Over the past few weeks there has been a lot of sport taking place and there have been some impressive performances.
Congratulations to First XI captain Mitchell Murray who scored an impressive 140 runs against Mount Albert Grammar School at the weekend.
The Year 9 cricketers have taken the Auckland competition by storm and last week they won the Walton Trophy and will represent Auckland at the National Tournament in Term One next year. Along the way they put together some great team performances to thrash Auckland Grammar School in the semi-final and Westlake Boys' High School in the final with only two balls to spare.
The whole team played their part in the success but special mention to Charlie Wrapson who bowled with great composure in tough conditions, and to Fraser Hardy and Thorn Parkes who batted very well. Over the duration of the tournament, Thorn Parkes scored an amazing 305 runs including innings of 134, 90 not out, and an invaluable 50 runs in a low scoring final.
Congratulations to all the rowing students as the commitment and application to some tough training has been impressive. Unfortunately the unsettled weather has made conditions at the recent regattas very tough to row in. Despite this, there have been some very promising early season performances.
Three notable performances:
• Well done to the Under-16 Eight who were the fastest crew overall at St George’s Regatta.
• Well done to both the Under-15 and Under-16 'A’ Quads who won their respective divisions at the Bennett Shield Regatta.
• Congratulations to Adam Drake and Stuart Ogilvie who won Division 2 of the Under-19 Mens' Double Scull at Bennett Shield Regatta.
Term Four has seen a new Year 9 and 10 tennis competition being played. The King’s teams had some mixed results but the last weekend of competition was a highlight with three out of the four teams winning, and the 10As going down by the narrowest of margins, losing five matches to four.
In the Year 9s, special mention to Zachary Buckley, James Wharton and Joshua Stening for their consistent play. In the Year 10s, George Li and Tom Reeves battled hard every week against the opposition top seeds. Joseph Kelly was “Mr Reliable” and Tony Guan, John Commissaris and George Breckon fought hard for crucial points. Well done to all of the tennis players.
The King's College Junior Touch team has been playing some attractive touch with Lukas Halls prominent in the middle of the field, combining well with Lukan Paitai-Tuiatua and Reece Waters in initiating some good attack. Others to impress have been Weropuna Witika and Thorn Parkes, and Oliver McDougall who continues to improve.
The Junior Water Polo teams have been busy this term. Whilst the results against some of the bigger water polo schools haven’t gone our way, all of the three teams have improved dramatically.
In the Junior A team the boys' hard work and determination was rewarded when they recorded their first win of the season against Mt Albert Grammar School. A stunning display of goalkeeping by King's captain George Brown had kept the team in the game but with under one minute to play, King’s found themselves 1-0 down. With the clock ticking down, Joseph Nevill-Jackson made a steal and played the counter-attack flawlessly, drawing two defenders to leave Hayes Okesene alone in front of the goal to draw King’s even with his trademark bounce shot. After the last attack from Mt Albert was again stopped by George Brown, there were three seconds on the clock so we called a time out. In the ensuing play George Brown shot from half way and Lachie Dixon had the composure to push the ball into the net in the goal mouth scramble that followed.
The Junior B team has been putting in some strong performances and pushed the top sides hard. They were rewarded with a 5-4 victory over St Peter's College. Alex Williams led the attack with three goals, including with one goal each from Jack Lock and Thomas Jensen. Liam Heron was excellent in goal, ably assisted by Ethan Wichman and Finn McLachlan who were strong in defence.
After suffering some big losses, the Junior C team also managed to record their first win of the season 6-3 against Glendowie College. A solid team performance with goals from Ryan Gordon, Hemi Swann, Harry Langrell-Read, Jared McKenzie and Leandro Vakatini was a just reward for their perseverance.