|Papatoetoe High School in action during the round robin. Photo NZCA / Liz Matthews|
28 Sep 2018 – Three weeks ago Long Bay College Black, Epsom Girls Grammar Knock Out and Lynfield College Red won the 2018 North Island Secondary Schools Championships.
They followed that up with wins in the Auckland Schools Boys, Girls and Mixed competitions respectively at Paradice Avondale last night.
Long Bay and Lynfield Grey teams were level as they started the final end of the Boys final, but 4 points broke the deadlock in style for Long Bay to take the title 8-4. Luka Katavich, Harrison Burns, Kyle Sowry, Sam Roe and Yannick Lange lost just one game during the season, their first on the ice.
EGGS Knock Out and Lynfield College Pink finished at the head of the 13 teams contesting the Girls' competition this season.
Lynfield took an early lead with 4 points in the second end of the final, but EGGS fought back and took a two-point lead into the final end. They restricted their opponents to a single point there, so Jasman Vir Kaur, Katrina Shepard, Sara Youssef and Shreya Nair had their second title in a month.
The Mixed final was an all-Lynfield affair. Lynfield White were up 4-0 after two ends but didn't score again, and Lynfield Red's Rachel Barrowman, Giordi Gambassi, Nene Matsuki, Harsh Sharma and Simran Patel took the silverware 7-4. Lynfield Gold beat Lynfield Yellow 6-4 to take third place in the Mixed.
The Girls' 3rd / 4th playoff was won by EGGS Squad Curl Out ahead of Long Bay Silver.