Grace Kukutai and Jocelyn Katu have just been named as finalists in the ASB Young Sportsperson of The Year. Nominations were sought from schools in the Greater Auckland area so to be selected as a finalist is very tangible recognition of the outstanding level of excellence these 2 students have reached in their sport.
Grace is one of 3 finalists for netball
Jocelyn is one of 6 finalists for golf
The winners will be announced at the ASB Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards to be held at Eden Park on the evening of 20 November.
This season has proved that Lynfield Hockey is definitely on the move - UP! With several key Y13 players leaving at the end of 2013, this year was always planned to be one of re-building for both boys and girls teams. Under the guidance of some excellent coaches our hockey teams have had some great successes on the turf, both in competition results and sheer enjoyment of the game. Congratulations to all team members whose commitment to their teams has been outstanding.
2 teams won their grade:
1st XI Girls finished the season undefeated and 1st= in the Open C Championship after an exciting final against Rutherford which resulted in a 0-0 draw. (Coached by Karen Tattersall and Gabrielle Clark.)
U15 Girls won the U15 Central/West competition. Many of these girls had not held a hockey stick before this season so this result is outstanding! (Coached by Peter Oakley.)
Other teams also performed very well:
1st XI Boys finished 4th/7 in the Open Boys B/C which is excellent given that this is a very young team containing only 1 Yr13. (Coached by Raj Chauhan.)
2nd XI Boys finished 2nd/5 in the Open D Boys Central/West competition. This team was composed of Y9 – 13 students, some of whom were beginners. (Coached by Ben and Shane Isdale.)
2nd XI Girls improved considerably throughout the season finishing 5th/8 in Open D West. (Coached by ex-students Merlyn Lobo and Bonita Wong.)
2nd X1 Girls
For many students this event is a much anticipated highlight of the school’s sporting calendar. The two colleges have been meeting across a number of sporting codes every year since the 1960’s. What for many years was a two day event with local students billeting their visitors, has now become a one day event with the colleges taking it in turns to travel.
Two trophies are at stake – one for rugby and the other for the school that wins the most matches. Lynfield has this year retained both trophies, after a day that included some nail-biting matches and a superb game of netball between the premier teams which ended in a draw.
|Lynfield College||Mt Maunganui College|
|Basketball - Girls||28||10|
|Basketball - Boys||44||45|
|Waterpolo - Mixed Team||7||16|
|Netball premier 1||28||28|
|Netball Premier 2||21||20|
|Rugby 1st XV||40||8|
|Football 1st X1 - Boys||8||1|
|Football 1st X1 - Girls||3||2|
|Hockey 1st X1 - Boys||1||0|
|Hockey 1st X1 - Girls||3||1|
|Lynfield College Netball has again shown its skill and determination to take the top prize in the top grade of the West Auckland Secondary Schools netball competition.
Last week our Premier 1 team met Massey High in the semi-final. It was a hard, very physical game ending in a draw at full time. Our girls were really hungry for a win when they went back on to the court for 14 minutes of extra time. The result was a convincing 7 goal win to Lynfield and a place in the final.
This week we faced Avondale Premier 1 team in the final! Our staff and students lined the court ready for some entertaining, skilful and thrilling netball. Lynfield sank the first 4 goals then Avondale clawed their way back into the game. The pace was brutal and the play spectacular! Players from both teams took heavy falls as they put their bodies on the line in this crucial game. After an extremely tight game which was a fantastic spectacle, Lynfield WON by 1 goal!!
Huge congratulations to all team members and their coach, Debbie Neville, on this outstanding achievement. We wish them well as they prepare for their first year of ‘A Grade’ competition in the Upper North Island Secondary School's Netball Tournament during the first week of September.
The rugby league First XIII last week played their last competition game at Mt Roskill Grammar School in front of a large and parochial crowd.
Lynfield started strongly almost scoring twice before crossing for three tries scored by Daniel Speck, Luke Wilson and Alex Falaniko. Sifa Palu converted one of them to give us a 14-0 lead. Mt Roskill then responded with a couple of tries of their own so we had a narrow 14-12 lead at halftime.
Lynfield had played the first half with the wind so needed to be very disciplined and focussed for the second half if they were to come away with a win. They tackled strongly preventing any further points for Mt Roskill and were rewarded for hard running and slick passing with Alistair Maisey scoring his first try of the season. Kisi Fakafonua then glided through a gap to score after the forwards had worked hard to get us into an attacking position .Kisi kicked a 30m drop goal to give us a deserved 23-12 victory.
This result meant the team finished third in the bowl competition which is a result they are proud of.
Congratulations to all of the following students who have recently gained representative status and/or performed exceptionally well at regional or national level. Their success is a direct result of their dedication and commitment.
Michael Carswell (Y11) was very successful recently when he competed in the North Island Secondary Schools' Cycling Championships. This competition involves both road and track races. Michael finished a very creditable 5th in the U17 Boys Road Race, but it was on the track he really shone. Here his results were:
Silver in Team Pursuit
Bronze in Team Sprint
5th Points race
5th Scratch race
4th Elimination race
This is a fantastic outcome against the best in the country.
Mitch Bradley (Y 11) was selected as the Goalkeeper in the Auckland U19 Futsal Representative Team for the NZ Football National Tournament which was held in Wellington in July. This is excellent achievement for a 16 year old! Mitch frequently keeps goal for our 1st XI Boys‟ Football team.
Sam Dashfield (Y10) and Ben Roughan (Y12) were members of the Auckland U17 Indoor Cricket team when it won the interprovincial tournament held in Wellington during the recent school holidays. Both Ben and Sam are members of our 1st XI Cricket team.
Michael Durham (Y12) is again a NZ Junior Men‟s Figure Skating Representative. He has recently represented NZ in Dunedin and will also skate for NZ at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Nagoya, Japan 8-15 September.
She^e Nathan-Wong (Y13) gained selection to the Auckland West U18 Girls' Secondary Rugby Team.
Kieren Chhiba (Y9) is one of only 3 Y9 students throughout Auckland who have been selected as members of the Auckland U15A Boys‟ Hockey team. Kieren is a member of our 1st XI Hockey team.
Tayla Wesche (Y13) gained selection to the Netball North Harbour U19 Netball team. Tayla is a member of our very successful Premier 1 Netball team.
Jocelyn Katu (Y12) & Shantael Ligaliga (Y11) are representing Auckland in interprovincial tournaments after selection to the Auckland Women‟s Golf team. Both Jocelyn and Shantael are members of our Golf team
Esmeralda Ligaliga (Y12) has been selected in the Auckland Junior Women‟s Golf team
Juee Bhide (Y13) has been selected as a member of the Auckland Senior Women‟s Squash team. Juee is ranked too highly to compete in a school team but has coached our girls' squash team for 5 years.
Our congratulations to two of our former students who have featured in international competitions recently are:
Katie Bowen (Y13, 2011) is captain of the NZ U20 White Ferns Football team competing in the U20 World Football Cup.
Stephanie McKenzie (Y13, 2010) finished 4th in the track cycling sprint at the Glasgow Commonwealth games.
World Inline Hockey report.
You may remember Jemma Read (Y13) represented NZ in both the Junior and the Senior Women‟s Inline Hockey Teams. Below is a very brief account of her amazing experiences in this team.
“Just before the school holidays started, I flew off to France for 3 weeks to compete in the FIRS World Inline Hockey Championships. This was the first time I had been selected to represent NZ for Junior and Senior Women. Senior Women retained „Top 4‟ world ranking, after coming first in our pool (with Italy, Mexico, Brazil) and beating Namibia in the quarter finals before losing to Canada in the semi, and Spain in the playoff for 3rd + 4th. Although we just missed out on a medal, it was a challenge competing against the top hockey playing countries in the world – 16 in total - but we played with pride and passion every game.
Next was the Juniors tournament which was held in a very small rink. It consisted of top ranking U19 players from various countries such as USA, Spain, Colombia, Canada, Australia, Great Britain and Namibia. Our scores were really close, even against countries that had a lot more backing behind the sport - like Canada who only beat us 2-1. We placed 7th.
Wearing a NZ jersey was one of the best feelings, and I hope to do the same next year in Argentina!”
|Huge congratulations to Deputy Head Girl, Grace Kukutai (Year 13) who has been selected as a member of the NZ Secondary Schools Netball Team. This is an outstanding achievement! The team is comprised of the top 12 school age netball players in NZ.
Grace has been a member of the Lynfield College Premier 1 netball team since she was in Year 10, playing in the mid-court, most often as Centre. She was a key player when this team won the B Grade last year in the Upper North Island Secondary Schools tournament. To be selected in the NZ team has been a goal of Grace’s for several years and she has worked tirelessly to reach this extremely high standard of netball. She has been ‘put through the hoops’ by selectors at three different trials camps in the last few months. The NZSS team will play in a Trans-Tasman tournament in Adelaide later this month, competing against their Aussie equivalents as well as teams from the Pacific region.
During her time at Lynfield, Grace has developed some great time management skills which allow her to meet commitments to her sport, academic studies (she passed NCEA Level 2 with excellence last year) and leadership within the school. Six days each week she is working on her off-season training regime which consists of cardio work (a mixture of spin classes, road runs and strength training in the gym), ball passes onto the wall for skills and lots of core work. Grace has also been fully focussed on nutritional and hydration requirements for netball at the elite level. These are all indicative of the commitment and dedication which have been absolutely critical to her success.
Michael Carswell (Y11) competed in the Teams event at the National Age Group Cycling Champs in Invercargill winning a bronze medal in the 300m Team Pursuit.
2 WEEKENDS = 3 GOLDS + 1 NEW RECORD!
Year 10 student, Maddison Wesche has put her mark firmly on NZ athletics. On two consecutive weekends of competition she has taken 3 significant Shot Put titles and set a new record.
At the NZ National Athletics Championships in Wellington the weekend of 28 - 30 March Maddi won back to back gold!! She won both the NZ Youth Women’s (U18) and Junior Women’s (U20) Shot Put titles. This is an amazing feat for a 14 year old athlete who only started this discipline less than a year ago.
The following weekend Maddison was a member of the Auckland Secondary Schools team competing in the North Island Secondary Schools Athletics Champs in Masterton. Here she not only won gold in the Intermediate Girls Shot Put, she set a new record for this event by throwing a Personal Best of 14.92m. This is the second Secondary Schools athletics record Maddi has broken in the last month!
After 6 weekly training sessions at Westhaven, 77 Lynfield students descended on Lake Pupuke on Sunday 23 March for a day of fun and rivalry in the Auckland Secondary Schools' Dragon Boat Regatta.
Having to arrive at school at 6.15am didn’t seem to dampen any enthusiasm; in fact everyone seemed pumped and ready to put their best paddle forward from the moment we arrived at the lake. There were 29 teams from a wide variety of schools throughout Auckland.
Each team has 20 paddlers, a caller and a sweep so, in all, about 700 competitive students. It was great to have ex-student, Linden Rose, as sweep and coach for 2 of our teams.
This year we were wearing our new, exclusive and unique singlets which were designed especially for the event by Oksana Zhang (Y12). They were extremely distinctive!
Our 3 crews all improved markedly throughout the day but could not keep up with the teams who train 2 or 3 times each week! Results were:
Lynfield Legends 1 3rd Mixed Bowl final
Lynfield Legends 2 2nd Mixed Plate final
Lynfield Legends 1 4th Mixed Plate final
And there are plenty of photos to record the day!
The junior Waterpolo team made up of four Year 10 students and eight Year 9 students played a one day tournament on 22nd March at Kings College.
They won all their three games beating Takapuna Grammar 9-1, St Kentigern A 6-5 and Kings College C 9-4.
This is the first time the team has played together in a competition this year. The second one day tournament will be held on April 12.
At the end of last year two students won very significant Auckland-wide awards while a third won a NZ title:
Shantael Ligaliga (Y10, 2013) was named as Runner-up for the NZ Pacific Island Young Sports Person of the Year Award. This award is for all school age Pasifika students, both male and female.
Liam van Rijn (Y13, 2013) won the ASB Young Sportsperson of the Year for Lawn Bowls.
Our congratulations to Liam and Shantael on winning these very prestigious awards.
Maddison Wesche (Y9, 2013) won the NZ Secondary Schools Junior Girls’ Shot Put title with a distance that outstripped the senior girls!
While most of us were enjoying a lazy summer holiday many of our top sporting students continued with a gruelling training regime in their efforts to reach the highest level in their chosen sports. Several have already gained success this year:
Sam Hudson (Y10) competed during the holidays in NZ Archery National Championships at Whitianga, winning silver in the U15 target championship with a personal best score.
She^e Nathan-Wong (Y13) was selected as captain of the Auckland U17 Girls’ Touch Team and also the Auckland U19 Girls’ Touch Team. The U17 team won the national title
David Nathan-Wong (Y9) was selected for the Auckland U15 Boys Elite Touch Team which went on to win silver at the Touch National Champs.
Alex Falaniko (Y12) gained selection to the Auckland U19 Tag Football team for the 2014 National Championships which were held late last month.
Shanaia Panapa-Ruri (Y11) was selected for the U21 Women’s Waitakere Tag team.
Cree Braithwaite (Y12) was selected for U17 Waitakere Tag team.
Michael Carswell (Y11) has had several successes in cycling; Silver - Individual Pursuit and the 500 Time Trial;
Bronze - Points race; Member of the Auckland Representative Team for the National Championships to be held in Invercargill.
Jemma Read (Y13) – has gained a double NZ cap! She has been selected in both the NZ Junior Women’s In-Line Hockey team. She decided to push herself to take part in 8 hours of trials last weekend for the NZ Senior Women's In-Line Hockey team and was ecstatic when she found she had gained a place in this team too! Now Jemma will be playing in both teams in the World Championships in France in July.
Pam Chia (Y13) competed in the Junior World Karate Championships in Spain in November where only one person from each division from each country can compete. As New Zealand’s top U59kg 16 or 17 year old, she performed exceptionally well, finishing in the top 16 for Kata and 7th in Sparring!
Grace Kukutai (Y13) has been selected in the U23 Netball Northern Zone (ie Auckland and north) training squad of 14 girls. She is one of only school age players in this squad and impressed the selectors with her extremely high level of fitness. Grace trains three times per week with this squad and also has training for both her club and school teams.
Mario Simovcic (Y11) has been selected to trial for the NZ team for his age group in Waterpolo.
Last week the Senior Girls' Volleyball Team competed in the Auckland Secondary Schools' Tournament at the Trusts Stadium. This is the first time for several years we have competed in this and the girls trained very hard in their build up to this competition.
They went through pool play without a loss, winning each game in 2 straight sets. They continued their winning streak by defeating Glendowie College and completely dominated One Tree Hill College in the semi-finals with a disciplined display of technically sound volleyball and excellent teamwork.
In the final against Avondale College, Lynfield won the first set convincingly but were narrowly beaten in the second set. The third set saw some really exciting rallies with both teams determined to win. The scores remained locked together throughout this set causing the game to go into extra time. Finally, Avondale managed to score a 2 point win (18 – 16) making Lynfield Runners-up in Division 2 of the AKSS Senior Girls Volleyball Championships. Congratulations girls!
While the tournament was in progress selectors were talent scouting to find the best players of the entire tournament. Congratulations to River Gavet (Y13) who was selected for the Auckland Secondary Schools Senior Girls Volleyball Tournament team. In the image on the right below River is 3rd from the left.
|At the Western Zone Athletics Championships Maddison Wesche (Y10) set a new Auckland Secondary Schools Shot Put record for Intermediate Girls! Her put of 14.26m smashed the previous record of 14.10m.||
Maddy will now go to the Greater Auckland Secondary Schools Athletics meet as #1 favourite for this event, but before that she is off to Australia to represent NZ in the Australian Athletics champs.
Other students also performed extremely well..
|Amy Pitout - 1st Senior Girls' 800m
Dale Pitout - 1st Senior Boys' 800m
Daniel Adams - 1st Junior Boys' Discus and finalist in the 100m and 200m
Francis Loa - 2nd Junior Boys' High Jump and Long Jump
Holly Harrison - 2nd Intermediate Girls' 100m
Junior Boys' Relay Team
Lynfield's annual Athletics Day was held in great weather last Friday and the following photos capture the colour, spirit and competitive action. Being the first House competition event of the year there was the usual effort by all Houses to make a serious impression on the points table. Results for the day should be available shortly! (Reid was in the lead at lunchtime...)
|Our golf team of Shantael Ligaliga (Yr11), Jocelyn Katu (Yr12), Brock Dormer (Yr13) and James Samountry (Yr13) have played 2 games so far and this week had their 1st ever win over Kings College.
Although our team is comprised of both boys and girls, all the other teams in this division of this competition are boys only. Our opposition is learning not to take the talent of our girls lightly - Shantael is the current AKSS girls’ Strokeplay champion and Jocelyn is the U19 North Island Strokeplay champion