college logoA perfect record in pool play saw Ashburton College’s A netballers top their section at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Netball Tournament in Nelson yesterday.

They beat last year’s runners-up Southland Girls’ High School 29-26 yesterday morning to add to their day one wins – 35-31 over Nayland College, and 41-29 over Marlborough Girls’ High School.

It was just the start the side’s coaching staff wanted, as they eyed a top 16 finish in the 32-team A grade competition, and credit for the big win over Marlborough went to both ends of the court.

Samantha Holden was a menace on defence, gaining multiple tips and intercepts, while shooter Hayley Tallentire shot 35 from 41 (83 per cent).

The Ashburton girls were on fire, racing out to an 8-1 lead over Nayland in their second game, too, but let them back into the match.

Ashburton’s defensive duo of Holden and Mia Pearson created numerous turnovers but the side failed to turn that possession into goals at the other end.

Jasmin Strawbridge entered the fray at goal attack and created more space in the circle and shot with confidence, and eventually Ashburton College came away with the win which put them in a strong position heading into day two, as the only unbeaten team in section H.

They’re now in section V and started post-section play with a narrow 33-32 win over Central Southland College late yesterday, and will now look to keep that unbeaten streak going against Nelson College for Girls this morning and Rangiora High School this afternoon.

Down in the B grade, in section E, Mount Hutt College’s tournament hasn’t gone quite as well so far, losing all three of their pool play games.

They lost to Verdon College and Kaikoura High School on day one, then lost to Timaru’s Roncalli College 32-16 yesterday morning.

Today, Mount Hutt College will play Bayfield High School this morning, and Tokomairiro High School in the afternoon in B grade’s section W.

Meanwhile, but also in Nelson, the Ashburton College boys’ first XI hockey side drew nil-all with Nelson College in their first Johnson Cup game, with goalie Jacob Gray seeing off a Nelson onslaught which included six short corners in the first two quarters.

They then took on Cashmere High School, who they’d played twice already in the Christchurch competition this season, and after coming out with hard flat passes and finding space to slot an early goal in the first quarter, Cashmere went on to win 3-0.

After conceding an early goal in the second quarter too, Ashburton College defended well for the rest of the first half, with Jonty Small doing particularly well to hold Cashmere out.

Cole Aitken came close to scoring for Ashburton College in an even third quarter, before Cashmere landed a late goal to make it 3-0 at the end of the third quarter, and that was the way it stayed.

Yesterday, the Ashburton College boys took on Mount Roskill Grammar School and drew 1-all.

The Ashburton College boys’ second XI, playing in the Coaches Cup tournament in Ashburton, followed up their day one win over Waitaki Boys’ High School on Monday with a 6-1 loss to Roncalli College yesterday morning.

And in Cromwell, the Ashburton College girls’ first XI made it two from two with a 2-0 win over Gore High School yesterday morning, following on from their win over South Canterbury Rural Combined on day one.

Down in Timaru at the Gary Sowden Tournament, the Ashburton College girls’ first XI football team lost 6-0 to Papanui High School on Monday morning and then 1-0 to Dunstan on Monday afternoon, and yesterday they finished off pool play with a 3-0 loss to Kapiti College, to finish bottom of pool C.

That put them into the play-offs for ninth to 16th, where they will today play Timaru’s Roncalli College.

Meanwhile, in Dunedin at the Junior Secondary Schools’ Premiership Zone 4 tournament, the Ashburton College junior girls’ basketball team has finished 12th after losing to Rangi Ruru 80-60 in their final game yesterday.

The day before, they beat Riccarton High School 58-48 in the morning, before losing to Taeri 111-59 in the afternoon, which put them into the play-off for 11/12th.

Today, Ashburton College’s senior boys and girls basketballers start their tournaments in Nelson.

By Erin Tasker © The Ashburton Guardian - 3 September 2019

college logoAshburton College’s A netball team got their South Island secondary school tournament campaign off to the perfect start yesterday.

Playing in Nelson, they took on Marlborough Girls’ High School in their opening match of section H in the tournament’s A grade, and did their top 16 hopes a big favour by comfortably taking out the game 41-29.

They then took on Nayland College in their second game yesterday afternoon and won 35-31, putting them in a strong position heading into their next game against last year’s runners-up, Southland Girls’ High School, at 11am this morning.

Yesterday, the Southland side lost to Marlborough Girls’ High School 35-23, meaning Ashburton College finished day one on top in their section.

If they can pick up the victory spoils this morning they will remain at the top heading into cross-section play.

In the netball tournament’s B grade, Mount Hutt College didn’t fare so well in their opening game against Verdon College, going down 48-21, and in game two against Kaikoura High School they again lost, 37-24.

The tournament is one of many being held around the country this week, as part of secondary schools’ tournament week.

In Dunedin, the Ashburton College junior girls’ basketball team started their Junior Secondary Schools Premiership Zone 4 tournament on Saturday with a 57-46 loss to Middleton Grange, despite getting off to a strong start and leading at the end of the first quarter.

On Sunday they took on Kaiapoi High School and picked up their first win, 81-68, before taking on Otago Girls’ High School later in the day.

In that game they started well but tired in the second quarter, and although they launched a comeback late in the second half they fell short, 72-56.

In Invercargill, the Ashburton College boys’ first XI hockey side started their Johnson Cup campaign with a nil-all draw in their pool B match against Nelson College, while at the Jenny McDonald tournament in Cromwell the Ashburton College girls’ hockey first XI were due to take on a South Canterbury Rural Combined team late yesterday afternoon in their opening game of tournament week.

In Timaru, playing at the Gary Sowden Tournament, the Ashburton College girls’ first XI football team started their tournament with a 6-0 loss over Papanui High School.

© The Ashburton Guardian - 3 September 2019

Netball College A team 2019 webThe Ashburton College A netball team that will this week contest the South Island Secondary Schools’ tournament in Nelson. Absent is Billy Surridge. Photo Erin TaskerThey’ve already ticked one massive goal off their to-do list, but the season is far from over for Ashburton College’s A netballers.

They’re off to Nelson this week for the annual South Island Secondary Schools’ Championships, and they couldn’t have asked for a much better build-up than winning the Mid Canterbury Netball premier one title last Saturday.

But that win over Celtic A, which saw them crowned Mid Canterbury’s best for the first time since 2010, has already been put behind them as they prepare to take on some of the South Island’s best.

Ashburton College A head to Nelson eyeing up a top 16 finish, but know that make that a reality they’ll have to be on top of their game from game one, because they’ve drawn a tough pool.

Thirty-two teams will contest the championships’ A grade section and Ashburton College are in a pool with last year’s runners-up Southland Girls’ High School, a strong Marlborough Girls’ High School team, and Nayland College.

Even Nayland, the team promoted to A grade from B grade this season, could pose a tough challenge, Ashburton College A coach Kaye Kennedy said.

But she, and her team, were looking forward to the week ahead.

“There’s nothing like heading away on a tourament with your team, with your team-mates and playing against your peers.

“It’s a really exciting week and the pinnacle of our season,” Kennedy said.

Teams really needed to take at least two wins in pool play to make the top half of the draw come play-offs.

“It’s going to be tough so you really just need to take it one game at a time,” Kennedy said.

“We got 15th last year so we are hoping to better that by one or two places, and anything over and above that is a bonus.”

The win in the local premier competition had given College A a big boost, but they knew that when it came to secondary school netball, it was a whole different picture.

Each week during the netball season, College A has travelled north to play in the top tier of the Christchurch secondary schools’ netball competition, SuperNet.

They played their final SuperNet game of the season last week and went down to Cashmere by one, leaving them a disappointing eighth in the eight-team A grade, meaning they’d start next season needing to win promotion/relegation games if they wanted to stay in the top grade.

While they will lose a few players from this year’s squad – as happened with school netball sides – they’d be ready for any challenge that came their way, just as they will be this week.

The College A team that will take to the court in Nelson is the same as that which took the court in the Mid Canterbury Netball premier competition, with one addition.

Billy Surridge has joined the team from the Ashburton College Year 10 A side.

They won’t be the only Mid Canterbury team in action either, with a team from Mount Hutt College also featuring in the B grade tournament.

A basketball tournament also being played in Nelson next week means that teams taking part in the netball tournament will have the added challenge of both indoor and outdoor games.

Kennedy said the first two days will be inside, and the next two outside.

By Erin Tasker © The Ashburton Guardian - 31 August 2019