New Zealand AIMS Games National Tournament
The New Zealand AIMS Games National Tournament was held in Tauranga from Sunday 4 September to Friday 9 September. The St Cuthbert’s girls represented in water Polo, cross country, swimming, tennis, golf, football, hockey and netball.
NZAIMS Water Polo
St Cuthbert’s was well represented by the Year 7 and 8 AIMS Water Polo Team. The St Cuthbert’s team met some challenging competition throughout the nine games played. The team came away with two well-deserved wins. They finished 6th overall in the Girls’ Division. Ella Palmer received the award for the team member who showed outstanding skill and a positive attitude throughout the tournament.
Students who represented the college in the Year 7 and 8 AIMS Water Polo Team:
Congratulations to all of the students who participated!
NZAIMS Cross Country
Izzy Richardson took 3rd place in the cross country.
The final results were:
Year 8: Isabella Richardson – 3rd
Year 7: Zara Stewart – 50th
Year 7 : Jade Holmes – 113th
Well done to Amelia Wilby who won 2nd place in the 100m Backstroke.
Final results were:
Year 8: Charlie Francis – 25th
Year 7 : Renee Findlay – 33rd
Final results were:
Year 7 : Fiona Xu – 14th
Year 8: Georgia Gao – 44th
The Year 7 and 8 Football Team had an amazing time at AIMS. It was impressive to see the improvement shown by all players during the tournament.
The team started the week with a 1 all draw against Carmel College and they then came up against three tough games resulting in losses to Albany High, Murrays Bay Intermediate and Diocesan. These proved to be just what the team needed, as they headed into the semi-finals. Playing tactfully and aggressively, the girls then won 4 – 0 against Howick, 6 – 0 against Matamata, and 1 – 0 against Carmel College. The finishing result was 21st for the week’s play.
Superb coaching was given by Hoani Edwards with fabulous support from Lisa Marvin and Penny Milner.
A special mention to Jessica Smith, who was brought in late in the season as a goalie. It was amazing to see her develop in this important position as the tournament progressed. Aggressive play was seen throughout the week by Charlotte Marvin and the girls voted Anoushka McClymont for the fair play award.
It was a real learning experience for the Year 7 girls, who are motivated and well placed to take part in 2017.
St Cuthbert’s placed 6 overall in hockey.
The St Cuthbert’s AIMS Hockey Team performed commendably at the NZAIMS tournament in Tauranga despite losing regular striker Rebecca Fala with a broken arm the day before departure. After a blistering start, out-scoring Samuel Marsden from Wellington 7 – 0, the team went on to defeat North Harbour champions Northcross Intermediate 2 – 0. Despite tremendous midfield domination in pool play through Emma Thompson, Zoey Belsher and Tara Nuzum, as the competition got stronger, unfortunately scoring goals became more of an issue.
Striker Rose Parkinson was heavily marked in most matches but despite this finished as top goal scorer for the team. At the quarter final stage St Cuthbert’s lost to eventual finalists Heaton Intermediate from Christchurch but went on to beat Baradene and finally finished in 6th place.
A travelling squad of 10 Year 7 and 8 eager and talented netball players departed on Sunday 4 September to compete at AIMS Games. Despite being a newly formed team and not having a lot of time on the court together prior to the tournament, all of the girls showed great sportsmanship on and off the field and bonded well as a team over the week.
The rapport and skill of each individual player and as a team resulted in the team placing A grade at the cross over of the pool table. Being placed A grade saw the girls playing some skillful and challenging opponents but they showed great diligence and determination to finish 23rd out of 104 teams. The week was a great success, not only because of the team’s achievements, but also thanks to the parents and sideline support, organisation from Manager Sarah Wilby and of course instruction from Coach Tania (Makka) Collier.