Despite boasting one of their better performances, Mahurangi College has failed again to seize the Hauraki Plains Exchange Trophy following a close clash.
The annual meet against Hauraki Plains College, at Ngatea, was held on July 4 and 5, with students competing in five sports.
Each school won four of their eight matches but, as last year’s winners, Hauraki retained the trophy.
Mahurangi College Head of Sport Gill Kearins says, despite losing, she was satisfied with the result.
“It’s the best result we’ve had in a couple of years so it’s pleasing to see we’re improving,” Gill says.
Standout wins were Girl’s First XI football, who scored seven unanswered goals, and Boy’s First XV rugby triumphing 30-5.
The Girls First XI hockey won 5-0, but the Boy’s First XI hockey went down 3-1.
“We’ve been pushing hockey recently with the turf facility at the showgrounds so that’s been getting stronger,” Gill says.
Both boys and girls senior basketball teams were beaten.
“Considering we haven’t put forward a girls team in a number of years they performed well, but it is an area we will need to work on.”
Netball also lost 53-46 after succumbing to the pressure in a close game.
“The teams all played in a very positive spirit and Hauraki commented on how well presented the students were.”
The college has supported efforts to improve its sporting set up by running weekly coaching workshops with Damian Tuiloma and is looking at offering credits for the course.
The Harbour Sport Talent, Leadership and Character programme also operated during Term 2.