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Team Announcement for 2019 AIMS Games & Trial Information

Courtney Ross —

Read here to find out which Cobham sports teams will compete at AIMS Games and for everything you need to know about trials...

Over the previous weeks/term, we have been looking at all of the sports in contention to attend the National AIMS Games Tournament, held in Tauranga from September 8 – 13. The level of competition at AIMS Games is of an extremely high calibre across all sporting codes. We have made the decision that the following sports teams will attend, as we believe they have shown potential to compete strongly throughout the tournament. These decisions were difficult for us to make and we know there will be some disappointed students in other sports who are not attending. We would like to make it very clear that we do not make these decisions lightly and a lot of time and consideration has been spent prior to these decisions being made.

Cobham Team Sports attending the 2019 AIMS Games:

  • Basketball – Girls 5-aside (8 players to be selected)
  • Hockey – Girls 11-aside (14 players to be selected)
  • Football – Boys 9-aside (13 players to be selected)
  • Water Polo – Mixed gender 6-aside (10 players to be selected)


We will continue to work alongside those who have registered for individual sports. These will be announced, alongside the final team selections, before the end of Term 2. Please note that selections for cross country are based off placings in the Canterbury Cross Country Championships, taking place on June 23rd. To qualify, students will need to place in the top 10 at this event.


If your child wishes to attend any of these OPEN trials, you will need to register them for trials via the google form/s linked below. Each team will have three trials and there will be a selection panel of three adults, with relevant expertise, to select each of the teams. In order for students to be selected in a team, they must register and attend AT LEAST two out of the three trials to be considered for team selection. Students must make these trials a priority above other commitments/activities. If, for a justified reason, your child is unable to make one of the trials, please communicate this with the staff member in charge as soon as possible.

The reality is that these team sports will cost around $850-$900 for the week, which is inclusive of all costs for the week, including flights, accommodation, food, transport and entry fees. Please take this into consideration before registering your child for trials.

Registration form closing dates:

  • Monday 3 June at 4pm – Hockey only
  • Monday 10 June at 4pm – Basketball, Water Polo & Football.

Girls Hockey


Coach: Miss Ross

Manager: TBC

Trial dates:

  • Tuesday 4 June
  • Friday 7 June
  • Tuesday 11 June

Time & Venue: Burnside High School turf @ 7:30 – 8:15am. Students should arrive at 7:20am for warm up.

Students will need shinpads, mouthguard, hockey stick and water bottle for trials. Students can wear mufti sports clothes for the trials but MUST have their correct uniform to get changed into at school before the first bell goes. Students will walk to school after the trials have concluded.

Staff contact for trials: Miss Ross sports@cobham.school.nz

Boys Football


Coach: Paul Stewart

Manager: TBC

Trial dates:

  • Thursday 13 June – lunchtime 12:30pm
  • Friday 14 June – lunchtime 12:30pm
  • Monday 17 June – lunchtime/afternoon 1-2pm (teachers will be notified that trialists will be out of class during this time).

Venue: Cobham football fields

Students will need their shinpads, boots and water bottle for trials.

Staff contact for trials: Mr Norgate eddie.norgate@cobham.school.nz

Girls Basketball


Coach: Sam Ward

Manager: Nadia van Vliet (teacher)

Trial dates:

  • Tuesday 11 June
  • Wednesday 12 June
  • Wednesday 19 June

Time & Venue: Cobham School hall @ 3:15 – 4pm for all trials.

Students will need their mouthguard, sports gear and water bottle.

Staff contact for trials: Michelle Hetherington michelle.hetherington@cobham.school.nz

Mixed Water Polo


Coach: Laura Hammond

Manager: Jared Hopkins (teacher)

Trial dates:

  • Thursday 13 June – Christ College @ 4 – 5pm
  • Tuesday 18 June – Jellie Park @ 7 – 8am
  • Thursday 20 June – Christ College from 4 – 5pm

Students will need their togs, goggles and a towel.

Staff contact for trials: Kate Henderson kate.dore@cobham.school.nz

This information will also be emailed out and advertised in the daily notices. If you have any further questions please email Miss Ross via sports@cobham.school.nz