Cross coun­try champs score at Te Aroha

Katikati Advertiser - - Sports News - By JULIET DUN­LOP-FRASER

The top qual­i­fiers from the Katikati Col­lege cross coun­try cham­pi­onships set off to Te Aroha on Wed­nes­day, May 30 to com­pete against Thames Val­ley ri­vals.

An ex­tremely suc­cess­ful day on the fast track in beau­ti­ful sun­shine saw KKC come third over­all (roll ad­justed) for the day. The ju­nior boys team was in great form with Daniel Ni­chol­son win­ning and Sean Ni­chol­son com­ing in sec­ond. And with Luke Spurr fin­ish­ing sixth, Zach Arun­del sev­enth and Thomas Swain eighth, it was a sea of green and gold in the top 10. The in­ter­me­di­ate girls race was a cracker with Dakota Eade in her third at­tempt win­ning the gold fi­nally, in su­perb time, with dark horse Madeleine Sch­naken­berg storm­ing home in sec­ond in a ter­rific ef­fort. Ab­bie Davey also had a fan­tas­tic run plac­ing third in the se­nior girls. All five ath­letes who placed are now el­i­gi­ble to run in Taupo¯ at the Waikato/ BOP champs look­ing to qual­ify for NZSS Cham­pi­onships also in Taupo¯.

RUGBY

The 1st XV trav­elled away to Western Heights to play the last game of Round 1 in the BOP 1st XV Divi­sion 3. Thiswas fi­nals day and the team came up against Re­poroa/JPC XV which was a big strong team. It­was an even start with both sides mak­ing good progress when they had the ball in hand. KKC showed their in­ten­tions to run the ball with Tes­i­moni Uilou mak­ing good me­tres from 1st V. Some hard tack­ling led to a few knock-ons but Katikati was dom­i­nant in the scrums and loosie Dal­las Davis played an­other blinder along with Le­sen Huiarangi who was ev­ery­where. Afew penal­ties for high tack­ling gave Rep/JPC field ad­van­tage and they were the first to score af­ter KK turned over the li­ne­out ball to make it 0-5. The kick off was chased and pres­sure led to a kick down field, picked up by Uilou who scam­pered 60m through the op­po­si­tion be­fore be­ing an­kle tapped 2m from the line. Aquick penalty was passed out through hands and a nice try scored by Davis to make it 5-5. The team started to set­tle into their work and some cre­ative passing saw Huiarangi run in a try close to the posts that Uilou con­verted 5-12. A tech­ni­cal dif­fi­culty meant KK lost a player to the bin and Rep/JPC took the chance to hit back with a try just be­fore half time.

At the restart there was a shuf­fle in the team and the ball popped out to cen­tre, To­masi Vaka­si­uola who hit up good yards and then nice hands through the for­wards gave the ball to speed­ster Amadeus Ruegg, who scored out wide and was nicely con­verted to bring the score to 10-19. An ex­cit­ing last quar­ter­with good at­tack­ing from both sides, even­tu­ally No 8 Ryan Crapp putting a boot to it and Ritchie Vi showed great an­tic­i­pa­tion pounc­ing on the ball for an­other try. A last-ditch ef­fort from Rep/JPC forced the turnover from a maul and they had the fi­nal say un­der the posts, but it wasn’t quite enough to win. KKC the win­ners by 24-17 and a pro­mo­tion into Divi­sion 2. Ex­cel­lent work so far in the sea­son.

HOCKEY

KKC 1st XI Boys took on old ri­vals Te Puke High School in the fifth game of the round. Hav­ing not had op­por­tu­nity to play since they were de­feated a year ago, KKC were ea­ger to get out there and con­test. TPHS was field­ing some strike power so the de­fend­ers were well primed to try and shut them down. KKC looked dan­ger­ous from the out­set though, driv­ing for­ward hard and get­ting into the circle where Jake Han­nah took his first op­por­tu­nity scor­ing in un­der 30 sec­onds. Keep­ing the pres­sure on, more circle pen­e­tra­tions with Shaun Cox­head back at striker us­ing his skills to get the first penalty cor­ner of the match, where a wel­come re­turn for Glenn Tem­ple­ton from in­jury and his first strike of the ball hit the back board to make it 2-0.

The goals then came fast with Han­nah scor­ing again from close range fol­lowed by the first of a hat-trick from Lucas Bry­don who smashed in three in quick suc­ces­sion with the half time score of 6-0 a sur­prise to ev­ery­one.

The sec­ond half was a dis­ap­point­ment with KKC un­able to main­tain their mo­men­tum mentally and a few po­si­tional changes lead­ing to a lack of struc­ture.

TPHS came out firing and scored mid­way through the sec­ond half.

That was the last goal and though it was a good 6-1 win, KKC needs to take a look at their sec­ond half per­for­mance and im­prove it.

Katikati Col­lege suc­cess­ful ju­nior boys team from left, Daniel Ni­chol­son, Sean Ni­chol­son, Luke Spurr, Zach Arun­del and Thomas Swain.

Ab­bie Davey push­ing up the last hill to take third place in the se­nior girls cross coun­try.

Dakota Eade won the se­nior girls Thames Val­ley Sec­ondary Schools cross coun­try eas­ily by 150m.

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