Around 200 St Andrew’s students, playing in 14 different teams, represented the College with pride during the 2018 Winter Tournament Week.
Our athletes achieved some outstanding results, with one highlight being the great form demonstrated by the Girls’ First XI football at the national tournament, where they finished sixth. This was the highest ever finish for StAC girls’ football at a national level.
The Girls’ First XI hockey team also achieved its highest placing ever at national level, finishing 13th, another superb result.
At the South Island Secondary Schools’ Basketball Tournament, the Senior Girls’ A team did incredibly well to remain unbeaten on their way to claiming the first South Island basketball title in the College’s history. The Senior Boys’ A basketball team finished a creditable fifth, which saw both teams qualify for their respective national tournaments, where the girls went on to finish sixth, which was an outstanding achievement.
Other teams to achieve well at national level were the Boys' First XI hockey team, which finished tenth at the National Secondary Schools’ Rankin Cup Tournament, and the Boys’ First XI football team, which finished 12th and ended their national tournament as the top Christchurch and South Island school.
Also competing at national level were the Boys’ U15 hockey team, which finished 11th overall at the Tanner Cup, and the table tennis team, which came a creditable thirteenth in New Zealand.
The Boys’ U15 rugby team also delivered a great result, winning the South Island Secondary Schools’ Co-educational Tournament following an unbeaten run.
Additional results at South Island level, saw the Senior A Girls’ netball team place eighth and once again qualify for the nationals, the Junior Girls’ basketball team finish fourth, the Junior Boys’ basketball team finish 12th, and the ice hockey team, third.
The StAC Girls' First XI football team faced some incredibly tough North Island schools throughout their competition at the National Secondary Schools’ Premier Tournament at Taupo. Highlights include a 7–3 win over Onslow College and a nail-biting 3–2 win over Otumoetai College, which gave them the opportunity to playoff for fifth and sixth. The team faced Burnside High School in the playoff match, and after another tight game, lost on penalties. Finishing in the top six in New Zealand is unprecedented for Girls’ football at StAC and was an incredible result for the team following their success in the local competition.
The Boys' First XI had some mixed results in pool play at their national competition in Christchurch, but a critical 2–1 win over St Peter’s College secured them a top 16 spot. To finish 12th, and the top ranked Christchurch and South Island school at the tournament was a fantastic achievement.
Following their strong performance in this season’s local competition, the Girls' First XI hockey team played well to achieve 13th place at the Federation Cup National Tournament, their highest ever finish at this competition.
The Boys’ First XI finished in tenth place at the national Rankin Cup Tournament, just outside the top eight where the team has finished over the last five years, but still a highly creditable result. The team achieved some strong wins over some large North Island schools.
The 11th placing achieved by the Boys’ U15 hockey team at the national Tanner Cup Competition, bodes well for the future of the hockey programme at St Andrew’s.
The Girls’ A basketball team played fantastic basketball throughout the South Island Secondary Schools' Championships at Invercargill to remain unbeaten and claim St Andrew’s first ever South Island basketball title. They had emphatic wins leading up to the final against Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, which they also won comfortably 56–42.
The Senior A Boys' basketball team also had some great wins during their South Island tournament, with a loss to Cashmere High School in the quarter-final, dropping them out of contention for a top four place. A strong 60–51 win against Otago Boys’ High School, who the team had lost to 83–87 in pool play, was a wonderful end to a great tournament for the team. Both teams qualified for their respective national tournaments, the first time the StAC Boys' A team has achieved this since 2008.
Also pleasing was the fourth placing achieved by the Junior Girls' A team at their South Island Secondary Schools' Competition at Timaru, and the 12th place achieved by the Junior Boys’ A team at their competition in Nelson.
After finishing runners-up in the local SuperNet Competition, the Senior A netball team had a strong start at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Championships in Dunedin, with five good wins in a row. Some incredibly narrow losses followed, to Southland Girls’ High School 25–26, St Hilda’s Collegiate School 36–37, and Rangiora High School 33–36, which saw the team finish a creditable eighth.
At their South Island competition in Dunedin, the StAC ice hockey team had a mixed bag of results, finishing the tournament with a strong 7–5 win over King’s College, who they had lost to in pool play, to secure a third place finish.
The Boys’ U15 rugby team played emphatic rugby to win the South Island Secondary Schools' Co-educational Tournament at Greymouth, with an unbeaten record. They finished the tournament with a strong 38–10 win over Gore High School in the final. The team was also voted best and fairest team at the tournament.
The Boys’ U16 rugby team played in a quadrangular tournament against John McGlashan College, Christ’s College and Nelson Boys’ College during Winter Tournament Week and finished fourth.
At the Table Tennis Nationals in Auckland, the StAC table tennis team had mixed results in pool play, which saw them play off for 13th and 14th. A good 4–2 win over Macleans College saw them finish the tournament in 13th place, which was a great result at national level.