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NPGHS heading to Netball nationals!

NPGHS heading to Netball nationals!

A year can be a long time in secondary school sport.

Just ask the New Plymouth Girls’ High School Senior A netball team, who recently put aside the heartbreak of missing out on qualifying for the NZSS national tournament by one place and one goal in 2017 by finishing second at this year's Lower North Island Netball Secondary Schools (LNISS) tournament during Winter Tournament Week.

With the top five finishing teams qualifying for the 16-school NZSS tournament every October from the LNISS zone, NPGHS lost 28-29 to Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt in the 5 v 6 match at last year’s LNISS tournament played on home courts in New Plymouth.

That loss was the end of the line in 2017 for NPGHS, while Sacred Heart went on to finish a respectable 10th at nationals.

NPGHS captain Boston Falaniko said last year’s close finish was especially strong motivation for the senior players to do well in 2018.

“There are four year 13s in our team and because it was our last year we really wanted to make nationals and that was one of our top goals all year,” said Boston. “We just stayed committed to that goal and worked hard and it paid off for us.” NPGHS after qualifying for nationals.

Taranaki NZSS Winter Tournament Week Results 2018

With over 80 events taking place in the week starting Monday 3rd September, 2018 Winter Tournament Week will see more than 20,000 students nationally pull on their school colours with pride. 

Meet your Taranaki Youth Olympians

Meet your Taranaki Youth Olympians

Seven Taranaki teens have made it into the New Zealand team that will compete at the Youth Olympic Games.

Cameron Clow Trust Funding

Cameron Clow Trust Funding

Applications for the Cameron Clow Trust are now open!

NZ Teachers' Games 2018

NZ Teachers' Games 2018

NZ Teachers Games - start the holidays with some fun! 

Modified Sports Week 2018 - Sports Confirmed!

Modified Sports Week 2018 - Sports Confirmed!

MODIFIED SPORTS WEEK 2018
The people have spoken! Thanks to all those students who took part in our online survey and helped decide this year's Modified Sports Week Activities!

NRL dream comes true for ex Taranaki student on debut for South Sydney Rabbitohs

NRL dream comes true for ex Taranaki student on debut for South Sydney Rabbitohs

Mawene Hiroti's NRL debut for South Sydney Rabbitohs was a "dream come true", the former New Plymouth Spotswood College student said.

CHANGES TO NZSSSC ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA – 2019

CHANGES TO NZSSSC ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA – 2019

In Term 1 2018 NZSSSC undertook the biannual review of NZSSSC Eligibility Criteria. In all deliberations the board carefully considered how any decisions would relate to the objectives of NZSSSC and provide members with sufficient opportunity to provide submissions and feedback on proposed changes.

Schools and event organisers were notified in February and to make submissions by the end of April. In May the board considered submissions and notified schools of its recommendations. Submissions on the recommendations were open until 23rd July and considered at the August board meeting.

The board has confirmed 3 changes to NZSSSC Eligibility for 2019. These are provided in full below but in summary relate to a reduced New To School quota for rugby (XV’s), along with changes to the ways in which composite teams and home schooled students may participate in NZSSSC sanctioned events.

The board thanks those who took the opportunity to provide input and have confirmed the following changes to NZSSSC Eligibility Criteria will apply from January 1st 2019. (Changes bold underlined for clarity). All other NZSSSC Eligibility Criteria regulations remain unchanged for 2019.

New Plymouth Boys' High School's double hockey victory

New Plymouth Boys' High School's double hockey victory

A high school hockey team have become double champions after beating the Taranaki premier men's club team and taking out the top spot in a school-level tournament. 

Keegan Joe grabbing his opportunities in beach volleyball

Keegan Joe grabbing his opportunities in beach volleyball

If you thought beach volleyball sounds like an exciting sport to be good at, you’d be right.

Sunshine, opportunities for travel, and a busy schedule of tournaments.

But like any sport it also involves a lot of hard work and dedication, and many hours of training and practice in all conditions. 

“We normally tough it out and train outside, even in cold, miserable weather. We have an outdoor beach court area at our school so we head out and train there in all conditions,” says beach volleyballer Keegan Joe who is preparing to represent New Zealand at the Youth Olympics in October.

“I’m also busy at the moment juggling all my schoolwork around volleyball training and I’m doing a mix of NCEA Level 2 and Level 3 subjects,” adds Keegan who is year 12 at Spotswood College.

Over the past year, Keegan has competed at three major junior beach volleyball tournaments, ahead of the Youth Olympics in Argentina.

Keegan will be teaming up with a familiar player. “My partner at the Youth Olympics is David Jeffrey, who is an ex-Spotswood College student.”

A third Taranaki player will also be going to the Youth Olympics, with Maya Dickson who is currently at New Plymouth Girls’ High School teaming up with Westlake Girls High School’s Tamara Otene in the women’s competition.

Keegan finished fifth at the Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas last July with Tyan Gillespie from Rotorua - which is a highlight so far.

“Not only our result at the Youth Commonwealth Games, but also being part of a multisport event. I see that as kind of reflecting what the Youth Olympics will be like, only way bigger and lots of opportunity to do well.

“The Youth Commonwealth Games had about 1000 athletes, the Youth Olympics is meant to have about 4,000 and more sports, so being part of such a big youth sporting event and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is going to be great, and wearing the New Zealand fern is a big thing for me.”

Keegan (right) with Ryan Gunn at the recent U19 World Champs. PHOTO: NZ Volleyball.
​This year he has had two trips overseas, earning qualification for the Youth Olympics in the process.

The first was to Australia to the Oceania U19 Beach Championships. Keegan and Olympic partner David finished second at that tournament in Canberra.

The second was to Nanjing, China in the middle of July for the World Youth Beach Volleyball Championships. Keegan teamed up with Ryan Gunn from Rangitoto College to finish 17th equal.

“The recent trip to China was a great experience. The competition was tough because there are so many great beach volleyball countries around the world, but competing at the highest youth level was pretty cool.”

Back home last summer, Keegan and David won gold at the New Zealand U19 Beach Volleyball Championships in Mt Maunganui.  Keegan and David followed that up by winning the qualifiers for the New Zealand team for the Oceania Champs.

Keegan also teamed up with year 12 schoolmate Meli Naborisi to finish second to Rangitoto’s Ryan Gunn and Sam Andersen at the NZSS Beach Volleyball Championships at Mt Maunganui.

Of note, Spotswood College pair Libby Houghton and Hikaru Han successfully defended their NZSS Girls title in the same tournament. 

Keegan Joe at the recent World U19 Championships in China. PHOTO: NZ Volleyball.
As well as on the sand, Keegan plays indoor volleyball for the Spotswood College team that won the Division 2 title for the second consecutive year at the NZSS Indoor Senior Boys tournament in April.

In winning Division 2, Spotswood beat Otago Boys’ High School 3-0 in their quarterfinal, Rongotai College 3-0 in their semi-final and then One Tree Hill College 3-0 in their final.

Prior to the tournament splitting up into the two divisions, Spotswood was drawn in a tough pool which also included Western Heights High School, Nayland College and One Tree Hill College. Western Heights went on and won Division 1, Nayland College finished fifth in Division 1 and One Tree Hill College were the team they met again in the Division 2 final.

Keegan says most of the team will be back next year so they will be hoping to make Division 1. The nucleus of this Spotswood team finished third at the North Island Junior Championships in 2016.

The Spotswood College team is coached by Keegan’s father, Anthony Joe. He is also Keegan and David’s coach at the Youth Olympics.

The Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games will be held from October 6-18, involving over 200 countries.
- College Sport Media 

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