RUGBY – JB 14s
There was some initial doubt that Western Springs might be able to field a junior rugby team this season. It was going to be hard to find a grade that could fit the different ages and weights that were available. Once it was worked out that the grade that could cover the most boys as possible was Under 14 open grade, we managed to pull together a team of 24 keen boys. Denis Ulcoq was appointed coach and training could begin.
The team quickly gelled well and had some very good results early in the season with a 37-5 win over Kelston being a highlight. The team however started suffering from a few injuries and was then hit with the news that Denis and his son Boris (no.8) were leaving and moving to Waiheke Island! This, combined with the injuries could have dealt a devastating blow to some teams, but not these boys. With Dave Fane taking on the game day coaching role and Lio Sauvao-Vaauli running all the practices, the boys managed to complete the season with a win/loss record of 7-3. This was done despite twice playing games with just the 15 boys available and no reserves. The final game could have been a disappointing end to the season when Kelston hadn’t turned up with 10 minutes till kick off, but then in a rush of vans they were there and ready to go.
They were big boys and despite some good first half tries to WSC, Kelston had come back in to the game early in the second half with a couple of good tries. But this WSC team was never going to give up, in a late burst they grabbed another couple of tries to finish 22-10.
Despite quite a bit of cajoling to get boys to practice on wet days, I really enjoyed being part of this team, as they are a great bunch of young men and have had a very good season.
A special mention should be made for captain Guy Nicholls who was selected in the Auckland West U14 rep squad - well done Guy.
Dave Paddy Manager
At the end of last term 4 girls travelled to Shakespeare Regional Park to compete in the Secondary Schools Rogaine Championship. A Rogaine is a form of Orienteering where the competitor has to strategically plan their own route while following a map to find the checkpoints in order to gain the most points possible.
The park is very steep and hilly and it was a tiring day, made especially hard by the previous rain and the mud. After a giant mass start for all the grades, all contestants had an hour and a half to find as many controls as we could.
Despite a rather depleted team Western Springs secured two podium finishes. Well done to Anna Cory-Wright who came 2nd in the junior girls individuals and Sylvie Frater who came a close 3rd, also in the junior girls individuals.
Thank you to Bronwyn Rosie for providing the transport and for her commitment of her own time to help out our team.
Congratulations to Western Springs College student, Jack Naish on winning Gold at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Mountain Biking cross country championship, held over the Term 3 holidays in Dunedin.
Jack competed in the Under 16 Boys grade. He rode the 16km, four lap course in the Bethunes Gully/north east valley and cruised to victory after making a significant break on the rest of the field.
Springs had more success recently when two students entered in the Auckland Secondary Schools Mountain Biking series. Both performed admirably with Jack Naish finishing second in his final race and Sam Buckley placing third. Both students ended up 3rd overall in their U17 & U16 age groups.
Springs, with only two riders entered, placed 8th overall in the ASSMB team competition, against schools with four riders in their team. There were 25 plus schools competing.
Jack Naish on the winners podium Sam Buckley finishing 3rd