Otamatea finished sixth.
Mahurangi College, Rodney College and Otamatea High School sent teams to compete in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Sports Council winter tournament this month.
The teams played at venues around the country from September 4 to 8.
The Mahurangi senior netball side competed in B Grade with 31 other teams, finishing 20th. This marked an improvement on last year when they finished 28th and secures them a spot in B Grade next year. Coach Maree Drost says the team did well to compete closely with a number of schools in a difficult grade.
“We lost to Whangaparaoa College by a similar score to the team that faced them in the final, so that is a positive for us,” Maree says.
She says her team is young compared to other sides so she expects positive results moving forward.
The Mahurangi First XI Girl’s Hockey team came fourth in the Chica Gilmer tier three. The standout result came in the first round when they beat Carmel College 4-2 before losing to Kamo High School 2-1. They tracked through to the top eight play-off on goal difference but were knocked out in the semi-final by Sacred Heart Hamilton 2-0. Coach Gill Kearins says the overall performance was very good and noted the contribution from the five girls that will now be leaving the squad, including captain Mariana Winiana.
The Mahurangi First XI Boy’s Hockey team had a difficult week after missing out on top eight qualification by one goal for the second consecutive year.
Their first game proved a rollercoaster against Marlborough Boy’s High School, with Mahurangi winning 6-5. From there, the side lost four games where they had led at half-time, including a 4-3 loss to Waimea College in drop-off time.
Rodney College First XI Hockey team finished 12th out of 17 teams in the North Island Mixed Competition.
The side opened its week up with a 2-0 win over Waitara High School before losing four of its following six games. It wrapped up the week with a close 3-2 victory over Wanganui City College and a 3-2 loss to Henderson High School. Coach Jason Warahi highlighted Jarod Tantrum as a key player, scoring nine of the teams 11 goals, and captain Harrison Warahi for holding the team together.
Otamatea High School First XI Hockey grabbed sixth spot out of 12 teams in the South Island Mixed Competition. The team started with a 5-2 loss against Dunstan before beating Rangiora 7-2.
In the play off for fifth place, Otamatea lost in a dramatic drop-off time finish after the score was 3-3 at the end of regulation time.