Student Spotlight: Lucia Doak

Year 13 Kristin student Lucia Doak found her love for water polo at a young age, spotting a flippa ball poster after a swim session at AUT Millennium. Intrigued, she signed up and found out she loved it. After two years Lucia moved into the more advanced sport of water polo and hasn’t stopped playing since. She describes becoming ‘instantly attached’ to the sport after attending development camps and clinics provided by North Harbour Water Polo Club. Lucia first represented New Zealand in 2016, and in November last year she... Read More

Junior Water Polo Season Wrap

The College Sport Auckland Junior A Water Polo finals were held over the weekend at Diocesan School. This wrapped up another successful Term 4 junior competition with 60 teams from 33 different schools competing across Auckland. On Friday evening, Diocesan A took out the Junior A Girls final against Rangitoto 11-2. Baradene defeated Western Springs Girls in a close game to take home bronze with a 5-4 win. On Sunday, both Junior A Boys medal matches were closely fought. King’s A played Sacred Heart A in the bronze medal game.... Read More

NZSS Water Polo Teams Announced

New Zealand Water Polo have announced the New Zealand Secondary Schoolboys and Schoolgirls teams, who will compete in the 37th edition of the Secondary Schools test series against Australia. The Schoolboys and Schoolgirls test series has been held annually since 1982, hosted alternatively in New Zealand and Australia. This year the teams will be hosted by Australia in Ballina, New South Wales, from 12-19 December. The group of athletes that have been selected are full of experience, with many of them already having had a taste of international water polo.... Read More

Flying high in pursuit of excellence – Kobe Anitelea

OurAuckland: In the second of a three-part series, spoke to Kobe Atamu Anitelea, a water polo player from Papatoetoe and winner of Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board’s Pursuit of Excellence Award. Water polo isn’t a popular sport in Pacific communities but 15-year-old Kobe Atamu Anitelea is trying to change this perception by being one of the very few Pacific premier secondary school players in this sport. Papatoetoe resident Kobe took the next step towards his goal after his team went to compete in a championship in Australasia. Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board’s Pursuit... Read More

Water Polo Trans-Tasman Secondary School Test Series

New Zealand Water Polo has announced the 2018 New Zealand Water Polo Secondary School Girls and Secondary School Boys teams. Both the Secondary School Girls and Secondary School Boys teams will participate in the Trans-Tasman three test series against their Australian counterparts, 18 – 20 December 2018.   The New Zealand Secondary School Girls squad is: Bridget Layburn, Westlake Girls High School Charlie Hooke, Diocesan School for Girls Bernadette Doyle, St Cuthbert’s College (Captain) Lucia Doak, Kristin School Kaitlin Howarth, Rangitoto College Samantha Milicich, Baradene College Georgia Milne, St Cuthbert’s College Annabel Norris, St Margaret’s... Read More

NZ Women’s Team announced for World Youth Water Polo Championships

New Zealand Water Polo has announced the team to attend the 4th FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships to be held in Belgrade, Serbia, 27 August – 2 September 2018. Congratulations to the following students who have been selected: Libby Alsemgeest, St Cuthbert’s College Shinae Carrington, Diocesan School Lucia Doak, Kristin School Bernadette Doyle, St Cuthbert’s College (Captain) Charlotte Hooke, Diocesan School Kaitlin Howarth, Rangitoto College Bridget Layburn, Westlake Girls High School Morgan McDowall, Diocesan School Samantha Milicich, Baradene College Claudia Morgan, Diocesan School Caitlin Mary Parker Allan, St Cuthbert’s College... Read More

Ferigo fires for Sacred Heart

College Sport Media: “We really wanted to keep our unbeaten record, but during the game it’s not something you think about. It’s about performing the best we can and getting the outcome we deserve,” Louie Ferigo responds when asked if he was nervous at three quarter time in the National Secondary Schools Water Polo final yesterday. Unbeaten Auckland and North Island champions, Sacred Heart College only led surprise finalists Westlake Boys’ High School 8-7. Sacred Heart had scored three unanswered goals in the first two minutes with Ferigo netting two... Read More

Diocesan and Sacred Heart are the 2018 NZSS Water Polo Champions

College Sport Media: The National Secondary Schools Water Polo finals were held at Kilbirnie Pool in Wellington yesterday afternoon. The favourites in both the male and female competitions prevailed. Sacred Heart College and Diocesan School for Girls completed the triple crown of secondary school water polo by winning the Auckland, North Island and National titles in the same year. In the Boys playoff for third and fourth, Rangitoto College beat Saint Kentigern College 8-5. In the Girls, Kristin School beat Rangitoto College 8-6 in the third versus fourth playoff. Western... Read More

Knee down, courage up – Ben Gardner

College Sport Media: In June 2016, Ben Gardner returned home from school with a badly swollen knee. No strenuous physical activity or unusual symptoms had signalled this aliment could occur, but it was serious. “I went to the doctor straight away and was diagnosed with Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee or OCD. Don’t ask me how to spell that, but basically the cartilage underneath my knee cap was separating,” the Year 12 student at Sacred Heart College, Auckland recalls. A knee brace was attached and the prospects of resuming water polo were bleak. “My rehabilitation took... Read More

Water polo prodigy gets competitive edge from her All Black father

East & Bays Courier: The daughter of a former All Black is making a name for herself, being named as the youngest member of the New Zealand women’s water polo team. Morgan McDowall, 15, daughter of Steve McDowall, has been selected to represent New Zealand at the upcoming intercontinental water polo championships, to be held in Auckland on April 2 to April 8. The Diocesan School for Girls student has only been playing the sport for three years, but her physical talent and competitive nature were “impossible to ignore” when the national side... Read More