|Boys medalists Massey High School, Long Bay College and winners Kelston Boys High School|
27 Sep 2009 – The 2009 Auckland Secondary Schools curling competition wound up at Paradice Avondale on Thursday night with some music, social points games, a draw to the button competition and the presentation of trophies to the winning teams.
Brikenhead College's Team Patel won the points competition ahead of Epsom Girls Kwon and Henderson High Taylor who tied for second. Closest to the button was Alice Akaoka, just ahead of her Epsom Girls skip Jina Kwon. Dean D'Cruz from Kelston Boys and Tessa Farley from Epsom Girls tied for third.
Peter Taylor, President of Auckland Curling and Liz Matthews, NZ Curling's Youth Development officer presented trophies and medals to the winners of the Auckland Secondary Schools competitions. The Mixed winners were Long Bay College Bauer ahead of Birkenhead College Patel and Massey High School Powlesland. The Boys trophy was won by Kelston Boys High School Sargon, with Long Bay College Steele second and Massey High School Lawrence third. Epsom Girls Grammar Farley were undefeated in the Girls competition, while Henderson High School Taylor and Epsom Girls Grammar Kwon filled the minor places.
Kelston skip Brett Sargon spoke on behalf of all competing teams. He thanked Liz Matthews and her regular helpers from Auckland Curling Club for all of their work throughout the season, preparing ice and coaching.
Auckland School titles decided
19 Sep 2009 – The Auckland Secondary School curling champions for 2009 have been decided. Kelston Boys High School, Epsom Girls Grammar and Long Bay College will be taking home the silverware for the boys, girls and mixed competitions respectively.
The Kelston team of Brett Sargon, Matthew Clemett, Dean D’Cruz, Tyrone Rapana, Nathan Mahoney and Madhukar Narain went through the season undefeated, scoring six wins and two draws for 14 points. Just a point behind were Long Bay College’s Team Steele who had pipped the Kelston team in a tiebreaker at the North Island championships a fortnight earlier. Massey High School’s Team Lawrence came in third.
The top Epsom Girls team – Chelsea Farley, Thivya Jeyaranjan, Tessa Farley and Emily Whelan – were clear winners in their section, winning all of their seven games. Their closest rivals, Henderson High Taylor and Epsom Girls Kwon, both finished the season with a 5-2 win-loss record. Henderson secured second place overall by virtue of winning the head to head match against Team Kwon.
The Mixed competition was run in conjunction with the Boys’. Long Bay’s experienced four of Katie Bauer, Garion Long, Christine Bridle and Morgan Long were clear winners with 11 points, adding the Auckland championship to the North Island title they won earlier in the month. They finished well ahead of Birkenhead College Patel on six points and Massey High Powlesland with five.
NZ Curling’s North Island Youth Development manager Liz Matthews was delighted with the competition. “We’ve seen some excellent games through the season,” she said.
“Particularly pleasing was the rapid improvement in the play of the new teams. Sides that were novices in May were giving the more experienced players a real run for their money just a few months later.”
“There’s no doubt we have plenty of raw talent here – possibly even future Olympians,” she continued. “But what our young athletes desperately need to improve their game is good quality curling ice and more ice time. Auckland Curling is a partner in a project to build a dedicated curling rink alongside a new pool at Oratia’s Waterhole in West Auckland, and this must go ahead if their potential is to be realised.”
The Auckland school curling season will finish with a social tournament for all teams and prizegiving at Paradice Avondale next Thursday evening, 24 September. The final event in the national Secondary School curling calendar will be the New Zealand championships on 3-4 October, also at Paradice Avondale.
Auckland Schools competition still open
29 Aug 2009 – All of the titles – Boys', Girls' and Mixed – are still up for grabs after 13 of the 16 scheduled sessions in the Auckland Secondary Schools curling competition. Kelston Boys High's Team Sargon missed the opportunity to secure the Boy's championship at Paradice Avondale last night.
A win over Massey High Lawrence would have secured Kelston the title but in the end they were lucky to escape with a draw. The fourth end was pivotal – a well-executed double takeout by Kelston third Matt Clemett saw Kelston holding two, cut back to one by the Massey skip's last stone. An ambitious take-out by Kelston skip Brett Sargon looked to be on target for the nose-hit required to secure a three (and a 6-1 lead) but some less-than-effective sweeping saw it hit on an angle, and the Massey target stone knocked the Kelston scoring stone out for Massey to steal the end.
Massey made the most of the let-off, taking four in the penultimate end before Kelston scrambled the two they needed on the final end to retrieve a last-gasp 6-6 draw. They will have another chance to secure the win they need in their final game in a fortnight’s time.
In other Round 13 games, Massey High Cooke took three on the last for a 6-3 victory over the luckless Birkenhead College Patel, who recorded another narrow defeat. Epsom Girls Kwon kept their Girls’ title hopes alive, looking impressive to lead all the way and secure a 6-1 win over Massey High Alam.
There is plenty to play for in the next month. The North Island Secondary School Championships will be held over two sessions next week, with teenage curlers needing to rise at unaccustomed early hours for a 5:45am start on Monday and Wednesday morning.
Next Thursday evening (3 September) will see more crunch games in Round 14 of the Auckland competition. Epsom Girls Farley and Henderson High Taylor, the two unbeaten teams in the Girls' title race, go head to head. Long Bay Steele will also be looking for the win essential to keep their Boys' championship hopes alive, and Long Bay Bauer need just one point from their last two games to ensure the Auckland Schools Mixed title is theirs.