Sports Update – Week Ending 9 April 2021

The business end of the season shifts our focus from performance to results and Rongotai is again amongst the GOLD.

During Summer Sports week our teams took on the best from the country and demolished Wellington College 3-0 in the Nationals Final with 3 outstanding goals from Hagan McFadyen, Alec Stewart and Jack Cobden-Cox. The extra shine on the cup was Alec Stewart taking out the top goal scorer award too.

The juniors couldn’t quite back up last year’s performance and picked up the bronze after another solid tournament – congratulations guys!

The 2nd XI cricket team took out the Premier 4 championship after beating Paraparaumu College by 7 wickets in the final. Bowling first we rolled them for 136 with Taipana Hiroti-Teaia and Keenan Ranchhod picking up 3 wickets each and then Louis Paterson scoring 50 not out to hit the winning runs – well done lads!

Sports Captain Sam Brown is currently competing in the NZ Open Swimming Champs, winning GOLD in his age group. He backed this up by taking out the BRONZE in the Men’s open event – great work Sam! Today Sam will be swimming in the 200 backstroke and tomorrow he competes in the 200m Individual Medley and 4x200m freestyle relay

The Senior Softball team took on Silverstream in the North Island Championship finals held in Palmerston North. The boys put in a solid effort and made a strong comeback before going down and picking up the Runners Up award – congratulations to the team.

Water Polo
Following on from a fine National Tournament during Tournament Week, the Senior Water Polo team has qualified for the Wellington final after beating St Pats last night. This is a fantastic effort from the guys after putting in the mahi the last couple of years. We wish them all the best in the final next week!

Winter Sport Trials
We are wrapping up trials for our winter codes this weekend, with several trial games being played over the weekend. Competitive teams will be posted next week and social teams will be sorted once the competitive teams are finalised.

All students should have registered for sport using the SPORTY online system to be eligible to play sport at Rongotai.  Students cannot wait until the teams have been created and then just turn up and train and play. There is no way around this system. Mr Lala (Director of Sport) will reopen the registrations until Monday (12 April) morning to allow for those to correct the situation.

In sport there is a saying ‘What you do when nobody is watching is what separates a champion from everybody else’ Do the mahi over the next 3 weeks to ensure you are ready to perform in Term 2.