Rugby has started well this year with all teams experiencing winning results. The 1st XV are competing in Division 1 due to their fine consistent performances during the grading round. The U16 Team are competing in the U16 Premiership Division which is picked to be a well-balanced competition this season. The U14 Team have picked up a win in their first round of the U14 Championship Division and are continuing to grow in confidence with each performance. Finally, It is an exciting time for our young girls to develop their skills with the support of BOP Rugby committing to fortnightly workshops here at school. These girls also have an opportunity to trial for the Tauranga East Tai Mitchell Girls10 aside Tournament held later in the season.
Well done also to the following boys who were selected for the Tauranga East Tai Mitchell Tournament Team:
Back row (left to right): Harper Shaw, Austin Roper, Damon Couch Front row (left to right): David Shirley Adam Rush, Xavier Kirk, Cole Hulsebosch.
Thank you to all our coaches and managers for bringing teams together each week!
The Boys and Girls 1st XI Hockey teams play in the Secondary Premier League at Tauranga Hockey centre on Wednesday nights against the top teams from other Tauranga schools. The Boys 1st XI have started well with huge upset victories against Tauranga Boys College and Bethlem College. They currently sit 3rd on the points table and looking to finish this round strongly. They are a team dominated by a large contingent of senior Y13 players, but ably supported by the remaining players and have developed into a team feared by others and should not be taken lightly. The Girls 1st XI are in a rebuilding phase. With players in Y9 through to Y13, this is the year to establish attack and defence systems and solidify their playing style so that they build for future years.
It has been a great start to the Football Season for our 4 teams. The 1st XI Boys have moved up to the Premier League this season and enjoyed a 6-3 win to start the season off. Our 1st XI Girls have been developing depth in players over the last couple of years and have taken satisfying wins against their opposition each week so far. The 2nd XI Boys have also started strongly with 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss, and our 14/15grade have not been able to secure a win yet, but have been working together well as a team.
On Monday and Wednesday evenings you will find over 130 AC ballers at the QEYC or Trustpower Arena showing their skills. With 15 teams this year, it is one of our biggest sports at Aquinas and it has been a cracker start to the season. Our Senior Girls and Boys A Teams are both playing up in the Premier League and are looking forward to heading to Qualifiers In Palmerston North in September.
The netball season has started and it is all systems go! Y9 – 13 teams have had several games while Y7 and 8 have had a staggered start to the season with a no-play rain day and a long weekend. But the teams are practising with enthusiasm and AC spirit and we are looking forward to some great games to come. Our College teams play on a Friday night – where would you rather be? It really is a social outing for anyone wanting to be part of a great vibe that secondary school sport offers. We have had an impressive number of supporters at the courts on Friday nights watching our College players. Year 7 and 8 teams play on a Saturday morning, bright and early. It really is worth getting out of bed to get along and support these keen young netballers.
Junior A has been the team to watch so far – a stunning start to the season with some hard-fought wins. Of particular note was a clear win over Mt Maunganui College Junior A, 30 – 17. Shooters Miriana Beilby, Caitlin Cooper and Jess Taane are doing a great job to convert our own ball and building great shooting combinations. The defensive line up of Te Rina Timutimu, Maddie Smith and Aurelia James are picking up contestable ball in the circle and firing this out to the fitness dynamos in the mid court. Mia Price, Emma Rogers and Stella Roper in the mid-court are everywhere, constantly presenting on attack and causing havoc on defence. Keep up the fabulous work Junior A and many thanks to coach Theresa Price giving these players a great netball experience.
Watch this space for more…or better yet, come to Blake Park on Friday nights or Saturday mornings to see the teams in action!