First Prem grade win of season for Orewa


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Courtesy of Kelly Vivian at Spinnerchild Photography

In the latest round of Girls Premier grade action in Auckland Orewa College celebrated its first win of the season with Mt Albert Grammar and Auckland Grammar also gaining W’s.

At Rangitoto a low scoring opening quarter was edged by Orewa College 12-11.

When Rangitoto opened up a 25-14 advantage in the second quarter Orewa coach Jane Finlayson, probably fearing another tough night for her charges, called a timeout.

Up to that point Mania Spooner and Ella Moore had been dictating terms for the hosts but on the resumption Sophie Emmitt and Shan-Lee Swanepoel made much needed baskets for Orewa. A long two from Hannah Wentworth on the half-time buzzer reduced the deficit to a more manageable 31-22.

Megan Hoare and Arianna Henare scored back-to-back baskets at the mid point of the third as Orewa closed to 36-29 – the turn of Rangi coach Tony Pompallier to call a timeout.

Spooner produced the required response with a basket but Wentworth nailed a three and Janke Pretorius converted a finger roll lay up to make it a two point game – Henare tied proceedings at 38 all. The momentum was all Orewa’s winning the quarter 20-7 to lead 42-38 at the third break.

Another 11-2 surge, including a Wentworth triple, increased the Orewa advantage to ten points.

A spinning drive from Spooner and a hook shot from Centaine Noon-Duckworth helped Rangi but Pretorius kept finding her way to the basket for the visitors

When Wentworth nailed a long three with 2:02 to play an Orewa victory looked likely – when she repeated the dose a couple of plays later the first win of the season became a certainty.

Score: Rangitoto 53 – Spooner 17, Moore 16, Noon-Duckworth 8, Campbell 6

Orewa 67 – Wentworth 20, Emmitt 12, Pretorius 12, Henare 8


After a couple of recent successes Carmel College were brought back to earth with a thump by Auckland Girls Grammar going down 111-40.

The encounter threw up a couple of interesting statistics. The Ropati twins, Mariah and Teneva, shared 62 points for Auckland and Tayla Dalton scored a staggering 70% of Carmel’s points – 28 from 40.

The writing was on the wall for Carmel in the first period as Grammar raced to a 30-7 lead increased to 56-16 by the interval.

The Ropati’s were doing most of the damage but Zhanay Hettig and Mele Latu also chipped in with telling points.

The only hindrance to the AGGS progress, other than the continuous efforts of Dalton, was a twenty minutes lights failure.

Power was restored but it remained gloomy for Carmel as they slid to a heavy defeat.

Score: AGGS 111 – M Ropati 32, T Ropati 30, Hettig 18, Latu 12

Carmel 40 – Dalton 28, Green 4


The meeting of a couple of quality forwards was one of the features of the Westlake versus Mt Albert Grammar tie. The pair didn’t disappoint as Sharne Pupuke-Robati scored a game high 32 points for MAGS and Lake captain Keeley Tini led the home team resistance with 27 points.

Pupuke-Robati set the tone in the opening quarter landing 13 points as MAGS ked 26-22.

Jordyn Maddix landed a triple for Westlake at the outset of the second and Emme Shearer collected eight points in the frame but MAGS still led 43-40 at half-time.

Ten points from Jada Manase in the decisive third period helped MAGS to a 68-59 three-quarter time lead.

Tini and Shearer kept plugging away for Lake but the greater all round scoring threat of the visitors with Manase, Trinity Peau and P-R to the fore carried MAGS to a comfortable win.

Score: Westlake 76 – Tini 27, Shearer 22, Maddix 10, Manolas 9

MAGS 95 – Pupuke-Robati 32, Manase 22, Peau 15, Rangi-Brown 8, Talo-Tomokino 8


The Avondale College v Massey High fixture was postponed to a later date.

Premier Standings

6-1 Mt Albert, Auckland Girls Grammar

5-1 Massey

4-3 Westlake

3-4 Rangitoto

2-5 Carmel

1-6 Orewa

0-6 Avondale

St Mary’s were comfortable 92-48 victors over Mt Roskill in the Senior A competition.

I don’t have the results of Diocesan v Epsom or Birkenhead v Pakuranga.

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