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Dylan Butterworth (left) Brodie Cooper (GK) Shay Hyde-Coltman and Matthew Rogers defend their goal

AIMS Games

Juliet Dunlop-Fraser —

Katikati College sent 76 Year 7 & 8 students to the annual AIMS Games in Tauranga at the end of last term. What started as a modest festival of sport is now a huge event with 10,500 competitors and 21 sports. This was Katikati College's 11th year of participation.

ATHLETICS       The Games began with the Cross Country on Sunday September 10.  There was a real sense of anticipation with last year's defending champions Daniel Nicholson, Sean Nicholson and Luke Spurr lining up for the Year 8 boys' event. Though the boys ran a great race, last year's bronze medalist, Mathijs Wetzels, managed to beat Daniel into Silver and Sean into Bronze. Luke finished 15th and overall the three boys won Katikati College the Year 8 boys' team ​G​old for the second year. The boys teamed up with Baxter Anderson, Thomas Swain, Emily Ashley, Gemma Groenewald and Meg Harray to bring home a well-deserved Silver medal in the relay event. ​The Best Team Runner medal was awarded to Luke Spurr whose fantastic efforts contributed hugely to our two team medals.​

BMX       Two BMX riders entered, both for the the first time. Eden Pointon gained 1st place in the consolation final and Megan Donahue finished in 7th place. The team of two were also rewarded with the Sportsmanship Award for BMX.

BOYS' FOOTBALL       The football boys had a great week with a young team. Although they finished the week in the bottom half of the draw, they played some fine football with a couple of good wins and some narrow losses. ​Dylan Wilmshurst was very good in goal and Keegan Hyde-Coltman worked hard at the back. ​Coach Adam Walter was pleased with their persistence in the face of some sizable players and gave the Player of the Week medal to Nishi Ravji.

GIRLS' FOOTBALL       The College girls' team looked very good with  rep players Isla Willacy, Jessie Christie, Bella Bryant and Meg Harray on board and indeed they played some very good football, finishing  27th overall. Player of the Week was Jessie Christie but special mention must go to Danielle McCormick who played every minute and was solid in defense and Eva Sunderland who withstood the pressure in the goal. ​

FUTSAL       An inexperienced but enthusiastic Futsal team took on the country's best at the ASB Arena. Although the mostly Year 7 team struggled against their bigger opposition, they kept their heads up and continued to challenge all week. A team player medal was awarded to Seth Bartz for his work on the court.

HOCKEY 6 a side       A keen group of hockey players went into AIMS feeling confident after a strong showing locally.  They finished 25th out of 40 teams scoring 44 goals with 21 against.  Player of the Tournament was Eli Brydon.

INDOOR BOWLS​       Katikati College sent 6 singles/3 pairs to compete in the Indoor Bowls . Although they are relatively inexperienced, it was a great event for these bowlers who will hopefully continue on to represent the College in the future​. The Team medal was awarded to Kasey Marlow.

NETBALL       The 8A netball team finished 81st out of 122 teams. Team medals for Outstanding Effort went to Monique Brooks and Kate Harvey along with the MVP Trophy being awarded to  Chantelle Wenzlick.

The team finished 32nd out of 49 teams. Coach Nick Mair was very pleased with the way the team came together, especially when playing against the larger teams.​ Player of the week was Zach Arundel.​​.​

SQUASH       Olivia Astwood and Depp Bolingford ranked 13th and 12th respectively. Squash is extremely competitive at this age group and some outstanding skills and fitness were on display.  With 2 wins and 3 losses Olivia ended up 15th. Depp had 4 wins and 2 losses, finishing 13th.

TABLE TENNIS       The sole representative at Table Tennis was Curtis Moore who was playing in only his second tournament. His first game was exciting, coming up against NZ and Oceania No 1 seed David Guo. Though he didn't win his games, Curtis really enjoyed his AIMS experience.