Sports' Exchange Reports
King's College - March 2013
1st XI Cricket
Batting first St Paul’s started brightly through Dillon Kelliher and Kippa Fawcett. The loss of Kelliher at 34 brought Scott Finlayson in to join Fawcett. The pair started slowly showing respect to the good balls and working hard with their running to put pressure on the King's field on a hard outfield and equally hot day. The pair were relentless as the pressure mounted on the King's team with both players severe on any loose bowling. Fawcett was first to his hundred closely followed by Finlayson as the pair put together a record partnership for any wicket of 265. Finlayson was out off the last ball of the innings for a superb 157, while Fawcett carried his bat for a classy 115 not out as St Paul's made 299 for 2 from 50 overs.
The St Pau'ls bowlers lead by Josh Malpas and Guy Wilkins turned in a very good opening bowling effort, without luck, as the King's batsmen played and missed continually. It was Malpas from the deep fine leg fence who got St Paul's underway in running out one of the openers with a bullet throw from the boundary over the bails for keeper Kosoof to efficiently effect the run out. The introduction of Bede Higgins completely stalled any momentum King's had in taking 3 top order wickets for 26 runs from 10 overs. The ground fielding was superb, with two excellent run outs taken and keeper Kosoof completing an excellent day behind the stumps with four dismissals. All the bowlers bowled well as King's were rolled for 136 to complete a 163 run win. This is the first win for St Paul's v King's since 2004 who have been the best performed cricket side in New Zealand in recent times.
Year 9 Colts
After a tough morning in the field, King's posted a massive ask of 327 for 5. Openers Harry Porrit and Callum Brown got St Paul’s off to a good start with 32 off 6 overs, with some nice shots played in the process. Then both openers went within quick succession leaving St Paul’s 36-2. Tom Yarrell and Reuben Andrews had a tough couple of overs, but when they both had their eye in, the ball was disappearing to all parts of the ground, Reuben in particular making some big hits. At 15 overs Tom and Reuben had St Paul’s back on track with 112 for 2. However straight after the drinks break Reuben fell for 49. Tom kept pushing on and he was well supported by Ben McColgan (20) and Hugh Jackson (45). Tom was constantly reminded by King's what his score was and was constantly sledged throughout his innings, however this did not faze him. After he got 50 Tom started hitting the ball harder and further with some very good shots played in the process and brought up his 100 in style.
When Tom finally got out St Paul’s knew it was going to be an uphill battle however Hugh Jackson and Seb Ellice battled on putting St Paul’s in with a chance only needing 5 an over with 6 overs remaining. King's bowlers were becoming tighter and St Paul’s tail end could not put the balls away without giving away their wicket. In the end the colts team ended up 17 runs short which was a valiant effort and one in which they should all be very proud of.
Lindisfarne Exchange - February 2013
1st XI Cricket
St Paul's won the toss and elected to bat on a new wicket which was always going to be somewhat low and slow. We struggled against the accurate bowling of the Lindisfarne attack and only managed to muster up 169 runs in 61 overs, thanks to dogged innings’ by Chris Fawcett 44, Chris Swanson 84 and Alistair Blackett 24. St Paul's were sitting in a commanding position at 158/3 but miraculously had a major collapse losing 7 wickets for 11 runs!
Lindisfarne struggled against the tight St Paul’s attack and particularly Simon Morbey (in only his 5th match for the team) took 6/32 and was well supported by Bede Higgins 2/24 to see Lindisfarne all out for 133 in 71 overs to give St Paul’s a lead of 33 runs.
St Pauls 2nd innings started off poorly as we lost Dillon Kelliher for 0 in the 5th over and Kippa Fawcett for 7 in the 12th over. However, we did not lose another wicket as captain Scott Finlayson 148• and vice- captain Chris Swanson 100• compiled a record school unbroken partnership of 241 for the 3rd wicket as they put St Paul's in a commanding position at 268 with an overall lead of 301. Spectators were entertained as both these fine young players displayed an outstanding array of shots that would have impressed the connoisseur. Scott Finlayson declared at 268/2 leaving Lindisfarne approximately 82 overs to score the runs.
Lindisfarne started cautiously and lost their first wicket at 25 but were in trouble at 184/7 before an excellent 8th wicket partnership saw them looking at potentially winning the game in the last 16 overs, requiring only 4 an over with three wickets in hand. This game was literally going to go to the wire – St Paul’s had not beaten Lindisfarne outright since 1995! Another cliché – commeth the hour commeth the man – certainly applied to young Bede Higgens who took 5/52 in a marathon 25.2 overs (in only his second game for the 1stXI) and he was well supported by Josh Malpas 2/47 and one or two brilliant pieces of fielding (Dillon Kelliher, Scott Finlayson and Jacob Robb) to see St Paul's through to a thrilling win by 44 runs after a marathon fielding effort of 88 overs!
The Lindisfarne captain, Dom Thompson, handed over the Duff Trophy to Scott Finlayson, to see us receive it for the first time since its introduction in 2010.
St Paul’s took on Lindisfarne in their annual exchange. St Paul’s started well in the doubles matches, however a lack of concentration saw them lose two of the three games. Josh Cave and Tim Fletcher made easy work winning their doubles 6-0, 6-0. As the weather heated up unfortunately at times our tennis lacked a bit of spark. Josh Cave cruised through his singles winning 6-0, 6-0 and was well supported by Andre Stokes. Andre showed great determination to win his singles 7-5, 3-6, 6-0. In our other singles games, we were competitive but lacked that winning instinct at times. Lindisfarne won the tennis 5 games to 3 games.
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Tauranga Boys' College and Bethlehem College - 20 June 2012
Hockey Girls' 1st XI
Bethlehem had the hit off and the game got under way to a rather scrappy start. Both sides were keen, but the normal structure was not there. St Paul’s appeared to have the better of Bethlehem but it was not until the 17th minute that we scored through Phoebe Boyes. 1 – 0 to us at the break.
A much better second half saw our combinations and structure far more effective and we scored off two penalty corners – through Lizzy Rajan in the 2nd minute and Toni Anda in the 11th minute.
A far more satisfying second half saw us win 3 – 0!
Player of the day: Laura McKenna
Hockey Boys' 1st XI
On Wednesday the 20th of June the St Paul's Collegiate 1st X1 Boys Hockey team played Tauranga Boys College as part of our annual sports exchange. It was really a very even match despite the 3-1 loss to Tauranga.
St Paul's actually created more opportunities and played with a lot of heart, adapting well to a very slippery turf. Our one goal was a field goal and came from Alec Wilson, but many other easy opportunities went begging.
Man of the match was Matthew Tingey who defended tirelessly and as captain directed the team extremely effectively.
A severely depleted Premier Basketball team travelled to Tauranga Boy’s on Wednesday. The team took up the challenge and played with heart against a full and relatively tough squad.
Being low on numbers the boys played zone for 3 quarters of the game and had some early success before fatigue saw Tauranga Boy’s gain ascendency and keep the pressure on.
In the final quarter down by 20 we went man to man to maximise opportunities for turnover possession. However, the boys’ went down in the end 82-57. Keegan Fly had a very strong game and was aggressive in attack and finished with 18 points. Aaron Keppler led like a captain should and scored 26.
The bigs in James Atherton, Tom Dobbe and Nikora Payne worked tirelessly and the young bloods Daniel Ruri, William Te Tomo and Kerwan Rose all took the opportunities for extra game time well.
We look forward to a potential match up at regionals when we are full strength.
Rugby 2nd XV
St Paul’s 2nd XV knew they had to play to the best of their abilities to compete with Tauranga Boys.
Tauranga scored early from a grubber through the defense to score in the corner. St Paul’s regained composure after the early set back and were awarded with an excellent try down the blind side to Corban Morsion. Tyrell Martin converted to take a 7-5 lead. St Paul’s added two more penalties to lead 13 – 5 at half time.
Tauranga made changes at half time that immediately made an impact and after sustained pressure they eventually scored through strong forward play. St Paul’s quickly hit back with an excellent try to Malcolm Luman, which was converted by Tyrell Martin to take a 20-10 lead. Tauranga added another try shortly after to close the gap to 5 points with only minutes to play. But St Paul’s defended strongly to win the game 20-15.
Players to play well were Harry Larkman, Malcolm Luman, Shneil Singh and Lucas Martin.
Lindisfarne Exchange - Away - May 2012
Hockey U15 Gold
St Paul’s travelled down to Lindisfarne for the annual winter junior exchange. For a number of the Year 9’s this would have been the first time they have been billeted. The boys definitely appreciated when they are billeted in pairs and this should be something the players must remember when we have to return the favour.
The game was definitely an arm wrestle however Lindisfarne would have had the better of the possession in the first half. With a number of Year 10’s at Tihoi, their size was definitely missed.
The second half saw the game really open up and finally Lindisfarne rewarded with a goal from a penalty corner.
Simon Morbey had a man of the match performance as he was outstanding in goal. Bede Higgins also had a great game in the midfield.
The final result was 1-0 to Lindisfarne.
The U14s played Lindisfarne on a field called the Farne, several 100 metres from the main school, and hit the field running. Ryan Ballantyne scored in the first 3 minutes following excellent driving by the forwards. He went on to score 2 more, Tom Yarrell burnt off the opposition with sheer pace to score under the bar and Jackson Morgan used his size to crash over for another. Ben McColgan converted 2 of the tries.
Standout players for St Paul’s were Ryan Ballantyne, Nick Hansen and Conner Gordon but all players gave 100%.
The final score was 31 – 19 to St. Paul’s.
Wanganui Collegiate Exchange - Home - May 2012
1st XV Rugby
On a damp field and showery day the1st XV wanted to keep developing and improving on their game plan. It was obvious from the start that the team was focussed on the tasks at hand. St Paul's dominated the game with good ball retention and skills at the breakdown. Forwards ran and passed well, they presented good phase ball for the backs who finished off by scoring tries to Kyle Dean, Aaron Crow, Graydon Scheres and finally Caleb Lingman who ran 30 metres to score in the corner. Baxter MacKay converted one of the four tries. The half time score was 22 - 0 to St Paul's.
In the second half St Paul's continued their scoring with a breakaway from Graydon Scheres, which resulted in a try to Aaron Crow. Unfortunately the weather conditions worsened which created number of problems for both teams. St Paul's scored another try in the last minute of the game. Excellent draw and pass skills allowed Aaron Crow to run 40m to score next to the posts. Baxter Mackay converted both tries in this half.
The final score was 36 – 0 to St. Paul's.
The coaching staff were happy with final result. In particular, the team’s commitment, their support play, and the improvements in defence.
The players of day were Josh Tye, Graydon Scheres and Aaron Crow.
Girl's 1st XI Hockey
Knowing Wanganui were going to be a strong side, and with just one player on the bench, we knew we were in for a hard match.
Wanganui went straight on the attack and put us on the defence immediately. Griity play saw us repel a sustained attack but the pressure eventually told, and Wanganui scored in the 16th minute. The remainder of the half saw us work our way into the game and build a few attacks of our own. 1 – 0 down at the break.
The second half saw us come out with determination, building on what we had learned of the game in the first half. Toni Anda finished off a foray into their circle to level the scores! Wanganui came right back at us to score again and even though attacks on both circles occurred in the remainder of the match, only Wanganui were able to convert leaving them 3 – 1 winners.
Player of the day was Theresa Steiner.
Against stronger opposition, St Paul’s can take satisfaction and pride in their performance. Their defence and effort was superb and frustrated the opposition (and their coach) who were expecting a much easier match based on our history. Well done girls!