St Andrew’s College has a great reputation during Summer and Winter Tournament Weeks as a top competitor in both girls’ and boys’ events. The 2019 Summer Tournament Week was no exception, with 116 of our top sports people competing in five different codes from Christchurch to Lake Karapiro.
Stand out results came from the Senior Girls’ A volleyball team, which made College history by finishing fourth in New Zealand; and the adventure racing team, which finished as New Zealand Schools’ Mixed Team champions. Our rowers also reached a record breaking 13 A finals at Maadi Cup, winning two bronze medals. See page 51 for the full rowing report.
The Senior A Girls’ volleyball team made College history with a fourth placing at the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Volleyball Championships. After going through the first seven matches, undefeated, they lost a tense semi-final to Otumoetai College and then narrowly lost their playoff for third and fourth. There were some pleasing wins against St Margaret’s College, Aorere College, Whakatane High School, and Napier Girls’ High School along the way. One highlight was the selection of Georgia Hollings and Hayley Neill (both Y13) in the tournament team, judged by an expert panel to be the 12 best players from the tournament.
The Senior Girls’ B team made it through to their semi-finals, beating Waitara High School to finish third in Division 5. The Senior Boys’ team qualified for their quarter-finals, losing to King’s High School, and finishing seventh in Division 4.
The St Andrew’s College adventure racing team put in an outstanding performance to finish as the New Zealand Schools’ Mixed Team champions. Following 7.5 hours of racing around the Bannockburn hills and on the Kawarau River, the team, comprising Henry Spark (Y12), Tom Wells (Y12), Benjamin Ferrier (Y11), and Molly Spark (Y11), beat the next best team from Mt Aspiring College by over an hour. St Andrew’s College was also the third team overall behind two all-boys’ teams in a very impressive performance involving two mountain biking stages, a 3.5 hour trek, orienteering, abseiling, and kayaking.
The Mixed tennis team had another fantastic national tournament, finishing in fourth place, after winning the South Island Championships at Timaru. The Senior Boys’ tennis team followed up their excellent form at the South Island Championships, where they made the final, to finish fifth nationally. Of note was Jamie Garbett (Y13), who won every singles match as the number one boys’ player for St Andrew’s.
The Senior Girls’ team had a great tournament, and placed ninth nationally out of 24 teams. The Senior Boys’ competition was strong, with the St Andrew’s team having three classy wins against North Island schools. The Junior Boys’ team had a great tournament, qualifying for the top eight before losing their quarter-final against finalists St Patrick’s College, followed by a 3–2 loss to finish seventh nationally.
The St Andrew’s sailing team came second after several hard fought tactical battles on the water at the Lower South Island Championship Sailing Regatta. They were singled out as a ‘team to watch’ at forthcoming regattas.