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Sports Round Up

From the third edition of Regulus for 2018.

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Three Premier Grade titles for StAC teams

St Andrew’s Premier Grade winter sports teams have done it again, completing another highly successful season in their local competitions, with some incredible results.

The Senior A Girls’ basketball team was unbeaten throughout their season, beating Rangi Ruru Girls’ School 73–59 in the final to take the Whelan Trophy. Charlotte Whittaker (Y13) scored 40 points in the match and won the MVP Trophy.

The Girls' First XI football team was also outstanding unbeaten during their season, with a comfortable 8–0 against Marian College in their final to win the Premier Grade. This was the first time St Andrew’s has won this title. 

StAC boys were not to be outdone, with the Boys’ A hockey team winning the Canterbury final against Christ’s College in a nail-biting shootout. 

Honourable mentions go to the Girls' A netball team, which lost in the SuperNet final to Villa Maria College 23–33, putting up a great fight despite injury disruption, and the Boys’ First XI football team, which made it to the semi-finals.

Adventure Racing

The StAC Adventure Racing team won the Canterbury Mixed Premier team competition, qualifying for the national finals on Great Barrier Island in December. The team of Molly Spark, Georgia Spark, Isabella  Logie, Lotte Hope, Archie Reekie, Clayton Shadbolt, Rupert Shepherd (all Y10) and Matthew O’Donnell (Y9) competed in orienteering, mountain biking, kayaking and problem-solving/team building activities against 24 teams from Christchurch, South Canterbury, Ellesmere and North Canterbury. 

AMP Dare to Dream Regional Scholarship

Nicholas Del Rey (Y8) has won the AMP Dare to Dream Regional Scholarship for Christchurch and the Upper South Island. He has received $5000 to put towards his gymnastics dream of competing at an international level for New Zealand.

Artistic Gymnastics

Christophe Lindlbauer (Y7) was third overall in MAG Level 3, and Oliver Del Rey (Y5) was second overall in MAG Level 2 at the South Island Artistic Gymnastics Championship.


Jack Wang (Y11), Jenny Zhu (Y12) and Kelly Ting (Y11) were members of the Canterbury U17 team which finished second at the YONEX New Zealand Juniors Team National Championships. Jack and Jenny also competed at the U19 National Championships in Wellington, where Jack was runner-up in the mixed doubles, and Jenny won the U19 Girls’ singles plate. At the North Island/Wellington North U17 open badminton tournament, Jack won the Boys’ doubles title and was runner-up in the singles. 

At the New Zealand National Badminton U17 Championship, Jack Wang (Y11) won the Boys’ doubles and mixed doubles, and was Boys’ singles runner-up.


Samuel Jenkins (Y11) and Mac Stodart (Y12) were key members of the New Zealand U17 basketball team, which placed 14th at the World Championships in Argentina. The New Zealand team beat China for the first time in this age group. 

Charlotte Whittaker (Y13) and Mac Stodart (Y12) were selected among 40 basketball players across New Zealand to attend a special Steven Adam's Invitational Camp, held in Palmerston North. They enjoyed this fantastic opportunity to train with Steven Adams and some of the best players in the country. The camp finished with live games which were shown on Māori Television, where Charlotte was the highest points scorer in the girls’ game, with 15 points and seven rebounds.

Carter Rhodes (Y7) and Connor Ott (Y8) were invited to attend a Basketball New Zealand U13 Skills Day at Ashburton. Connor was also selected for the Canterbury U13 Boys’ team and was selected alongside Hugh Kenny (Y7) for the Canterbury Metro U13 team. 

The Preparatory Senior A Girls’ basketball team won their final against Middleton Grange 35–25 to take the local title for the second year in a row.

The following Preparatory School students represented Canterbury teams:

  • Carter Rhodes (Y7) – Canterbury A U13;
  • Connor Ott (Y8) and Hugh Kenny (Y7) – Canterbury Metro U13.


Nicholas Daniels (Y11) was second in the 16-year age group at the 2018 BMX North Island Championships.

Figure Skating

Milla Newbury (Y9) competed in the South Island Figure Skating Championships, placing second in her grade. She now ranks first in Canterbury and represented the province at the New Zealand nationals in October, where she placed 10th in the U15 grade.


The Preparatory A football 5-aside team won the Canterbury Primary Schools’ Tournament, defeating Hillview 3–2 in a tough final. This was the first time the College has achieved this result. 

Francesca Morrow (Y12) and Jasmine Donald (Y11) have been selected for the 2019 New Zealand Secondary Schools Girls’ football U19 team and will compete at the Dallas International Girls’ Football Cup in the April 2019 holidays.

Kinda Khanafer (Y8) was selected for the 14th Grade Girls’ Mainland Football team to compete at the National Age Group Tournament.


Renny Dephoff (Y9) represented Canterbury at the New Zealand Gymnastics National Championships, winning silver on rings, bronze on parallel bars and placing fifth overall in Level 7 Open Men's Artistic.


In addition to our Premier teams, two other StAC hockey teams won their grades during the winter season. The Year 9 Boys’ hockey team won their final 1–0 against Christchurch Boys' High School, and the Preparatory Girls’ First X1 won Division 2 Kwik Sticks Years 7–8 Grade, after being undefeated all season.

Several StAC students were part of Canterbury hockey teams, which achieved some top placings in national tournaments: 

  • Canterbury U18 Association Women’s Team – Gold: Aleisha Davis (Y11) and Mikeely Jones (Y12);
  • Canterbury U18 Regional Women’s Team – Silver: Isabella Ambrosius (Y12) and Georgia Bonne (Y12);
  • Canterbury U18 Association Men’s Team – Silver: Lewis Edmond (Y12), Gabriel Evans (Y13), Daniel Martin (Y13) and Oscar Story (Y12).

The following players made Canterbury U15 hockey teams and played at the national tournament in the Term 3 holidays:

  • Canterbury U15A: Henry Crump (Y11), Jakarta Klebert (Y9), Cameron Slee (Y10) and Harry Withers (Y9);
  • Canterbury U15B: Hamish MacLeod (Y10) and Adam Redway (Y9).

The following Year 8 students were named in various Canterbury teams:

  • Holly Gilray – Canterbury A Girls U13 hockey team which won the Collier Cup in Auckland;
  • Noah Mellish-Temple and Helm Betts – Canterbury A Boys U13;
  • Caitlin Muir and Nikkita McIntyre – Canterbury B Girls U13;
  • Mila Kotzikas – Canterbury Development Girls team;
  • Finnian Bierwirth and James Drury – Canterbury Development Boys team.


Scarlett Gray (Y6) won two gold medals at the South Island Primary Schools Karate Competition and two silver and one gold medal at the Otago Southland Competition.

Yuzhou (Chantelle) Xiong (Y7) won two bronze medals in the Year 7 Premier Division at the Primary and Secondary School Karate competition, and a gold, silver and bronze medal at the Otago Southland Championships.


Taylor Graham (Y13) and Lori Graham (Y11) were crowned New Zealand champions in the Senior 450cc Production class and Senior 450cc Production quad respectively.

Cody Doerner-Corson (Y12) won the Husqvarna Hard Adventure Enduro event in his class and was second in the Moonshine Extreme Enduro motocross event.

Ethan McBreen (Y10) was second at the Canterbury Motox Championships 12–16 years, 125 class.


The St Andrew’s Year 9A and Year 10A netball teams won their Saturday competitions. They were two of six StAC Secondary School teams to reach finals this year, an unprecedented result for the netball programme.


Six St Andrew’s College students competed in the Australian Orienteering Carnival as members of the New Zealand Development Team with placings achieved by:

  • Alice Egan (Y10) – third in the Women’s U16 grade relay;
  • Rupert Shepherd (Y10) – second overall in the three-day event;
  • Clayton Shadbolt (Y10) – first in the three-day sprint race, and second in the three-day long distance race.

Preparatory School AIMS Games

Thirty-nine Preparatory School students travelled to Tauranga to compete in the 15th Annual AIMS Games, which involved over 10,800 Year 7–8 students from over 300 schools. This was the second consecutive year St Andrew’s College had taken part in the games, and we won our first ever medals – two silvers. The Year 7–8 Girls’ hockey team did incredibly well to make the final, losing a fiercely contested match 2–1 to Kamo Intermediate. Poppy Rumble (Y8) was also outstanding, winning the College’s first individual medal, silver in Junior Rhythmic Gymnastics. Young golfer, Hayden Lam (Y7) also did well to finish sixth in the AIMS Games Years 7–8 golf tournament. Hayden has had amazing results this year on the golf course, playing in several overseas age-group golf competitions. A few months ago he shot an incredible two holes-in-one on consecutive days at a tournament in Florida.

Other results saw the Year 7–8 Boys’ hockey team finish 11th, and the Year 7–8 Girls’ netball team finish 83rd. In the Year 7–8 Boys’ tennis tournament, Marley Murray (Y8) finished 14th in the singles and Joshua McPhail (Y8) 18th out of 56 competitors. The boys teamed up in the doubles to finish a creditable fifth.

Rhythmic Gymnastics

Sara Yu (Y5) competed at the 2018 Otago Rhythmic Championships and placed third overall. She was second in the ball routine and third in the free routine.


George Rutledge (Y12) was selected for the Canterbury Men’s rowing team as coxswain for the Men’s Open Coxed Eight in the 2018 Mainland Interprovincial Championships.


Ashleigh Brett (Y10) was named in the Canterbury U18 Girls’ rugby team to play in a South Island tournament, and was selected to take part in the South Island Māori U18 Training Camp. Ashleigh also played for the Forward Foundation in the Crusaders U15 Tournament.

The following players have been selected for various representative teams:

  • U16 Canterbury Development: Jack Forrest (Y11);
  • U15 Metro Black: Rory Duff (Y11), Connor Newton (Y10);
  • U15 Metro Green: Jack Harding and Torian Barnes (both Y10);
  • U14 Metro Black: Cameron Blackwood and Jackson Foster (both Y9);
  • U15 Metro Red: Rory Sloan and Hayden Vickery (both Y9);
  • North Canterbury: Regan Holden and Samuel Kinney (both Y9);
  • U13 Metro East: Toby Wilson (Y9);
  • U13 Metro South: Couper Killick (Y9);
  • U13 Metro West: Jaiden Beer and Finn Bradshaw-Waugh (both Y9).

Asia Rugby Development Tour

What an incredible experience for 28 of our rugby players who completed a successful two-week development tour in Asia during the Term 3 holidays. During the tour the team played fixtures in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong, adjusting well to the high temperatures to come away with five wins from five games. It was a great opportunity to develop depth in StAC rugby and to build resilience through new experiences and challenges, while experiencing another culture. The team also engaged in community service and enjoyed spending time coaching junior players at the French School of Singapore, and underprivileged children through the Hong Kong Rugby Union’s Outreach Programme.

Ski and Snowboard

Following the conclusion of the New Zealand Youth Ski Racing Series, Alys Scott (Y9) was named the top U14 Girls’ ski racer in New Zealand, after finishing first overall in Super-G, second overall in Slalom, and fourth in Giant Slalom. She also had first and second placings at the Snow Planet Indoor National Slalom Championships. Alys is one of only two U14 girls to be selected to represent New Zealand at the 2019 FIS Youth Races. In 2019 Alys will be attending two targeted FIS Youth Events, Alpe Cimbra, in Italy (formerly Topolino) and Whistler Cup in Canada.

Isabella Roberts (Y13) was the Fastest Female Snowboarder at the Canterbury Ski and Snowboard Championships at Mt Hutt, where over 200 competitors from 21 secondary schools in Canterbury took part. 

Our Preparatory School skiers and snowboarders achieved several top three placings at the New Zealand Snow Sports Junior Interfield Alpine Ski Race at Mt Hutt:

  • Nick Burtscher (Y4): first in Men’s U10;
  • Claudia Russell (Y6): second in Women’s U12;
  • Edie Burtscher (Y5): third in Women’s U12;
  • Estelle Russell (Y3): third in Women’s U8.

Surf Lifesaving

Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Y10) won three golds, two silvers and one bronze medal, at the New Zealand Surf Rescue Pool Championships.


New Zealand Secondary Schools' National Swimming Championships 

The St Andrew’s College swimming team of 14 students achieved some outstanding results at the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ National Swimming Championships, finishing as the Champion Co-Ed School, Champion Boys’ Relay Team, and second Boys’ School in New Zealand. The team won 14 national titles, 30 medals (16 golds, nine silver and five bronze), with 26 personal bests recorded by the swimmers. Around 600 swimmers from 167 New Zealand schools competed at the event.

Medallists were:

  • George Adam (Y13) Para Open: gold in 200m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 100m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 50m butterfly, and 100m butterfly, silver in 50m freestyle;
  • Skye Atkins (Y9) Girls 15 and Under: gold in mixed 200m freestyle relay, silver in 200m medley relay; 
  • Connor Barr (Y10) Boys 15 and Under: gold in 200m freestyle relay, and 200m medley relay, silver in mixed 200m medley relay, and 400m freestyle relay;
  • Manaia Butler (Y11) Girls 15 and Under: gold in mixed 200m freestyle relay, silver in mixed 200m medley relay;
  • Oliver Graves (Y10) Boys 15 and Under: gold in 200m medley relay, 200m freestyle relay, and mixed 200m freestyle relay, silver in 400m freestyle relay;
  • Matthew Harford (Y13) Boys 16 and Over: silver in 200m medley relay, and 400m freestyle relay, bronze in 200m freestyle relay;
  • Quinton Hurley (Y13) Boys 16 and Over: gold in 200m freestyle, and 400m freestyle, silver in 200m medley relay, and 400m freestyle relay, bronze in 200m freestyle relay;
  • Angus Kelliher (Y11) Boys 16 and Over: gold in 50m backstroke, and 200m butterfly, silver in 200m backstroke, 100m backstroke, 200m medley relay, and 400m freestyle relay, bronze in 200m individual medley, 50m butterfly, 100m butterfly, and 200m freestyle relay;
  • Bryn Rumble (Y12) Boys 16 and Over: silver in 200m medley relay, and 400m freestyle relay, bronze in 200m freestyle relay;
  • Marshall Setu (Y11) Boys 15 and Under: gold in 200m medley relay, and 200m freestyle relay, silver in 400m freestyle relay;
  • Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Y10) Boys 15 and Under: gold in 50m butterfly, 50m freestyle, 200m medley relay, 200m freestyle relay, and mixed 200m freestyle relay, silver in 50m backstroke, 100m butterfly, mixed 200m medley relay, and 400m freestyle relay, bronze in 200m freestyle, and 100m freestyle.

South Island Short Course Swimming Championships

StAC swimmers achieved some noteworthy results at the South Island Short Course Swimming Championships with Angus Kelliher (Y11) winning three golds and one silver, Connor Barr (Y10) three golds and two silver, Ben Smith (Y13) one gold, Katie McBride (Y11) one gold and two silvers, Manaia Butler (Y11) a silver and a bronze, and Matthew Harford (Y13) and Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Y10) both winning a silver.

At the Short Course Championships in Auckland, Quinton Hurley (Y13) won a gold, two silvers and a bronze medial, George Adam (Y13) won a gold and two bronze medals, and Katie McBride (Y11) won four silver medals.

Table Tennis

Alex Wilson (Y13) and his partner Alex Zhou won the New Zealand National U18 Boys’ table tennis doubles title.


Finn Emslie-Robson (Y9) has signed his first ever sponsorship contract with the tennis brand Prince. Finn is currently the number one player for Canterbury in the 14-year age group and is playing in the Division 1 Men’s grade.

Ruby McPhail (Y6) and Josh McPhail (Y8) both won all four of their games as part of the winning Canterbury team, which played against Tasman. 

The Preparatory School Boys’ A tennis team won the A Grade CPSSA Tennis Tournament, with the Girls’ A tennis team finishing third overall.

Touch Rugby

Pippa McAnergney (Y11) was selected for the Canterbury U18 touch mixed team.

Isabella Tuaine (Y9) was selected for the Canterbury U16 touch mixed team. 

Jemma Watson (Y11) was selected for the Canterbury U18 Girls’ touch rugby team.

The following Preparatory School students were named in various Canterbury teams:

  • Macklan Robertson (Y7) – Canterbury U14 Boys;
  • Holly Gilray (Y8) – Canterbury U14 Mixed team;
  • Addison Williams (Y7) – Canterbury U12 Red Girls.


Our trap shooting team recently competed at the South Island and National Secondary Schools' competitions, with some very pleasing results.

  • Kaitlin Watson (Y13) – first in South Island Ladies’ Skeet and first in National Ladies’ Skeet. Kaitlin was selected for the South Island team and the North Canterbury provincial team;
  • Juliette Newman (Y12) – third in South Island Ladies' Skeet; 
  • Olly Hood (Y11) – first in South Island Men’s Skeet, and selected for the South Island team;
  • Laurence Arundell (Y13) – National High Overall Skeet. Laurence was also selected for the South Island team, North Canterbury provincial team, and was a reserve for the New Zealand Junior Sporting team.


Saxon Morgan (Y13) did well at the ITU World Championship Junior Elite race to finish a highly creditable 10th against the top 70 U19 triathletes from around the world. This was Saxon’s first outing representing New Zealand at the World Championships and he was the first of four New Zealanders to cross the line. 


Isabella Drew (Y11) has had a great season of tumbling, finishing first in the Canterbury Superbounce Championships, Upper South Island Championships, South Island Championships, and the CSG Trampoline Classic Competition. Isabella also represented Canterbury at the New Zealand National Gymsports Competition.

Water Polo

Lachlan Frazer (Y10) was selected to attend the New Zealand Water Polo U14 Talent Camp in Auckland. 

Zonta Sports Awards

The St Andrew’s College swimming team won Most Outstanding Mixed Team for 2018 at the Zonta Secondary School Sports Awards, which recognises top secondary school sporting achievement. This was a wonderful acknowledgement of the team’s exceptional performances at the National Secondary School Championships, where they won Top Overall Co-ed School and were second in the Top Overall Boys’ School category. Saxon Morgan (Y13) received a Highly Commended Award in the Most Outstanding Achievement in One Sport category, for his tenth place at the World Junior Triathlon Championships.

Thirteen individual athletes and three teams from St Andrew’s were finalists at the Awards.

From the third edition of Regulus for 2018.