Maddi Wesche (Lynfield student 2013 - 2017), grew up watching all sports at the Olympic Games, but it was the sport of shot put that she excelled in. She competes in the World Champs in Doha this week and is doing all she can to one day wear the fern at the Olympic Games.
It is always exciting to follow the journeys of our students. Maddi's journey and Olympic vision can be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/275222050212/posts/10156223126915213?sfns=mo
Also via the official Facebook page of the New Zealand Olympic and Commonwealth Games team: https://www.facebook.com/nzolympicteam/?tn-str=k*F
What a fantastic time our athletes had at NZSS Winter Tournament Week! Every one of our players represented our school with pride and determination to give their best 100% of the time they were on the field / court / turf / ice. Every one of our teams learned so much - about their skill sets, game play and themselves.Very special thanks to all the coaches and other adults involved. Without these dedicated people our teams would never have had this experience.
And let's not forget the supporters who travelled 100's of km in some cases, to watch and support from the sideline ... thank you, your support is greatly appreciated, as are your photographs.
|FINAL TEAM PLACINGS AND TOURNAMENTS WERE:|
|1st XI Boys Football Trident Tournament
1st XI Girls Football Kathy Seaward Tournament
2nd XI Boys Football 2nd XI Tournament
1st XI Boys Hockey Olympic Stick Tournament
1st XI Girls Hockey Rosemary O'Brien Tournament
Premier 1 Netball UNISS Netball Tournament
Mixed Curling (Y13) NISS Curling Championship
Girls Curling (Y11) NISS Curling Championship
|7th / 12
11th / 18
8th / 16
7th / 12
10th / 10
20th / 119
1st / 3
2nd / 6
The annual Lynfield/Mt Maunganui sports exchange took place at Mt Maunganui on Thursday 8 August. It was a very wet start at Lynfield as we boarded the buses, but fortunately it was a beautiful sunny day in the Bay of Plenty! This exchange has been a highlight on the sporting calendars of both schools for 59 years. The top teams in seven codes competed for the overall trophy based on the number of games won and lost. Most games were played at Mt Maunganui College although Hockey, Netball and Water polo were held at facilities off site. There is always intense rivalry … and a lot of fun.
This year Mt Maunganui won the overall trophy and the Lynmount trophy for Rugby. 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.
The results were definitely not what we were hoping for, BUT most of the games were very, very good, very close games.
|Basketball: Boys Lost
Basketball: Girls Lost
Football: Boys Lost
Football: Girls Lost
|Rugby: Girls Won
Netball Prem 1: Lost
Netball Prem 2: Lost
|Hockey: Boys Draw
Hockey: Girls Lost
Rugby: Boys Lost
Many thanks to all our photographers, especially Bella Tahu for her action photographs below.
Our 1st XI Boys Football team made it to the Knockout Cup semi-finals - the first time we have been in this position since 1985 so our football community was excited.
We played Takapuna in the quarter-final the first day of this term where our boys performed outstandingly to outplay Takapuna using skill, composure and team work to take the win 5 - 0. What a fantastic win!
On Tuesday they put in a fearless performance against Sacred Heart College on our Number 1 field in the semi-final. Sacred Heart is sitting third in the Premier division. It was a wonderful game which was an excellent lesson in how to win with humility and lose with dignity. Well done to our 1st XI Boys Football team.
We much prefer the winning quarter-final photos below. Many thanks to Simon Rushton for the images.
Congratulations to Danielle Hewettrepresented Lynfield College at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Artistic Gymnastics last weekend with outstanding results from some tough competition. She placed first on beam and first on floor, finishing in second place overall.
The season ended for this sport this week. Both our Senior Girls team and our Open A Senior Boys team played in zone finals this week. The girls defeated St Dominics 31-26 making our girls winners of the top West Auckland grade.
Our Open A Boys played St Pauls in a very intense and close game. Although we were down at the end of the 3rd quarter our boys fought hard to narrow the gap but couldn’t quite finish off, resulting in St Pauls winning by only 5 points.
However, there is much excitement among our basketballers as our top senior girls’ and boys’ teams have created Lynfield College history. As far as we can tell this is the first time that both teams have qualified for the Greater Auckland Champs! This tournament is open only to the top two senior teams from each of the four basketball zones. Greater Auckland Champs will be held at Pulman Park, Papakura on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 August.
Thank you to Ron Delgrosso for his fabulous action shots.
Visit the Lynfield College Sports facebook page for more detail and photos.
Wednesdy 26 June saw our 1st XI Boys Hockey in action versus Henderson High 1st XI. This was a great game – very tight resulting in 2 - All draw. Many thanks to Ron Delgrosso for his photographs.
The annual Lynfield College Road Race took place Monday 17 June. Entry into this race is entirely voluntary for students. A mild and sunny day saw an impressive group of athletes determined to beat their personal best and add to those highly sought-after house points.Staff spend a considerable amount of time preparing for this event to meet the health and safety required that ensure the public and especially our students are safe while this event is being held. Year 9 and 10 students ran a 3.3 km course, while Years 11 to 13 ran 5.4 km. Both courses are run within a specific time allocation.
|Year 9 Girls
Year 9 Boys
Year 10 Girls
Year 10 Boys
Year 11 Girls
Year 11 Boys
Taichi Nakao, Year 12, Baseball Player
Congratulations to talented Baseball player, Year 12 student Taichi Nakao.
After a successful year playing for the North Shore Premier Men’s team, Taichi won Best Batter for the season at their recent 2019 Prizegiving. As well as this, Taichi was also awarded the Club’s top prize, the President’s Award. This is presented to the person throughout the whole club that best represents the values, behaviours and ideals of a model player. When presenting the award, the club chairman expressed his admiration for how Taichi conducts himself on the off the field, his kind and giving attitude from helping coach the juniors to helping with equipment every week, and the level of respect he has earned from everyone he plays with and against.
It is great to see Lynfield College students representing the values of Manaakitanga out in the community. Congratulations Taichi on your deserved success.
These were held at Mt Smart last week. To qualify for this event an athlete must be one of the best 16 in all Auckland. This year 8 of our students qualified to compete. Despite very tough competition our athletes performed extremely well:
|TOM CHRISTIE (Y9)
1st Jun Boys High Jump (1.78m, 2cm off the record)
3rd Junior Boys Triple Jump
1st Junior Boys 80m Hurdles (11.74m)
3rd Junior Boys Long Jump
|BHAKTI PATEL (Y12)
2nd 100m Para Athletes
2nd 200m Para Athletes
2nd Shot Put Para Athletes
2nd Discus Para Athlete
|MIA POWELL (Y11)
10th Intermediate Girls 200m
|SELENA GEE (Y12)
10th Senior Girls 200m
|JESSIKA VARNEY (Y13)
11th Senior Girls 100m
|MATT ZHOU (Y9)
12th Junior Boys Long Jump
|NEEL KUMAR (Y9)
15th Junior Boys 3000m
|DANNIELLE HEWITT (Y12)
15th Intermediate Girls 400m
Thomas Christie, Mia Powell and Selena Gee have been selected for the Auckland team to compete in the North Island Secondary Schools Championships on 6 and 7 April in Tauranga. We wish them good luck for this very prestigious athletics meet.Many thanks to Mr Ron Delgrosso for his outstanding photos of our athletes in action.
Two former students of Lynfield College were major award winners at this 56th ISPS Handa Halberg Awards ceremony held on Thursday 21 February.
Beatrice Faumuina was admitted to the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame. Beatrice was a former world discus champion, New Zealand’s first-ever world track and field champion and Commonwealth Games gold medallist.
Maddison-Lee Wesche received the Emerging Talent Award. In 2018 Maddi clamed gold at the Under 20 IAAF World Championships to make her the World U20 Women’s shotput champion. “This is just the beginning,” she told the audience.
Previous winners of this award were Lydia Ko, Eliza McCartney and Nico Poreous (who was nominated for Sportsman of the Year).
The Auckland Secondary Schools Championships (AKSS), were held at Lake Pupuke on Sunday 24 March 2019. This event is quite unique in the AKSS calendar as it is a fun, family-friendly event in which each team is in fierce competition on the water but welcomes their competitors ashore with high fives.We had three crews (each of 20 paddlers and a caller), involved – one girls’ and two mixed teams. They all had a fantastic day with each team competing in three 500m races and three 200m races. 'Lynfield Fury' (mixed) came home with bronze medals for the 200m and 500m.
We were also able to enter a mixed team in the Open 200m and 500m races. This team was largely Fury but with a few swapped in from our other crews. This team just missed out on medals, finishing 4th in both races – 0.03s and 0.06s behind the 3rd placed boat!! The competition was VERY tight and exciting.
Check out the Lynfield College Sports facebook page for more detail and photos.
The weather has interfered with some games but this has not dampened the enthusiasm of our players. Despite the interference of inclement weather throughout the season there has been some excellent tennis played by our students with some games being extremely intense for long periods of time!
These photos are from our semifinals held on Saturday 23 March. Finals will be played on Saturday 6 April.
For the first time in many years, we entered teams into the NZSS Tennis Cup held in Christchurch over the last four days. Five boys from our Senior A2 boys team formed two teams and played the best in New Zealand school tennis. Ethan Lobb (Y12) and Stanley Long(Y10) played as our Number 1 team while Nicholas Curin (Y11), Toby Runting (Y13) and Jake Runting (Y13) formed our Number 2 team.
Every game was hard fought and resulted in some extremely tight games including two doubles games and one singles which went to tie breaks and we WON!Check out the Lynfield College Sports Facebook page for more detail and photos.
Athletics Day is a sporting summer highlight that makes for a great break from the classroom for the whole school. A brilliant example of teamwork and support within and across each of the six house teams made for a memorable but tiring day, thanks to perfect weather.
We are waiting to hear which house is leading the points competition. As usual the best part were the costumes which went from chic through to whimsical, followed by the truly bizarre and the downright frightening. Top marks to the large reptile, although the cones were quite fetching.
Huge thanks to the 'waterbearers' for keeping up the hydration levels of the competitors and staff. Also to all the staff involved for their preparation and management of the day, especially the Sports Department: Felicity Walbran, Su Yim, Jo Smith and Thomas Fletcher.
We had several our swimmers compete in this event at Westwave recently. Only the top 16 in each event from a combination of all four zones qualify for the Auckland Secondary Schools Champion of Champions meet to be held next Wednesday 3 April.Congratulations and good luck to our three relay teams (comprising of two seniors and two intermediates), who have qualified:
SENIOR BOYS FREESTYLE
Jackson Potauaine (Y13), Ben Henwood (Y12), Michael Jury (Y11), Levi Green (Y10)
SENIOR GIRLS BREASTROKE
Lisa Davy (Y13), Julia Rennie (Y13), Emily Drage (Y13), Samantha Martin (Y13)
Photo credit: Mr Ron Delgrosso
|Jacob Penney (Y11) was a regular with our Run Club in Y9 who enjoyed starting his day with some fitness training. He has since become hooked on distance running and has now completed four half marathons. His best time was 1 hour 48 minutes in the Coatesville Half – a hilly event! We wish him luck for the Auckland Waterfront Half Marathon which takes place in April.
Matthew Haigh (Y9) has been competing in BMX races since he was six years old. He is passionate about BMX track sprint racing and currently is ranked 6th in the North Island and 7th nationally for his age group.
Congratulations to the following students who have gained representative status in their chosen sports:
Sophie Bradley (Y12) has been selected for the NZ Secondary Schools U17 Team, to play in the Dallas International Soccer Cup from 17 – 21 April. This is an amazing opportunity and a great experience, meeting and playing against a variety of teams. The countries in her grade include Denmark, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Colombia and several USA states.
Thomas Wandstraat, Stanley Long and Bunji Nakao (all Y10) competed in this year's U16 NZ National Baseball Competition which was held in mid-February.
Dayna Reinink (Y9) is competing in the North Island Youth Championships representing the Auckland Archery Club of which she is a member.
Maurizia Macciacchera (Y9) competed with the New Zealand Junior Rhythmic Gymnastics Team in a competition in Christchurch on 8 March. After an excellent performance, the team are delighted to be representing New Zealand at the the Australian Nationals of Rhythmic Gymnastics in May.
Several of our girls were selected to play at the 2019 Junior Oceania Tag Football Tournament played last weekend.
Josie Wells (Year 9) continues to have multiple successes in her chosen sport of artistic swimming. She has only just moved up into the 13 - 15 age group category so is very pleased with these results. At the NZ Nationals and NZSS Champs, held at Westwave in October, she won:
Silver: NZ Secondary School Solo
Josie’s other results were:
On 9 December in Kuala Lumpur Josie’s team won gold
Congratulations to Taichi Nakao who was selected to represent the U19 Baseball New Zealand College Select team competing in the Arizona Fall Classic located in Peoria, Arizona USA from 8 to 23 October. This team consists of the best under nineteen Kiwi baseball players from across the globe. They will be have the opportunity to compete in front of professional scouts and college recruiters in the hopes of signing a professional or collegiate contract.
This Baseball New Zealand under nineteen Select Collegiate Team was hand selected by New Zealand national coaches, all of whom were former professional and collegiate players themselves. These young men have been training extensively their entire lives to prepare themselves for this rare opportunity.
New Zealand’s baseball program is considered one of the fastest growing baseball programs in the world, and has received an invitation to the prestigious series known as the Arizona Fall Classic Showcase. Over the past four years the Arizona Fall Classic has afforded over ten Kiwi baseballers with college scholarships in the USA. This is a once in a lifetime experience that can change a student’s life forever, providing Taichi with world experience and the opportunity to acquire an education.
The winter sports season wrapped up with NZSS Tournament Week (3 – 7 September). This year eight 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 many of 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. There were several Y9 and 10 students in our teams which sets us up well for the future.
Congratulations to all our players who represented Lynfield with pride and passion, playing hard but fair. This year’s game results were VERY impressive:
The 1st XI Boys Hockey team played some excellent hockey, against some tough competition. A few minor injuries proved to be a challenge throughout the week. The boys were pretty pleased with their win over Mt Roskill Grammar School on Thursday, in the semi-final then faced John Paul College in a very exciting final. John Paul scored a goal within 30 seconds of the game starting, but Lynfield was up for the challenge. The result of this very tight game was a 6-2 win to John Paul. Our captain, Kieren Chhiba, was second highest goal scorer for the tournament. Congratulations to coach, Raj Chauhan for a moulding together this team ranging from beginners to very experienced and from Y9 to Y13.
Our top Senior Netball team competed at the Upper North Island Secondary Schools (UNISS) tournament which, this year, was hosted by Harbourside at Mt Maunganui. At this tournament only the top team from each of 120 school is able to compete.
Throughout the week the girls played ten hard games, each team desperately wanting the win to allow them passage to the upper section of the next round. After narrowly losing to Waikato Diocesan School for Girls first, our girls really gelled and set their eyes on the prize. By the end of the third game we had beaten Cambridge and Massey High School to gain a place in the top 16 of the A grade, which consisted of 32 teams. From there we had very tough games against the best teams in the country and the depth of knowledge gained about top level netball was huge.Finishing 16th in A grade is a fantastic achievement! Bring on UNISS 2019, which will be hosted by North Harbour Netball at North Shore.
Two Lynfield students won awards at the SAS Rugby League Awards Breakfast held in Auckland on Tuesday 28 August. John Lotoa’atu was the highest points scorer with 11 goals, and Tyler Loomes was the top tryscorer with 6 tries in the Senior A competition. Both boys contributions helped the Lynfield League team to finish fifth in their competition.
From left to right: Senior A Top Try-Scorer Tyler Loomes,
A big thanks to everyone for making the Mt Maunganui Exchange held on Thursday 9 August such a success. This is the oldest continuous tradition at Lynfield College and it is far more than a sports exchange. It is also a chance for some of our top winter sports codes to play another school from a region whose style of play is inevitably different from the competition our teams come up against in their weekly games, but the benefits are so much wider than that.
It is an opportunity for real leadership for all those students involved – to be welcoming and friendly hosts to people they’ve never met before, each doing their part to make sure the day runs smoothly and directing their friends as to where to go and what the expectations for the day are. And they did it with real pride in our school.
It is a chance for 150 of our students to have so much fun showing their friends and teachers another part of themselves besides the classroom side. They enjoyed the camaraderie with Mt Manganui … wandering around supporting each other, chatting and laughing.
It couldn’t have happened without the absolutely amazing goodwill of our coaches. These people either took leave without pay, annual leave, lost income because they are self-employed or started work at 4.30 am so they could have some time off in the middle of the day. They are truly dedicated to developing our students. We are so lucky to have their support and expertise.
It's also a chance for the whole school to pull together and make a big event happen so THANK YOU to all staff for your help in making this event a success.
Felicity Walbran, Sports Director
Last year Auckland’s inclement weather meant our Road Race was postponed several times and this year looked to be no different. However Monday 18 June was the day which started well although there were rainclouds gathering to the west. We all waited anxiously until 10.30 am before Sports Director Ms Walbran gave the thumbs up – the Road Race was ON!
And then it started to rain, however although it was constant it wasn’t an Auckland ‘deluge’. Best of all though – nothing could dampen student determination, support and enthusiasm as you can see from Mr Delgrosso’s wonderful photographs below.
YEAR 11 BOYS:
YEAR 11 GIRLS:
YEAR 10 BOYS:
YEAR 10 GIRLS:
YEAR 9 BOYS:
YEAR 9 GIRLS:
|1st Toby Runting, 2nd Jake Runting, 3rd Callum Boulton
1st Jackie de Pont, 2nd Yong Shan Zhao
1st Sam Boasman, 2nd TJ Piacun, 3rd Ben Lee
1st Danielle Hewett, 2nd Winona Lee
1st Nicholas Curin, 2nd Michael Jury, 3rd Anlon Liu-Flowers
1st Aahana Shetty, 2nd Janna Blong, 3rd Rina Zhang
1st Kartik Malik, 2nd Manish Nagula, 3rd Stanley Long
1st Ava Shields
Athletics Day is best enjoyed by watching Raymond Feng's video and stills via the link below:
For the past two weeks, Lynfield College has been a hive of industry at 7am on Tuesday and Thursday morning. The students that are part of the new rugby academy have started their fitness training for the rugby season. Each session starts with a block run followed by a personalised weights program. After training, the students shower and have breakfast together in the sports centre.
The students are hoping to get fit and improve their teamwork before the rugby season starts. All this work will mean that their training session during the rugby seasons can focus on rugby skills and tactics. We look forward to seeing the teams play later in the year.
HERE IS A SELECTION OF COMMENTS FROM THE STUDENTS:
“The training is really good and it has helped me a lot”
“It’s cool because there is heaps of different training methods”
“The breakfast is good and the training is fun”
“The training is good for team bonding and is pitched at a good level for all the students”
“It is really good that it is about getting fit and the boys and girl’s can train together”
Congratulations to Maddison (Maddi) Wesche (Y13) who has created history at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Track and Field and Road Championships held in the Hawkes Bay, winning her fifth consecutive schools title in the senior girls’ shot put, breaking her own championship record with a throw of 17.02 m.
Maddi, whose final NCEA exam was Level 3 history last Friday, was philosophical about her last act in school colours.“It’s pretty sad to be leaving school, but I’m moving on to bigger and better things, which is good!” Bigger also includes an increase in the size of the shot put. “I just threw 3kg for the last time ever, so from now I’ll be throwing 4kg.”
Maddi said her next goal is to qualify for the World Junior Athletics Championships in Finland next year. “I’ll be training hard, trying to qualify for the worlds next year, so 14.90m with the heavier put is my aim.”
Maddi is the only student to have held a title in the same event for the five years she has been in secondary school.
The winter sports season wrapped up with NZSS Tournament Week (4 - 8 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 many of 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 again impressive:
|1st XI GIRLS FOOTBALL
1st XI BOYS HOCKEY
1st XI BOYS FOOTBALL
JNR BOYS BADMINTON
PREMIER 1 NETBALL
|4th in ‘Kathy Seaward’ tournament (24 teams competed in Whangarei)
7th in ‘Olympic Stick’ tournament (15 teams competed in Pukekohe)
3rd in ‘Trident’ tournament (24 teams competed in Hamilton)
21st in ‘Senior Boys Badminton’ tournament (25 teams in Napier)
2nd in ‘Upper North Island Secondary Schools’ B grade (120 teams competed at Mt Wellington)
The 1st XI Boys Hockey team played some excellent hockey, against some fairly stiff competition. Two injuries proved to be a bit of a challenge throughout the week. However, although they didn't win the tournament, the boys were very pleased with their win over Mt Roskill on Friday, which secured them seventh place overall in the tournament.
This year’s NZ Para Nationals 2017 Table Tennis camp and competition organised by Table Tennis NZ was held at the Manurewa Table Tennis Club. Bhakti Patel did exceptionally well coming home with a Gold in the Ambient Doubles and a Silver in the Novice Singles.
Bhakti will be taking part in the nation-wide'Junior Disability Games' organised by Halberg Disability Sport Foundation in October, where she will compete in the 100m Sprint, Shot Put and Table Tennis.
Bhakti is also competing in a New Zealand Secondary Schools' championship in Hastings in December where she will represent Lynfield college in the 100m Sprint and possibly Shot Put or distance events. Bhakti now has National Classification through Paralympics NZ for her athletics track and field competitions.
The annual Lynfield / Mt Maunganui sports exchange took place at Mt Maunganui College on Wednesday 16 August. It was an early start as the players met at school at 6.00 am and were on the road by 6.15 am, ready for some friendly rivalry in this historical event. This exchange has been a highlight on the sporting calendars of both schools for 58 years.The top teams in seven 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 one 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.
MT MAUNGANUI EXCHANGE RESULTS
|Golf: Win||Girls Football: Loss||Boys Hockey: Win|
|Boys Basketball: Loss||Waterpolo: Loss||Girls Hockey: Loss|
|Girls Basketball: Loss||Netball Prem 1: Loss||Rugby: Win|
|Boys Football: Win||Netball Prem 2: Win||Debating: Win|