3×3 Nationals play-off action looms

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Rangitoto College is aiming for a three-peat in the Senior Boys section of the Secondary Schools 3×3 National Slam being held in Tauranga. However Rongotai College, having qualified both teams for the quarter-finals, looks the biggest threat to this ambition.

Rongotai Gold beat the Dan Fotu led Rangitoto Blue 21-18 on day two although Palmerston North Boys High topped Pool A courtesy of a crucial 14-10 win against Rongotai. All three teams ended pool play with an 8-1 record but the points scoring record favoured PNBHS.

In Pool B the top two teams were Rongotai Blue and Westlake Boys High School, both with 8-1 records. Rongotai head the pool courtesy of a 15-13 victory over last year’s finalists. Long Bay College (7-2) upset Rongotai 18-12 to clinch third spot with Fielding High School rounding out the top four. Westlake’s James Moors finished day two in a moon boot and his non availability will cause Lake some serious problems in the play-offs.

St Peter’s College Cambridge Red remains favourites in the Senior Girls competition. Led by Charlisse Leger-Walker, Ella Bradley and Jayzelee Waihi, they dominated all opposition in Pool B inflicting a 15-7 defeat on closest rivals Melville High (6-1). Westlake Girls (5-2) and Rotorua Girls High (4-3) also qualify for the quarters.

Massey High School Teams One (6-1) and Three (5-2) advanced from Pool A along with Hamilton Girls High School (6-1) and local favourites Aquinas College (5-2). HGHS beat Massey High 1 14-9 in the final pool game to clinch top spot in the section having surprisingly lost 9-8 to Massey 3 earlier.

Rosmini College and St John’s College both remain unbeaten in the Junior Boys competition.

St John’s (6-0) top Pool A followed by defending champions Rongotai College (5-1); they are followed by Te Aroha College (4-2) and St Kentigern’s (2-4).

Pool B is headed by Rosmini Blue (7-0) closely followed by the handy Rotorua Boys High School team (6-1) who went down narrowly to Rozza 13-11. St Thomas of Canterbury College (5-2) and St Peter’s Cambridge (4-3) also progressed to the last eight.

The Junior Girls competition is already at the semi-final stage. In the quarters Melville High School beat Westake Girls High Green 15-9, whilst Hamilton Girls High was defeated by Westlake Red 8-5.

On the other side of the draw St Mary’s College Ponsonby accounted for Rangitoto College 11-4 and Kavanagh College outlasted Rotorua Girls High 9-4.

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