The Senior Mixed adventure racing team of Jenna Hirschfeld, Toby Harvie, Corin Simcock (all Year 13) and Payton Kimber-Reynolds (Year 12) finished second in the Mixed Team category in the Senior 12-hour event at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Adventure Racing Championships held in the Kaikoura district. The event consisted of a beach run and sea swim, a mountain bike stage, a foot rogaine, a second mountain bike stage, a second foot rogaine, a third mountain bike stage, and an orienteering course to finish. The team finished eighth overall from 18 school teams.
The Junior team of Matt Hirschfeld, Ethan Griffin, Isabella Cody (all Year 10) and Abigail Scott-Douglas (Year 9) competed in the Intermediate 6-hour event. They completed two mountain bike stages and two rogaines, finishing with the orienteering course with a total time of 8 hrs, 4 mins. The team finished third in the Mixed team category and ninth overall from 20 teams.
The St Andrew’s adventure racing team comprising Toby Harvie, Corin Simcock, Jenna Hirschfeld, Lucy Hamilton, Charli Watts (all Year 13), Payton Kimber-Reynolds, Joseph Connolly (Year 12) and Ethan Griffin (Year 10) finished fourth in the Hillary Challenge Adventure Race, which saw them qualify for the national finals in Tongariro in October. Only six of the 19 South Island teams in the race qualified to go to the national event.
Solara Burrows (Year 7) was second overall in a Step 5 (overs) artistic gymnastics competition in Dunedin, and won two gold and three bronze medals at a Christchurch School of Gymnastics competition.
Yirui (Elly) Li (Year 12) was part of the Canterbury team competing in the prestigious Wisden and Slazenger Badminton Cup. She played exceptionally well, winning all but one of her singles games, which she lost to the current women’s single title holder from the Oceania Junior Championships.
Karereatua Williams (Year 13) played for the New Zealand U17 team at the FIBA World Cup Asia Qualifying in Jordan. As a starter for all four games, Karereatua contributed across the board, with a third-place finish in pool play securing the team a spot in the FIBA World Championships in Hungary.
Six St Andrew’s players attended national basketball camps:
Madeline-Rose Morrow (Year 13), along with Old Collegians, Te Rina Cooper (OC 2021) and Lose Faingaanuku (OC 2021), were selected for the Canterbury Women’s team, (coached by Years 7–11 Skills Coach, Nicole Gleason) which finished second at the AON U10 National Tournament. Karereatua Williams (Year 13) and Lauren Whittaker (Year 12) were also selected but were unable to participate due to injuries.
Madeline-Rose Morrow (Year 13) was the only South Island player named in the New Zealand U18 Women's National Team which will attend the FIBA Asia Championships in India in early September.
Alumni Basketball Game
Our graduating senior players put forth a great effort in the second annual Alumni Basketball Game against Old Collegians. The Year 13 students built an early lead that they maintained for most of the first three quarters. With a late rally led by Flynn McGuinness (OC 2020) and eventual game MVP Sam Jenkins (OC 2020), the ‘golden’ ball remained in the hands of the Old Collegians for another year.
Charlie Bisphan (Year 9) was selected for the Canterbury 13 and Under indoor cricket team, which played at the national tournament in Wellington during the July school holidays.
Alys Scott (Year 13) participated in the CrossFit Games quarter-final over the term break against 156 other competitors and placed 17th in the world. She went on to compete in an intense and exciting three days of CrossFit Games Teen semi-finals, where she placed in the top 10 fittest teens in the world, securing her place to represent New Zealand at the CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin, USA in early August.
Canterbury Schools’ Cross Country
A group of students represented St Andrew’s at the Canterbury Schools’ Cross Country Championships, at Ascot Park. There were a record number of entries this year, which made for some big fields and tough racing around a 1km lap. St Andrew’s had seven top 10 finishes:
New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Cross Country
St Andrew’s had seven students competing at the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ (NZSS) Cross Country Championships in Nelson, in both individual races, and relay events, which were conducted in regional rather than school teams. Two St Andrew’s students reached the podium in relays – Amber de Wit, representing the Canterbury Junior A Girls’ team which finished first, and Sam Cook who represented the Canterbury A Year 9 Boys’ team which finished third.
ISSA Cross Country
A group of 47 Preparatory School students competed at the ISSA Zone Cross Country at Roto Kohatu Reserve. There were a few steep hills and the students coped extremely well on the challenging course. Those who placed in the top six and qualified for the CPSSA event were:
CPSSA Cross Country
Six Preparatory School students competed in this event and did well against large fields. Those to place in the top 20 were:
Lily Ellis (Year 10) and her pony Whisper won Champion Level 2 Graded Pony at the Mainland Coachworks Ashburton Dressage Kiwi Rakes Premier League.
Ryan Stewart (Year 13) represented New Zealand in fencing at the World Junior and Cadet Championships in Dubai in April 2022, where he was thrilled to get the opportunity to fence against the world’s number one fencer from Egypt. The New Zealand fencing team had a superb win against Austria, placing the team in the top 32 on the Junior world stage. Ryan also won gold in the Men’s Junior Epee at the National Fencing Easter Carnival in Auckland. He competed in the Australian Junior Fencing Competition in May, and has been selected to compete in the Commonwealth Fencing Championships 2022 in London in August.
Megan Simpson (Year 11) was invited for a third time to be a part of the New Zealand U17 Football Camp in Auckland over the July holidays. The U17 Women’s World Cup is in India in October 2022.
Zachary Hoshek (Year 8) was selected for the Canterbury Junior Flag football team, with triallists up to Year 10.
Both the Boys’ Junior futsal team and Girls’ Senior A futsal team were unbeaten during their season in Term 2.
Jessie Mercer (Y10) qualified for the 2022 National Māori Golf Tournament (Men and Women) which will be held in January 2023.
Jessie also made the Canterbury Women’s and Canterbury U19 Girls’ teams in 2021 and has been selected for the Canterbury Development U19 programme 2021/2022 and Canterbury Development programme for 2022/2023.
Josh Silcock (Year 11) competed in the New Zealand Grass Kart Championships, and after six rounds of close racing, finished second overall in the Junior open class.
The following students were selected as Canterbury representatives to play at the national tournaments in July:
The following St Andrew’s students were selected for Canterbury Development teams:
Rhys Marshall (Year 13) and Jackson Hodgkinson (Year 11) were invited to play in the Central Otago U18 team in the nationals in Palmerston North.
Quentin Lovatt (Year 12) was selected as goalie for the Canterbury U18 representative ice hockey team.
Jonte Butterfield (Year 11) and Jake Wilson (Year 9) competed at the Australian Jet Ski Championships, held in Queensland, where Jonte placed first overall, and Jake finished second. This was an outstanding achievement in a large field from around Australasia.
Samuel Hall (Year 9) is the current Canterbury and South Island champion for his age group. He competed at the Wellington Open Judo Championship and achieved the following results, competing against people up to three years older than him:
Scarlett Gray (Year 10) was selected to represent New Zealand in the Female Cadet Individual Kumite division at the Oceania Karate Championships in New Caledonia, where she won a silver medal in the individual kumite U14/15 division, a bronze medal in the individual kumite open division, and a bronze medal in the kumite team competition.
Maia Columbus (Year 13) attained her Shodan (first-degree black belt promotion) after completing 40 1.5-minute fights, following a 2.5-hour physical test. At the Canterbury Westland Karate Championships, Gemma Thomas (Y9) won a silver medal in Kata (Display) 12–13 years Premier category.
At the South Island Schools’ Competition, she won silver medals in Kata (Display) U14 Premier category and Kumite (Fighting) U14 Premier category.
The following Year 11 St Andrew’s College players were named in the Christchurch Netball Centre U16 representative teams:
Jonah Cropp (Year 12) competed in the Oceania Track and Field Championships held in Mackay, Queensland, Australia, as a member of the New Zealand athletics team. He had a successful trip, winning bronze in the U18 5000m race walk with a fast time of 22:00.07, knocking nearly 90 seconds off his previous personal best. It was a great experience for Jonah, which saw him racing alongside Olympians and Commonwealth Games representatives.
Kalisa Zhang (Year 7) was first in Stage 4 at the Delta Invitational competition. She had excellent results at the South Island Rhythmic Gymnastics in the Stage 4 category, finishing first in Free, Ball, Hoop and Club, placing first overall in individual and group Ball and Club, and second in Free and Hoop. She was also second overall and first for Group.
The Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Road Race Championship was held at North Hagley Park on Tuesday in great conditions. All the grades ran 3km around a 1.5km loop, except for the senior boys who ran 4km. The competition was very high, and the St Andrew’s students performed well with nine top 10 finishes:
Thomas Ruwhiu (Year 13) and Lucas Te Rangi (Year 12) were selected to attend the NZR National Māori U18 Development Camp in Rotorua.
Rugby Club Day
St Andrew’s College Rugby Club Day was celebrated on Saturday 28 May with great attendance by players, families, friends, and supporters. The festive day included pipers, coffee vans, barbecues, and refreshments, with St Andrew’s teams playing at home across the entire day. The 1st XV players supported the up-and-coming younger players by presenting the Player of the Day awards. The day was capped off with a competitive clash between the 1st XV and St Bede’s 1st XV. St Andrew’s led for most of the duration of the match, however St Bede’s scored a try in extra time to take a last minute 22–19 win.
Rylee McBride (Year 10) won two national titles, two bronze medals, and set a new Canterbury record at the New Zealand Swimming National Age Group Championships. Her results were:
Sophia Molnar (Year 11) attended the 2022 Apollo Projects Division II New Zealand Championship Swimming Competition, winning gold in 100m individual medley, 50m butterfly and 200m breaststroke, and silver in 200m individual medley in the 15 year old age group. She qualified for the New Zealand Short Course and National Age Group Championships (NAG).
Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Swimming Championships
St Andrew’s College had a team of 22 swimmers competing at the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Swimming Championships. The results were impressive especially from the swimmers in the 15-year-old grade. The team achieved 10 top three placings in individual events and one top three placing in the relays. Top three placegetters were:
15 Year Old Category
14 Year Old Category
South Island Secondary Schools’ Swimming Championships
St Andrew’s College had a team of 11 swimmers in Dunedin for the South Island Secondary Schools’ Swimming Championships, against 150 swimmers from schools across the South Island. It was a very successful meet from the team, with a total of 35 medals won. The team was placed second overall in the competition from 43 schools. This is a well-deserved set of results from a disciplined and dedicated group of athletes. Individual results:
A group of 17 students took part in the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Circuit, which involves eight shoots held at different clay target clubs around the area.
The team had excellent results at Waihora with Maggie Hood (Year 12) shooting 25/25 in Skeet and winning a shoot-off against Christ’s College to take the overall win, Jonty Pye (Year 11) finishing third in Senior Points Score, Ethan Higgs (Year 10) finishing third in the Junior Single Rise, Konnor Chamberlain (Year 10) finishing third in the Junior Points Score, and St Andrew’s winning the Open Team contest.
Connor Higgs (Year 12) and Ethan Higgs (Year 10) competed in the two-day Nelson Marlborough Provincials, where Ethan won the C Grade Minis, the Junior Minis, and the Junior Points Score, also finishing second in Junior events including Skeet, Double Rise, Single Rise, Triples and Single Barrel to finish second in the Junior High Gun. Connor beat Ethan to be awarded Junior High Gun with a score of 185, having won several of the Junior events including Skeet, Double Rise, Single Rise, Triples, and Single Barrel. Connor also came second in B Grade Single Rise, Junior Minis, and Junior Points Score.
Max Blockley (Year 12) was selected for the New Zealand Triathlon Development Squad for 2022. Triathlon New Zealand will support Max in all aspects of his development including training, coaching, nutrition, and analysis to maximise his development over the next couple of years.
Billie Feaver-Banks (Year 7) won the U11 Canterbury Junior Championships in both singles and doubles, the U12 Canterbury Championships in doubles and came third in the U12 singles.
Pippa Henderson (Year 13) and Tineke Hinton (Year 12) were selected for the New Zealand Junior Women’s