by Rachael Parker

Sport Liaison Reports

Aerobics - Gabi Horo

The countdown is on!! Only a few weeks now until Otago Regionals, our first competition of the year! Our athletes have shown great progress this term and many have even come to the end of learning their routines. In the next few weeks, the girls will be putting on the finishing touches before the dress rehearsal next term and then they will be ready to hit the stage! For many of our new athletes, this will be an exciting time with their first performance fast approaching. We really appreciate our volunteer coaches who are supporting these new athletes in their routines, teaching them how to prepare for the competition. Next term will be an action-packed one and we look forward to watching the girls hard work and the early mornings pay off!

Badminton - Farrin Quin

We have had 5 teams with students from Year 9-13 entered in this years Tuesday Inter-school Competition. It has been great to see everyone participating and improving over the season. All students have been competing well and enjoying their season. With the last couple weeks of the competition coming up, we look forward to seeing how everyone finishes in their divisions. The Senior A are currently getting ready to compete at Quad next term. We hope to see the interest in badminton continue into the Year 7 & 8 competition held next term. As well as the same level of participation next year, with lots of girls returning to continue developing their game with the same enthusiasm!

Basketball - Laura Ring

Throughout Term 2 St Hilda's has had a vast number of girls participating in basketball competitions, ranging from Year 7 & 8 mini ball, social teams and Junior and Senior Premier basketball. The Year 7 & 8 mini ball girls have shown a large amount of improvement from the beginning of the season, developing their basic skills of passing, dribbling and shooting which has assisted them in their wins. The Junior Premier team have made a good start to the season, with some good wins and a few very close games. The social teams are having fun getting out on the court and playing the game. While the Senior Premier girls have had a very promising season, winning all their games except for a hard-fought loss against Otago Girls High School - who they hope to play again soon.

Our school has a lot of talented basketball players, with several Otago Representative selections. Charlotte Aburn, Neve Black, Ella Colquhoun and Caitlyn Ring are a part of the U13 squad. Kyla Ashton, Lashaan Ashton and Molly Gaffney are in the U15 squad. Laura Ring, Ella Southby and Grace Southby are in the U17 team and Brooke Callon is in the U19 team. In the Term 1 holidays, we also had Grace Southby and Laura Ring attend a New Zealand Trial for the U16 and U17 age groups. Congratulations to all these girls on their great achievements.

Cross Country - Megan Foster

Term 2 has been a busy term full of cross country events and it has been awesome to see students from all year levels out there giving it a go! The cross country season started with our own school cross country at Ross Creek. We had lots of girls who participated enthusiastically in the fun run, as well as many who chose to run the long course competitively. Well done to Charlotte Aburn, who took out the Year 7 and 8 race, flying home to claim a new school record! Congratulations also to the other age group winners: Julz Hastie (Year 9), Charlie Byers (Year 10), Zara Geddes (Year 11), Bronte Crowe (Year 12), and Sophie Shallard (Year 13).

Following our school cross country was the OSSAA Cross Country Series, which a number of girls competed in. It was lots of fun and St Hilda’s had some good results, with both our senior and junior relay teams placing in the top three at multiple events.

We finished the school cross country season with the Otago Secondary Schools Cross Country Champs at Kaikorai Valley. The conditions on the day were very poor but the girls embraced the rain and mud and all put in a top effort! A special mention to Zara Geddes, who won the U16 Girls race in this event, as well as Sophie Shallard, who came 3rd in the U19 Girls race.

Congratulations to all the girls who competed in the cross country events and also a big thank you to Mr. Harris for organising transport and teams.

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Football - Grace Cotter

Our football team has had an extremely fun and successful term. We are sitting on top of the table, 5 points clear of the team below, despite numerous practices being cancelled from ground closure. While the points table suggests otherwise, the competition in our league is extremely tight, and we have had to work hard every game. Our squad of 16 has taken a hit, with some key players out on injury, but they are on the mend and looking to make a full recovery before the end of the season. Another positive from this term is having two old girls return, Beth Fitchett and Holly White, to help out with coaching. As our 2020 tournament was cancelled, the girls are super excited for our tournament next term!

Hockey - Anna McIntyre

Throughout this busy Term 2, St Hilda’s has had a great number of students participating in winter hockey. We have 8 teams competing in the Secondary School Hockey competition and also 2 Year 7 & 8 teams in the Intermediate School Hockey competition held at the Alexander McMillan Hockey Centre. Some games are being played at the new Kings High School Hockey Turf. 

The Year 7 & 8 teams are displaying some great talent. The Blue team has a solid base of Year 8s who are improving every game. They have moved up a grade and are still unbeaten this season. The White team is showing huge improvement each game, which is very exciting for next year with a large number of Year 7s. A big shoutout to Anna McClean and Ava Beens for all the time and effort they are putting in coaching the girls. 

The 1st XI have been undefeated this term, putting them at top of Division One and the 2nd XI are 3rd on the table for Division One - which is great to have those strong teams doing so well in the top grade. The 1st XI are having very strong wins against a variety of teams in the competition this season. The team is looking promising for next term, with Winter Quad coming up and Tournament Week. The 1st XI will play in the Audrey Timlin Memorial cup, held in Christchurch. Good luck to these players. 

In Division Two we have three St Hilda’s teams; Colts being number 1 in the grade, our Junior A are 2nd and the 3rd XI are sitting at 3rd place. These are outstanding results and St Hilda’s is really taking out that division! All the hockey players have worked and played so hard this term and will be looking forward to the break so they can come back fresh and ready to play some great hockey next term.

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Netball - Grace Southby

Netball at St Hilda's in Term 2 went extremely well, with 16 teams entered in the weekly Dunedin Netball competition (held on Thursday afternoon for our Year 7/8’s and Saturdays for our Year 9-13 teams).

On the 13th and 14th of June our Year 9A, 10A, Senior B and Senior A team competed in the Otago Secondary Schools tournament. We had great results from this tournament, with all four of our teams making the final for their respective grades. Overall the Year 9’s and Year 10’s both finished second, after having hard fought competition in the finals. Our Senior A and B teams both won their final. The Senior B team won their final comfortably against Dunstan Senior B, with the score of 51 - 23. Our Senior A team had a tough game against Otago Girls, with it being neck and neck the whole game, managing to get the win 39 - 35. Overall great results from all teams who competed in the tournament. Good luck to our Year 9A and 10A teams competing in the South Island Secondary Schools tournament in the first week of the holidays!

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Rugby - Jaymee Meffan

Rugby at St Hilda’s has continued to grow and we have two junior 10s teams, as well as our senior 1st XV. The 15s season has started off pretty slow, as weather doesn't always play the game, meaning we have only had one week of 15s. This was against Otago Girls, which is always a good grudge match. Unfortunately we didn't quite get the result we wanted, but it was a very good game considering many of the girls were playing their first game ever. Everyone showed a massive fight back and improvement in the second half, coming within 10 points after they put 3 unanswered tries on us in the first half. The junior teams have continued to show their speed and skills in the sevens tournament, with all teams doing very well.

Trap Shooting - Nicola Post

Term 2 has been a great term for Trapshooting. The Wednesday training sessions are going really well. At the first competition held on the 9th of May in Southland, Analee Toro won the following prizes; 3rd Senior Point Score and Single Barrel, 2nd Ladies Point Score, and Ladies High Gun. She also had great success in the Dunedin competition coming 3rd in Ladies Point Score and 2nd in Ladies Single Rise. Well done to Analee and all the girls who performed exceedingly well at the competitions! Everyone in the Trapshooting squad is looking forward to competing in the Nationals later on in the year in Waikato, as well as South Island’s held in Timaru on the 10th of July.