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Young Sportsperson of the Year Winners

The 28th Annual Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards were held last night at Eden Park. Eru Paranihi hosted an excellent evening acknowledging some of the top young sportspeople across the greater Auckland area. Commonwealth weightlifting gold medalist David Liti and his coach Tina Ball entertained guests and finalists as guest speakers. Girls Underwater Hockey winner, Mackenzie Buick (Mahurangi College) delivered a great speech on behalf of all the finalists. Footballer Hannah Blake (Saint Kentigern College) was named the 2018 Young Sportswoman of the Year. Finalists for this prestigious award... Read More

History made with Uruguay win

New Zealand Football: A New Zealand team has qualified for the knockout stages of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup for the first ever time after securing an impressive 2-1 victory over hosts Uruguay in Montevideo. While a historic first in this tournament, it’s the eighth time overall that New Zealand have progressed past pool play at a FIFA event and the first time it has been done with a game in hand. “It’s an amazing moment,” said coach Leon Birnie. “It’s historic for us because we’d never got out... Read More

The Skye’s the limit

Times Online: Seventeen-year-old Skye Bowden made her official Auckland Hearts debut in the Super Smash Cricket T20 Tournament at Lincoln last week against Central Districts. Skye has played for Howick Pakuranga Cricket Club since she was 10, starting in the Under 12 soft ball grade and moved quickly up through the grades into the premier side of which she has been a member for three years. Skye’s talents as a medium pace out-swing bowler and all round batsman were recognised at a very early age and she has represented Auckland... Read More

Kruz Perrott-Hunt commits to Div 1 Basketball Scholarship in US

Basketball New Zealand: Kruz Perrott-Hunt has become the latest young Kiwi to secure an NCAA Division I University basketball scholarship. In the same week he was named in the Tall Blacks squad for the next FIBA World Cup Qualifying window, the Rosmini College guard has committed to the University of South Dakota (USD) under the tutorage of Head Coach Todd Lee. The Coyotes play in the Summit League Conference and also have Brad Davidson on their coaching staff. Davidson will be well known to basketball fans that follow the Australian... Read More

Young Sportsperson of the Year Finalists

Congratulations to all the 2018 Young Sportsperson of the Year finalists: Category Finalist School *Aktive Student Coach of the Year Cain Nuttall Westlake Boys High School *Aktive Student Official of the Year Ben Matthews Long Bay College *Aktive Student Official of the Year Devyn Showler Westlake Boys High School *Aktive Student Official of the Year Joseph Green James Cook High School *All Rounder Michael Graham Sacred Heart College *All Rounder Bernadette Doyle St Cuthbert’s College *All Rounder Jaymie Kolose Saint Kentigern College *All Rounder Lisa Putt Saint Kentigern College *All... Read More

Aon NZ U15 Basketball teams named for Oceania Champs

Basketball New Zealand has named the Aon New Zealand Girls basketball team to compete in the FIBA Oceania U15 Championships in December this year, to be held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. This comes after a selection camp held over Labour Weekend. Head Coach of the girls’ team, Natalie Visger, says it was tough to narrow the team to 12 players. “This was a very prepared group coming into camp, super switched-on and competitive. Girls in New Zealand are starting to choose basketball earlier and it showed at camp... Read More

Waiuku 1st XI Girls Cricket team tour Rarotonga

This year, the Waiuku College 1st XI Girls Cricket team were lucky enough to tour the beautiful island of Rarotonga for six days. The visit involved games against both invitational and development teams which allowed both groups to enrich their skills and knowledge of cricket. The games were “challenging but also fun, valuable and played in high spirits including one that went into the dark” said coach Jason Hammersley. The girls also enjoyed the beautiful sights and sounds that Rarotonga had to offer, including swimming in the crystal clear waters,... Read More

Balanced squad named for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup

New Zealand Football: New Zealand U-17 Women’s Head Coach Leon Birnie has named a balanced squad for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay next month. The 21-player squad includes Football Ferns goalkeeper Anna Leat and three other players in Gabrielle Rennie, Aneka Mittendorf and Maggie Jenkins who represented New Zealand at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in August. Birnie believes his squad will be well prepared to handle the challenge of Finland, hosts Uruguay and Ghana in the tournament that will be staged in three host cities... Read More

Tayla Earle named NZSS Netball Player of the Year

Netball New Zealand: New Zealand Secondary School Player of the Year, Tayla Earle, believes the national tournament has been an ideal launching pad for her blossoming netball career. And the 18-year-old will find out next year just how well she is prepared for that next step when she suits up for the ANZ Premiership after gaining a contract with the SKYCITY Mystics. Her signing for next year’s elite domestic league follows three appearances at the Pita Pit NZ Secondary School Championships where she wore the blue dress of Saint Kentigern... Read More