Stu­dents do well in sports week

Stratford Press - - News - By ALYSSA SMITH Stu­dent Re­porter

Dur­ing the first week of Septem­ber stu­dents from Strat­ford High School par­tic­i­pated in New Zealand Se­condary Schools Tour­na­ment Week.

Many sport­ing tour­na­ments are held na­tion­ally to host sports over the week and stu­dents trav­elled to sev­eral towns to com­pete.

Sports co-or­di­na­tor Philippa Smith says stu­dents should be proud of their ef­forts.

She thanked all the fam­i­lies and com­mu­nity for sup­port­ing, fundrais­ing, coach­ing, man­ag­ing and giv­ing up time from work and fam­i­lies to travel with the teams.

The boys’ and girls’ bas­ket­ball teams will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the NZSS Na­tional Premier­ship Tour­na­ment in Palmer­ston North in Oc­to­ber where the boys’ team will de­fend the na­tional ti­tle they won last year.

Philippa says the boys’ suc­cess is largely due to the ef­forts of their coach, Wil­lie Banks.

“He has ded­i­cated a great deal of his time to the boys over the past few years.”

The bas­ket­ball teams have been busy fundrais­ing in readi­ness for the trip. Philippa says they have re­ceived some fund­ing from New Zealand Com­mu­nity Trust to­wards it and are very thank­ful for this sup­port.

“Both teams are strong and have a good chance of mak­ing it all the way to the fi­nals which is our goal.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge,” Philippa says.

■ The stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in the fol­low­ing sports with their plac­ings: Lower North Is­land Netball Tour­na­ment, Palmer­ston North: Se­nior Team: 20th Place

Western Hori­zons Netball Tour­na­ment, Palmer­ston North for Ju­nior Teams: 4A — 2nd Place.

3A- 3rd Place. North Is­land Mixed Hockey Tour­na­ment, Whanganui:

7thPlace.

NZSS Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships, Welling­ton: One Per­sonal Best, two Top 10 Plac­ings.

NZSS Golf Cro­quet Cham­pi­onships, Ka¯ piti Coast:

34th and 36th Place

TSNZ Tar­get Shoot­ing, postal com­pe­ti­tion: 6th Place

NZSS North Is­land Bas­ket­ball Qual­i­fy­ing Tour­na­ment: Girls Team- 3rd Place. Boys Team 1st Place

Lower North Is­land Se­condary School Netball team. Left to right: Chrisy Sin­clair (Coach), Loe­gan Peita, Mad­di­son Drav­itzki, Han­nah Pat­ter­son, Lani Pitcher, Court­ney Tip­pett, Ruth Heine, Indyka Arm­strong, Re­bekah Hinch­liffe, Ni­cole Pitcher, El­lie Kowalewski

Mixed Hockey team in Whanganui — back left to right — Shaun Nager (Coach), Ryan Hi­e­s­tand, Ko­bie Hey, Finn Booker, Isaac Far­ley-Han­cock, Leon How­ells, Ju­lia Howat­son, Troy How­ells, Tom Ben­nett, Cur­tis Boyde (Coach). Mid­dle- Ash­ley Collings-Hughes, Ni­cola van der Westhuizen, Emma Bal­dock, Char­lotte Mitchell, Meg Bal­dock, Janika Hey Ly­ing down in front — Josh Smart and Demi Ward

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