During the holiday period, there were a number of sporting events that took place.
King’s sent two teams of shooters to take part in the South Island and National Clay Target Shooting Championships at the Canterbury Clay Target Club.
With several hundred shooters competing from schools all over New Zealand, the competition was intense. On the first day, conditions were challenging with strong, inconsistent winds affecting scores across the board. On the Sunday, however, there were no excuses and better scores were a reflection of this.
Overall the King’s first team finished a very creditable 6th out of a field of 56 teams.
The top individual shooter from King’s was Tim Guy who qualified for the Auckland-Waikato Regional team which won Gold medals in the elite Regional competition. Nelson McAllum also shot exceptionally well, finishing with a Bronze medal in the National Single Barrel Championship.
During the second week of the holidays the Year 9 cricketers toured in the Bay of Plenty. Three matches were played against the Coastlands Under-15 reps.
King’s won the first match by five wickets, with Thorn Parkes leading the way with an unbeaten 34 after Thomas Simmonds had earlier taken three wickets for 15 runs. We lost the second match by 26 runs to leave the third match as a decider. The Bay of Plenty made 162 for 7 in 35 overs. Fraser Hardy led our bowlers, taking 4 for 14. Our run chase was built around an explosive start from Fraser and a patient innings from Patrick Fulton. Hayden Dickson (42) and Saxon Gough (20) took us to the brink of victory, but with one run needed to tie off the final ball, Saxon was unable to score off a bouncer.
All-in-all, it was a fine performance against a rep team drawn from older boys across the greater Tauranga area.
The NZ Secondary Schools' Cycling Championships were held in Palmerston North in the last weekend of Term 3. The following notable performances were obtained:
In the Team Time Trial event:
• The Boys Under-16 team placed 5th out of 31 teams
• The Boys Under-20 team placed 18th out of 31 teams
In the Points event:
• Tyler Jerram placed 25th out of 53 in the Under-15 Boys race
• Henry Dunne placed 29th out of 71 in the Under-16 Boys race
• Joshua Knox placed 23rd out of 65 in the Under-17 Boys race
• Ellis Tagg placed 19th out of 75 in the Under-20 Boys race
Overall, King’s College placed 19th out of the 54 schools taking part. Well done to all of the cyclists on what has been a very successful season.
On the first weekend of the holiday, King’s played matches against two invitational sides from Tonga. In the 13As match, King’s played some attractive football and in the end displayed too much skill and team work for their opponents, eventually winning 7-0.
In the 15As match, despite a lack of team cohesion due to some new combinations in the side, the King’s players acquitted themselves well to also run out comfortable 7-0 winners.
Both matches were well supported and the King’s boys were a credit to the College. Congratulations to all of the players involved.
All of the rowers trained at Auckland Rowing Club from Monday to Friday of the second week of the holidays. Good progress was made by all age groups and the crews are starting to gel in preparation for the Term 4 racing programme.
The Under-15s concluded the week with a short-course regatta at Lake Pupuke where they acquitted themselves very well. Special mention must go to the Gaze brothers, Hunter and Grayson, who won the final of the Novice B division convincingly.
After his amazing achievement at the Youth Olympics, Dylan Schmidt has been busy again. Last weekend he won the New Zealand Men’s National title and also won the prestigious New Zealand Trampoline Athlete of the Year award.
Next month Dylan has been selected to compete in the Men’s World Trampolining Championships at Daytona Beach in Florida, USA.