2018 AIMS GAMES a Hit!
The 2018 AIMS GAMES was a wonderful experience for Yr. 7 & 8 students at Aquinas College. We experienced winning and losing but always enjoyed spending time with students from other schools. During the week, our teams spent a lot of time together so got to know each other better. We also had the chance to make new friends from all around New Zealand. Thank you to all the parents, coaches and managers for supporting our teams during this week.
The weather was perfect all week and below is a list of our teams and their results.
Waterpolo Girls – Silver Medal
Waterpolo mixed – 20th
Hockey mixed – 41st
Table tennis – Charlie Way -Silver Medal
Futsal Boys – 17th
Futsal Girls – 17th
Football Boys – 39th
Swimming team did a great job with our top swimmer was Catlin Farrell who came 4th in three events.
Basketball Girls – 12th
Basketball Boys – 54th
Netball – 108th
Multi-sport did well with Hugo McCarroll coming 21st.
Cross country team had a great day with all our runners doing well.
Everyone enjoyed Aims week and the Year 8’s are sorry they cannot do it next year but the Year 7’s are excited. Bring on 2019!
Sophina Finnimore and Mackenzie Lenton
AIMS GAMES 2018
The AIMS GAMES 2018 are being held in Tauranga from Sunday 9 – Friday 14 September. This is an annual event on the Aquinas College Sports Calendar and it is always a highlight for our Year 7 and 8 Students.
There are 22 different codes offered at the AIMS GAMES this year. Please see below the list of the Sports that Aquinas College is competing in. As teams are announced, the names will be uploaded onto this page.
It is important to note that many of the individual codes have strict qualifying criteria (BMX, Canoe Slalom, Golf, Squash, Tennis and Yachting). Students will only be entered if there are able to meet the criteria as specified by the NZ AIMS GAMES Committee.
Students will be limited to competing in ONE Team sporting code and ONE Individual sporting code over the week of competition. Students may apply to the Aquinas AIMS GAMES Committee if they wish to compete in more codes on the understanding that no timetable allowances will be made. Students will only be accepted if they are able to display appropriate commitment levels to all sports leading up to the event and during the week of competition.
All students wanting to participate in the AIMS GAMES 2018 should register their interest by completing the AIMS GAMES Expression of Interest Form. This can be found on the Aquinas College Website. Students need to have this form filled in by Sunday 13 May.
Entry and Trials
Participation in the AIMS GAMES is made at the discretion of the AIMS Management Committee which consists of the Principal, Director of Sport, Sports Co-ordinator, Teacher in Charge of School Events and Teachers in Charge of Sports Codes within Aquinas.
Participation in the AIMS tournament will be based on the combination of:
• Historical performance of the team/individual
• Current performance of the team/individual
• Team strength based on availability of students and Coaching Staff
It is at the discretion of each sport as to whether trials will be held or not. Students and parents will be advised of these dates.
Commitment and Trainings
All students who are selected into a sports team to compete in the AIMS GAMES will be required to have a strong level of commitment to attend all trainings held and compete in warm up competitions in the lead up to the AIMS GAMES 2018.
Trainings will be confirmed once teams are announced but students should expect to attend at least one training session over the course of each week. These sessions may be held before school, at lunchtimes or after school.
Any students who do not display the appropriate levels of commitment may be removed from the team after a verbal warning and a phone call home to parents/caregivers.
For sport specific entry fees, please refer to the event website www.nzaimsgames.co.nz. Some team sports have an additional fee if the team is unable to provide an Umpire/Referee.
Other fees associated with the AIMS GAMES may include:
• Pre-Season competitions- Where possible, each team will be encouraged to participate in pre-season games. Games that are organised with other schools will not generally incur a cost however tournaments may. The entry fee for an organised tournament may be up to $30.00 per competition.
• Uniform- In most sports students will be provided with uniforms to compete in. There may be Sports that students are required to provide their own sports socks. These can be purchased from NZ Uniforms, 94 Elizabeth Street, Tauranga.
Parents/Caregivers will be expected to support Aquinas College by making it a priority for students to attend trainings for the AIMS GAMES. Please support Coaches and Managers by encouraging students to attend on time and ready to train. If students are unable to attend practices, they must contact the Coach prior.
Aquinas College will have a number of staff involved during this week of competition. Each sport will however require parental assistance to support the athletes in various roles including Coach, Manager and Umpire/Referee. Sports that are likely to have a small number of participants will rely more heavily on parent involvement.
It may also be necessary for Parents/Caregivers to assist with scoring at some sports over the week. If you are attending games, please offer your assistance to the Coach and Manager of your child’s team as it will be greatly appreciated.
Parents/Caregivers will be responsible for organising transport for students over the week of competition. We highly recommend carpooling with other students in the same teams over the week.
AIMS Information Evening
All Parents/Caregivers/Whanau will be invited to attend our AIMS GAMES 2018 Information Evening. This will be an opportunity to meet with the coaches, teachers and parents assisting in each sport, and to find out the plan for the week of the AIMS GAMES. We ask that all parents/caregivers attend this event with your children, as we will be discussing the plan for the entire week of competition.
The date of this meeting is to be announced.
Essential Dates for your Diary
• AIMS GAMES 2018 Expression of Interest must be filled in by Sunday 13 May
• NZ AIMS GAMES Entries Close on Wednesday 13 June
• Teams Announced by Friday 29 June
• Student entry and payment is due Friday 27 July
• AIMS GAMES 2018 will be held from Sunday 9 – Friday 14 September
Further information is to follow. If you have any queries, please feel free to email the Sport Coordinator, Caitlin Tarr on firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 AIMS GAMES
Kate McCarroll had a great start to Aims Games with two wins on the first day of play. As a qualifier these two wins ensured she made it onto the main draw of the comp which was a great start. Unfortunately her third match had her playing the 2nd seed in the competition and she was a very slick opponent. This resulted in a loss and meant she went into the Consolation draw, she had another loss in the next match followed by a win, a loss and finally another win to finish. She finished 27th out of 48 competitors and won against some girls who had better configure rankings than her. All in all a fabulous experience and great for her tennis. Thanks Aims Games!
BADMINTON – Braden Aleksich
96 boys completing in the singles competition and Braden’s first game of the tournament is against the NZ under 15 yrs current campion! What a start to the competition, what an experience. After the pool games Braden was knocked out in the first elimination round. Braden was paired with Kaiawha from Te Puna school in doubles, they came 8th in their division.
It was 4 season in 2 hours at Waipuna Park for the AIMS Cross Country. Representing us were 10 students who had trained hard for this event.
Year 7 Girls – Sarah Edwards 32nd, Grace Kahle 54th, Nicole Shirley 86, Chloe Swan 92nd
Year 7 Boys – Braden Stowers 55th, Hugo McCarroll 81st, Scott Breebaart 107th
Year 8 Boys – Sean Curragh 26th, Dylan Beilby 100th, Josh Pinto 136th
A very successful AIMS GAMES for the Aquinas team.
Jazmine Trusler was awarded 2nd Individual Overall for the Women’s Artistic Twisters Division.
India Jarden won a gold medal in the individual artistic competition while Hugo McCarroll came 1st in the Overall Individual for Men’s Twisters Trampoline & Mini Trampoline.
Finally our Twisters Trampoline and Mini Trampoline team won a silver medal. The team was made up of Jasmine Watane, India Jarden, Jazmine Trusler, Phoebe Hoskin. Well done to all our school gymnasts.
GIRLS WATER POLO
Following months of very early morning and weekend trainings the day was finally here. In wet windy cold conditions at Toi Ohomai we opened our AIMS campaign.First up was Diocesan school for girls Auckland, our nemesis and a repeat of last years final. A very tough assignment first up and even though the girls played with courage and heart we suffered a 11/3 loss.While other teams may have crumbled and failed our team showed their resolve, skill and pride in themselves and bounced back to take out their next 5 pool games with clinical finishing, skill and trust in their teammates . We finished pool play second on the table, therefore avoiding the quarter finals Each day started with a prayer in which Coach Brendan Horan asked God the make each player be the best that she could be,, playing fairly, respectfully and with strength. He listened. Friday dawned and the girls were excited.First up was the semifinal against an ever improving John Paul College but the girls were equal to the task and there it was, into the final against Diocesan, a repeat of last years final.With a huge local crowd at Baywave the girls fought gallantly with skill, pride and respect and while they didn’t win they reduced to winning margin from the 1 st game in half. While disappointed the girls showed pride in their teammates,respect for the winning team and a huge sense of accomplishment.Notable mention must be given to the team captain Millie Quin who led from the front with a massive 29 goal haul.and to our wonderful pocket rocket goalkeeper Georgia Verhoeven who was awarded the team player medal by coach Brendan Horan. Let me finish with a quote from our very passionate coach and our motto for the week.
Kia Kaha, Kia Toa,Kia Manawanui (Be strong, be swift, be stout of heart) for together we are AQUINAS.
The Aquinas Vida Aerobics team competed on Monday afternoon at the ASB Arena in the Performance Group competition, which has a field of 12 schools. The team was well turned out in their sparkly outfits, they had good choreography and strong music. We came 5th in the comp with 17.6 points coming in behind Bucklands Beach Intermediate 19.2 points, Somerville Intermediate 19.1 points, Howick Intermediate 18.2 points and Farm Cove Intermediate 18.1 points.
We were the best of the Bay Intermediates with Mount Maunganui Intermediate in 6th place, Tauranga Intermediate in 9th place and Pongakawa School in 10th place.
It was a very good result for our team. I was very proud of their effort! Amber Eberlin was awarded the Player of the Day medal for the AIMS Games.
On Tuesday & Wednesday our Aquinas Gymsport Rhythmic Team competed at Argos in Judea. We have three in our team; Neve Mahoney, Isabella McCarthy and Ruby New. The girls have been learning two routines throughout the year, one for Ribbon and one for Ball. They were competing against 4 other school teams – 19 individuals. Tuesday saw the team compete together for a team medal, the girls came fourth point8 of a point away from third place. Wednesday saw the girls run through their routines again, this time competing for Individual medals. Isabella finished 10th, Neve finished 14th and Ruby finished 17th there were 19 competing. They were a very well turned out team who represented Aquinas with pride. One of the Judges came up to me on the Tuesday after competition had finished and commended our girls on their smiles and the fact that they looked like they were enjoying themselves. I am very proud of all three girls.
The first two days of pool matches proved to be a challenge, we played teams that were all year eight students and they had played together for the past two years – Rotorua Intermediate (our first game) won the boys futsal tournament.
Aquinas College futsal team never “gave up” they played hard, gave 100%, encouraged each other and improved their game as the tournament progressed. The final two days were fantastic as we played evenly matched teams, scored goals, won matches and had fun. Our venue allowed us to watch and support Aquinas College Basketball teams between our match games. We were placed 23rd within the futsal boys tournament.
Antony was seeded 42 out of 56 and after 6 games and winning 3 and losing 3 ended up 36th place out of 56.
The aims football team had a long competitive week, playing 11 games over the five days. We started off with a win in pool play, and then ended pool play also with a win, but endured some strong competition in between.
The first day was a once in a lifetime event for the boys as they were televised playing their 3 games. Callum Berntsen was the highlight of that day, and got the best workout being our goalie.
The links below take you to view our games
We finished pool play and then had play offs to find our position out of 59 teams. We took out the last game to end the long week in 47th position. The boys should be proud of themselves as I truly am.
While every player put in 110%, the player of our tournament was awarded to Jasper Collins. Jasper gave it his everything; every game; and every time I looked he was involved in some kind of play. He really deserved it.
A full on week of mixed 6-a-side Hockey was played at both Blake Park and Bethlehem College due to the increased number of teams entering the competition – 3 up from 2016. With 8 pools of 5 teams, Aquinas was competing in with final placegetters in 4th, 11th, 19th, 28th [Aquinas] and 36th placings.
An extremely challenging first couple of games made it difficult to play anything but defensive hockey, however over the week some structure developed in our teams play and they managed to win two of their total 8 games, with one of those against Ohau School exhibiting some fine displays of 6-a-side hockey.
The highlight of the week was winning a penalty shootout, which was an exciting first experience for the team and a positive outcome to some of the challenges that preceded it.
Aquinas finished 12th out of 28 teams. Fantastic result and very proud of all the girls. Some very talented basketball teams at AIMS and Aquinas were the second highest placed intermediate in Tauranga, being capped by Tauranga intermediate who came 4th.Good stuff girls and you all showed humility and outstanding sportsmanship throughout the week in which they can all be proud of achieving
AIMS Netball was a great experience for our Netball team, it was party central with loads of dancing and hanging out with girls from all around New Zealand …. Oh and there was loads of netball. The girls played some amazing teams, some were beyond talented, We finished 76th out of 122 teams, this guarantees Aquinas entry into the AIMS netball draw next year.
Everyone played amazing netball, learnt a lot about the game and gained valuable experience, our shining star was Rachel Shirley who was named MVP.
MIXED WATER POLO
We had a fantastic week and came away with a Bronze medal. We had a few easy games at the beginning of the week but towards the end of the week the games were very tough and very physical. We played an outstanding last pool game to make it to the semi finals. Unfortunately we lost the semi final to the Mount. St Peters won the open division and we were the only team to beat them all tournament so we are pretty proud of that!Our MVP went to Archie who had an amazing tournament as our Goalie!!