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Canterbury Schools latest roundup


The Whelan Top Four has now been found, with a tiebreaker being needed for the final position.

Kaiapoi was the big winner on the night in the McDonald’s Whelan Trophy Competition, winning by 27 points over their North Canterbury Neighbours from Rangiora.

Equally important for Kaiapoi’s hopes, Christchurch Girls’ knocked out Middleton Grange 65-52. Despite being down 21-12 at the end of the first quarter, the Gators used balanced scoring from Annabel Lapworth (12), Katie Jo Van den Bogaert (11), Sofia Kennedy (10) and Fia Lai Kong (10), to jump ahead 43-45 at the end of three quarters. CGHS’ Olivia McIntyre (30), Sammy Arnold (13) and Violet Eaton (12) helped spark an 11-0 run to retake the lead, and hung on to finalise their place in the Top Four.

Rangi Ruru and St. Andrew’s join Kaiapoi and Christchurch Girls’ when they battle for semi-final seedings in term Three.

In Division II, Ellesmere welcomed Megan Ellis (Middleton Grange 2017) to their line-up, and dealt Avonside their first defeat of the season, 63-58 – setting up a very interesting last few rounds with four teams (Avonside, Ellesmere, Lincoln, St. Margaret’s) all tied at 6-1. Lincoln High got there by virtue of a comprehensive 83-30 win over Papanui. Kate Herman led the way with 22 points, while her sister Mandy had 14. Samantha McCrone also had a twenty-point game (21) for the winners.


In the Thomson Trophy Ihaia Kendrew had another big scoring week with 36 against the Gators. Hillmorton were able to stay close to Gators through the first half – only down 48-44, with Ihaia Cox-Winiata’s and Jacob Milne’s 10 scoring ten points each. Ben Carlile-Smith (27) with Trey Te Awa (14) and Harry Roth (12) extended the Gators’ lead to 11 after three quarters, and then pushed it out to 18 at the final buzzer, 92-74.

Round Nine at the beginning of term three sets up some compelling games, with Cashmere, Middleton Grange and Shirley Boys’ all guaranteed to make the quarter-finals, only three spots remain to be claimed. Christchurch Boys’, Christ’s College, Rangiora, and St. Andrew’s are all in contention for the final three spaces, with one team guaranteed to be disappointed.

Rangi Ruru and Cashmere High retained the Phil Burns’ and Dowson Cups respectively, with only Rangi Ruru needing to physically take the court against Cashmere to defend the cup. There are no games scheduled over the school holidays, or week one of term three, so Tuesday July 31 is the next date for our competitions to back in earnest.

From James Lissaman

Week Eight Results

Whelan Division II
Ellesmere 63-58 Avonside

Lincoln 83-30 Papanui

Villa Maria 54-25 Marian

Hillmorton 62-33 Burnside


Whelan Division I
St. Andrew’s 76-47 Cashmere

Rangi Ruru 77-41 Cashmere

Kaiapoi 77-48 Rangiora

Christchurch Girls’ 65-52 Middleton Grange

St. Andrew’s 81-57 Ashburton


Thomson Division II
St. Thomas 92-59 Linwood

Ashburton 86-65 Ellesmere

Lincoln 78-76 Rangiora New Life

Riccarton 101-76 Hornby

Cathedral 103-76 Kaiapoi


Thomson Division I
Shirley Boys’ 75-64 Rangiora

Christ’s 85-69 St. Andrew’s

Middleton 92-74 Hillmorton

Cashmere 20-0 Burnside (default)


AGGS continue their winning ways against Rangitoto



Rangitoto College entertained Auckland Girls Grammar School on Monday night in a game brought forward from the first week of next term.

A change of date or not it didn’t make any difference to Auckland’s run of success as they racked up their eleventh consecutive victory of the season winning 88-52.

Bella Elgar and Hannah Wentworth scored all of Rangitoto’s points in the opening quarter but with each of their starters featuring on the scoresheet Grammar headed into the first break with a 25-14 lead.

Rangi had the better of the second period – Elgar and Gracie Hasler-Ewins to the fore – as they closed to 35-30 at half-time.

Zhanay Hettig, on her way to a season best 31 points, was instrumental in Grammar reasserting their superiority in the third quarter. She had a dozen points in the period and Elianna Tuaiti half that as the defending champions moved out to 59-40 at the three-quarter time.

Hettig carried on her merry scoring way in the fourth and aided by Heeni Blakey and Mele Latu, recently named in the Junior Tall Ferns extended squad, Grammar had little trouble keeping their unbeaten record intact. For Rangitoto a string of wins are essential as they now find themselves two wins behind fourth placed Massey High having played a game more, with a top four play-off berth hanging in the balance.

All teams now have a break before competition resumes after the school holidays on July 27th.

Rangitoto 52 – H Wentworth 14, I Elgar 13, G Hasler-Ewins 10

AGGS 88 – Z Hettig 31, E Tuaiti 16, H Blakey 12, M Latu 11, L Tuaiti 10

Premier Standings

11-0 AGGS

8-2 MAGS

7-3 Westlake

6-4 Massey

4-7 Rangitoto

2-8 Carmel, St Mary’s

1-9 St Kentigern

Girl’s Premier Grade wrap

MAGS Girls


Last Friday in the tenth round of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Girl’s competition the top four teams were matched against the bottom four and the results were predictable – wins for Westlake Girls, Massey High, Mt Albert Grammar and Auckland Girls Grammar.

Massey High had little trouble disposing of Carmel College winning 97-46.

The game did throw up a slightly odd statistic as Carmel guard Tayla Dalton scored all her team’s points in both the opening and third quarters.

She scored nine points in the opener although Shauna Povey matched that, as Massey burst out to a 25-9 lead.

Forward Qaizden Stephano, on her way to a season best 14 points, scored ten of those in the second frame but threes from Yzabelle Tevao and Povey helped Massey to a 46-25 half-time lead.

Dalton’s eleven points in the third counted for little as Massey piled on another twenty eight points – Ramona Fuiavaa and Terina Aratangi joined Povey and Tevao in double figures.

Alyesha Schuster also moved into double-digit points as Massey bossed proceedings from start to finish.

Massey 97 – S Povey 22, Y Tevao 19, A Schuster 13, R Fuiavaa 12, T Aratangi 11

Carmel 46 – T Dalton 21, Q Stephano 14, E Davidson 6


Mt Albert Grammar were also comfortable winners. A couple of triples from Moanekah Va’ai and a dozen points from Sharne Pupuke-Robati propelled Mt Albert to a 25-11 opening quarter lead against Rangitoto College.

More threes from Tessa Talo-Tomokino and Jada Manase (she totaled five in the game) extended the MAGS lead to 50-19 at the break.

Hannah Wentworth twice converted from beyond the arc either side of half-time and Bella Elgar chipped in with useful points for Rangitoto but MAGS were out of sight at half-time leading 64-30 and a couple of competition points safely in the bag.

Mt Albert 88 – S Pupuke-Robati 26, J Manase 17, M Va’ai 11, T Talo-Tomokino 10, R Fiatau 10

Rangitoto 48 – H Wentworth 16, I Elgar 11, M Spooner 5


A less than full strength St Kentigern side were overwhelmed at Westlake Girls going down 123-38.

Westlake opened up a 30-14 first quarter lead and cruised thereafter as Emme Shearer, Jordyn Maddix and Jess Moors each collected twenty-point hauls.

Renee Flay scored in double figures for St Kent’s in response.

Westlake 123– J Moors 28, E Shearer 24, J Maddix 21, M Davidson 12

St Kentigern 38 – R Flay 11, G Umaga 8, C Griffiths 8


The closest contest of the round saw Auckland Girls Grammar beat St Mary’s College 85-63. It was a game in which Elianna Tuaiti, often the provider, turned scorer as she amassed a season high 28 points.

St Mary’s made a decent start trailing by just a single point (16-15) at the quarter mark.

Tuaiti scored nine points in the second as AGGS took control to lead 46-30 at half-time – Riana Matiseni scored 11 first half points for St Mary’s.

Safena Te Nana-Williams and Zaaliyah Kailahi-Fulu added to St Mary’s tally but it wasn’t enough to challenge the defending champions. Tuaiti scored another dozen points in the third and with Mele Latu and Heeni Blakey providing assistance AGGS eased to their tenth win of the season.

AGGS 85 – E Tuaiti 28, M Latu 13, H Blakey 12, Z Hettig 11

St Mary’s 63 – R Matiseni 17, Z Kailahi-Fulu 13, S Te Nana-Williams 11


Premier Standings

10-0 AGGS

8-2 MAGS

7-3 Westlake

6-4 Massey

4-6 Rangitoto

2-8 Carmel, St Mary’s

1-9 St Kentigern


Senior A Girls

Mt Roskill 59 Epsom 68

Orewa 54 Botany Downs 53

Avondale 58 Birkenhead 88

Diocesan 30 Pakuranga 70

Senior A Standings

10-0 Epsom

7-3 Mt Roskill, Botany Downs

6-4 Birkenhead

4-6 Orewa, Pakuranga

2-8 Avondale

0-10 Diocesan

MAGS make it ten straight plus W’s for AGS and Rosmini

mt albert

There were wins for Auckland Boys Grammar, Rosmini College and Mt Albert Grammar in the tenth round of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Grade.

Mt Albert continued its good run of form with a hard fought 62-57 home win against Rangitoto College.

An eighth straight win looked as if it would be a formality when MAGS led 37-23 at half time but Ethan Mandeno and Logan McIntosh led a strong Rangitoto second half effort.

McIntosh scored 15 of his team high 19 points after the interval as the Rangitoto deficit was reduced to ten points (49-39) at three-quarter time.

Mandeno chipped in with nine points in the half but Chayse Pinono and Clarke Aiono helped the hosts limp over the line but it wasn’t the most convincing of Mt Albert performances.

Early on, threes from Pinono and Sataan Tawera helped the hosts to an 18-11 first quarter lead.

The pair combined for 15 second quarter points as MAGS, despite the efforts of Obadaiah Paea and Hanseul Nam, improved their advantage in the second period.

Rangi clawed their way back into the contest in the second half but it wasn’t enough to thwart the efforts of the 9-1 league leaders.

MAGS 62 – C Pinono 19, S Tawera 13, N Wilson 9, C Aiono 6

Rangitoto 57 – L McIntosh 19, E Mandeno 15, E Skelton 9


Rosmini also boast a 9-1 record entering the school holiday break after recording a very comfortable 114-63 win at Avondale College.

Avondale had no answer to Rosmini’s pressure defence coughing up a number of turnovers as they fell behind 36-15 in the first ten minutes -Sean Murphy and Terence Abdon into double figures in that time.

Threes from Murphy, Jayden Boucher and Taine Murray, who scored a season best 27 points, stretched the visitors lead to 52-24 at half-time.

Jack Childs and Jaga Mete moved the score along for Avondale in the third but Rosmini, courtesy of Tyler Martin and Joseph Hylton, quickened the pace further- 89-39 ahead with a quarter to play.

Preston Karatau finished with a flurry of points for Avondale but his team were no match for the reigning Schick National Champions.

Avondale 63 – J Mete 17, J Childs 15, P Karatau 13, A Donaldson 8

Rosmini 114 – T Murray 27, S Murphy 18, T Martin 14, T Abdon 13, J Hylton 11


Phoenix Leupolu got St Peter’s College off to a terrific start at Auckland Grammar draining 16 first quarter points as his team flew out to a 27-21 lead.

Ilaisa Tela (14 first half points) and Teancum McCarthy reeled in the visitors, St Peter’s falling behind 50-46 at half-time despite the continued efforts of Leupolu.

Isaiah Franklin made a couple of baskets but St Peter’s slipped further behind in the third frame – Stefan Bigio and Connor Ngan converting from the charity stripe at the end of the period to give Grammar a ten points buffer (73-63).

Leupolu chalked up a season best 29 points but the combined 50 points from Tela and McCarthy proved too much for St Peter’s – Grammar third on the ladder with six wins.

Auckland Grammar 88 – I Tela 27, T McCarthy 23, L Haku 12, C Ngan 11

St Peter’s 77 – P Leupolu 29, W Parata 17, J Errey 12, I Franklin 11


The St Kentigern College v Westlake Boys fixture will be played after the school holidays.

Premier Standings

9-1 Mt Albert, Rosmini

6-4 Auckland Grammar

5-4 Westlake

4-4 St Kentigern

3-7 St Peter’s

2-8 Rangitoto

0-9 Avondale

Senior A Results

Northcote 107 Macleans 101

Massey 95 Birkenhead 90

Kendrew and Hillmorton see Marques Whippy off in style


The Canterbury Secondary Schools game of the week produced two new records.

In Marques Whippy’s final game as Coach of the Hillmorton High School Tigers, captain Ihaia Kendrew was outstanding, exploding for 23 points in the first quarter. He cooled off ever so slightly from the scorching start, but when his Tigers needed him most, Kendrew responded by hitting three consecutive jumpers in the final 140 seconds.

This forged a lead after Burnside had trimmed their deficit to only one solitary point (81-80). Kendrew finished the game with a McDonald’s Thomson Trophy record 58 points, with an astounding 33 of them coming from behind the three-point line in the 91-83 win, giving him another record for most three point shots hit in a single game.

Lincoln High School was still smarting after last week’s overtime loss, this time knocking over the previously unbeaten team from Papanui High School 78-75. Once again it was Cody Wareham leading the way with 34 points, with Jeriko Selda’s 16, and James Smith’s 10 points being key in a game that featured fourteen separate ties or lead changes, including 73 apiece late in the fourth. For Papanui, Sam Clark led the way with 22p, with Louis Navarro’s 15p, Jared Neighbours 14p, and Shaquel Piripi’s 11p being welcome wingmen for Clark in the scoring department.

A late night power outage at Hornby High School forced some pretty drastic action, with their game being shifted to Middleton Grange at late notice thanks to the efforts of Faith Harrison. Kaiapoi’s Jay Garrick was especially motivated by the chance to be on Glory League, dropping 45 points, with Ryan Sangster notching 15p of his own for the visitors. Hornby’s Jerome Tuiono (19p), Tame Halloumis (14p) and Rylu Dequita (10p) never gave up, but did fall 87-61.

Shirley Boys’ High continued rolling along, with an 87-80 victory over last year’s beaten finalists from Christ’s College – and only needed one double-figure scorer to do it! Unfortunately for Mark Dickel’s Christ’s team – that double-figure game belonged to Joel Jeffrey. Jeffrey had 38 points, as he kept the Spartan’s noses ever so slightly ahead in the final quarter. Will Degeest knocked down five attempts from behind the arc as part of his 27p, with Mason Whittaker hitting for 19 points himself. Aidan Palmer’s 16p and Nale Fifita’s 15p rounded out the scoring punch for Christ’s.

Middleton Grange’s Sofia Kennedy recorded 23p against Rangi Ruru, and tied the game with a big three at 73-73 in the final quarter, only to have Connie Taylor (10p) answer with her own trey. Alice Sproat’s 14 and Sophia Harrison’s 12 points helped the home team to a tough 63-58 win, guaranteeing them a place in the top four portion of the competition that starts in Term Three.

Week eight sees all grades back in full action (except for two deferred games). St. Andrew’s will face Cashmere’s Whelan team on Monday, in a game that was rescheduled due to the passing of North Canterbury’s Mark Whittaker. The Cashmere boys’ will have the Dowson Cup up for grabs again – this time against a Burnside team that has been struggling of late, while the Cashmere girls have a chance to lift the Phil Burns Cup from Rangi Ruru.

Our #McDsWT Game of the Week has two 4-2 teams in Christchurch Girls’ and Middleton Grange pitted against each other, while in the #McDsTT #GOTW Rangiora (4-3) has a chance to move into the top four as they face the 5-2 Shirley Boys’ Spartans.

From James Lissaman

Week Seven Results

Whelan Division II
St. Margaret’s 115-28 Te Pā

Whelan Division I
Rangi Ruru 63-58 Middleton Grange

Christchurch Girls’ 66-52 Kaiapoi

Rangiora 84-62 Ashburton

Thomson Division II
St. Thomas 88-74 Cathedral

Ellesmere 75-50 Rangiora New Life

Ashburton 89-59 Riccarton

Kaiapoi 87-61 Hornby

Lincoln 78-75 Papanui

Thomson Division I
Christchurch Boys’ 80-69 Rangiora

Middleton Grange 88-76 St. Bede’s

Hillmorton 91-83 Burnside

Shirley Boys’ 87-80 Christ’s

Auckland Girls Grammar win in overtime plus wrap on other games

Jess Moors copy

Jess Moors scored 20 points for Westlake

In round nine of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier competition played on Monday night Auckland Girls Grammar beat Westlake Girls High in overtime and there were also wins for Massey High, Mt Albert Grammar and Rangitoto College.

Auckland Girls Grammar remains unbeaten but only just after a come from behind overtime effort to see off Westlake 68-62.

When Piper Manolas gave Westlake a 43-37 lead in the middle of the final quarter an upset win looked on the cards but back-to-back efforts from Mele Latu meant it was 43-42.

A Merita Davidson baseline jumper maintained the Lake lead (48-44) with 3:20 to play only for the consistent Latu and Zhanay Hettig to tie the score with 2:30 to play.

Latu again, this time with a triple, gave Grammar a 51-48 lead with ninety seconds left on the clock.

Emme Shearer and Hettig exchanged baskets before a desperation effort from Jordyn Maddix, as the shot clock expired, made it a one point game (53-52) in favour of Grammar with under 30 seconds left.

Inexplicably Westlake were gifted possession after a Grammar turnover.

The hosts had 12 seconds to make the winning play following a timeout but the effort from Maddix hit the rim and was safely secured by Tyla Tuala who after being fouled calmly walked the length of the floor and scored with both free throws.

The game appeared to be over with just two seconds to play. However Westlake coach Bronwen Davidson had wisely kept a timeout up her sleeve and on the resumption Moors dropped a long three to force the game into overtime.

The additional five minutes lacked the excitement of the previous period as Latu and Elianna Tuaiti took control. Latu scored 11 points in those five minutes and Tuaiti controlled the tempo – Grammar the win!

Maddix and Moors did all the Westlake scoring as they led 12-9 after quarter one. Both defences dominated proceedings, Westlake in the ascendancy 26-20 at the interval.

Laetitia Tuaiti made the opening score of the third frame although the in-form Moors replied on the next possession. Hettig made a couple of baskets either side of a Manolas triple before Blakey scored of yet another assist by Elianna Tuaiti to make it a one point game at the three-quarter break, 36-35 in favour of Westlake.

From there the excitement was just beginning.

Westlake 62 – J Moors 20, J Maddix 12, E Shearer 11, P Manolas 9

AGGS 68 – M Latu 25, Z Hettig 14, E Tuaiti 9, T Tuala 8


After Rangitoto College had taken a 16-14 lead into the quarter-time break St Mary’s College, thanks to the efforts of Leilani Robertson and Jazz Kailahi-Fulu, outscored their hosts in the second period to lead 36-32 at half-time.

Rangitoto wrestled back the initiative in the third frame as Bella Elgar, and Maania Spooner posted six points each and headed to the fourth quarter with a 54-49 lead.

Safena Te Nana-Williams finished with a game high 23 points after posting 13 of those in the last period. Triples from Elgar and Ella Moore helped Rangi build on their advantage and close out a fourth win of the season.

Rangitoto 74 – I Elgar 17, H Wentworth 16, M Spooner 12, G Hasler-Ewins 10

St Mary’s 66 – S Te Nana-Williams 23, J Kailahi-Fulu 19, L Robertson 8, R Matiseni 7


Mt Albert Grammar racked up thirty-nine first quarter points on their way to a 98-61 home win against Carmel College.

The scoring pace eased in the second period, the two teams splitting twenty-eight points, with MAGS ahead 53-32. Sharne Pupuke-Robati led all scorers with 15 points at the break – Emily Broomfield led the Carmel effort with 10 points.

Georgia Green and Estelle Davidson moved into double figure scoring for Carmel but MAGS pulled further away in the third period to lead 82-45.

Raykesha Fiatau and Moanekah Va’ai posted good numbers before both coaches gave their bench players some valuable playing time.

Mt Albert 98 – S Pupuke-Robati 24, M Va’ai 15 T Talo-Tomokino 14, R Fiatau 14,

Carmel 61 – E Davidson 16, E Broomfield 14, G Green 11, I MacGregor 7


Massey High travelled to St Kentigern College and departed with the spoils winning 84-61 with Terina Aratangi scoring a season best 23 points.

Natasha Leishman, on her way to a team high 20 points had eight of those at quarter time but St Kentigern trailed 29-21 at that stage.

It all went wrong for St Kent’s in the second period when they could only muster four points. Threes from Ramona Fuiavaa, Laticia Jost and Shauna Povey piled on the agony for St Kent’s as they trailed 52-26 at half-time.

Renee Flay and Courtney Griffiths got St Kentigern back on track in a third period shaded by the hosts although Massey still led 64-41 at three-quarter time.

Leishman and Aratangi made double figure contributions for their respective teams in the fourth stanza as Massey chalked up a fifth win of the season.

St Kentigern 61 – N Leishman 20, R Flay 10, C Griffiths 10

Massey 84 – T Aratangi 23, S Povey 17, R Fuiavaa 11, L Jost 10


Premier Standings

9-0 AGGS

7-2 MAGS

6-3 Westlake

5-4 Massey

4-5 Rangitoto

2-7 St Mary’s, Carmel

1-8 St Kentigern


Senior A Results

Birkenhead 99 Diocesan 49

Epsom 84 Orewa 51

Pakuranga 30 Botany Downs 71

Mt Albert beat Rosmini plus wins for Westlake and Rangitoto


westlake v AGS

In round nine of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier competition played on Monday night Mt Albert won the top of the table clash against Rosmini, Westlake beat Auckland Grammar and Rangitoto dropped eighteen threes against St Peter’s.

Mt Albert Grammar demonstrated that they are title contenders beating previously unbeaten Rosmini College.

Mt Albert had only scored 42 points at the three-quarter mark (leading 42-39) but exploded for 34 points in the final period to beat Rosmini 76-63.

Ryan Laumatia, having been kept quiet by Rosmini up until that point ,scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth. Aided by a couple of threes from Sataan Tawera and 8 points from Nate Wilson MAGS closed out the game for a seventh straight win.

Rosmini had earlier restricted MAGS to just 7 points in the opening quarter and with Terence Abdon scoring ten points led 27-22 at half-time.

Jayden Boucher dropped a three for the visitors in the third but Wilson and Rishon Royce edged MAGS ahead in the third frame.

Taine Murray scored 13 fourth quarter points for Rozza but it didn’t help them from slipping to a first loss of the season.

 Mt Albert 76 – N Wilson 17, R Laumatia 17, C Pinono 11, R Royce 11

Rosmini 63 – T Murray 22, J Boucher 12, T Abdon 12

A commanding fourth quarter performance from Westlake Boys decided the contest against Auckland Grammar. Westlake led 59-55 at the three-quarter mark but with Sam Mennenga dominant inside and Dylan Wilkie scoring from the perimeter the home side piled on 32 points in the final ten minutes to push the winning margin out to an unlikely 19 points – 91-72 it finished.

After Westlake had taken an 18-13 lead into the first quarter break rival forwards Mennenga (14 points in the first half) for Lake and Ilaisa Tela for Grammar dominated the scoring in the early stages of the second period before Wilkie and Connor Ngan intervened with a trey apiece.

A Trent Garrett inside basket got Grammar within two points (32-30) but Westlake closed the half with a Wilkie three, a 10-2 run and a 42-32 lead at half-time.

Scores from Joe Wuthrich and Paora Winitana kept Lake ahead but Ngan’s speed and penetration was troubling the home defence – eleven third quarter points from the diminutive guard helping Grammar close to 59-55 with ten minutes to play.

Lain Haku made a triple in the fourth but it was slim pickings for Grammar as they were outscored 32-17 in that period.

Wilkie made his sixth three of the game, Ethan Clark and Winitana chipped in with contributions but it was fourteen points from the outstanding Mennenga that proved the difference.

Westlake and Grammar are now tied for second on the Premier ladder with identical 5-2 records.

Westlake 91 – S Mennenga 28, D Wilkie 22, J Kooiman 11, J Wuthrich 10

Grammar 72 – C Ngan 23, I Tela 15, L Haku 9, D Boyd 8, T McCarthy 8


Rangitoto College scored a startling eighteen (that’s correct 18) threes to beat visitors St Peter’s College 108-85 in a high scoring encounter.

How many shots from beyond the arc did they put up I can hear you asking? Thirty-two is the answer at a heady 56%.

The “Big E’s” did most the damage with Ethan Mandeno connecting with 7 from 11 (64%) and Ethan Skelton making 5 from 9 (56%) – the pair amassing a combined 57 points.

Daniel Powell (3), Hanseul Nam, Obadaiah Paea and Logan McIntosh (with one apiece) joined in the three-point exhibition to give Rangi their second win of the campaign.

The writing was on the wall from the opening quarter when Rangi racked up eight from beyond the arc to take a 35-21 lead.

Spare a thought for Whititera Parata (25 points), Phoenix Leupolu (21 points) and Isaiah Franklin (17 points) who on another night may have made winning contributions but in the end could do little to stop the Rangitoto onslaught.

Rangitoto 108 – E Mandeno 34, E Skelton 23, O Paea 16, L McIntosh 15

St Peter’s 85 – W Parata 25, P Leupolu 21, I Franklin 17, J Errey 6

The St Kentigern College v Avondale College fixture was postponed until after the July school holidays.

Premier Standings

8-1 Mt Albert, Rosmini

5-4 Westlake, AGS

4-4 St Kentigern

3-6 St Peter’s

2-7 Rangitoto

0-8 Avondale

Senior A

Birkenhead 46 Liston 80




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Pakuranga 52 Macleans 72

Mt Albert in shooting form plus wins for Westlake and Carmel


Tessa Talo-Tomokino

Remembering that Auckland Grammar beat Massey High last Monday there were further round eight wins in the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier competition for Westlake Girls, Mt Albert Grammar and Carmel College. on Friday night.

 Mt Albert Grammar scored a collective ten threes – five of them to Tessa Talo-Tomokino – as they beat St Kentigern College 81-63.

Harmony Rangi-Brown landed an early trey for Mt Albert and Jada Manase capped the first quarter scoring as they led 23-10 at quarter time.

St Kentigern guard Misaki Chen joined in the three-point fun with a brace – her ten points helping the visitors close to 40-32 at half-time.

Sharne Pupuke-Robati scored ten of her game high 22 points in the third period and with Talo-Tomokino landing three efforts from the land of plenty MAGS improved their position to lead 66-46 at three-quarter time.

Courtney Griffiths and Natasha Leishman ensured St Kent’s had slightly better of the fourth but further threes from Manase and Talo-Tomokino put the icing on a sixth win of the season for MAGS.

MAGS 81 – S Pupuke-Robati 22, J Manase 21, T Talo-Tomokino 19, M Va’ai 6

St Kentigern 63 – M Chen 21, C Griffiths 16, N Leishman 11, R Flay 5


Westlake, paced by a season best 21 points from Jess Moors and 19 points from Emme Shearer were far too good for St Mary’s winning 88-35.

Moors set the tone with seven early points as Westlake forged a 20-14 lead.

Safena Te Nana-Williams (15 points) scored eleven first half points for St Mary’s but the hosts trailed 41-22 at half-time.

The Westlake forwards, led by captain Sophie Dil, did a good job restricting the scoring output of Jazz Kailahi-Fulu (8 points). At the offensive end Tabitha Leyson and Mareta Davidson helped Westlake extend their lead to 63-26 at the last break.

Sam Woolford scored a brace of baskets early in the fourth quarter as Lake cruised to a sixth straight win.

St Mary’s 35 – S Te Nana-Williams 15, J Kailahi-Fulu 8

Westlake 88 – J Moors 21, E Shearer 19, M Davidson 8, T Leyson 8


Carmel College had to wait until the seventh round to gain their first win but now they have two after outlasting Rangitoto College in a tight affair 59-55.

As is often the case Tayla Dalton (34 points) was the chief source of points for Carmel but she also received excellent support on this occasion from Emily Broomfield (14 points).

Gracie Hasler-Ewins made the initial score for Rangitoto but Dalton and Izzy MacGregor ensured the first quarter was won 16-11 by hosts Carmel.

Charli Blackman and Broomfield extended Carmel’s advantage before Robyn Blackstock and Bella Elgar struck back for Rangitoto.

An Ella Moore triple made it a one-possession game before Dalton stretched the lead a fraction – 29-25 to Carmel at half-time.

The two teams exchanged baskets in the opening stages of the third frame prior to a Dalton And-1 play that moved Carmel into a double-digit lead (41-31).

Moore and Hasler-Ewins reduced the arrears but it was still 49-44 in favour of the home team at the three-quarter mark (49-44).

A neat inside move by Maania Spooner kept the margin at five points with five minutes to play (53-48) as neither team could forge a substantial lead.

A Spooner triple cut the margin to 55-51 and when Elgar made a baseline jumper it was a two-point game (55-53) with three minutes to play.

Unfortunately for Rangi Elgar fouled out on the next possession as she tried to prevent Broomfield making a basket.

Hannah Wentworth kept everyone on the edge of their seats, her basket once again reducing the margin to two points (57-55) with sixty seconds to play.

Carmel held their nerve in the last minute – Broomfield making a couple of free-throws to seal the win.

Carmel 59 – T Dalton 34, E Broomfield 14

Rangitoto 55 – I Elgar 14, G Hasler-Ewins 10, E Moore 10, M Spooner 8


Premier League Standings

8-0 AGGS

6-2 Mt Albert, Westlake

4-4 Massey

3-5 Rangitoto

2-6 St Mary’s, Carmel

1-7 St Kentigern


Senior A

Orewa 66 Avondale 54

U17 World Cup bound players perform well in latest Premier games


In Round eight of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier competition there were wins for Auckland Grammar, Westlake Boys, Mt Albert Grammar and Rosmini College.

The game at Carmel College between Rosmini and Rangitoto featured four players who will this weekend head to Argentina with the New Zealand team to compete at the Fiba U17 World Cup.

The four all demonstrated good form – Rangitoto guard Harry Payne led all scorers with 30 points, while Kainoa Lepou (23 points), Mitchell Dance (15 points) and Marvin Williams-Dunn (12 points) all made important contributions to Rosmini’s 111-88 victory.

Ethan Mandeno and Taine Murray exchanged early threes before six straight points from Payne gave Rangitoto an early 11-10 lead.

Payne’s jump shot was in good order, his 15 points helping the visitors to a slim 29-28 quarter-time lead.

Sean Murphy scored a brace of baskets early in the second but Logan McIntosh replied in similar fashion for Rangitoto.

Marvin Williams-Dunn scores pushed Rozza out to 40-34 but Obadaiah Paea made a strong impact off the Rangi bench and an 11-2 run restored the Rangi lead.

Lepou’s three tied the scores, Murphy adding to the Rosmini tally giving the hosts a 52-48 lead at half-time.

Perrott-Hunt scored ten points either side of the half-time interlude, a Williams-Dunn triple carrying Rozza to a ten-point lead (63-53) necessitating a Kenny Stone timeout.

Tommie Te Puni responded with six points for Rangi but Perrott-Hunt unleashed a transition dunk, long three and athletic drive to stretch the Rosmini lead to 88-67 at three-quarter time.

Te Puni and Paea kept the Rangi scoreboard ticking over but Lepou and Murphy racked up season best scoring contributions, Tom Seuren scored his first Premier League point, and Rosmini completed an eighth straight win.

Rosmini 111 – K Lepou 23, K Perrott-Hunt 22, S Murphy 16, M Dance 15, M Williams-Dunn 12

Rangitoto 88 – H Payne 30, T Te Puni 17, L McIntosh 12, O Paea


Anzac Rissetto, another Argentina bound player, sunk 33 points as Auckland Grammar proved too strong for Avondale College winning their home tie 80-65.

Playing under new coach Karl Noyer the Avondale duo of Armand Donaldson and Jaga Mete scored 21 points each.

Connor Ngan dropped a couple of early threes to set Grammar on their way. Ably supported by Ilaisa Tela the hosts had a 45-35 lead at half-time.

Rissetto banged down fifteen of Grammar’s seventeen points either side of the three-quarter mark to ensure a fifth win of the season before he heads to South America.

Auckland Grammar 80 – A Rissetto 33, I Tela 14, C Ngan 7, T Caldwell 7

Avondale 65 – A Donaldson 21, J Mete 21, P Karatau 7


Josh Kooiman and Sam Mennenga, with a brace of threes apiece in the first quarter set the platform for a 75-56 Westlake win at St Peter’s.

The pair did more good work in the second period as a four points quarter time margin was increased to 11 points (42-31) at half-time. Phoenix Leupolu scored 14 first half points for the home team to keep them in touch.

The two teams shared 34 points in the third period with Leupolu and Luke Buckingham carrying the scoring load for St Peter’s. A couple of treys from Dylan Wilkie helped Westlake enter the final period with a 59-48 lead.

St Peter’s were held to just nine points in the fourth as Westlake secured a third straight win and move to a share of fourth spot on the Premier ladder.

St Peter’s 56 – P Leupolu 26, L Buckingham 10, W Parata 8

Westlake 75 – K Kooiman 18, S Mennenga 18, D Wilkie 10, J Wuthrich 8


St Kentigern College fought back from 17 points down to take the lead early in the fourth quarter at Mt Albert Grammar. A comeback win was thwarted as in the words of St Kent’s coach Aaron Young, “They made some huge shots to close out an exciting game.”

Making those shots in the last quarter were Sataan Tawera, Nate Wilson and Clarke Aiono who made a season best 15 points.

Earlier Manu Dorcil got MAGS off to a good start as he scored eight first quarter points and then added another seven in the second. The consistent Max Shorter knocked down four triples in the first half but St Kent’s trailed 39-30 at mid-term.

St Kent’s began their resurgence in the third period outscoring their hosts 19-13 as Shorter and Shalom Broughton (another player heading to the Under 17 World Cup) made in-roads reducing the MAGS lead to 52-49 with a quarter to play.

Levic Kerr and Elliot Watson took St Kents into the lead but it was short-lived due to those huge shots.

Mt Albert 72 – M Dorcil 21, C Aiono 15, S Tawera 13, N Wilson 8

St Kentigern 62 – M Shorter 23, S Broughton 14, Z Chan 8, L Kerr 7


Premier Standings

8-0 Rosmini

7-1 MAGS

5-3 AGS

4-4 St Kentigern, Westlake

3-5 St Peter’s

1-7 Rangitoto

0-8 Avondale


Senior A

Northcote 102 Massey 96

We wish all the players, coaches and support staff all the very best at the Fiba U17 World Cup in Argentina beginning later this week.

Sean Lemon lands 51 points in Canterbury Schools action


A relatively truncated week of Canterbury High School Hoops action still produced some memorable games.

Daniel Griebel only scored three points, but he made sure they would not be forgotten, winning the #McDs Thomson Trophy game for his Riccarton team 77-76 in overtime against Lincoln. Lincoln High had a  54-59 lead after three quarters, with Cody Wareham again scoring easily (31p). Jamie Atkinson and Kyle Koster both had 13p for Lincoln. Riccarton was paced by Cody Chapman’s 17p, with Owen Ou (14p) and Max Paulin (12p) also scoring well for the visitors.

Sean Lemon had a huge scoring output – 51 points – as his Ellesmere Boys’ team made up for a disappointing game last week in a resounding 101-53 win over Hornby, and will be favoured in their week seven matchup against Rangiora New Life.

Megan Shannon had a double-double for Avonside – 28 points and 11 steals! Molly Cockburn (19p) and Hayley Forster (16p) helped the Lady Eagles to a hard fought 75-48 win, where they only pulled away in the second half against Hillmorton.


Week seven is officially an empty week in Division Two of the Whelan Competition, but we have a deferred game to include here. There’s no Dowson Cup challenge, with Cashmere winning both of their matchups in week five. Our Thomson Trophy Game of the Week may be Marques Whippy’s final time coaching his Hillmorton team, so we expect emotions to be high when they host a Burnside team desperate for a win. Middleton Grange is an underdog in the Phil Burns Cup Challenge game against Rangi Ruru, while Ashburton has the longest trip of the night – heading to Rangiora in the Whelan Trophy Game of the Week.

From James Lissaman

Week Five Results

Whelan Division II

St. Margaret’s 91-30 Marian

Avonside 75-48 Hillmorton

Villa Maria 63-47 Papanui

Lincoln 20-0 Burnside (default)

Ellesmere 77-35 Te Pā


Whelan Division I

Kaiapoi 76-45 Cashmere

Rangi Ruru 92-58 Rangiora

Christchurch Girls’ 75-32 Cashmere

Thomson Division II

Papanui 91-86 Linwood

Ashburton 82-76 St. Thomas

Riccarton 77-76 Lincoln

Ellesmere 101-53 Hornby

Cathedral 85-63 Rangiora New Life


Thomson Division I

St. Andrew’s 76-70 St. Bede’s

Shirley 105-78 Burnside

Middleton Grange 85-58 Christchurch Boys’

Cashmere 83-54 Christ’s

Rangiora 86-76 Hillmorton

Cashmere 94-49 St. Andrew’s