The New Zealand Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships were held in Timaru in the weekend. Tauranga Girls’ College took only 8 athletes down to compete but had a very successful weekend.
Hannah Philpot was placed 3rd in the Open Girls Pole Vault – a very credible placing in an event which is increasing in popularity and competitors. Brooke Somerfield held off strong competition to get a bronze in the Senior Girls 100m final. To win a medal in a pinnacle event like this is quite an achievement.
Our Senior Girls 4 x 400m relay team of Brooke Somerfield, Jessica Bitcheno, Kaylee Mudgway and Samantha Bitcheno won bronze in the final event on the track.
In the Road Race Arleah Tippins placed 2nd in the Junior Girls event. Arleah along with Tabitha Marshall and Emily Kneale won Gold in the Junior Girls 3 person team event.
Kaylee Mudgway was placed 4th in a large field in the Senior Girls Road Race, and her performance earned her a spot in the New Zealand Paper Team.
For perhaps the first time ever, every single member of the Tauranga Girls’ College team that competed came away with at least one medal. In a championship that had over 1260 competitors these girls can feel very proud of their achievements .
On Friday 4th December our U15’s team competed in the New Zealand Secondary School Rugby 7’s Condors tournament. They played some awesome rugby and made it through to the semi-finals where unfortunately they lost 12 – 7. This saw them placed 3rd equal in New Zealand.
Then it was our U19’s team to compete on the Saturday and Sunday. This team only had a two week build up as they were called in as a replacement team. They performed to a very high level and at the end of pool play they were played second in their pool. They played Te Puke High School in their quarter final. With four girls staying on from the U15 tournament tired bodies became a factor in this came and saw them lose 26 – 7.
The team ended up 7th equal at the end of this tournament.
Both teams are now very focused on the 2016 season and hope to improve on these results.
The Year 9 tennis championships were held Friday 27 November. We had a huge turn out and lots of fun was had by all.
Britney Emery won the singles with Cate Belton runner-up and Rebecca Kneale 3rd.
In the Doubles Britney Emery and Cate Belton won with Teagan Meyer and Anika Russell runners up. Caitlin Robb and Amy Earles won the Plate Doubles.
The Year 10 Tennis Championships were held Monday 30 November.
Kalais Going won the singles with Grace Edes runner-up and Madeline Thompson 3rd.
In the doubles Grace Edes and Kalais Going won with Chanelle Barton and Madeline Thompson runners up. Erika McDonald and Jessica Tucker won the Plate Doubles
At the U18 Underwater Hockey Nationals in Wellington over the weekend the Mid Northern U18 Underwater Hockey Women’s team won Gold and three Tauranga Girls College students we named in the U18 New Zealand Development team Georgia Coughlan, Jordan Ross and Jerushah Keightley.
The Junior A and Year 9 A Team’s went down to Wellington last week to compete in the North Island Junior Secondary Schools Volleyball Championships. The tournament was very competitive with a number of regions, specifically Wellington, improving a great deal from 2014. This year only 1 team from the Bay of Plenty region made the girls quarter finals and this team went on to finish 7th.
Our Junior A team were placed 14th in Division One, going down to local rivals Otumoetai College Junior A in the 13th/14th play-off. Our Year 9 A Team won their last game to be placed 15th in Division Two. This team continued to improve throughout the week and learnt a lot from being involved in this event.
A highlight of the tournament was Angel Haeata-Burrows, from the Junior A team, being selected by the tournament director and referee delegate to referee the Division One Girls Final. This was a huge honour for Angel and she performed this role outstandingly. Angel was awarded the Junior Girls Referee of the Tournament plaque.
Angel Haeata-Burrows and Mackenzee Harris (both members of the Junior A Team) have since been selected in the BOP U15 Development Team. They head off to compete in the IPC U15 Championships held in Auckland on the 19th and 20th of December.
At the Junior Bay of Plenty Secondary Schools Tennis Championship Tauranga Girls College had a very strong presence winning all there was to win.
Kalais Going won the Division One Singles, and Grace Ede and Rebecca Rickard won the Division One Doubles. In Division 2 Britney Emery won the singles with Isabel Baker placing 2nd. In Division 2 Doubles Teagan Meyer and Anika Russell placed 1st , Arleah Tippins and Janaya Vinson 2nd with Minardi Daniels and Holly Topp 3rd.
The following girls have been selected in the Mid Northern U18 Underwater Hockey team that will compete in Wellington Nov 26 – 29th, Kirsty Burrows, Georgia Coughlan, Jordan Ross and Jerushah Keightley.
The Tauranga Girls’ College U15 Rugby 7’s team won the Pacifika Aotearoa Cup in Auckland, after drawing the first game against Auckland Samoa , then beating EBOP Wasps 27 -0, Te Kauwhata 61 -0, they placed top of their pool and played Auckland Samoa in the final. After being down 14-0 at half time they came back to win 17 -14. The team consisted of Jade Carter, Savannah Hinga –Miller, Rose Togotogorua, Minardi Daniels, Teagan Meyer, Frances Lloyd, Kiri-Lee Delamere-Ririnui, Hope Garner, Eva Hinga-Miller, Wirinia Tapsell and Laurene Walker.
31st August to 6 September
Results so far 2nd September 2015
Junior A Basketball won today to be placed 7th, every close competition and many of these girls will continue to play this week in the Senior A team starting their tournament tomorrow.
Hockey 1st XI
Today played Bethlehem College lost 0-1, then Played Gisborne GHS and won 3 -0.
They play tomorrow at 8am at Mt Turf.
Hockey 2nd XI
They won both their games yesterday but unfortunately lost today in the very hard fought game 0 – 1.
Netball: Yesterday 1 win and 1 loss (by 1 goal!!) today 1 loss to Rotorua GHS and then a win against Rose Hill 52 – 10 which is the biggest winning margin of the tournament so far.
Football: Made top 16, drew 1 -1 today then lost on penalty kick shootout 2-4 so play Epsom Girls tomorrow for 9 – 16 spot.
From Kaye Barnett (Director of Sport & Teacher in Charge of Hockey)
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