Girls Premier Grade wrap

Tayla Dalton

The Auckland Secondary Schools Girls Premier Grade resumed last Friday after the July vacation.

Auckland Girls Grammar School avenged its loss to Massey High School earlier in the season winning the game of the round 71-54. Unfortunately I don’t have further details of the game as my pigeon carrying the scoresheet has gone missing.

In perhaps the most significant result of the round Carmel College defeated Orewa College 91-60. With Carmel now holding a 2-0 head to head record against their North Shore rivals it means that Orewa will have to win two of their last three games and hope Carmel lose all three in order to preserve their Premier Grade status.

Tayla Dalton continued her good form, the Under 17 Nationals MVP, finishing with 42 points for Carmel.

Despite Janke Pretorius scoring 11 straight points for Orewa either side of the quarter time break Dalton racked up 26 points in the first half and with Millie Simpson nabbing 15 points they had sealed the deal in the opening twenty minutes boasting a 55-28 lead.

Hannah Wentworth and Megan Hoare kept pegging away for Orewa, who gave an improved showing in the second half, but Georgia Green and Simpson gave Dalton plenty of support as Carmel romped to a convincing win.

Carmel 91 – Dalton 42, Simpson 23, Green 10, Broomfield 8

Orewa 60 – Wentworth 20, Pretorius 15, Hoare 9, Henare 6


Rangitoto College have the toughest draw of all teams during the last four weeks of the season as they face the top four teams on the ladder.

It didn’t start too well on Friday going down 92-55 at home to Mt Albert Grammar.

Bella Elgar scored 6 first quarter points for Rangitoto but Rikki Fiatau was in sparkling form for the visitors scoring 13 points as MAGS sped to a 26-14 fist quarter lead.

A couple of threes from Ella Moore spearheaded a positive response from Rangi in the second but six straight points from Trinity Paeu in the shadows of half-time ensured a 47-31 lead for MAGS at the break.

Fiatau and Jada Manase stretched the lead beyond thirty points in the third. Moore and Elgar kept the MAGS defence busy but with few other scoring options Rangi struggled to keep pace with their opponents.

In contrast the joint League leaders had a variety of scoring options – one of those options Tessa Talo-Tomokino capped off a fine victory with a late triple.

Rangitoto 55 – Moore 21, Elgar 19, Noon-Duckworth 6

Mt Albert 92 – Fiatau 27, Paeu 20, Talo-Tomokino 16, Manase 14


In the fourth game of the round Westlake Girls moved into equal third spot on the ladder with a resounding 93-39 victory at Avondale College.

Westlake lost the services of Kristin Talma in the warm up and soon after the start Emme Shearer with a head knock. However with NZ U18 forward Keeley Tini dominating the early proceedings Westlake sped to a 33-13 lead.

Jordyn Maddix joined in the scoring frenzy with customary triples and with a less than 100% fit Sophie Dil also in good touch the game was over at half-time with Westlake 49-21 to the good.

Maclani Michael was massive for Avondale scoring 27 of her team’s 39 points but with little support Westlake cruised to the win.

The Westlake – Massey encounter next week will almost certainly decide third spot on the table.

Avondale 39 – Michael 27

Westlake 93 – Tini 18, Maddix 17, Dil 16, Moors 13

Girls Premier Grade Standings

10-1 AGGS, Mt Albert

7-4 Massey, Westlake

5-6 Rangitoto

3-8 Carmel

2-9 Orewa

0-11 Avondale

In Senior A Grade action St Mary’s remain top of the table after beating Pakuranga College 93-32.

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