Sports 2016

NZ Secondary Schools' Winter Tournament Week

The winter sports season wrapped up with NZSS Tournament Week (29 August – 2 September).  This year five Lynfield teams competed in various tournaments, playing schools from all over the North Island. 

The experience for the players is far greater than just the time actually playing the games.  It is a unique and invaluable opportunity for our best sportspeople to be part of the intensity of a top level competition, day in, day out for a week and also to share the highs, lows and fun with other like-minded players and school mates.

Congratulations to all our players who represented Lynfield with pride and passion, playing hard but fair.  This year’s game results were very impressive:
1st XI Boys Football           3rd in “Trident” tournament (24 teams competed in Wanganui)
1st XI Girls Football           21st in “Kathy Seaward” tournament (24 teams competed in Auckland)
1st XI Boys Hockey            4th in “Olympic Stick” tournament (15 teams competed in Ngatea)
U19 Boys Basketball         3rd in “Northern Secondary Schools Cup” (10 teams competed in Auckland)
Premier 1 Netball             54th in “Upper North Island Secondary Schools” (111 teams competed at Papakura)

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Mt Maunganui Exchange

The annual Lynfield/Mt Maunganui sports exchange took place at Lynfield on Wednesday 10 August – fortunately a dry, although overcast day!  This exchange has been a highlight on the sporting calendars of both schools for 57 years. The top teams in 7 codes competed for the overall trophy based on the number of games won and lost.  This year was a very close competition which Mt Maunganui won by 1 point!!  Congratulations to our students for their fantastic sportsmanship.  They were in every sense one big Lynfield team who had an awesome sports day they will remember for many years.  Results as follows:
Golf - L                                                              
Basketball – Boys - L                             
Basketball – Girls - L                             
Football Boys - W                                                        
Football Girls - W                                                        
Waterpolo - L                                                                 
Netball Prem1 - L                                                                    
Netball Prem 2 - W                                                        
Hockey – Boys - W                                                     
Hockey – Girls - D                                                                    
Debating - D                                    
Rugby – called off due to player injury   

Lynfield Tennis Season

We had an enjoyable and successful season of tennis in Term 1, with training sessions every Wednesday and Thursday after school .

This year Lynfield College had seven teams competing in the Saturday morning Inter-Secondary Schools Tennis Competition run by College Sport and we were lucky to have fine weather on all but one of the weekends. Of particular note, our Junior Boys team, managed by Mr Burden, and our Senior Boys 2 team, managed by Mrs and Mr Adams, won their respective divisions.
Congratulations to the players in those teams:

JUNIOR BOYS:T J Piacun; Kyle Davison; Anish Bhalla; Sam Boasman(Captain); Kristijan Illievski; Peter Tan and Alex Tebay.
SENIOR BOYS 2:Caleb Mellor; Jaeyoung Heo ;Thomas Yang; Daniel Adams (Captain); Aaron Zhang; Joshua Moraes; Josh Boasman; Hamish Patel.

Secondary School Champion of Champions Tournament

The following students represented Lynfield College in this very challenging competition:

Junior Boys Division: Ethan Lobb
Junior Girls Division: Celesti Tan and Stella Piacun
Intermediate Girls Division: Anjali Hira
Senior Boys Division: Felix Barrett and Kota Murakami 

Congratulations to Celesti Tan who made it through to the Quarter Finals of the Junior Girls Singles division.

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School Tennis Champs

This year the school Tennis Champs were held on Wednesday 23rd March, which was probably one of the worst days for weather we have had to deal with. The players battled as much against the wet and wild conditions as they did against each other.Congratulations to the following winners and runners up:

Kitty Sun/Phoebe Liu
Phoebe Liu
Kitty Sun
Amy Cui/Emily Liston
Emily Liston
Amy Cui
Breanna Magee/Rachel Ling
Anjali Hira/Khushi G
Anjali Hira
Rachel Ling
Celesti Tan/Stella Piacun
Sophie Stanimiroff/Danielle Hewett
Celesti Tan
Stella Piacun
Simon Stanimiroff/Kota Murakami
Felix Barrett/Casey Newbrook
Felix Barrett
Casey Newbrook
Josh Boasman/Aaron Zhang
Josh Moraes/Jimmy Zhang
Josh Boasman
Aaron Zhang
Jason Moraes/Ishaan Bhide
Josh Lobo/Thomas Cornish
Ishaan Bhide
Thomas Cornish
TJ Piacun/Sam Boasman
Alex Tebay/Kristijan Ilievski
Ethan Lobb
Sam Boasman

May Update on our Sporting Scene

Winter sports are now underway.  We have 55 teams entered in weekly competitions in 10 different sports.  Some teams are just completing grading games while championship rounds have begun for others.  Each week on Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning there are ‘home games’ played on our football and rugby fields.  We welcome the support of our school community at these games.
 Some images from last Saturday's matches here at college:

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Individual Honours

Our students certainly take on some interesting sports and challenges!  Several have had notable success recently.   Congratulations to:

Maddison Wesche (Y12) has been selected to represent NZ in the World Junior (U20) Athletics Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, 19 – 24 July 2016.  Maddi is one of 17 NZ athletes to qualify for this event and the onlt shot put representative.
Michael Carswell (Y13) is a dedicated cyclist who is performing extremely well in all aspects of this sport.  Last month Michael raced in the NZ Road Race Championships where he took the bronze medal in the NZ U19 Road Race - over 105km.
Alastair Maisey (Y13) has just returned from Melbourne where he competed as a member of the NZAFL U18 Hawks team.
Mario Sinovcic (Y13) has been selected in the NZ U19 Water polo squad of 16 plyers.  In August the final team (12 players) will be selected from this squad.
Ana Cornish (Y13) was recently placed 1st in the Youth rumba section of the Pro-Am International Latin dance Competition.
Junior Laveaina (Y12) has been selected for the Northern Region Maori U16 Rugby team.
Bhakti Patel (Y9) won 1st and 2nd places in events at the Halberg Disability Games held during the school holidays recently.

Swimming - Term 1 Round Up

As reported previously the good turnout for the time trials for Zone team selection was an encouraging start for swimming in 2016, with a number of junior swimmers joining our ranks.

Twelve swimmers were selected to represent the College at the Zone Meet:
Sophie Bradley 9MK, Jadzia Hagai 9CN, Ben Henwood 9JD, Dani Hewett 9KK, Iman Ibrahim-Jerrywo 10RE, Salma Ibrahim-Jerrywo 9BD, Taea Lambert 11AN, Breanna Magee 10MH, Samantha Martin 10PR, Rohan Mukherjee 11RY, Jackson Potauaine 10RE, Aaron Tahu 10KM

Top three finishers in their events at the Zones were Aaron (two top three finishes), Rohan (one) and Ben (one). The relay results were very good, with the Intermediate Boys team of Aaron, Jackson, Taea and Rohan winning their freestyle relay and the Junior Girls freestyle team of Dani, Sophie, Jadzia and Salma coming fourth.

Mr Delgrosso and the swimmers
Smiles for a job well done!
Relay Team
Relay team

Getting through to the next stage is a much more difficult task. Only the top eight from the four Auckland Zones qualify for the Champion of Champions, so it is possible to win a race at the Zones and still not get through to the finals. The only Lynfield competitors who were able to compete at the Champion of Champions event were the Intermediate Boys freestyle relay team. Unfortunately Rohan was not able to swim due to injury, but Luke Tahu filled in admirably at the last minute. The team swam well, but did not feature in the top few finishers.

Coming up later in the year are the Auckland SS Individual Championships, the North Island Secondary Schools Championships in Palmerston North and the NZ Secondary Schools Championships in Wellington. We are hoping for some entries and good results from those events as they include longer distances than the 50m races in the local events.

Congratulations and thanks to all of the swimmers who trialled, made the Zones team or qualified for the Champions Meet. Thanks also to the Caregivers who were able to offer their time to help out. The strong Junior and Intermediate contingent, in particular, is very encouraging. We wish those competing in the upcoming events all the best.


Latest Individual Sporting Achievers

Central/Western Zone Athletics Championships

Our Zone Athletics team was very competitive with several winning places in track finals and field events.  Those who placed 1st or 2nd in the finals have won the right to compete in the Greater Auckland Secondary Schools Athletics meet next week.  Of special note were the following students who all placed in finals and/or have qualified for the Greater Auckland Secondary Schools championships.
Sophie Bradley (Y9) - 4th Junior Girls Discus
Robin Seu Leota (Y9) - 4th Junior Boys Discus
Cody Gordon (Y9) - 2nd Junior Boys 800m
Shayan Rezakhan-Kermani (Y10) - 4th Junior Boys 100m
Aimee Le Noel (Y10) - 5th Intermediate Girls High Jump
Daniel Adams (Y12) - 1st Intermediate Boys Discus, 4th Intermediate Boys 200m
Maddison Wesche (Y12) - 1st Senior Girls Shot Put
Holly Harrison (Y13) - 3rd Senior Girls 100m
Numia Kennerley (Y13) - 1st Senior Boys High Jump
Nathan Maisey (Y12) - 4th Senior Boys Long Jump
Junior Girls relay - 3rd
Junior Boys relay - 2nd
Intermediate Boys relay - 4th
Senior Boys relay - 3rd 

Maddison Wesche (Y12)

-won the Senior Girls Shot Put with a throw of 16.22m creating a new Auckland Secondary Schools record!  This smashed the previous record.  Maddy will now go to the Greater Auckland Secondary Schools Athletics meet as #1 favourite for this event.

 - won 2 titles at the NZ National Athletics Championships recently.   She threw 16.61m (3kg) in the ‘Youth’ (U18) age group and 14.85m (4kg) in the ‘Junior’ (U20) competition, so again holds 2 NZ titles! 

Last week she travelled to Perth to compete in the Australian Champs and brought home the gold medal as the 2016 Australian Junior Shot Put Champion.  Here she threw a Personal Best of 16.74m which was 1.9m further than her nearest opposition.


Our Intermediate Boys Freestyle Relay team were one of the 8 fastest teams across all zones and therefore qualified to compete in the Auckland Secondary Schools Champion of Champions meeting.

Athletics Day - Awesome!

After 2 days of wet weather and more rain forecast late in the day, we were so lucky to have a fine day with a layer of high cloud.

The morning programme was a rotation of 11 events (a mixture of track and field and tabloid) which created a huge amount of fun and competition. The most noise and excitement was generated in the Obstacle Course and the Tug o’ War as junior classes and senior houses tried to get as many participants involved to boost their house points.
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The House Captains worked extremely hard to involve all students in the presentation of their House Mascot.  They came up with some interesting, creative and amazing ideas, ranging from batman to a tennis game involving a human tennis ball, to impress the judges. This competition and Best Dressed House, were both judged by an independent panel of staff who found it really difficult to find clear winners!
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The house and form class sprint finals and relays were hotly contested in the afternoon and showed we certainly have talent at all levels in these track events.

Congratulations to overall winners, Reid House who have worked out that participation is the key to success as the whole house ran, threw, jumped and tugged to the max.
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Lewis House came second with Fatialofa House third.

Swimming Team at the Zone Meet

The swimming team performed very creditably at the Central/West Zone Meet last Thursday, both in the pool and as representatives of the College and themselves.  Special thanks to those who were able to assist with transport or officiating at the event.  Such events rely on your support and cannot be run without it. 

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Best performances at the zones were:


Ben Henwood   (Yr9)             Boys 13 + under                    3rd Backstroke
Aaron Tahu  (Yr10)                Boys 14-15yrs                       2nd Backstroke
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                                                                                       6th Freestyle
Rohan Mukherjee (Y11)         Boys 14-15yrs                       2nd Freestyle


Jackson Potauaine, Aaron Tahu,Taea Lambert, Rohan Mukherjee  1st   Boys  14-15yrs Freestyle
Dani Hewitt, Sophie Bradley, Jadzia Hagai, Sama Ibrahim-Jerrywo  4th  Girls 13+under Freestyle
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The next stage is the Champion of Champions on 15 March, again at West Wave. To qualify for this event a swimmer (or relay team) must have one of the top eight times over the four Auckland Zones, so winning at the Zone event will not necessarily get a swimmer to the next stage. 

We are now waiting for all zones to complete their swimming events so we know which of our swimmers have qualified for the greater Auckland swim meet. Watch this space!

Individual Sports Achievers...Congratulations!

Congratulations to our students who have achieved outstanding results in their chosen sports:
Sam Hudson (Y13) won two gold medals in the NZ Archery championships during January.  He won the Recurve Target competition and was also a member of the team which one the Open Teams Recurve Matchplay competition.
Maddison Wesche (Y12) is now the NZ U18 Women’s Shot Put Champion after throwing a personal best of 15.93m.  She then smashed this to throw 16.07m at the Porritt Classic in Hamilton last weekend, dominating the event with the best throw by an opponent being 1.8m less!
In December she won the NZ Secondary Schools Senior Girls Shot Put with a throw of 15.37m (1.82m further than the 2nd placed thrower).  Her Personal Best improvement is staggering!
Samantha Martin (Y10) won two golds and two silvers in the Anthony Mosse Swim Classic last week.
And an update on two former students..

Katie Bowen (Y13, 2011)
has now almost finished her degree at the University of North Carolina and has been selected as the ‘number one choice’ to play for FC Kansas City.  Having captained the NZ U20 team in the World Cup, she has her sights very firmly set on the Rio Olympics.
Tyla Nathan-Wong (Y13, 2012) was recently named “2015 Women's Sevens Player of the Year”.  She has been part of the New Zealand team to take out the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series for three consecutive years.  Her success was also recognised by prominent world rugby website who in December named her “Under-23 Player of the Year” and by Sport Waitakere when she was jointly named “Sportswoman of the Year” for 2015.  She too has her sights on the Rio Olympics.