Secondary school rugby players recognised in representative team naming

New Zealand Rugby has announced the 2020 New Zealand Secondary Schools and New Zealand Barbarians Schools teams. The teams will not play in 2020 but selectors have named the sides to recognise the efforts of the secondary school players this season. NZR High Performance Talent Identification Manager PJ Williams said selections were made from players performances across the 1st XV season and the Barbarians Under 18 Development Camps last month. “This is fantastic recognition for a group of players that have had a disrupted 1st XV season. I am sure…

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2021 School Sport NZ Calendar Released

School Sport NZ have published their 2021 calendar of sanctioned national and island secondary school events. This release allows schools to include these sports events into their planning for 2021 and enables them to take advantage of early rates when booking travel and accommodation. The 2021 School Sport NZ Event Calendar can be found HERE. Please note all details are correct at the time of release but unforeseen changes may occur. Some NSOs are still confirming venues due to the disruption of this year’s calendar. Any changes will be posted…

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New goal in sight for Parnell’s star shooter

She may only be 14 years old, but ACG Parnell College’s Rhea Prasad is already a rising star on the netball court. Not only does she play netball at an Under 18 club level for the College Rifles, but she’s also the newest – and youngest – member of ACG Parnell College’s Senior A team. Her next goal? Helping Senior A get into the Premier Grade! “I’ve always wanted to play at the premier level for netball, and I’m hoping to get there by Year 11,” says Rhea, who has…

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Table Tennis taking off in Waitemata

New Zealand Community Trust has announced a grant of $146,000 towards construction costs for a new table tennis stadium. The funding will enable redevelopment and extension of the current Waitemata Table Tennis Association (WTTA) facility at Parrs Park, Glen Eden. The current stadium was built by volunteers in the 1970s and is well overdue for an upgrade. Issues included a lack of capacity, meeting only 40% of the Building Code, cement board cladding damage, and deterioration of the asbestos roof resulting in leaks. The current project aims to redevelop and…

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Just 16, and already has Hearts in a spin

LockerRoom: She may have just signed on the dotted line of a contract with New Zealand Cricket, but Fran Jonas still has to ask her mum or dad to drive her to training. Jonas has been recognised as a potential star of the game in New Zealand, thanks to the valuable weapon at her fingertips. But at the tender age of 16, she’s only just got her hands on a steering wheel with her learner’s licence. The left-arm orthodox spinner is the youngest of eight players from around the country who’ve…

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COVID-19 Updates

Monday 14 September: Following the Government’s decision that Auckland will remain at Alert Level 2.5 until at least Wednesday 23 September, College Sport Auckland have made the decision to cancel all remaining winter sports fixtures. With a maximum of four days of competition left, it is not viable for the winter sports season to continue. The College Sport Auckland Ski Championships on 21 September have also been cancelled – this event will not be rescheduled again. Although this is disappointing news for all those involved in secondary school sport, we…

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Teen bolts into Muslim women’s global powerlist

LockerRoom: At just 14, Aysha Hussan has already achieved so much, as the New Zealand face on the global Muslim women’s sports powerlist for 2020. A promising track athlete and netballer, Hussan says she knows it’s “a big achievement” to be on the list with 34 other Muslim women involved in sport around the world. The teenager sits proudly alongside 400m hurdles Olympic champion American Dalilah Muhammad, and Indonesian climber Aries Susanti, the first woman in the world to climb a speed wall in under seven seconds. Then there’s Emirati…

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Manurewa girls embrace new sporting opportunity

This year, Manurewa High School entered a team in the College Sport Auckland Girls Lacrosse Season for the first time. We caught up with the school’s Director of Sport Mel Martene, to find out more about introducing the sport to the school and how the girls have enjoyed the season so far.   Tell us about your team The girls range from year 10 to year 13, some come from other sporting backgrounds, others have never played competitive sport before. We have everything from waka ama worlds paddlers to representative…

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Indoor Ultimate Championships Wrap

Last weekend we saw a record of 37 teams take to the courts at Pulman Park Arena for the 2020 College Sport Auckland Indoor Ultimate Championships, making it the largest ultimate tournament ever held in New Zealand. Over 90 games were played throughout the day which featured fierce inter-school competition but also high levels of respect and the Spirit of the Game – essential in Ultimate due to the sport being self-officiated. In the women’s division, Epsom Girls Grammar dominated as they have done for a number of years with…

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Winter Sport Overview

With a delayed start to the 2020 winter season, College Sport Auckland competitions are now back underway for Term 3. Excited teams from many schools are competing in various codes and grades. With many sports back in full swing, school grounds, club fields and public sports facilities are again being filled with many high school athletes back doing what they love. The winter season consists of a diverse range of codes including badminton, basketball, cycling, football, hockey, lacrosse, netball, rugby league, rugby union, squash, table tennis and underwater hockey, to get…

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