Scots College take national tennis title

Scots College are the national tennis champions.

Scots beat Napier Boys, Westlake Boys and Christ’s College in pool play at the Renouf Centre, before defeating John McGlashan in their semifinal and defending champions St Kentigern in the final.

Scots led 3-1 in the final after the singles and captain John Vogel and Josh Snowden-Poole made certain of the title when coming from a set down to win their doubles rubber.

“We were stoked to win,” Vogel said. “It was the third successive year we had qualified for the finals and had been eyeing the win for a couple of years.

“We were seeded second [behind St Kentigern] but thought we had the better team this year. We knew that we could win but weren’t sure that we would.”

Scots had finished third in 2013 and were runners-up to St Kentigern last year.

The 2015 team comprised Vogel, Snowdon-Poole, Felix Humphries, Finley Hall and Milo Benn.

Vogel who played at No 1, is a year 13 but the remainder will be back at Scots next year.

SOFTBALL

Wellington East retained their national softball crown in Wellington. East were unbeaten in their 10 round robin games and were only extended in their two clashes with Hamilton Girls.

East won their round robin clash against Hamilton 3-2, before taking the final 3-0.

East’s Marcelle Parkes was named tournament MVP and top catcher and fellow Junior White Sox representative Pallas Potter (Sacred Heart) was top batter.

Other Wellington players selected for the tournament team were Nikita Hiroki (East), Georgia Tricker (Aotea), Misha Puleitu (East), Marama Makea (East), Mereana Makea (East), Grace Hamilton (East), and Te Hau Landon-Lane (Aotea).

East, who are coached by Fabian Makea, have become a dominant force in girls softball, winning the national tournament six times in nine years. Wellington provided three of the top four schools this year, with Aotea third and Sacred Heart fourth.

St Pat’s Town was the runner-up in the boys division I, for the second year, losing the final 3-2 to Mt Albert Grammar from Auckland.

The Wellington boys to make the tournament team were Joshua De Reeper (Town), Dwight Stoddart (Town), Damon Creasy (Tawa), Kody Clueard (Town), George Bloomfield (Tawa) and Tyrell Packer (Naenae).

St Pat’s Silverstream gained promotion to division I after winning the division II boys title in Palmerston North. Tom McMahon was named MVP for Silverstream, who beat Wairoa College 10-7 in the final.

VOLLEYBALL

St Pat’s Town recorded a rare top 10 placing in the national volleyball championships. Few Wellington sides even make the top 16 but Town showed their mettle with wins over Nelson College, Lincoln High School, Nayland College and Manurewa College.

Bishop Viard won division four, with Wellington High School fifth.

Sacred Heart also made the top 16 in the girls championships, finishing 16th, and Naenae College were a creditable fourth in division II.

St Mary’s were fourth in division III, with Wellington Girls, Taita and Wellington East also qualifying for the third division.

CRICKET

Tawa College will get the chance to defend their national girls NZCT title after winning the Wellington regional tournament last week.

Tawa, who have a powerful side, crushed Sacred Heart in the final. Tawa scored 134 from their 20 overs, with Melie and Jess Kerr the leading runscorers, before dismissing Sacred Heart for 33.

Nicole Brennan carried her bat for Sacred Heart, with 22 not out, but none of her team-mates made more than two, as Jess Kerr took 4-4 from four overs.

Wellington’s representative in the Gillette Cup finals will not be known till the fourth term, but will be either Hutt International or St Pat’s Town. The final was originally scheduled for Monday but was postponed.

HIBS and Town had been the favourites to head their pools and won all three games.

However, HIBS had some anxious moments before beating Onslow in their key game and Town were made to work hard by Hutt Valley. Tawa caused a major surprise when beating Silverstream in pool play.

Wellington College finished second in the NZCT junior secondary schools finals, for year 9 and 10 players.

The tournament was won by Christchurch Boys, who were undefeated over five rounds, with Wellington College, who won three games, heading off King’s College for second, on run differential.

Devan Vishvaka and Tim Campbell were the leading runscorers for Wellington, with Harry Hunter and Connor McArlde the most successful bowlers.

TRIATHLON

Henry Gautrey got on the podium at the national secondary school triathlon championships at Taupo. The HIBS year 12 pupil finished third in the under-16 boys.

Bayley Van de Coolwijk (St Mary’s) finished fifth in the girls under-16 and Emelie Clarke (Tawa) and Sophie Bright (Wellington Girls) were seventh and eighth respectively in the under-19 girls and Jake Jamieson (Scots) was ninth in the boys under-19.

Callum Hancock (Scots) was eighth in the boys under-14 triathlon and seventh in the open water swim.

Harrison Hitchins (Scots) finished third in the boys under-16 open water swim, Katie Trott was fourth in the girls under-19 and Van de Coolwijk sixth in the under-16 girls.