Thomas MacRury again looking in fine form, wickets tumbled regularly from that point on. Eventually we were dismissed for a paltry 98.

We missed the experience of Alex Oakleywho had a scholarship Statistics exam.

In reply, Francois Potgieter was threatening with the new ball, taking the key wicket of Alex Yates. James Boyd picked up a tidy caught and bowled a few overs later and the door was slightly ajar.

Two wickets in two balls from Mr Orchard had them at 60 for 5 and a real chance of victory, before the ship was steadied and they crept across the line at 99 for 7.

One felt that only 120 would have been enough to defend, despite the short boundaries.

TBC 2nd XI vs Katikati: Katikati won the toss and chose to bat first. Henry Conway, Sam Stibbs and Connor Probert all caused the Katikati batsmen problems - wickets fell regularly.

Alex Stewart also bowled well near the end of the innings, unfortunately wides and no-balls were still an issue, but improved from previous game. Katikati all out for 149.

TBC started off slowly with the top order struggling to get on top of a good bowling attack. Henry Conway and Sam Stibbs made good contributions, but not quite enough. All out 22 runs short.

During the weekend the BOPSS Beach Volleyball tournament saw seven TBC junior and three senior teams compete.

Two teams made the quarter final at the junior level but progressed no further.

In the seniors Thomas Reid and Joseph Winstanley played Otumoetai College Daryl Lewis and Willis Glen Vile. In a tightly contested match TBC won the third set to progress to the final.

In the other semi final Brad Fullerton and Burton McAdam played Otumoetai College Jack Boyle and Cameron Ragg. In another three set game TBC came away victors.

The final was a TBC grudge match that went to the wire in both sets with Fullerton/McAdam winning 21-18, 21-19.

Mt Maunganui

Congratulations to our new BOP secondary schools Beach volleyball Champs Perry Preston and Fletcher Swan.

The two paired up after they went to a beach Volleyball camp and there has been no looking back for them.

They competed down at the Mount Main Beach and did not drop a set in their six matches. Their final was against Western Heights from Rotorua.

Perry and Fletcher won the gold medal in two sets to finish a fantastic weekend of Volleyball. They will now re- focus on this weekend BOP champs where they both play in the Junior A Indoor Volleyball Team.

Ben Johnston has returned from the SLS Worlds where he was a member of the U20 development team, which finished 2nd in the U20 development division behind Australia.

Ben medalled in team events for NZ getting silver in the beach sprint relay, and the 4 x 50 obstacle relay held in the pool. Individually he got two fifth places in the 200m Manikin carry and Ironman. The NZ open team won the world title.

The annual MMC PTA Golf Day held at Mt Golf Club, raised over $2800 for students of the College to assist with sporting and school events.

With a 70 strong field that played, the highlight had to be the team from Resolve, the Rena salvors, who came to play and support the college.

With over 50 Lifeguarding students, staff and families at MMC, many were involved with the Rena clean up.

The salvor team gifted three small cutout pieces of the Rena's hull and two pieces were raffled. The third will be made into a trophy that will be awarded annually to a MMC Lifeguarding Student who has contributed in a lifesaving role while serving in the community.

Thanks again to our Hole Sponsors; Port of Tauranga, HOBEC, Mount Drainage, Bruce Davies Panelbeaters, Mt Medical Centre & Paul Geoghean, and the many Community businesses for the wonderful prizes.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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