College athletes leave the classroom behind this week

The pace was hot at the front of the field during the 2019 Southern Cycle Tour which kicked off School Sports Week on the roads of Marlborough. Adam Bidwell, 168, pushes hard with fellow Marlborough Boys’ College cyclist Gus Marfell close behind him during the boys under-17 road race on Sunday. Local riders secured several top placings. Bidwell notched a second placing in the King of the Mountains section in his grade, Cam Anderson was third on under-14 general classification over the two-day tour, Matthew Hall and Marcus MacDonald from Bohally were second and third respectively on GC in the under-13 grade. Photo: Peter Jones.

This week is winter sports tournament week for Marlborough’s college athletes, with a myriad of sporting teams in action both at home and out of the province.

The action began at the weekend when the Southern Schools Cycling Tour was contested on the roads of Marlborough.

The only other tournament to be staged in Blenheim this week is the Jim Wisheart football tournament, to be held at A and P Park from Monday to Thursday. The Marlborough Boys’ College First XI will take part, initially competing in pool C against Taieri College, St Bernard’s College and Shirley BHS.

Another high profile event held close to home is the South Island secondary schools netball tournament, this year played in Nelson from Monday to Thursday.

MGC will again field a strong team, who have played in the local premier competition all season, and will contest the A grade. In pool play they face Ashburton College, Southland GHS and Nayland College. Queen Charlotte College will also send a team, playing in C grade.

The MGC senior A hockey team, who recently won the women’s A grade title on the local scene, will take plenty of confidence into the Audrey Timlin tournament in Timaru.

Also on a high are the MBC First XI hockey side, who claimed the men’s club title last weekend. They will play in Invercargill next week, hoping to retain the winning momentum.

Winter Sports Tournament week participants from Marlborough Girls’ College.

Cycling – Southern Schools Tour, 31 August/1 September, Blenheim

Team: Shanay Harvey (Y13) Tahlia Materoa (Y9) Taylor Wareham (Y9)

Hockey – Audrey Timlin Memorial tournament, 2-6 September, Timaru

Team: Pippa Barnes, Isabella Boon, Teresa Campbell, Hannah Chapman, Mya Gane, Nikita Gapper, Georgia Green, Maddie Horton, Bryher Jager, Lulu Judge, Eleanor O’Connell, Alice Roughan, Charlotte Westend, Ella Williams, Sam Williams. Coach: Amber Boyce. Manager: Catherine Williams.

Football – Gary Sowden Tournament, 2-5 September, Timaru.

Team: Destiny Aires, Eliza Bckerton, Beth Gray, Tessa Hyland, Maggie Lane, Leonie Marshall, Hannah Martin, Lucy Martin, Erin Mustey, Lea Poletti, Riley Preece, Lauren Sloan, Hilary Stuart, Freya Thompson, Ruby Wybourne. Coach: Ian Thomas. Manager: Bronwen Laird.

Netball – SISS Tournament, 2-5 September, Nelson

Team: Taryn Breen, Ella Donald, Anna Gardiner, Neve Godsiff, Eleri James-Sitters, Olivia Robinson, Isabella Rohloff, Oakley Tepuia, Lily Tiueti, Taila Town, Mya Wiapo. Coach: Raramai Nicklin. Manager: Lucy Barrett.

Basketball – Schick Southern Cup (non-qualifiers tournament), 5-7 September, Christchurch.

Team: Kea Bradley, Lucrezia Bradley, Reanna Charlton, Jasmyne Henry, Zinnie Lloyd, Georgia MacDonald, Tiria-Jade Paewai, Stella Roberts, Kate Thompson, Lava Tikeri. Coach: Jeremy Newton.     Manager: Anne Taylor.

Table Tennis – NZSS Table Tennis Champs, 2-4 September, Tauranga

Team: Hannah Smit, Vanessa Wood-lin, Sophie Woodhouse. Coach: Megan Stratford.


Marlborough Boys’ College participants

Junior basketball – 2-5 September, Dunedin

Team: Troy Appo, Arama Hita, Saxon King, Heath Lyon, Kobe MacDougall, Jarred Moli, Quin Morton-Sands, Flynn Ritchie, Massimo Romano. Coach: Stacey Hopkins. Manager: Deb Romano.

Senior basketball – 4-7 September, Nelson

Team: Alex Bulfin, Blade Campbell, Sai Gaur, Luey Hadfield, Heath Lyon, Max MacDonald, Samuel Morris, Torban Otway, Vili Pale, Cody Popplewell, Jacob Sawers. Coach: Tony MacDonald. Manager: Eva Francis.

1st X1 Hockey – 2-6 September, Invercargill

Team: Hunter Davies, Kristopher Godsall, Sam Hamilton, Leighton Le Sueur, Logan Lowther, Lachlan Mackie, Sean Moran, Patrick Neal, Hugh Pearce, Declan Phibbs, Wade Sweeting, Jack Unwin, George Varney, Gus Varney, Joseph Westend, Nicholas Williams. Coach: Grant McMillan. Manager: Tricia Trixl.

Southern Cycling Tour – 31 August, September 1, Blenheim

Team: Cameron Anderson, Adam Bidwell, Joe Coldwell, Fergus Greer, Gus Marfell, Ryan Marfell, Logan Robb, Jack Sheridan. Manager: Callum Anderson.

1st X1 football – 2-5 September, Blenheim

Team: Jacob Babb, Tana Connor-McClean, Daniel Diamond, Benjamin Ivory-McCullum, Joe Knobben, Sid Knobben, Caleb McKay, Shinji Mikame, Cameron Miller, Patrick Moran, Ryan Palmer, Jonty Pinkerton, Hamish Turner, Joshua Whitall, Jack Wilkin, Jack Winstanley, Ryan Woodhouse.

Under-15 rugby – 2-5 September, Christchurch

Team: Puti Tavai, Toby McLeod, Sione Papani, Sam Neal, Watson Tahavalu, Arlyn Bull, Riley Keen, Charles Tupouto’a, Jimmy Morris, Cooper Roberts, Caleb Leota, Jake Pacey, Sentenari Ponesi, Blake Love, Nikau Peipi, John Vakaloa, Hunter Low, Dylan Burton, Christian Kaloni, Joel Pannell, Jack Kelly, Bray Taumoefalau, Cam Woodley, Ben Walker, Hugh Robinson.


Queen Charlotte College team

SISS netball tournament – 2-5 September, Nelson

Team: Kennedy Stevenson, Donje Jamieson, Mekah Lawrence, Kayla Bishell, Jarrah Timms, Soraya Timms, Emma Crossen, Laura Woolf, Sharlotte Love, Mihi Raj, Zoe Kilgour. Vanessa Hika (coach). Natasha Billington (manager). Abigail Ferguson (umpire).

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