by Rachael Parker

Over the Break...


Junior South Island Championships were held in Christchurch during the first week of the school holidays.  Our Year 9 & 10 A teams headed up for 3 days of tough netball.  Both teams came through day one on top of their pools with three wins each. With rain warnings in place, Tuesday was a day of the unknown. The Year 10s had a 8.30am game, it was cold, very wet and miserable. The team had an outstanding game in the conditions to take the game against Marlborough Girls. While all Year 10 teams were huddled under cover, the remainder of the games were cancelled. Results will be based on top teams from Monday. This shows how important day one is at an outside venue!  

Both teams headed into day 3 with quarters, semi and final rounds. Quarterfinals were against Rangiora, the 9s won this 17-10 while the 10s lost 24-19. SHCS 9A had a tough semi final against St Andrews and lost 37-17, but pulled together in the 3/4 playoff against Villa Maria to be a draw and finish 3rd 21-21. This is a fantastic result for the team going forward. The 10s played Christchurch Girls in their semi round and won 23-18, they went on to play St Margarets for 5/6th and lost by one 31-30! To finish 3rd and 6th from 32 teams in each grade is incredible, all players, coaches and families should be proud of the netball displayed. Thank you to all those that came through and braved the weather elements.

Congrats to Ella Southby, Gemma Rowcroft, Bernice Cullen and Lucy Taylor who represented Dunedin and North Otago at the NZ U18 Nationals in Christchurch during the second week.  

Image by: Rachael Parker
Image by: Rachael Parker
Image by: Rachael Parker


In the first week of the school holidays Charlotte Watkins represented Otago in Artistic Gymnastics at the NZ Gymnastics Championships held in Invercargill. Charlotte won a bronze medal for vault & placed 8th overall in the All Around Step 6 age division. Her Step 6 Otago Team won gold in the All Around Team competition.

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All the best to Eva Borkowski, who is currently up north competing in the New Zealand Secondary School Swimming Champs.

Congratulations to Charlotte Aburn who has won Gold in the 400m Freestyle at the South Island Short Course Champs. Charlotte also gained a  silver in 200m Free, silver 100 free and 4th in 50m free 6th in IM.  These great finishes means she has qualified for Nationals in 50,100,200 and 400 free style. Well done

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Well done Phoebe Robb!  Phoebe competed in her first event of the season the Piki Maunga Rangatahi (Big Mountain Youth) in the school holidays and won the U12 Girls Snowboard category and received the top score across all snowboard categories. Piki Maunga Rangatahi is a Big Mountain Freeride competition hosted by Cardrona in Arcadia Chutes.  

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Touch/Rugby/Rugby League

Congratulations to Charlotte Va'afusuaga, who has been named in the NZ under 16 Touch Team.  Both Charlotte and Anya Clark have been selected to play for South Island Rugby League Scorpians team

Grace Hastie has taken the field for the Otago Spirit team last weekend.  This is a great achievement for Grace.


A reminder to organise accommodation with the hostel if you would like to stay there over the finals weekend for basketball and netball. 26 & 27th August.