Deserved win for Katikati prems
The Katikati U19 Boys Premier side entertained
Otumoetai College at the Katikati College fields last Saturday, walking away with a much-deserved win to the delight of local supporters.
A first half of top quality football meant the home side went into the break 3-0. All three goals came from very smart finishes, two from captain Tanner Hayes and one from Kaito Fukaya.
The second half embodied the tired cliche of football being “a game of two halves”. Otumoetai came out firing and unfortunately, Katikati took their foot off the accelerator for a brief period and this ended up costing them what in the end would be a consolation goal. The match ended with a final score of 3-1, a fair reflection of the entire game. Man of the match plaudits went to Tanner Hayes, turning out a great performance leading the attack and team.
The 1st XI girls played last-ranked Bethlehem College but didn’t have a great start, looking very flat. In the 23rd minute the BC striker used her pace to outsprint our backs and got herself into a great shooting position. She hit the ball nice and low and only an outstanding take by Gabe Topp saved the score. KKC had a lot of possession but inaccurate passing led to many turnovers.
In the 31stminute their striker got herself into another one-on-one with Topp, who again pulled off another outstanding save. KKC wasn’t able to threaten their keeper with anything until the 34th minute when Sinead Cotterall won the ball and sent it in towards the forwards where Heidi Duckworth flicked it onto Bella Bryant, who hit a great low shot past the keeper. This lifted the team spirits and in the 39th minute Linsey Jack won the ball in the back putting a great through-ball into space which Bryant ran onto and finished off clinically. KKC came out firing from the half time break with Bryant scoring her hat-trick and Duckworth putting a screamer into the net. Abad injury in the
65th minute forced the referee to call time leaving the final score
The next level cross country champs were the Waikato/BOP Regionals held in Taupo¯ on Wednesday, June 6. Three Katikati girls went through and due to changes at New Zealand level for age groups were all required to run in the U20 senior girls division. Spectacular results with Dakota Eade finishing seventh, Abbie Davey running in at 12th and Maddy Schnackenberg finishing 29th out of a 52-strong field. Their combined results gave KKC fourth place overall behind Waikato Diose can, St Peter’s and Hamilton Girls, our highest school result in recent history.
KKC sent four individuals and a team of three to the annual TVSS squash tournament in Matamata. This was the first time the individual A-D championships were held along with Division 2 teams. Top seeds Glenn Templeton and Katie Templeton won both individual titles and the team of Depp Boling ford, Justin Coxhead and Luke Reyland were runner up in the teams event. Well done to all who competed.
The Senior Boys A came up against Matamata Boys A on Wednesday, June 7. Matamata came out strong and it was a close first half, with Scott Aylwin having a strong game in the paint on both ends and scoring well finishing with 14 points. KKC was too strong and though MC fought hard the final result was 53-28 and still undefeated. Junior boys A were facing off against Aquinas A, the boys came out playing strong in and it was a close game throughout, but with a strong performance from Dandre du Plessis leading all scorers with 33 points, the teamwas able to break through in the third quarter and get a comfortable lead finishing off with a 67-45 win. New team Junior Boys B came up against a tough TBC side with a lot of height on the young ones, however despite this they played hard and were in the lead at halftime. TBC came out fighting and the boys weren't able to keep the lead and lost.
KKC 1st XI Boys played TBC seniors last Wednesday night. Seniors are the bottom of the table and the expectation was a whitewash, but unfortunately KKC were not on form and made life very difficult for themselves, mistraps and poor pass execution leading to unforced turnovers and penalties against. Three goals in the first half, to Jake Hannah (2) and Will Besley gave them the lead and another in the second half to Shaun Coxhead with a perfectly
executed drag-flick gave them a 4-0 win, in a game that should have been in double figures. Kudos to TBC Seniors who never stopped fighting and a fine performance from Trey McLeod in goal.
Katikati Senior A Netball had a big win over Whakatane A last Friday night winning 58 to 23. Defence end dominated over the Whakatane attack making it very hard for them to score goals. The shooting end had a successful game coming away with the highest shooting stats of the season. Player of the game went to Annmaree Brown who played WA and was a dominant player down the attack end.
KKC 1st XV had their first game in Division 2 at Tauranga Boys College (TBC) against TBC 3rds. TBC looked strong and dominated the first 15 but basic mistakes led to KKC quickly upping the ante with Tesimoni Uilou running in whatwas the first of two quick tries, another from winger Sione Kivalu.
In hot, dry conditions it was a lot of good running rugby from both sides. Excellent driving play from D’artagnan Ruegg gained KKC good metres. A series of knock-ons gave TBC the upper hand and a try before half time. The second period saw TBC start to come back with a try to former KK club player Alex Jenkin in the corner, before KKC hit back with a great try to Lesen Huiarangi. However another TBC try and a penalty gave TBC the win 22-26. Agreat start to a higher grade of rugby.
PLAYER of the Day Tanner Hayes, left scoring the first of two goals for Katikati.
D’ARTAGNAN Ruegg at flanker offloads to his outside backs.