From the combined second and third edition of Regulus for 2020.
It has been an extraordinary winter of sport, with St Andrew’s College winning an unprecedented number of Canterbury titles across several codes despite the challenges and uncertainty presented by COVID-19. The big highlights were the 1st XV rugby winning the UC Cup, Senior A netball winning the SuperNet competition, Senior A Girls’ basketball winning the Division 1 Whelan Trophy final, the Premier Girls’ badminton team winning the Canterbury Interschool Badminton Competition, and the ice hockey team winning the Christchurch High School Ice Hockey League.
The St Andrew’s College 1st XV created history by winning the UC Cup for the first time since the inception of the competition, 20 years ago. The hard-fought final at Rugby Park against Christchurch Boys’ High School, saw the determined St Andrew’s team come back from a 20-point deficit early in the match to win 36–24 after playing some entertaining, attacking rugby in windy conditions. Director of High Performance Sport and Rugby, Rod McIntosh, says it was an outstanding performance. “The team showed character and composure to come back and win. It was an exciting finish to a very physical and skilful encounter.”
The team won every trophy on offer this season, which has been one of the most successful for rugby in the history of the College. “The team worked hard in pre-season, stayed connected during the lockdown, and went on to play hard, attacking rugby. The team produced eight Crusader Knights rep players, and four students representing New Zealand teams, which reflects the high calibre of athletes in the group,” says Rod.
During the season, the 1st XV beat traditional rivals Christ’s College, Christchurch Boys’ High School, Timaru Boys’ High School, and St Bede’s College. After qualifying for the UC Cup Top 4 play-offs, the team met St Bede’s College in the semi-final, winning a close match 18–14.
St Andrew’s College fielded eight rugby teams this season, with two other teams making, and winning, grand finals. After a dominant second half against Christ’s College, the U14 Open team pulled away to win their final 45–10. The U15 Under 63kg (White) team also played attractive, attacking rugby, beating St Bede’s College 43–34 in a tough final.
“The coaching and management group are extremely proud of all the players and their efforts both on and off the pitch this season. A great culture has been built and the future of rugby at St Andrew’s College looks very exciting,” says Rod.
The Senior A netball team finished their unbeaten season on a high with an impressive 41–23 win over St Margaret’s College in the SuperNet final. The St Andrew’s girls started the match well, and soon earned a lead which was never threatened. The win was a fitting end to a fantastic season which also saw the team win the Christchurch Regional Tournament and place third in the Saturday competition.
Overall netball had a great season, with excellent results over all 12 teams. Others to win their competitions were U17A (undefeated for the third season in a row), Year 10A (Wednesday competition), Year 9A (Wednesday competition and Christchurch Regional Tournament).
The St Andrew’s College Senior A Girls’ basketball team went into the Division 1 Whelan Trophy finals at Cowles Stadium undefeated during the regular season. They took on a formidable Middle Grange School team in the final and played superbly to win a tough and fast match, 90–59. The girls later won the South Island #COVIDCup, after fending off a spirited challenge from Waimea College in the final.
The Senior Boys were also undefeated going into their Thomson Trophy final against Christ’s College, and although they also left it all on the court, went down 94–113.
St Andrew’s entered a record 10 teams in competitive competitions this year. The Year 9 Girls’ team was another standout, going through the season unbeaten to finish first in their Friday competition.
The Premier Girls’ badminton team concluded a great season with a nail-biting win in the final of the Canterbury Interschool Badminton Competition. Following an exciting match against Burnside High School, games were tied at 3–3, so the final result came back to a points countback, which St Andrew’s won by just one point, 94–93.
The St Andrew’s College ice hockey team dominated the final of the Christchurch High School Ice Hockey League against Shirley Boys’ High School. Their intensity of play and skill level got them off to a great start, and they raced away to a strong lead by the end of the second quarter. Although Shirley Boys’ High School came back in the third and fourth quarters, it was too late, with the St Andrew’s team winning convincingly 11–6.
It was another successful season for St Andrew’s College football. The girls’ teams performed well, with the Girls’ 1st XI again making the final of the Premier competition, finishing as runners-up after losing a tense, close match against Burnside High School.
There were also good results in the boys’ programme, with the Senior 1st XI narrowly missing out on a final’s spot in the Connetics 1st XI competition.
A record number of students played hockey for St Andrew’s College this year, with a significant highlight being the Girls’ 1st XI beating St Margaret’s College to win the Challenge Shield for the first time in St Andrew’s history. The girls also finished fourth at the South Island Tournament.
The Boys’ 1st XI is also in a rebuilding phase, and did well to make the semi-finals, going down to a tough St Bede’s College team, 3–1. Other St Andrew’s teams also performed consistently, which bodes well for the future of the sport.
The Senior A Girls’ volleyball team finished second in Division 1 at the Canterbury Championships, where they played an outstanding final against Burnside High School. Losing the first two sets, the girls fought back to tie the score 2–2, before Burnside High School pulled away in the final set.
The Girls’ Junior A volleyball team had an outstanding weekend at the Canterbury Junior Volleyball Championships, winning every set and game they played to take the Division 1 title. Lauren Whittaker, Morgan Lee and Tineke Hinton (all Year 10) and Gabrielle Jones (Year 9) were named in the tournament team, with Tineke also awarded the Junior Girls’ Canterbury Championship MVP.
The 1st XI cricket team beat Christ’s College in the Gillette Cup semi-final. St Andrew’s made 269/8 with Zakary Foulkes (Y13) making an excellent 120 runs. Some good fielding and bowling saw St Andrew’s defend their total to win by 12 runs.
The 1st XI played Christchurch Boys' High School in the Gillette Cup Regional Final. Will Anderson (Y12) bowled an outstanding spell to take 4/42, including a hat-trick, however Boys' High made a total of 229/8. St Andrew’s made a solid start with Zakary Foulkes (Y13) anchoring the innings with a quality 90, but unfortunately St Andrew's was dismissed for 188.
The St Andrew’s College team of Henry Spark, Tom Wells (both Y13), Benjamin Ferrier, Ben Chittock, Molly Spark, Alice Egan (all Y12), Jenna Hirschfeld (Y11) and Payton Kimber-Reynolds (Y10) finished second overall at the Hillary Challenge 6-hour Adventure Race, qualifying them for a place in the five-day National Final in 2021. All eight members had to stay together for the duration of the event and work together to obtain as many points as possible during the 2.5-hour mountain bike and the 2.5-hour running rogaine.
Two St Andrew’s College teams finished in the top three at the North Canterbury 6-Hour Adventure Race, consisting of a mountain bike from McLeans Island, via the Bottle Lake Forest, to New Brighton followed by a rogaine from New Brighton, around the South Shore Spit and back to New Brighton. The Senior Boys’ team of Henry Spark and Tom Wells (both Y13) got all 750 points available, placing them as the second school team and 12th overall from 90 teams. The Senior Girls’ team of Molly Spark, Alice Egan (both Y12) and Jenna Hirschfeld (Y11) were the third school team and 25th overall.
At the Badminton New Zealand U19 National Championships, Jack Wang (Y13) won the Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles titles, after winning the Men’s Singles, Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles at the U19 Canterbury Open. Jack also won the Men’s Doubles and was runner-up in the Men’s Singles and Mixed Doubles at the U19 Waikato Badminton Open, and was winner of the Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles titles at the Badminton North Harbour U19 Open.
The following students were named in Canterbury Basketball Association First Teams:
Several students played in national basketball tournaments representing Waitaha (Canterbury):
Edwin Short (Y10) won the South Island Junior (U16) Under 75kg Boxing Championships by TKO (technical knock-out) in the third round.
Jack Wang (Y13) – badminton, and Tapenisa Havea (Y12) – athletics, were nominated for the Outstanding Young Sportsman and Sportswoman Awards at the Canterbury Sports Awards.
The Girls’ First XI competed in the Canterbury Regional qualifying 20/20 tournament for the National Gillette Venus Cup competition. After losing to national frontrunners, Christchurch Girls’ High School, and Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, the team beat St Margaret’s College in the playoff for fifth and sixth.
In a race against the clock at the Canterbury Schools’ Team Time Trial Championships, the St Andrew’s College U16 team of Joseph Connolly, Max Blockley, Ashton Leask-Walley (all Y10) and Tom Edwards (Y11) finished second in 12.30 minutes, behind Christchurch Boys’ High School and just ahead of Christ’s College.
Seth Moore (Y11) was fourth overall in the Tasman Drone Racing Regional Championships.
Six students competed at the Canterbury Schools’ Duathlon Championships, held at the Ruapuna Motorsport Raceway, completing a 2km run, 10km bike and a further 2km run. In the Open race, Nate Pringle (Y12) combined with his sister, Eva Pringle (OC 2019), to win the Mixed Team category over a 3km run, 20km bike and a further 3km run distance. Individual placegetters were:
The following students placed at the Canterbury Schools’ Dressage Championships:
Madeleine May (Y12) was named Canterbury Women’s Golfer of the Year with her highlights including representing Canterbury at number one at the New Zealand Women’s Interprovincial Championships, finishing third at the New Zealand U19 Championships, and winning the 2019 Canterbury Match Play, Canterbury Age Group Championships, Southland Stroke Play, and finishing first equal at the Otago Stroke Play.
The 1st XI Boys’ hockey team beat St Bede’s College 4–3 to win the Connetics Shield. Lucca Burley (Y13) scored three goals in the match.
The 1st XI Girls’ hockey team made history by defeating St Margaret’s College for the first time ever, with their 1–0 victory securing the Girls’ Connetics Shield for St Andrew’s College.
The following students were selected for Canterbury U18 teams:
Milla Newbury (Y11) passed her Inter-Silver New Zealand Ice Figure Skating Association grade tests, which means she can now skate in Open Age grades, nationally and internationally. She won a bronze medal in the Intermediate Novice Ladies grade in Ladies Solo Freeskate at the South Island Figure Skating Championships, which qualified her for the New Zealand Ice Figure Skating Championships in October, where she placed fifth overall in the Ladies Single Freestyle Intermediate Novice Grade (U18).
Spencer Menzies (Y8) was first in the U14 category at the NZAC National Indoor Boulder Series.
Fifteen teams from the Preparatory School took part in the ISSA Winter Tournament, which included football, hockey, and netball. The Years 7–8 Mixed hockey team, Years 7–8 netball team and the Year 6 football team all won their respective competitions, qualifying them for the CPPSA Winter Tournament. The Years 5–6 netball team also qualified, finishing second in their tournament. At the CPPSA Winter Tournament the Years 7–8 Mixed hockey team did incredibly well to finish first, with the Preparatory School A netball team also impressive to finish third overall.
Neko Brewer (Y10) and Eli Brewer (Y9) competed at the Oceania Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships, where Neko won a gold medal in the Gi and silver in the No-Gi, and Eli won a silver in the Gi and bronze in the No-Gi.
Charlotte Palmer (Y10) won gold in kata at the Canterbury Cup.
Harri Silcock (Y12) and Josh Silcock (Y9) competed in the Christchurch Grass Kart Clubs Canterbury Championships, where Harri became the 2020 Grass Kart Champion in the Junior Open Class, and Josh was third overall in the Intermediate Open Class.
Oscar Hopewell (Y1) competed at the 2020 New Zealand Mini Motocross Nationals and finished sixth overall.
At the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Multisport Championships, Henry Spark (Y13) was fourth overall in the U19 Boys’ competition and Jenna Hirschfeld (Y11) was second in the U16 Girls’ event. The race consisted of a 4.2km kayak on a lake followed by a 21km mountain bike ride through forest trails, finishing with a 5.5km run.
Tom Turner (Y11) was awarded the prestigious Most Improved Junior Player Award by the South Island Polo Association.
Coxswains, Alexander Carrodus (Y12) and Henrietta Ullrich (Y11), along with three rowers, Lachlan Muir, Caleb Brown (both Y12) and Fergus Rutledge (Y11) were selected for the Canterbury Provincial U20 rowing team. Sophia Rutherford (Y12) won the U17A final at the R2K singles regatta in Twizel. Lachlan Muir, Alexander Carrodus (both Y12), Fergus Rutledge and Henrietta Ullrich (both Y11) were selected for the Canterbury U20 rowing team, which competed in a South Island Inter-provincial regatta in October.
A group of eight St Andrew’s College 1st XV players were selected to attend the Crusaders Knights camp: James Carr, Joel Parry, Hugh Montgomery, Mini Toga, Isileli Saumaki (all Y13), Will Stodart, Torian Barnes and Jack Harding (all Y12).
Will Stodart, Jack Harding (both Y12) and James Carr (Y13) were named in the Crusaders Junior XV squad which played the Highlanders U18 team in Timaru in October.
Ashleigh Brett (Y12) was selected for the Canterbury Women’s rugby wider training squad.
The 1st XV played Christchurch Boys’ High School 1st XV in a curtain-raiser to the Crusaders versus Blues game at Orangetheory Stadium, winning 24–19 and claiming the Bill Thompson Memorial Shield for the first time since 2005. Hugh Montgomery (Y13) was named the Sky Sports Player of the Day after scoring two tries
The Community Rugby Fun Day provided a unique opportunity to connect rugby families and the St Andrew’s College community. Teams from all grades from the Preparatory and Secondary Schools had home games through the day. Prior to the 1st XV’s match against Shirley Boys’ High School, which they won 29–13, all teams gathered for a mass haka. Many Old Collegians were in attendance for their Rugby Reunion and enjoyed the great rugby and sportsmanship on display.
A small group of Preparatory School students competed at the New Zealand Snow Sports Junior Interfield Slalom Ski Race at Mt Hutt, with excellent results:
Alys Scott (Y11) was the third fastest girl at the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Skiing/Snowboarding Championships at Mt Hutt.
A group of seven students travelled to Wanaka to represent St Andrew’s College in the South Island Secondary Schools’ Ski Championships and achieved some excellent individual and team results:
The following students made the podium at the South Island Ski Racing Championships:
Giant Slalom Podium Results:
Flynn McGuinness (Y13) was selected by New Zealand Surf Life Saving to attend the 2020 National Lifeguard School in Waihi, which will give him an Advanced Lifeguard Award.
A group of 17 students claimed 20 medals at the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ National Swimming Championships, placing them eighth out of 167 schools and the top swim team in the South Island. Four St Andrew’s College relay teams claimed gold medals and Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Y12) won gold in the Men’s 17–18 years 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle events.
Individual placegetters and gold medal winning relay teams were:
At the National Short Course Championships, Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Y12) set a New Zealand Age Group Record in the Men’s 50m freestyle and won seven gold medals, six silver medals, and one bronze medal. Angus Kelliher (Y13) won a gold, two silver and four bronze medals, with Manaia Butler (Y13) winning gold and silver in relay events.
Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Y12) set an unofficial New Zealand Age Group Record in the 50m backstroke at the Swimming Canterbury West Coast Short Course Championships in an outstanding time of 25.16.
At the Canterbury Primary Schools’ Championships, the following students were placegetters:
Finlay Emslie-Robson (Y11) was runner-up in the singles and doubles at the Kiwi Indoor Junior Championships. Unfortunately, Finlay couldn’t compete in the finals due to injury.
Frank McHarg (Y3) won the Boys 10 and Under singles and was runner-up in the doubles at the Ashburton Trust Junior Open tennis tournament.
The Preparatory Boys’ A and Girls’ A tennis teams did extremely well at the Canterbury Primary Schools’ Tennis Tournament, with both teams retaining the titles they won in 2019.
Mia Montgomery (Y8) was selected for the Touch Canterbury U14 Girls’ Red team and Fynn Harris (Y8) was selected for the Canterbury U14 Boys’ A team.
Frank McHarg (Y3) won the Boys 10 and Under singles and was runner-up in the doubles at the Ashburton Trust Junior Open tennis tournament.
Representing Canterbury, the following Year 12 students made the podium at the highly competitive U18 National Water Polo Tournament held in Christchurch:
The College cross country took place around the St Andrew’s campus on a chilly day in late July. All races were very competitive with students, and several staff members, participating. Head of Culture and Values, Hamish Bell, showed that having a solid preparation pays off, as he was the first staff member to finish by a considerable distance.
Individual placegetters were:
Year 9 Boys: Elliot Graves first, Sebastian Serrano Burgos second, Frank Roberts third;
Year 9 Girls: Hannah Hughes first, Alexandra Hirschfeld second, Cherry Zhou third;
Year 10 Boys: Max Blockley first, Tom Harris second, Oscar Trafford third;
Year 10 Girls: Payton Kimber-Reynolds first, Holly Gilray second, Caitlin Roberts third;
Year 11 Boys: Adam Redway first, Couper Killick second, Xavier Beks third;
Year 11 Girls: Jenna Hirschfeld first, Emily Sharp second, Skye Atkins and Pippa Henderson third equal;
Senior Boys: Oliver Graves (Y12) first, Jack Rule (Y13) second, Jake Jackways (Y12) third;
Senior Girls: Neve Moulai (Y12) first, Isabella Gibson (Y12) second, Molly Spark (Y12) third.
A group of 48 Preparatory School students competed at the ISSA Cross Country event, in freezing July weather. The results were outstanding, with several students placing in the top three, and a total of 16 students placing in the top six, to qualify for the CPSSA Cross Country. Top three placegetters were: