Term 3 is a busy term for sport, with winter sports winding up and the Wellington championship finals and National Tournaments to be completed, before we start preparing for summer sport.
Over the holidays, a number of our sportsmen achieved success as individuals or as part of representative teams. Two students competed at the NZ Secondary School’s Judo Championship in Tauranga over the holidays. Dean Banks came 2nd in the 81kg and open weight grade while Ethan Campbell-Smith placed 3rd in the same category. In the open category both Dean and Ethan finished 5th equal Congratulations boys.
Congratulations also to Sam Marsters, who won the U19 Wellington Match Play golf championships during the holidays beating a field of 16 of the best golfers around the region.
Sajan Patel and Tim McKibbin were part of the Capital Hockey team that won the NZ U18 Tournament in Dunedin, while Ezra Vaigafa and Evyatar Tabor were part of the Wellington team that won the NZ U17 Tournament held here in Wellington at the ASB Centre.
Ezra was the captain of the Wellington team, and was named tournament MVP.
The first week back at school has been a busy one for sport with Kirkham Grammar School from the UK visiting and playing three games against Rongotai U15s, 2nd XV and 1st XV. Apart from an incident in the 1st XV game which was embarrassing to the school and the team, the games were played in good spirit. The feedback from Kirkham was positive and they said that Rongotai was the friendliest and most welcoming school they had been to on tour, so a big thank you to all the boys, teachers and parents who contributed to such a wonderful day.
On the last weekend before the holidays the Senior A badminton, Senior A basketball and the 1st XI hockey sides all had a Friday off and will re-start their competition today. The badminton team are currently sitting 3rd, the hockey 1st XI 1st equal and the basketballers 2nd with a game in hand, while the 1st XI football are currently 3rd=. All teams are competing in the top tier of their respective competitions.
The 1st XI football side has had two matches since breaking up for the holidays. They had a good 2-0 win over St Pat’s Silverstream on 7 July with goals to Abdi Jama and Jesse Randall, which was a turnaround from their 4-1 loss several weeks before in the traditional. Last weekend, despite going 1-nil up thanks to a goal from Mohammed Dia, they ended up going 2-1 down to top-of-the table HIBS. They play an import game for our top 4 hopes against Scots College tomorrow.
The 1st XV went down to St Bernard’s College in atrocious weather 10-5 the first Saturday of the school holidays and will be looking for a strong showing this weekend against Kapiti College up the coast.
On Tuesday, the Junior A basketball side got back into the swing of things with a 82-61 win over Hutt valley High School to remain in tied first position with Scots College and St Pat’s Town. Yesterday, Scots College defaulted to the Junior A badminton team.
Our Senior Basketball team play Scots College this evening at the ASB Centre, while our 1st XI Hockey play Paraparaumu College in another top-of-the-table clash tonight at the National Hockey Centre. Good luck to all our teams playing this weekend and next week.