Five Tauranga GIrls’ College students have represented the Bay of Plenty at the Volleyball New Zealand National Inter-Provincial Championships in Wellington. Olivia Philpot, Calie Strange, Renee Harris athletes in the U17 A Women and won gold were Renee Harris was selected into the tournament team as the “best middle.” Ella Lawry gained silver and has been selected into the U20 A Development team. Also Emma Mabbott was in the U20 A Woman who won gold and Emma has been selected into the tournament team as the “best outside hitter.”
The Tauranga Girls’ College 1st XV played TWKO Mauao on Saturday in the semi-final of the Bay of Plenty Secondary School Girl’s 1st XV Championships. Tauranga Girls’ College played exceptionally well across the whole team and dominated the opposition winning 59 -0. They look forward to their game against Rotorua Girls’ High School on Saturday in Whakatane to determine who will be crowned the Champions for 2017.
On Monday night we had seven senior teams in action at the Harbourside Secondary Schools semi-final night which is an amazing result.
We are very proud of all of our Friday night teams that competed tonight in their Semi-finals, they all played extremely well against some tough competition. League 1 were standout performers coming up against a strong Trident side with a lot of vocal supporters. Winning up until the last quarter we are very proud of their commitment, attitude and discipline against a very competitive opposition.
We have four teams in finals which will be held this Friday night - Junior A, Senior A, Spag Bol and Royal T.
On Saturday we have six of our Year 9 and 10 teams thru to the Semi-Finals this Saturday 19th August. All semi-finals will be at 11am with the finals being held at 1pm.
We wish all girls in finals this weekend all the best and look forward to seeing some awesome Netball.
What week Tauranga Girls’ College have had with sport, with students competing on the world stage, New Zealand sections gained and championships won!
Rowing - Grace Holland placed 11th in the world for Junior Women Pairs at the Junior Rowing Championships in Lithuania.
Aerobics - Congratulations to Catrin Pearce, representing New Zealand in the 28th International Aerobics Championship in Arizona. The only dancer from the Bay of Plenty on the team. Great achievement!
Basketball - Kaitlyn Morrell has been selected in the Basketball Pacific Under 18 Girls’ New Zealand Koru Development Tour, 10 – 21 January, 2018. The U18 Girls’ squad will be competing in the Australian Junior Country Cup Basketball Championships to be held in Albury-Wodonga, Australia. Kaitlyn was also a member of the Bay of Plenty Under 23 NZ National Championships that placed 2nd in the Nationals in Wellington.
The Tauranga Girls’ College Junior A Basketball team won Division 2 at the Bay of Plenty Championships last Friday.
Squash - At the New Zealand Secondary Schools Team Squash Championships the Tauranga Girls’ College Squash team placed 10th.This was a great effort from the girls on their first appearance at Nationals. Taylor Clarke was selected in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Team to travel to Australia in a couple of weeks.
Football - Rachel Collins has been selected as a member of the New Zealand Crosswhites Football team that will compete in the Australian Nationals Football Tournament. This is the 2nd time in a row that Rachel has been part of this team, as a Year 10 student this is a remarkable achievement.
Rugby – This Saturday our 1st XV play in the Bay of Plenty Secondary School Girl’s Rugby semi-final at Tauranga Girls’ College 12 noon. Come along and support!
Tauranga Girls’ College swimmer Ruby Matthews has had a fantastic year of swimming and at the Bay of Plenty swimming award ceremony she was awarded 6 prestigious swimming awards; breaststroke long course and short course female swimmer of the year, butterfly long and short course female swimmer of the year, Best Performance at Swimming Bay of Plenty Central Swimming Long Course Champs 2017 and best performance at Swimming Bay of Plenty short course champs 2017. Ruby was also named the individual medley long course and short course female swimmer of the year and during the race to be named swimmer of the year Ruby came second behind Kane Radford who is New Zealand’s first Olympic open water swimmer and who competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Not only has Ruby broken 23 Bay of Plenty age records and 3 Bay of Plenty Open Records, she has been offered a position with the New Zealand High Performance Swimming Squad next year. This is a huge honour for Ruby to go forward and keep developing her swimming as the High Performance Squad is known for developing and training future New Zealand Olympic swimmers.
Gemma Gilmore came 3rd in the Sub International division at North Island Tumbling Competition during the school holidays. This is another great result for Gemma who is now building up for the New Zealand Secondary School’s completion in September.
Good luck to our Squash team who will be going to Secondary Schools Nationals for the first time this weekend.
The following Tauranga Girls’ College students were selected to play for the Bay of Plenty Under 15 Rugby team that competed in the Northern Region Under 15 in Auckland during the holidays placing 2nd behind the Auckland team. Congratulations to Brie Moke, Alya Bowring, Kalo Laine Afu, Luisa Togotogorua, Shakira Kumar-ToiToi and Casey Loader.
Kenza Taele and Scarlett Brain competed at the under 15s Nationals in New Plymouth over the first few days of the holidays. As Harbourside (WBOP) have not competed there before we had to start from the bottom - C grade. They absolutely smashed it winning all games by about 20 goals, but then a close final winning the C grade and putting the team up to B grade next year.
Kenza Taele was also selected for the Tournament team - she had a great tournament playing GD.
Bethany Millar was part of the Midlands U18 team that completed at the National Regional Tournament during the holidays. This was a very even and hard fort tournament with many close games going to penalty shoot-out. Midland’s team placed 7th.
We had four girls in the Tauranga U18 that competed at the National Association U18 Tournament. This team played very well and we played 4th. Well done to Caitlin Mc George, Nikki Anderson, Isla Johnson and Anika Russell.
5th July 2017
Hamilton Girls High School Exchange
On the 29th of June, Tauranga Girls’ College hosted their annual Hamilton Exchange competing in 5 different codes across 9 different teams against Hamilton Girls’ High School. This is an annual event where Tauranga Girls’ and Hamilton Girls’ High School alternated between locations and this year was Tauranga Girls’ to host. The tournament is a hard earned competition between the schools where the shield is won each year - Hamilton was a fierce competitor and took the shield this year after winning majority of the rounds. However, Tauranga Girls College was victorious in Junior A Football, Junior A Netball and 1st XI Hockey. Tauranga Girls’ College look forward in next year’s event as well as future fixtures.
At Swimming Bay of Plenty award ceremony Ruby Matthews won the following awards;
Ruby has been offered a position with the Swimming NZ High Performance Swimming Squad next year. A huge honour for her to go forward and swim with the best of NZ next year.
28th June 2017
Tauranga Girls’ College have achieved exceptional results during the past week for their sporting codes, especially in Underwater Hockey and Badminton!
Underwater Hockey: Over the last weekend of June (23rd - 25th June) the Tauranga Girls’ Underwater Hockey team competed in the Northern Zone Secondary School Senior Underwater Hockey competition, which was held at Baywave. The girls faced an undemanding qualifying by only dropping 3 qualifying matches, Coach Keightley said that “the defence was strong in most of our games”. However, the Trident team showed their fierce competitiveness during the semi-finals knocking the Tauranga Girls’ College out of the running for the overall winner, 0-6. Tauranga Girls’ was determined to fight back for the third position but faced a difficult defeat over Epsom Girls Grammar Division 1.
Most Valuable Player named for the team was Momo Hongcherdchai who usually plays as a forward but confidently stepped into playing as a Wing when needed.
Coach Keightley said this team can be very proud of their efforts as placing top 4 in the Northern region has qualified them a place at Nationals in September.
The Northern Zone Underwater Hockey competitions were held over two weekends in June, with both TGC teams qualifying for Nationals in September.
The Junior Tauranga Girls’ College team has also qualified for Nationals in September, when they came home with a silver medal from their regional championships two weeks ago. Speical recognition to Sarah Nicholls, a Year 12 student attending Tauranga Girls’, who coached the Junior team.
Badminton: The Tauranga Girls College Badminton worked persistently and purposefully in attempt to qualify for the BOP Secondary School Badminton Champs. Kalais Going was the leading role for the Division One team, as she was able to use her acquired tennis background to fuel her drive as a badminton player.
The girls had some very tough matches and came second overall after being annihilated by a fierce Bethleham College team who has many Bay of Plenty Representative Badminton players. Placing 2nd has therefore qualified them to go through to the Bay of Plenty Champs in August.
Tauranga Girls’ College also had 5 Division 2 teams entered. The girls played very competitively and were placed First, Second and Third. All of the girls were recognised for their remarkable sportsmanship and were exhausted from a day out on the courts.
Tumbling: Gemma Gilmore came first in her category in the South Island Tumbling – So she is South Island Champion for Sub-Junior International in Tumbling. This is excellent preparation for other competitions over the coming months.
Hockey: On Monday night our Junior Blue team were in the final of Division 3 where the winner of this grade is promoted into Division 2 for the second round. This team has been playing excellent hockey and have shown good skill development. In a tight match against Te Puke 2nd XI Tauranga Girls’ College Junior Blue came through victorious with a 2 – 1 score. We look forward to see how they go in division 2!
21st June 2017
Aerobics: Catrin Pearce has been selected to represent New Zealand at an International Sport Aerobics Competition in Phoenix, Arizona, USA at the end of July.
Underwater Hockey: At the Northern Zone Secondary Schools Junior Underwater Hockey Championships the Tauranga Girls College team gained a Silver Medal, with 4 good wins on the Saturday putting them through to the semi-finals. Winning this 6 -0 they then had a close fought game losing to Dio 4 -6 in the final. The coach Sarah Nicholls, a year 12 student, received a trophy for Best Fair Play Coach.
Taekwondo: Pratistha Chauhan was awarded a gold medal in the senior under 62kg division and Brooklyn Storey won a silver medal in the junior under 62kg division at the Caboolture Open Taekwondo Tournament in Brisbane.
Synchronised Swimming: At the North Island Synchronised Swimming Championship Martha Bunce placed 2nd in Aquarinas Duet/Trio and 1st as part of a team in the AquaCombo Team.
Cross Country: Tauranga Girls’ College team competing at the National Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships in Christchurch.
Maia Flint won an individual bronze medal in the Year 9 girls 3000m race in a large field of over 100.
The senior girls division is very competitive at the moment, with a number of talented girls at international level. Our best placed athlete was Arleah Tippins who placed 34th.
On the Sunday the Regional Relay Cross Country Championships were held. Athletes are selected to represent their province in an exciting relay of 5 athletes, each completing a 2km cross country loop. Arleah Tippins was selected to compete for Waikato/BOP Senior girls and her team was placed 3rd. Maia Flint was selected for the Waikato/BOP Year 9 team, and ran a very strong last leg to win a bronze.
Squash: On Thursday 15th June four teams competed in Division 3 for new and ungraded squash players. For many girls this fixture was the first time they have played in a competitive setting. Many new skills were learnt and much fun was had. Tauranga Girls’ College were placed both Second and Third.
On Tuesday 13 June, two further teams were sent to Te Puke and Whakatane to compete in Division 2 and Division 1. Division 2 were placed Second to Te puke High.
Division 1 were also placed second to Te Puke High after 3 rounds of extremely close competition. In round one the team did not drop a set. In round two they had much harder competition but come out winners to play off for the championship and claim the title of Top BOP secondary school team. Despite gallant efforts from all team members the final where Tauranga Girls’ College took home the silver medal.
Rugby: Tauranga Girls College hosted Rotorua Girls High for the round 1 final for the Bay of Plenty Secondary School’s 1st XV Rugby. We showed excellent skills in the tight and ability to move the ball wide with pace throughout the whole game. Tauranga Girls’ College won this match is great style 42 – 10 to be the first team to be awarded the Mike Nitz Cup.
Cross Country: Tauranga Girls’ College have had remarkable sporting achievements over the past few weeks. Firstly from the Tauranga Girls’ College Cross Country event held in their very own back yard had one of the biggest participation population that the school has seen in the past few years, which goes hand in hand with the school’s swimming sports held last term again in their own heated swimming pool. The participation and enthusiasm shown by the girls is very encouraging as it will become infectious to their peers who surround them. This is confirmed as the Tauranga Girls’ sports teams, such as the netball teams have increased dramatically in size since last year . This is emphasised by the results and are a followed; Year 9 winner was Maia Flint, runner up was Jimee Eades and third was Emily Pibrow. Our Year 10 winner was Skye Schlebusch and third was Maggie Sandford. In the senior division first was Arleah Tippens, second Kaylee Mudgway and third Courtney Ryan. Maia Flint ran the fastest time of 9.45 minutes.
Swimming: Two girls also competed in the Bay of Plenty Secondary Schools Swimming. In the juniors Olive Pearce placed first in 50m Freestyle,first in 50m Backstroke and first in 100m Freestyle. Kim Cadzow represented the Tauranga Girls’ College Intermediate age group and placed first in 50m Butterfly, second in 100m IM, third in 50m Freestyle and third in 50m Backstroke. The Junior relay team of Olive Pearce, Charlotte Webb, Hannah Power and Hannah Richardson placed first in 200m Freestyle relay and second in the 200m Medley relay. To top the successful competition Olive Pearce was named Individual Overall winner in the Junior girls.
Equestrian: To have the qualities of a horse rider you definitely need the trust between horse and rider but also to be able to see from the horse's perspective. Tauranga Girls’ College riders Kiani Taylor, Georgia Henstock and Jessica Coster showed us their impressive riding skills at the North Island Secondary School Horse trials North Island Secondary School Horse trials because as a team they competed in the Division B championship and came second overall. Through blistering storms and icy conditions of Taupo the girls rode up the medal table after the dressage with solid jumping rounds.
by Kaye Barnett
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