Winter Tournament Week always brings a mixture of great hopes, highs and lows, along with excitement and disappointment. The St Andrew’s College teams once again demonstrated grit and resilience throughout the week and played to their best, achieving some significant results.
The Girls’ badminton team were standout performers, achieving the highest national rank of the College’s 14 sports teams which competed during the week – doing incredibly well to finish third in New Zealand, and claim a bronze medal.
The Girls’ hockey team made the quarter-finals of their national Federation Cup Tournament, finishing in the top eight in New Zealand for the first time in the College’s history. The Boys’ hockey teams also performed well, with the First XI making the quarter-finals at the prestigious Rankin Cup competition, where they finished eighth, and the Boys’ U15 team finishing fifth.
A young First XI Boys’ football team exceeded expectations to win the Division 2 national tournament, a result which bodes well for the future of the sport at the College.
St Andrew’s teams also performed well in various South Island championships, with the Senior A Boys’ basketball team having a great tournament to make the final and qualify for the National Secondary Schools’ Tournament. The Senior A Girls’ basketball team also qualified for the national tournament.
For the second year in a row the U15 rugby team won the South Island Co-ed Competition, after going through the competition undefeated. The First XV was fourth overall at the National Level Co-ed Top 4 Competition.
At the South Island Secondary Schools’ Championships, the Senior A netball team finished in sixth place overall.
The Girls’ badminton team of Jenny Zhu (Y13), Yirui (Elly) Li (Y9), Alyssa Le (Y11) and Kelly Ting (Y12) became the first school team outside the Auckland region in the last four years to claim a medal at the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Badminton Championships. They had a fantastic tournament, with four wins, one loss and two drawn matches on their way to third place and a bronze medal. The team went into the tournament as the fourth ranked national team after winning the 2019 School Sport Canterbury Premier Badminton Competition.
The Senior A Boys’ basketball team had an exciting tournament, beating teams they had lost to previously during the season on their way to the final and a silver medal. Their only loss in their seven lead-up matches to the final was against Middleton Grange School, who they eventually succumbed to again in the final 74–95. One of the highlights for the team was a 92–62 win over Christ’s College. The Senior A Girls’ team had four wins and two losses during their competition and finished in fifth place. The Junior Boys’ team came ninth overall, with the Junior Girls’ placing fifteenth.
The young First XI Boys’ football team did incredibly well to claim the Malcolm Cowie Cup for winning the Second Division at the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Football Tournament. They won six matches and had just one loss on their way to the final, when they beat Waitakere College 3–1. The First XI Girls’ football team also did well, finishing 25th overall after a four win, three loss record at their tournament.
It was not so long ago that the First XI Girls’ hockey team was competing in the Division 3 national tournament, so for them to eclipse their top 16 national ranking from last year to make the quarter-finals in 2019, was a significant achievement. The team had three wins, three losses, and a draw on their way to this excellent result. The First XI Boys’ had a three win, two loss and two draw record on their way to eighth place in the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Rankin Cup Competition. The Boys’ U15 team were also impressive, placing fifth nationally in their competition, which highlights the strength of the hockey programme at St Andrew’s College.
The Senior Girls’ netball team played strongly at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Championships, with five wins, two losses and a draw, seeing them finish in sixth place overall. Star performers, Kate Allan (Y12) and Lose Faingaanuku (Y11), were named in the South Island Netball Tournament Team.
The U15 team’s great run at the South Island U15 Co-ed Tournament continued, with the team going through unbeaten (five wins and a draw) to claim the title. They had an emphatic 24–0 win over Dunstan High School in the final. Cameron Blackwood, Mitchell Fitzpatrick and Joshua Carr (all Y10) were named in the Tournament Team. The First XV placed fourth overall at the New Zealand Barbarians National First XV Co-ed Championships, with the U16 team placing third in their Quadrangular Tournament during Winter Tournament Week.