Canterbury Schools week 1 wrap


DSC_0016_previewReport by James Lissaman

A little late but here is the wrap on the Canterbury Schools Senior basketball competition that began last week featuring a full round of McDonald’s Thomson Trophy (Boys) and Whelan Competitions (Girls).

On the girls’ side, Rangi Ruru struggled with Charlotte Whittaker (11/16 from the field) who led all scorers with 26 points, while also getting points from Te Rina Cooper and Billie Watson (13 points each). Rangi Ruru had a lot more of a modern style of game as they attempted 16 three points shots, to zero for St Andrew’s. Rangi Ruru’s lack of height this year proved their undoing, despite Connie Taylor (18), Sophia Harrison (11) and Bailey Chamberlain (10) all reaching double figures in a 72-61 win for St. Andrew’s

On the boys side, an exciting game eventuated between St Andrew’s College and Christchurch Boys’ High School, with both teams launching shots from the perimeter, and probing inside whenever the opportunity presented itself. It was St. Andrew’s who hit a key go ahead three in the dying seconds to walk out with a 77-76 win, despite only hitting  25% of their three point shots (to CBHS’s much more impressive 33%).

Kaiapoi showed why they were picked highly in the Whelan pre-season poll, easily taking care of the Middleton Grange Gators 75-58. Sinead McConchie (23) and Helen Matthews (22) showing their class, while newcomer to the school Alida Pohatu-Barnes added 10. Sofia Kennedy and Katie Jo van den Bogaert both had 14 for the Gators.


The Shirley Boys’ Spartans and Gators treated the large crowd to a superb display of shot-making, with Jared Burnett (37) exploiting the midrange gaps in Shirley’s defence. Gator Ben Carlile-Smith also had 19 points. For Shirley it was their twin towers of Joel Jeffrey (25) and Josh Thomson (22) who were too classy around the basket for the smaller Gators defenders.

Rangiora Girls’ retained the Phil Burns Cup after a comprehensive 85-49 win over Cashmere, while the Cashmere boys are holding on to the Dowson Cup, after their 90-70 win over Rangiora.

 Week One Results

Whelan Division II

Papanui 60-34 Te Pā o Rākaihautū

Avonside 94-40 Burnside

St. Margaret’s 67-47 Villa Maria

Lincoln 73-59 Ellesmere


Whelan Division I

Kaiapoi 75-58 Middleton Grange

Christchurch Girls’ 78-55 Ashburton

Rangiora 85-49 Cashmere

St. Andrew’s 72-61 Rangi Ruru


Thomson Division II

St. Thomas 127-48 Lincoln

Papanui 102-69 Hornby

Ellesmere 51-38 Kaiapoi

Cathedral 85-65 Linwood

Riccarton 88-51 Rangiora New Life


Thomson Division I

Cashmere Boys Basketball 90-70 Rangiora

St. Andrew’s 77-76 Christchurch Boys’

Shirley Boys’ 76-73 Middleton Grange

Christ’s College 74-56 Burnside


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