Auck­land schools just too good

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - TORIKA TOKALAU-CHAN­DRA

Schools from cen­tral Auck­land have done im­pres­sively well in the sport­ing arena this year.

Mt Al­bert Gram­mar School, Auck­land Gram­mar School and Dioce­san School for Girls dom­i­nated the Na­tional Sec­ondary Schools win­ter tour­na­ment in rugby, foot­ball, ta­ble ten­nis, un­der­wa­ter hockey, swim­ming and cycling.

MAGS are the First XV na­tional rugby cham­pi­ons af­ter de­feat­ing Hast­ings Boys High School 14-13 at Palmer­ston.

Their First XI girls foot­ball side con­tin­ued their dom­i­nance af­ter win­ning the na­tional ti­tle for the fourth con­sec­u­tive time. The girls also won the Auck­land League and the Auck­land Knock­out Cup.

MAGS’ un­der­wa­ter hockey team de­feated Nel­son Col­lege 4-3 to win the ti­tle and their pre­mier net­ball side won the Up­per North Is­land Cham­pi­onship.

Pru­dence Fowler added more sil­ver­ware to the MAGS tro­phy room, win­ning three gold medals and a sil­ver in the In­di­vid­ual Cycling Cham­pi­onship.

Auck­land Gram­mar’s First XI hockey team were crowned Su­perCity cham­pi­ons. Their Un­der-15 hockey side won the Tan­ner Cup.

Auck­land Gram­mar’s Un­der15 rugby team cre­ated his­tory for the school when they de­feated Hamil­ton Boys’ High School 38-12 in the Na­tional In­vi­ta­tional Tour­na­ment. Other rugby grade win­ners were their 5A, Un­der-14 Re­stricted and 4D Blue teams. The school also won the ta­ble ten­nis teams Cham­pi­onship Cup in the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Dioce­san picked up 30 medals in the AIMS Games swim­ming com­pe­ti­tion, 18 of them gold. Row­ers Ella Si­manu and Kate Haines com­peted at the World Ju­nior Row­ing Cham­pi­onships in The Nether­lands and made the A fi­nal, also plac­ing sixth in the world.

MAGS head­mas­ter Pat Drumm says schools in Auck­land have set a high stan­dard of com­pet­i­tive sports en­vi­ron­ment for their stu­dents.

He says the level of com­mit- ment schools put in to cre­ate and main­tain sports pro­grammes should be com­mended, adding they play a vi­tal part in char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment.

‘‘Tal­ent alone will never be enough. Val­ues as­so­ci­ated with lead­er­ship and char­ac­ter need to be added to the mix be­fore our young peo­ple can hope to reach any­where near their po­ten­tial,’’ Drumm says.

PHOTO: PHILLIP ROLLO

MAGS cen­tre-back Caitlin Pritchard head­ers the ball dur­ing the fi­nal of the NZSS foot­ball champs.

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