Eve Mischewski – Maori Footballer
Year 11 Eve Mischewski was selected into the inaugural Maori Football NZ U14 Girls team, “Nga Kotiro Whanapoikiri” and was named in the starting line up for the test match against the highly-rated Australian U14 Girls team. New Zealand Maori went on to win the game convincingly 4 goals to zero, with Eve playing a key role throughout. “When I found out I was selected to the Maori Football NZ team I was really excited to play for New Zealand against Australia. It’s an honour that I didn’t think I’d get so early. What was really great was being able to put extra focus on the culture side of things and the opportunity to get more in touch with my heritage.”
Avalee Donovan-Trewhella – Synchronised Swimmer
Late 2019 Avalee (below) was part of the New Zealand Pikopiko Team (15 & under) that competed at the Argentina Open in October & November. The synchronised swimming team, which included eleven athletes from around New Zealand won a silver medal for their combo event and narrowly missed out on bronze for their team event. 2019 was the first year Avalee had been part of the high-performance team, and the Argentina Open was the first time she represented New Zealand internationally in the sport. Avalee has been successful in selection for her country in Synchronised Swimming for 2020 in the Koru Squad (Over 15’s team).
Pateriki Paaka – National Maori Basketballer
Pateriki represented U13’s Te Maru o Mauao ki Tauranga Moana in basketball at the Maori National Basketball tournament held in Rotorua from Tuesday 21 – Friday 24th January 2020. The team played a total of 5 games and finished strong, winning their last 2 games convincingly and placing 7th overall out of ten iwi. Kia kaha tama.
Pateriki was also selected to try out in Basketball during the two days of representative trials 15th and 22nd February for a place in the TCBA U13 boys team. From a total of 73 trialists he was picked for the U13A boys team and is looking forward to the Mel Young Easter Tournament to be held in Tauranga.“Last year I trialled and got a call-back for the U13A team, but missed out due to size so I’m super proud this year to make the U13A boys team!”
Pateriki Paaka – Regional IPS Touch Player
Pateriki represented BOP U14 Div 2 Tama, in touch rugby for the first time at the final Northern Junior IPS tournament held at Ray Boord Park, Rotorua in late January. During the two days of competition, temperatures reached over 30 degrees. The final game went down to a draw and was involved in a much-needed drop-off. “It got down to 3 players including me and we held North Harbour and I intercepted a high pass, ran a metre before throwing a long pass to my teammate. He used his height/long strides to score the winning touch down!” A solid win to the BOP U14 and awesome end to this final IPS tournament. Pateriki received the MVP trophy for the BOP U14 Div 2 boys 2019/2020.
Aidan Bollee (right) swam the Lake Taupo ‘Across the Lake’ Swim, starting at Acacia Bay and finishing 4.2km across the lake at Three Mile Bay. At 12 years he is the youngest competitor to do so. Aidan’s family know how he likes to set goals and then quietly goes about achieving them.
Luca Adsett Luca has been selected for the New Zealand Indoor Cricket Under 15 team to go to Singapore. Congratulations Luca – to be selected from players all around New Zealand shows talent and determination!
The Aquinas College First XI cricket team got a surprise visit from former Aquinas student and current New Zealand White Fern cricketer Anna Peterson [Class of 2008] last week. Anna got to help the team during their Thursday training session in the lead up to their Gillette Cup campaign starting soon.