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Winter Sports Summary

Theresa Smith —

Winter sports is an awesome opportunity for the many talented Burnside High School students to showcase their skills in a wide variety of sports. With 62 teams and 216 individual competitors, across 21 different sporting codes it is not surprising to see Burnside students dominating in many sports

Just some of the results are below.


Sami Donnelly is a rising star and earlier this year went to the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships in Frankfurt, Germany. She was a silver medalist in the 3000m team time trial, taking home two silver world medals in two years - pretty special!

Girls Football: Premier Div 1

These girls won their final 3-0 vs STAC, a fantastic result and season from our girls! They can go into their National Tournament (held in Chch later this year) feeling very confident, and deservingly so! Jenny Merkins, our star striker, scored all three goals to snatch the win. With Sam Manners away on a PE ski trip, things were left to our incredible coach, Jayden Smith, who was confident even before the final kicked off, picking a 3-0 win.

Boys Junior Football: Div 2

The boys had a dominant 9-1 win over Rangiora HS in their final. This concludes another fantastic season from our junior boys team, ably coached by Nate,a  youth worker, with help from Dave Williams (TIC Boys Football).

Girls Hockey 3rd XI: Div 4

Our girls won 3-2 vs CGHS. Special mention to student coaches Ella Te Aho and Paris Hawthorne, and manager  Monica Richards. Monica has been so impressed by these two girls as coaches, as the team had a variety of skill levels, and it was clear by the end of the season, that our girls were the best coached team in this division, with the best structure and fantastic marking out on the field. This team was the lowest ranking team in the grade, but ended up winning it - so an incredible finish to their season.

Table Tennis: A Grade

Unfortunately, due to most of our team being away on PE ski trip, the A Grade final was not played. We agreed to a draw with Shirley Gold.

Table Tennis: B Grade

Our Boys B team thrashed Shirley Blue, to win the grade 9-0. This is a very young team, great that we have some players of talent coming through the ranks.


The Boys A team won 6-4 and the Boys B team won 10-0. Both teams played Christ’s College and by all accounts both games were very closely fought. A fantastic result in the end for both our boys teams. Special thanks to Amy Provis, who has been on maternity leave the past two years and has carried on her duties as the TIC of Squash.


The Boys Premier team beat Chashmare A in a convincing 8-1 win. Our Boys A team had a well fought 6-3 win over Shirley Gold to finish the season in 3rd place. The Girls Premier team lost 1-8 to STAC. We were unable to field our full team due to sickness. STAC are ranked 4th nationally, and we are ranked 10th, so it was always going to be a tough battle. Our Girls Div 1 D team beat CGHS Purple, 7-2. Thanks to Murray Paull for his incredible organisation of this big sport at BHS, despite his huge workload as HOD Maths.


Our netball teams enjoyed their season this year, snatching some great results with notable performances below.

Wednesday Results:

Burn G - Y10A and Burn L - Y9C both finished 5th

Burn M - Y9D finished 3rd

Burn J - Y9A had a tough final to finish 2nd

and Burn I - Y10C had the most impressive Wednesday competition cleaning up their division with 252 points for and only 97 against.

Saturday Results were a mixed bag:

The A, U17A and Y10A teams all kept their seedings in division 1 for 2020.

The E team just missed out on a semi final through point difference.

The B team made it to the semi finals but lost against a very polished St Nics team.

And our best result was the C team who marginally won their semi final against Technical by 3 points to go onto a very tough final losing against Marian.

We also had success at SISS tournament held in Nelson during tournament week. The A team played 8 games, losing only 1 to finish 3rd, securing a spot in the A grade next year, after ten years trying to get out of the B grade. We are very proud of the girls and their achievement.

Great work to all our players, coaches, managers, officials and supporters this year, it has been a great season for Burnside High School.

Asia Pacific Kayak Sprint Championships

Madison Garrett had an outstanding performance at the Asia Pacific Kayak Sprint Championships, bringing home several notable awards. She placed 3rd, receiving bronze, in both the K1 and K2 U16 200m races. A 4th placed performance in the K2 U16 500m and golds in both the K4 U16 200m and 500m. We are super proud of these performances and can not wait to see where this young girl will end up.

Table Tennis

Jiayi Zhou claimed silver over three categories at the NZ Oceania Junior Champs. She placed second in the Junior Girls Singles, Junior Girls Doubles with Sophie Low, and the Junior mixed Doubles with Nathan Xu.


Diego Quispe-Kim who played in the Kiwi Indoor Junior Tennis Championship was our U14 singles and doubles champion. In April he received the Young Sportsman of the Year - Canterbury Sports Awards 2019.


Jorja Dan and Max Shanks both galloped their way through outstanding performances to land them in the top spot receiving gold at the SISS Mounted Games.

Cross Country

Our cross country boys made us proud with their achievements. Cameron Clark, Daniel Roswell, Corban Straker and Thomas Anderson won 1st in the Senior Boys Team Cross Country. Cam Clark shone his way to 2nd place for the Senior Boys and Daniel Roswell carried out 4th place for our Senior Boys.


At the Canterbury Secondary School Championships Yuki Miya, Hayato Miya, Amy Weng and Jasmine Clancy showed the rest of the competition how to play by taking out first place and showing us just how golf can be a joy to watch.

Road Race

Our boys again showed just how good they are with Cameron Clark, Corban Straker, Thomas Anderson and Ocean Falloon-Cavander bringing us a 1st place as our Senior Boys Team.

Cameron Clark grabbed 1st place for Senior Boys and Theo Walker got 3rd for the U16 boys.