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The boys volleyball team celebrates after a point.
Photo by Julie Maree Photography

Summer tournament success

Nayland College Official —

Summer tournament week saw a number of Nayland teams head off around the country to represent our school in a variety of different sports.

The senior A girls volleyball team came 7th at the NZ Secondary Schools Volleyball Championships held in Palmerston North from the 25th-29th March. This is the highest a Nayland team has reached for decades; the last time the team made top 16 was in 2006. Special thanks need to go to Brendan Crichton and Moira Raumati who have been working with this group of volleyball girls since they were in Year 9. 

Two other Nayland teams - the senior B girls team and the boys volleyball team - also competed well at the tournament.

Six Nayland students competed at the South Island Mountain Bike Championships at the Mount Hutt Bike Park in Methven on the 29th-30th March. The standout results were Year 10 Seth Buckley, who came 3rd in both the Enduro and the Downhill events in a very competitive category, and Year 10 Emma Cottom who came 3rd in her Enduro event.

South Island Secondary Schools Athletics were held at Saxton Oval on the 29-30th March and a number of Nayland students competed who achieved some great results.

  • Brooke Gabb, Olivia Lawson, Sharna Tippett, Ariana McGeeGirls - 3rd place in Under 14 4 x 100m relay
  • James Burns - placed 10th in Under 14 Boys High Jump
  • Isabel Kiefert - placed 10th in Under 16 Girls High Jump
  • Jade Jarvie -Wells - placed 11th in Under 15 400m
  • Natania Ngawhau - placed 11th in Under 19 Shot Put 11th and 12th in Long Jump

The National 3 X 3 Basketball Championships were held at Mount Maunganui on the 27th - 29th March and all three Nayland teams won their final games. The junior girls finished 7th, the senior boys 11th and the junior boys finished 13th.

All three teams improved every game and had some close battles. The Nayland teams were the talk of the tournament, beating some of the well-known top national teams.

Two Nayland students , Ella Holmes and Angus McMahon, competed in the TOTS (Top of the South) Sailing Regatta in Picton for the combined Nayland / Garin sailing team where they came 6th in the Silver Fleet.

A huge thank you goes to all the coaches and managers who commit many hours to training and all of those who were involved in the trips.