The Mahurangi first XV took two tries in the rugby.
Mahu was up against a physical Auckland side.
The Mahu boys’ basketball team was much improved.
The boys’ hockey team has a number of new players being guided by veterans.
Mahurangi College’s volleyball and netball teams proved the ones to watch after the school’s other sports teams suffered defeat at the hands of a dominant Mt Roskill Grammar School.
Mahurangi College hosted 11 teams competing in various sports from Mt Roskill this month for its annual Sports Exchange.
Mt Roskill emerged victorious, winning nine out of 11 matches.
Highlights for Mahurangi included a three-set thriller by the boys’ volleyball team, which took victory in a tie-breaking set.
Meanwhile, the girls’ netball team prevailed from the first whistle, extending their lead through each quarter for a final score of 34-22.
But Mt Roskill proved too strong in every other sport, despite spirited performances from Mahurangi.
Both Mahurangi’s boys’ and girls’ football teams played a competitive preseason game, each conceding just one goal.
The boys’ basketball also performed significantly better than in previous years despite losing 39-16. It helps that the team is playing on Friday nights in the North Harbour open men’s competition at the North Shore Events Centre, under coach Michael Winiana.
This year, the exchange included a cricket match in an effort to boost the college’s representation in the sport. A number of skilled cricketers have been entering the college, thanks to a primary level competition held by coaches Ray Barnes and Liam Jones of the Kaipara Flats Cricket Club.
The girls’ hockey team played a strong midfield game snatching two goals for a final score of 4-2.
Meanwhile, students lined the fields to watch the final match of the day between the schools’ first XV rugby teams.
The format, which was played in 20 minute thirds with rolling subs, favoured Mt Roskill, who had 28 players against Mahu’s 22.
Mt Roskill converted a try early in the match, but Mahurangi College regained ground by scoring a try of their own before the end of the first third.
Mahu gained momentum in the second third, scoring from a penalty kick, try and conversion to lead 12-7.
But Roskill clawed its way back with two tries and a conversion in the final third to win 19-12.
Mahurangi coach Ruan Prins said his team showed great decision making with superior spatial awareness, but had room for improvement on defence, especially against a “physical” team. He remains confident about the season ahead.