Regulus // Issue 1 // May 2023
Stand out performers were the Year 10 cricket team which finished second equal in New Zealand, and the Senior Girls’ A volleyball team, Mixed tennis team, Senior Girls’ Blue 3×3 team and Junior Boys’ Blue 3×3 team, which all finished fourth nationally. The St Andrew’s mountain bikers won gold and silver medals at the South Island championships, the athletics team had eight podium finishes including three South Island titles, and the Senior Boys’ water polo team won a bronze medal at their South Island event. The weekend prior to Summer Tournament Week, the Mixed Touch team were crowned South Island champions.
St Andrew’s College rowers also had outstanding success at Maadi Cup with three gold medals and one silver medal – read the full report here.
Along with the great results, there was lots of positive feedback from staff who travelled with the teams, commenting on the students’ courage, positive spirit, resilience, and commitment to fair play.
After winning the Canterbury final of the NZCT Cup, the St Andrew’s Year 10 cricket team competed at the national finals as one of the top six Year 10 cricket teams in New Zealand. They performed extremely well during the week, with wins against John McGlashan College, and Wellington College, and losses to Napier Boys’ High School and Auckland Grammar School. In their last match the team beat Tauranga Boys’ High School to finish second equal on points. Spencer Hair was named Most Valuable Player of the Tournament after scoring an impressive 229 runs at an average of 57.25 per game.
The Senior A and Senior B Girls’ teams went to Palmerston North with high hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of their respective competitions at the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Volleyball Championships, with both far exceeding their goals. The Senior A Girls had a wonderful tournament, playing some of their best volleyball of the season. They fought hard throughout pool play and in their quarter-final, and were eventually beaten by a very good St Mary’s College team in the semi-final. In the playoff for third and fourth, they lost to Christchurch Girls’ High School to finish fourth in New Zealand, which is an outstanding effort. The Senior B team went through with only one loss in pool play to win the Division 5 Championship, which was a fantastic effort for this young team.
A young St Andrew’s Mixed tennis team competed against the top championship tennis teams from throughout the country at the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Tennis Championships in Christchurch.
Some very tough competition ensued during the week, with the closest being a countback on games against Ashburton College, with St Andrew’s winning 50 games to 48 after six matches. After four days of competition, St Andrew’s finished fourth in New Zealand, a commendable effort against very strong competition.
Brothers, Cooper Pringle (Y9) and William Pringle (Y10) achieved great results at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Mountain Biking Championships. William won the U16 cross country event to become a South Island champion, and Cooper won silver in the U15 cross country event.
The St Andrew’s Mixed touch team are South Island champions, after an exciting 8–7 victory in the final of the South Island Secondary Schools’ Touch Tournament against reigning national champions, Rolleston College. The score was locked at 7–7 with seconds to play, when St Andrew’s scored to take a memorable victory.
A group of nine athletes from St Andrew’s College competed at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships and did incredibly well, achieving eight podium finishes. Highlights included South Island titles won by Sophie Lampe (Y9) and Natalia Geneblaza (Y13). Medallists were:
A Senior A Boys’ and Senior Girls’ team represented St Andrew’s at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Water Polo Championships. The boys put in a fantastic performance to finish third and take the bronze medal. The girls finished ninth but also did extremely well, given they were entered into B Grade, but ended up playing in the A Grade.
Two Senior Boys’ teams, one Senior Girls’ team and a Junior Boys’ team travelled to Auckland to compete in New Zealand Secondary Schools’ 3×3 Championships. They had great success at their competitions, with the stand out results being the Senior Girls’ Blue and Junior Boys’ Blue teams, which both finished fourth nationally, and were the top South Island schools in the competition.
The Senior Boys’ Blue team finished tenth (second in the South Island), and the Senior Boys’ White team was 15th (fifth in the South Island).
At the New Zealand Junior Secondary Schools’ Futsal Championships in Wellington, our Senior Girls’ team came back strong after a couple of early losses to finish 17th in New Zealand. The Senior Boys’ team had mixed results, finishing 29th overall.