by Sport Coordinator (Pip Deans)

DHS Sport T1 Wk3 2023

Gillette Cup Cricket

It was full on for our Cricketers at the beginning of Term 1 who played in the annual Gillette Cup Series.  The team were set to played 3 games in three days in one week but then it rained and the games spilled over into week 4.  Most of the players are from Year 11 and they came up against some very seasoned players from Lincoln HS, Rolleston College and Rangiora High School.  Though they lost all their games their was some great cricket played. 

Thanks to Simon Earl for Managing the team and to the Darfield Cricket Club for allowing us to use their grass pitch for two of our three games.

Student Successes

Ryan Booth  From the 18th to the 25th February, Ryan Booth was competing at the Target Shooting NZ (TSNZ) 50m

Outdoor Nationals. This year run by Canterbury Outdoor Target shooting at McLeans Island.On Monday, Ryan shot at the end of the day in 30 degree heat in the Badge Match, which he was placed 4th in B grade, with a score of 602.8Tuesday the heat was still here! And it was day 1 of 2 of the Graded matches. Ryan was placed 2nd in B grade with a score of 606.7Day 3 the cool weather had arrived, with not only the wind, but drizzle being blown in while shooting! And with the rain, it also made the flags heavy and sticking to their poles, which wasimpossible to figure out which way the wind was blowing! But even with all that to contend with.  Ryan won his match with a score of 606.9 – which was the top score across the day by allcompetitors!Day 4 was the Men's Elimination match, in still the cool damp weather. Ryan was in the 2nd Elimination match and won that round, with a score of 612.50. Ryan was placed 2 nd overall, out of 26 shooters, after the 2 matches had been shot. This now put Ryan in the qualifying match, which he came 5th in, with a score of 611.9The North vs South match was shot in the afternoon, which Ryan was in and got a score of 608.7.The South Island won the match this year, which is the first time since 2007!At the end of day 4 the International teams were named, for the matches held on Saturday morning.

Ryan made the following teams:Wakefield (Top 10 NZ) – 1 st time in this teamSlazenger (Top 20 NZ)NZ Juniors vs Australia (Top 3) – 1 st time in this teamNZ Junior Drew Team (Top 10)NZ Junior Drew Men Team (Top 3) - Captain this year

His score of 610.5 shot in 1 match went towards all of the above matches. The Wakefield and Slazenger match results won’t be known until this time next year, when the teams from overseas shoot in their summer.To finish off the week, there was an association match. Which Ryan was in with his dad, John, and Denva Wren. They won that comp, for the 2nd year running.

Saturday evening the formal prize giving dinner was held. Where Ryan received medals and trophies for the following:

B graded aggregate 1st placeCombined B grade championship.Association Team 1st placeJunior Men 1st place