Just three Schick National Championships qualifying spots remain to be decided after Day 3 action at the Schick Premierships Zone 1 Qualifiers at NSEC on Friday.
The six girls places have been finalised but three boys places are still to be settled on Saturday.
The Girls Tournament ended up going to form with the top six ranked teams from the Auckland Premier Grade securing places at the Schick National Championships in Palmerston North early next month.
With the semi-finalists having already booked their places most interest centered around the two play-off places for the remaining two places.
Massey High proved too good for Epsom Girls winning 80-52 and in a tighter encounter St Mary’s outlasted Carmel College to win 75-58.
St Mary’s 75 – J Kailahi-Fulu 25, Z Kailahi-Fulu 25, S Te Nana-Williams 9, A Moore 8
Carmel 58 – T Dalton 26, I Cattermole 11, I MacGregor 7, E Broomfield 6
Massey 80 – S Povey 25, R Fuiavaa 17, T Aratangi 9, A Schuster 7
Epsom 52 – F Dallow 15, S Aruwa 13, A Todd-Pemerika 6
In the semi-finals there were wins for Mt Albert and Auckland Girls Grammar. Mt Albert lost to Westlake at the same stage of proceedings last year but on this occasion prevailed 68-55.
Rangitoto pushed Auckland Grammar all the way for the second time in two weeks but again came up just short going down 61-57.
Girls Semi-Final Results:
AGGS 61 – H Blakey 19, M Latu 14, Z Hettig 12, L Tuaiti 10
Rangitoto 57 – H Wentworth 15, G Hasler-Ewins 13, I Elgar 10, A Rogers 9
MAGS 68 – S Pupuke-Robati 20, R Fiatau 12, J Manase 11, T Talo-Tomokino 10
Westlake 55 – J Moors 11, E Shearer 9, M Davidson 6, E Pugh 6
Meanwhile in the Boys Tournament the four quarter-final winners (see results below) can relax with their places in Palmerston North now secure.
St Kentigern lost to Mt Albert in the semi-finals of the Auckland Premier competition last month but turned the tables on this occasion to win 74-66.
Rosmini didn’t need to get out of first gear to see off surprise package Selwyn College and although Macleans College put up more resistance against Auckland Grammar they were still comfortably beaten 80-57.
The tightest game was between Westlake and Rangitoto. Westlake fought back from a double figure deficit but couldn’t overcome a determined Rangi effort.
Rangitoto will play St Kentigern in one semi-final with AGS and Rosmini set to meet in the other.
Boys Quarter-Final Results:
Rosmini 117 – J Boucher 14, T Murray 13, T Morgan 13, S Murphy 12
Selwyn 30 – Z Pene 8, R Woodbridge 7, R Noguera-Perez 6
St Kentigern 74 – S Broughton 21, M Shorter 14, L Kerr 14
Mt Albert 66 – S Tawera 21, N Wilson 16, M Dorcill 15, C Pinono 11
Westlake 80 – T Cowie 30, S Mennenga 25, J Wuthrich 6
Rangitoto 83 – E Skelton 20, H Payne 19, L McIntosh 14, T Te Puni 9
AGS 80 – A Rissetto 26, T McCarthy 12, C Ngan 11, T Caldwell 8
Macleans 57 – T Kempton 15, M Babaran 12, T Hughson 10, H Smith 8, S Kuvelkar 8
The four losing teams will scrap for the remaining qualifying places on Saturday with at least one non Auckland Premier team (Macleans College or Selwyn College) guaranteed a trip to Palmerston North.
The Boys teams are fighting over seven qualifying spots for Nationals whilst the Girls teams contested six places.
Boys Pools Final Standings – Top two teams advanced to quarter-finals
4-1 St Kentigern
1-4 Long Bay
3-2 Mt Roskill
3-2 St Peter’s
5-0 Mt Albert
5-0 Auckland Grammar