It was another great Summer Tournament Week for our sports teams and athletes, who picked up an incredible four national placings in triathlon, mixed tennis, and Junior cricket.
Our teams also competed strongly in futsal, mountain biking, rowing and volleyball at national level, with other StAC teams having some great results at South Island Championships in athletics, rugby sevens, and touch. Our sailing team also competed at the Top of the South 420 Teams Sailing Regatta in Nelson during tournament week, where they finished in 10th place.
Two of our elite athletes, Saxon Morgan and Mya Graham (both Year 13) did incredibly well to win silver in the individual U19 events at the New Zealand Secondary Schools' Triathlon Championships in Whanganui. Saxon was just nine seconds behind the winner in a time of 48:55, while Mya finished just four seconds behind the winner of the female event in 57:57. Saxon and Mya joined with two other Christchurch athletes to win the U19 Sujon Mixed Tag Tri event.
This was the sixth consecutive year our Mixed tennis team has made the final of the New Zealand Secondary Schools' Mixed Tennis Championship. On their way to this year’s nationals, the team was unbeaten in defending their South Island title. At the national event, they finished top of their pool and beat Ashburton College 4–2 in the semi-final. The final was against a strong Saint Kentigern College team, and although the St Andrew’s players fought bravely, they went down 1–5. St Andrew’s has an enviable record in this event winning the national title seven times over the last 13 years.
Our Year 10 Boys’ cricket team capped off a great season to finish third at the New Zealand Junior Boys’ Cricket finals in Palmerston North. The team had three wins (over St John’s College, Saint Kentigern College and Palmerston North Boys’ High School) and one loss (to King’s College), which saw the team placed first equal on points, although based on run rate their final placing was third. To reach the national finals, which are played between the top six junior teams in New Zealand, the Year 10 Boys’ cricket team won the Canterbury Regional final of the Year 10 Cricket New Zealand Community Trust Cup.
On the back of their incredible double as Canterbury Division 1 champions, our volleyball teams went to the national tournament with high hopes. Our Senior A Girls' team achieved our highest ever placing at national level to place13th overall, which was a great result. The Boys' Senior A team finished eighth in Division 2 and 24th nationally, which was 20 places higher than last year.
The Senior Boys' had some tough games and narrow defeats, finishing 23rd overall. The Junior Boys' had two wins, two draws and a loss, to place 16th. The team played good futsal throughout the tournament and with a good mix of Year 9–10 students, the team’s future looks bright. The Senior Girls’ team had two wins and three narrow losses in a very competitive tournament, finishing 19th overall.
The Senior A Boys’ team did well to quality for these championships and showed a lot of promise and talent. They had a series of narrow losses against strong schools and beat John McGlashan College 7–4. The young team received compliments for their conduct and teamwork.
A team of 36 athletes represented St Andrew’s at the South Island Secondary School Athletics Championships in Timaru, where they achieved eight firsts, nine seconds and nine thirds. Tapenisa Havea (Y10) and Maia Broughton (Y12) did incredibly well to win three titles each, with Brianna Fidow (Y12) and Luke Murray (Y13) also finishing the event as South Island champions. A number of our athletes also made the top eight in their events.
Our U15 Boys displayed some good rugby at these championships. They lost three games but had two good wins over Nelson College and Roncalli College, finishing in sixth place.
In the Boys' U20 event at the National Mountain Biking Downhill Championships, Hunter Paull (Y12) finished eighth, Jonte Ojala (Y12) was 17th, and Nicholas Third (Y12) finished in 24th place.