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Sports Round Up

From the third edition of Regulus for 2021.

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St Andrew’s College sports teams had another stellar Wednesday winter season, with girls’ teams shining especially brightly.

The Senior A Girls’ basketball team, Girls’ First XI football team, and Senior A Girls’ badminton team all played incredibly well to become Canterbury Secondary Schools’ champions.

The Senior A netball, and Senior A Boys’ basketball teams came within a whisker of the same result, both finishing in second place after tense finals. The highly anticipated netball final against St Margaret’s College went down to the wire, with St Margaret’s just holding on 32–30. The Senior A Boys’ also did extremely well, to finish within four points of favourites Christ’s College.

Many other St Andrew’s teams across various codes and age groups also won their finals – Girls’ U15, Boys’ U15, and Boys’ U17 White basketball teams, Girls’ 2nd XI football, Girls’ B badminton, the Senior B, Year 10A, Year 10B and Year 9C netball teams, and the U15 Open and U16 U65kg rugby teams.


The Premier Girls’ badminton team won their grade after convincingly beating St Margaret’s College 7–2 in the final. The girls played consistently well throughout the season, with Yirui (Elly) Li (Y11) and Ashley Bonne (Y9), winning every singles game they played.


The Senior A Girls’ basketball team was delighted to win the Canterbury Whelan Trophy final. They went into the final against Rangiora High School undefeated and got off to a strong start. However Rangiora pulled slightly ahead in the second quarter. The teams were neck and neck in the third quarter, until a strong performance by the St Andrew’s girls in the final quarter saw them come home with a 70–53 victory. Team captain, Te Rina Cooper (Y13), was rewarded for her fine effort by being named the final’s Most Valuable Player.

The Senior A Boys’ basketball team took on heavy favourites Christ’s College in the final of the Thomson Trophy. Christ’s College was unbeaten all season, however the St Andrew’s boys were right in it, and only down one point with three minutes to go. Some solid free-throw shooting and a few missed opportunities late in the game saw Christ’s College take out a narrow 88–92 victory.


It was a great year for Girls’ football, with both the 1st XI and 2nd XI teams winning their respective grades. The 1st XI were in dominant form in their final against Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, easily winning the match 5–0. The 2nd XI had a much closer battle against Avonside Girls’ High School, and won the match following an exciting penalty shoot-out.


The Senior A Boys’ team took part in a North Island invitational tour against some of the strongest basketball teams in the country. The team picked up great wins against Westlake Boys’ High School (Auckland), Fraser High School (Hamilton), and St John’s College (Hamilton), while losing narrowly to Rotorua Boys’ High School (Rotorua) and Rangitoto College (Auckland).

The Senior A Girls’ basketball team travelled to Auckland to play four of the stronger teams in the Auckland/Waikato region in an invitational tournament. They beat Hamilton Girls’ High School, a previously unbeaten Westlake Girls’ High School team (first in the Auckland region), Saint Kentigern, and Baradene College (second in the Auckland region) to finish unbeaten in the tournament, a fantastic achievement.

Lauren Whittaker (Y11) participated in the NZNBL competition as a member of the Auckland Dream. She was the only school-age student from the Canterbury region participating in New Zealand’s professional women’s league.

Isabella Gibson, Te Rina Cooper (both Y13), Karereatua Williams, Madeline-Rose Morrow (both Y12) and Lauren Whittaker (Y11) played for the Wolverines club team which won the Canterbury Basketball Association Trophy final.

Ophelia Powell (Y10) was named in the Canterbury Women’s U19 2021 first team.

Grace Cameron (Y13), Madeline-Rose Morrow, Karereatua Williams (both Y12) and Lauren Whittaker (Y11) were in the winning Canterbury basketball team at the New Zealand U17 National Championships.

Grace Cameron (Y13), Madeline-Rose Morrow, Karereatua Williams (both Y12) and Molly-Belle Morrow (Y10) were awarded sponsored scholarships from the Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats and will also be mentored for the season by a current Wildcat player.

At the CPSSA Basketball Tournament, the Preparatory School Girls’ A basketball team finished fourth, and the Girls’ Years 5–6 team was third.

Sasha McIntyre and Ella Buchanan (both Y8) were selected for the U13 Canterbury Basketball Regional Development Programme.

Senior A Boys’ basketball coach, Aled Jones, and starting forward, Benjamin Freeman (Y13), were in the Checkers team which beat Atami in the Canterbury Men’s Premier Final. Benjamin was the top scorer with 30 points and seven rebounds and was named the final’s Most Valuable Player. He is the only schoolboy in recent memory to be awarded this prestigious accolade.

A group of 14 St Andrew’s College students from Years 10–13 were involved in the FIBA 3×3 ‘Seven Stars’ tournaments run by Basketball New Zealand. The final iteration of the women’s tournament was won by a team including Madeline-Rose Morrow, Karereatua Williams (both Y12) and Lauren Whittaker (Y11).

Madeline-Rose Morrow (Y12) was selected to participate in the 2021 Basketball New Zealand December National Camp in Auckland, which will serve as preparation for the U19 National team which will compete for the FIBA U18 Asia Championships scheduled to take place in 2022.

Clay Target Shooting

A strong team of 19 students competed at the seventh event in the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Clay Target circuit at Mead Te-Pirita Gun Club. As well as winning two firsts and a second in the Junior competition, Logan Gardner (Y10) had a shoot-off against two seniors for Highest Overall Shooter.

Those to place were:

  • William Long (Y10): third in the Skeet competition;
  • Jack Pitts (Y10): third in the Junior Single Rise;
  • Logan Gardner (Y10): first in the Junior Single Rise and Junior Single Barrel, second in Junior Points Score.

Andrew Greig (Y11) competed at the Otago Provincial Championships where he won the B Grade and Junior Single Rise Championships, with the only possible (25/25) in that grade or category on the day.

At the South Island Secondary Schools’ Clay Target Shooting Championships, the St Andrew’s Girls’ team of Maggie Hood (Y11), Lucie Hood (Y9) and Addison Williams (Y10) was third in the Points Score Championship. Connor Higgs (Y11) was third in the Senior Single Barrel Championship, and Logan Gardner (Y10) was second in the Junior Single Barrel Championship.


The following students achieved top 10 placings at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Road Cycling Championships in July.

  • William Crawford (Y8): second in the U14 Boys Individual Time Trial, fifth in the Y14 Boys Road Race;
  • Nate Pringle (Y13): seventh in the U20 Boys Individual Time Trial, sixth in the U20 Boys Road Race.

The Canterbury Schools’ Team Time Trial Championships saw four cyclists competing against the clock to ride 16km as fast as possible up and down Old Tai Tapu Road. The St Andrew’s Boys’ U20 team comprising William Crawford (Y8), Max Blockley (Y11), Tom Edwards (Y12) and Nate Pringle (Y13) did incredibly well, finishing second behind the traditional powerhouses of schools’ riding, Christchurch Boys’ High School. The Girls’ U20 team of Neisha McKenzie, Emelia Rozen (both Y12), Evangeline McNeill (Y11) and Rebecca Strang (Y9) finished fifth.

As the South Island Schools’ Road Cycling Championships were cancelled due to the lockdown, Cycling New Zealand arranged an online virtual championship using the Zwift software. This enabled students to set their bikes up on a smart trainer at home and log into the races on their computers to compete against other students of their age group. William Crawford (Y8) competed in the U14 Boys’ grade and was second in General Classification (overall position of the three events), and third in the hill climb and criterium events.


The equestrian A team of Gemma Lewis, Sophie Thomas (both Y11), Lily Ellis, Elleanor Bell (both Y9) and Georgia Spark (Y13) placed fourth overall at the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ One Day Horse Trial 2021 at McLeans Island Equestrian Centre. Lily Ellis also took first place in Class 2D.

At the South Island Mounted Games Tournament Gemma Lewis (Y11) and Georgia Lewis (Y8) were second in the A Grade final, and Annabel Glass (Y9) and her partner Bridget Glass were fourth in the C Grade final.

The St Andrew’s Equestrian A team was second overall at the Canterbury Schools’ Dressage Championships. Individual placings were:

  • Sophie Pickens (Y12): first Level 2B dressage test, third Level 2A dressage test;
  • Gemma Lewis (Y11): second Level 2A dressage test and Level 2B dressage test;
  • Lily Ellis (Y9): second Level 1B dressage test, third Level 1C dressage test.


The St Andrew’s College Senior e-sports team of Matthew Browne, Edwin Short and Hugh Thomas (all Y11) won the Regional Rocket League Finals, making them South Island Secondary Schools’ champions.


Kiara Bercelli, Charlotte Roche (both Y12), and Megan Simpson (Y10) were named in the Canterbury Pride Football team, which is the Senior Women’s team that plays in the national league.


Jessie Mercer (Y9), Zihui (Alisia) Ren (Y10) and Madeline May (Y13) were named in the Canterbury Women’s Interprovincial team, as well as the Canterbury Girls’ Interprovincial team which finished third in the New Zealand Interprovincial Tournament during the Term 3 break. Hayden Lam (Y10), Sebastian May (Y11) and Mika MacDonald (Y13) were named in the Canterbury Boys’ Interprovincial team which took part in the same tournament.

At the recent 2020/21 Canterbury Golf Awards, Madeleine May (Y13) was awarded Canterbury Women's Golfer of the Year, Canterbury Junior Girl's Golfer of the Year, and the Liz Douglas Trophy (awarded to the player with the lowest stroke average over the season).


Cameron Slee (Y13) and Hugh Nixon (Y12) were selected for the National U18 Hockey Training Squad. Unfortunately, due to travel restrictions, the Junior Black Sticks have not been able to play a competitive international game for a few years, so selection into this training squad is the highest honour for this age group of hockey players.

ISSA Winter Sport Tournament

A group of 17 Preparatory School teams competed at the ISSA Winter Sport Tournament, where the StAC Navy hockey team (Y7–8), StAC Yellow football team (Y7–8), and Preparatory School A netball team (Y8) all placed second to qualify for the Canterbury Primary Schools’ Tournament.

Jump Jam

Preparatory School Jump Jam group, StAC Superheroes, coached by Year 13 student Sophie Goode, were second in the Year 5–6 Advanced category at the 2021 South Island Jump Jam Challenge.


Driving on a challenging hillside track, Josh Silcock (Y10) won three out of four races to claim the Junior Class at the Tasman North vs South Grass Kart Championships. At the Canterbury Grass Kart Championships, Josh drove consistently well to become the 2021 Canterbury Champion in the Junior Open class.


At the South Island Secondary Schools’ Junior Netball Tournament, the St Andrew’s Year 10A team was unbeaten in their pool games, won their semi-final 42–18 against Waimea College, and was narrowly beaten in the final 25–30 by Cashmere High School to finish second overall.

Six players from the Senior A netball team were chosen to compete at the Netball New Zealand U18 Championships in two participating centre teams.

  • Red Team (fifth overall): Isabella Galvan, Holly Munro, Otolose Faingaanuku (all Y13) and Karereatua Williams (Y12);
  • Black Team (14th overall): Angelique Doig and Arlya Guard (both Y12).


At the South Island Secondary Schools’ Orienteering Championships, the following students achieved top 10 placings:

  • Clayton Shadbolt (Y13): ninth in the Senior Boys Long Distance event, seventh in the Sprint Distance event;
  • Alice Egan (Y13): third in the Senior Girls Long Distance event;
  • Ethan Griffin (Y9): fourth in the Junior Boys Sprint Distance event.


Tom Turner (Y12) was selected for the highly-contested New Zealand Schools’ Polo team, which will play Australia in two matches at the end of November and early December. This is a major achievement for Tom, who is the youngest in the team.

Rhythmic Gymnastics

Kalisa Zhang (Y6) represented Canterbury at the 2021 New Zealand Gymnastics National Championships held during the holidays, where she won silver for the Hoop event.


At the South Island Secondary Schools’ Rogaine Championships, Matthew Hirschfeld and Ethan Griffin (both Y9) won first place in the U14 Boys’ event, and the team of Alice Egan (Y13), Lucy Hamilton and Jenna Hirschfeld (both Y12) were second in the U19 Girls’ event.

St Andrew’s College was well represented at the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Rogaine Championships, with all four teams finishing top three of their categories:

  • Senior Girls (four hours): second place (1800 points) Alice Egan and Molly Spark (both Y13);
  • Senior Girls (four hours): third place (980 points) Lucy Hamilton, Emily Davis, Jenna Hirschfeld (all Y12) and Payton Kimber-Reynolds (Y11);
  • Senior Boys (four hours): third place (1960 points) Benjamin Ferrier, Zachary Moore, Joseph Drury, Oliver Affleck (all Y13);
  • Junior Boys (two hours): first place (880 points) Matthew Hirschfeld and Ethan Griffin (both Y9).


Emma Inglis, Thomas Forsey (both Y13), Georgia Thomson (Y12) and William Tavendale (Y10) were selected for the Canterbury U20 rowing team to compete at the Mainland Interprovincial Championships.

Thomas Forsey, Emma Inglis (both Y13), Georgia Thomson (Y12) and William Tavendale (Y10) were in the Canterbury team which won the Mainland Inter-provincial Championships. Thomas coxed the winning Men’s Open 8+ and Emma placed third in the Women’s U20 4X-.


After attending the National U18 Māori Rugby Development Camp, Tamati Frost (Y13) was selected for the New Zealand Māori U18 Ngā Whatukura Boys’ team. Torian Barnes (Y13) was selected for the New Zealand Schools’ team. Travel restrictions have affected the planned international schedule for the teams, which will instead gather for a development week.

D’Angelo (Lino) Tauti, Torian Barnes and Will Stodart (all Y13) were named in the 2021 Junior Crusaders Camp. Thomas Sexton (Y13) was named as a standby player. Torian and Will later played in the Crusader Junior XV final against the Highlanders U18 team.

Jack Harding (Y13) was selected for the University of Waikato Chiefs Region U18 Development Camp. He will head to the Waikato to study and be part of an exciting Chiefs Rugby Academy programme in 2022.

Isaiah Armstrong-Ravula (Y13) was named co-captain of the Hurricanes U18 rugby team, which played Manawatu U19.

Ashleigh Brett (Y13) was selected for the Canterbury U19 rugby team and has been training with the Senior Women’s Canterbury Development Squad. She was also selected as a member of the National U18 Māori Rugby Development Camp.

William Timbs (Y12), Cylas Tauti, Josh Ongley and Oskar Trafford (all Y11) were selected for the U16 Metro Black team. Lucas Te Rangi (Y11) and Couper Killick (Y12) were selected for the U16 Metro Red team.

Couper Killick, William Timbs (both Y12), Lucas Te Rangi, Cylas Tauti, Josh Ongley and Oskar Trafford (all Y11), played in Canterbury Metro U16 teams.


The Canterbury Ski and Snowboard Championships were held at Mt Hutt in July. The Girls’ ski team of Alys Scott, Monique Weber (both Y12), Holly Thomas (Y10) and Mia Fraser (Y11) placed second, the first ever girls’ ski team from St Andrew’s to medal in this event. The Boys’ ski team, comprising Thomas McKendry, Brodie Flett, Campbell Searle (all Y11) and Isaac Smith (Y12) finished a creditable fourth.

At the National Junior Ski Championships, sisters Isabelle (Y4), Alessandria (Y2) and Francesca Greer (Y1) were second in the Years 1–4 team race, representing St Andrew’s. Alessandria also placed first in the U8 Dual Slalom and was selected for the Queenstown Alpine Ski Team.

Oliver Connolly (Y7) won the Boys’ Years 7–8 competition at the Canterbury Primary Schools’ Ski Racing Championships.

In the Remarkables Interfield races on Saturday 18 September as part of the South Island Secondary Schools’ Snowsport Championships, Holly Thomas (Y10) was first in the U16 Girls’ event, and Nilo Labbe Hubbard (Y10) was second in the U16 Boys’ event. The following day, the Mixed ski team placed first, the Boys’ ski team second, and the Boys’ slopestyle team second. Thomas McKendry (Y11) was the fastest boy and Holly Thomas (Y10) was the fastest girl in the competition. The Boys’ snowboard team placed second.

The St Andrew’s College Swimming team.


A team of 12 St Andrew’s College swimmers competed at the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ National Swimming Championships against 730 swimmers from across 167 schools. They did incredibly well to win a total of 14 medals, including relays. The highlight of the meet was Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Y13) breaking a 13-year-old record in the Men’s 50m freestyle event.


  • Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Y13): gold in Men’s 50m freestyle (New Zealand Record), 100m butterfly, silver in 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle,16 and Over skins events, bronze in 100m individual medley,50m breaststroke;
  • Bree Middleton (Y13): bronze 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle;
  • Taiko Torepe-Ormsby and Bree Middleton: silver in 2 × 50m Mixed freestyle;
  • Taiko Torepe-Ormsby and Connor Barr (Y13): silver 2 × 50m Men’s freestyle;
  • Connor Barr, Callum Lockhart (Y12), Maddison Barr, Caitlin Roberts, Isabella McConchie (all Y11), Bree Middleton, Oliver Graves (Y13) Taiko Torepe-Ormsby: silver 8 × 50m Mixed freestyle;
  • Connor Barr, Bree Middleton, Isabella McConchie, Taiko Torepe-Ormsby: bronze 4 × 50m Mixed freestyle;
  • Taiko Torepe-Ormsby, Callum Lockhart, Oliver Graves, Connor Barr: bronze 4 × 50m Men’s freestyle.

Trap Shooting

In the latest round of the Canterbury Area Secondary Schools’ Clay Target Championships, Sam Kinney (Y12) and Maggie Hood (Y11) scored very highly to win the Skeet Team trophy for the overall competition, with Mitchell Twentyman (Y9) winning the Junior Points Score. Jono Baynon (Y12) delivered another outstanding performance to win three disciplines, Single Rise, Senior Points Score, and Highest Overall. Jono achieved a shooting grade of 96 per cent which saw him promoted to AA grade; an elite status which very few shooters achieve.

At the North Island Championships, Jono Baynon (Y12) hit an incredible 183 targets without missing to win the Single Rise and Points Score. He achieved a ‘Long Run’ of 352 targets altogether, which is an outstanding achievement. Maggie Hood (Y11) was third in Ladies’ Points Score. At the national championships, Maggie was third in Single Barrel. She teamed up with Sam Kinney (Y12) to win the two-person Skeet Team event. Connor Higgs (Y11) and William Long (Y10) were third in this event.


Pippa Henderson (Y12) and Tineke Hinton (Y11) were named in the New Zealand U19 Junior Women’s Volleyball squad, from which a team will be selected to play in the Asian Championships to be held in 2022.

Water Polo

  • Taylor Farrell (Y11), Ryan Marsh and Jake Burrowes (both Y10) were members of the silver medal winning Canterbury team, which competed at the U16 Nationals B Boys Water Polo Competition;
  • Benjamin Steel (Y13) and Lachlan Frazer represented Canterbury at the U18 Nationals Men’s Water Polo Competition;
  • Lucy Hamilton (Y13) was a member of the silver medal winning Canterbury team which competed at the U18 Girls A Grade Water Polo Nationals.

Zonta Sports Awards

Congratulations to Blake Richards (Y13 – water polo) who was the winner of Category Two – Contribution to Sports Administration, and Alexander Carrodus (Y13 – rowing) who received a Highly Commended in Category One – Most Valued Contribution to a team, at the Zonta Sports Awards. Other finalists were Otolose Faingaanuku, Isabella Galvan (both Y13 – netball), Molly Spark (Y13 – multisport), Georgia Thomson (Y12 – rowing), Lachlan Frazer (Y13 – water polo), and Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Y13 – swimming) in the Outstanding Individual Achievement category; the Adventure Racing team and Multi-sport team in the Most Outstanding Team category, and Cameron Slee (Y13 – hockey, cricket, water polo and swimming) in Best All-Round who achieved in more than one Sporting Code.

From the third edition of Regulus for 2021.