De­served win for Katikati prems

Katikati Advertiser - - Sports News / Your Community Voice - By JULIET DUN­LOP-FRASER

FOOT­BALL

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

4-0.

CROSS COUN­TRY

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.

SQUASH

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.

BAS­KET­BALL

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.

HOCKEY

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.

NET­BALL

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.

RUGBY

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.

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