Approximately 45 students represented Springs in the recent Central Western Zone Athletics meeting. Our top performers at the meeting were ;
Scarlett Barnes 1500m – Intermediate Girls 2nd
Colin Bourke High Jump – Senior Boys 4th
Skylar Chapman-Peters High Jump – Intermediate Girls 3rd =
Rhys Davidson 300m – Junior Boys 5th
Adam Finlayson Javelin – Senior Boys 5th
Hinemoa Fonua Discus – Intermediate Girls 4th
Sofia Gorman Javelin – Junior Girls 2nd
Ben Hiscotte 400m – Intermediate Boys 4th
Bridget Hobbs 1500m – Senior Girls 2nd
Felix Lim 1500m – Junior Boys 4th
James McKinney Long Jump – Junior Boys 5th 1500m 3rd
Waiata Rameka-Tupe Javelin – Senior Girls 2nd
Heidi Robinson 3000m – Senior Girls 1st
Grayson Schwalger 300m – Junior Boys 4th
Mila Strand-Saseve 300m – Junior Girls 5th
Nick Varley 1500m – Intermediate Boys 2nd
Congratulations to the following students who represented Springs in the recent Champs of Champs meeting. While the competition was steaming hot, all our athletes need to be acknowledged for their strong performances.
Scarlett Barnes IG 1500m – 7th Skylar Chapman-Peters IG High Jump – 13th Sofia Gorman JG Javelin – 8th Bridgett Hobbs SG 1500m – 9th
Tito-Nathan Niupopo JB Shot Put – 14th Caleb Savelio-Thompson JB Shot Put – 12th James McKinney JB High Jump – 6th & JB 1500m – 15th
Five teams were entered into the Northern schools Monday competition which is played after school. We placed two teams in the Boys Grade 2 and a junior boys team in Grade 6. Our top girls team was placed in Grade 2 and our girl’s B team in Grade 3.
All teams have performed strongly and with finals being held in early April, we can confirm three teams - Boys Gold, Girls Gold and Junior Boys have made finals, while our Boys White and Girls Green will play off for 3rd and 4th.
The Term 1 Tennis season concludes with the Annual School Tennis Tournament being held prior to Term break. This event is open to allcomers- juniors and seniors, whereas the Term 4 School Tournament is open only to Juniors.
With most sports commencing after Term break, we desperately need coaching and management staff for the following teams -
Three coaches required for three netball teams. Contact Kau Tepaki for details.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we now require coaching staff for our junior team and an assistant coach for our senior team. Contact Richard (027) 4861681.
Is one of our popular growth sports with 9-10 teams playing on various days of the week. As we have 4-5 teams playing in the busy Monday competition, we require parents to transport and manage a Monday team, which has 4/5 students. Contact Richard for details.
CRICKET – First X1
With Easter being so much earlier this year, there was always going to be a hectic playing schedule for the 1st XI to get in a complete round of championship games and Gillette cup fixtures and with the first fixture of the season being played before the team had even started term.
The team started well with 2 comfortable victories, before we took on Avondale to find our pool winner in the Gillette cup. Avondale were recently relegated from Premier A, so were always going to be tough. Springs went about their game well and were never overawed by the occasion and came away with the win.
Next we faced Papatoetoe in the semi-final and another strong victory. This now took the team to the “Plate final”, the 3rd time in as many years. Our next opponents Howick had come through the other side of the draw unbeaten and proved to be a formidable opponent. With “Springs” winning the toss and choosing to bat on our new pitch, we struggled against a strong bowling attack, backed up by some great fielding. With only a meager 104 to defend the boys came out fired up. Two quick wickets saw the team apply a lot of pressure. Wickets fell regularly and Howick were never given the opportunity to get back into the game and were all out for 91.
Having lost the two previous “plate finals”, it was a great achievement to now advance to the major semi-final against St Kents, who are top of “Premier A” and packed with rep players. Unfortunately we struggled and found the going tough against a very strong and competitive team. St Kents went on to win the “Auckland school” representative to contest the national Gillette cup competition.
The team currently sits in the top 3 of the championship competition, as the season now breaks for Winter. With many of the team making their 1st XI debuts this year, we had a very nice mix of youth and experience. This combined well to forge a happy team environment and so we look forward to Term 4 with confidence.
CRICKET – Juniors
There are some good teams playing in the Year 9/10 Junior A grade and the Western Springs boys have done themselves and the school proud with a couple of very good wins, some close losses and most importantly a strong commitment to the team. This has resulted in some big improvements in our cricket.
Our bowling has been consistently excellent. Everyone gets to bowl in this team and every single boy in the team has taken at least one wicket. We have had some good individual batting performances, a few decent partnerships and our batting overall is improving. Our fielding has been good and our catching has been much better in the past few games.
The boys had a comprehensive win against MAGS with 6 different bowlers all taking wickets and our opening batting partnership scoring 79 runs off 8 overs. There was a close loss in a great game against a very good Howick College Colts team. Again 6 bowlers took wickets and we were 81 runs for 2 wickets at the half way mark chasing 130 but unfortunately fell 8 runs short of the total with 9 balls remaining in an exciting finish.
A win in the final game against Auckland Grammar highlighted our improvement. Solid bowling restricted Auckland Grammar to 115 runs and some good catches were taken in the field. We then had 2 very solid batting partnerships and chased the runs down in 20 overs to win the game.
We can look forward to later in the year and picking up where we left off with a great team spirit, lots of fun and a team that is making big improvements and getting some very good results.