Rain played havoc with the first weekend of cricket. Kingʼs teams were well placed in most of the games that were called off, but lost all three of the completed matches.
The highlight for the juniors was a hat-trick for Casey McGuire for Junior A3 against Glendowie College. His efforts were in vain, however, as his team had not made enough runs to test the opposition.
In the senior teams George Merfield scored 75 runs and Sam Goodwin 50, while Thomas Simmonds missed out on a maiden 50 for Kingʼs by one run.
Last Saturday a combined Under-17/Under-18 Boys' Eight and an Under-16 Boys' Eight raced in the Head of the Tamaki, a five kilometre ‘time trial’ regatta. Out of the 14 Eights racing, the Senior Eight came 7th and the Under-16 Eight 9th. These were very promising results for both crews, given that so far the boys have done very little training in the big boats.
Congratulations to William Cashmore who at the weekend won his third Under-14 National Skiing Title for the year, becoming New Zealand National Indoor Slalom Champion.
The tennis players played the first round of a new Term Four competition at the weekend.
Results across the four teams were a little mixed but congratulations to the 10A team who managed to beat Auckland Grammar School A2 by six games to three, with standout performances from Tom Reeves, Josh Grant and Ben Rooney, who all won their singles convincingly and also won their doubles matches.
In other matches, special mention to Josh Stening who won his singles match with a crushing 6-0 victory.
Congratulations to Jake Mcconnell, who in the holidays competed at the New Zealand Gym Sports Championships. Jake did remarkably well, winning first place in three disciplines in the Under-16 category. Jake won Gold in the individual category, the synchronized event and also in the doubles competition.
The King’s Junior Water Polo teams started their competition last weekend. Whilst all of the teams struggled against dominant opposition, there were some promising performances from a number of boys.
In the Junior A team, Hayes Okasene scored a spectacular goal against perennial favourites, Sacred Heart College. In the second match of the weekend, captain George Brown put in an excellent display in goal.
In the Junior B team Tom Jensen and Alex Williams both had strong games, whilst in the C team Oscar Smith and Harrison Langrell-Read put in good efforts in a beaten team.