Competition Draws for 2012
Waihi College Rugby prides itself on providing all our young players with opportunities to not only grow as players but to also grow as young people that have strong values, beliefs and very positive attitudes.
The rugby fraternity here at Waihi College has continued to foster the National game with the same work ethic and traditions that have served us well in the past. These traditions and values have now become a driving force in our continuing success. For all our players standards are maintained to a very high level across all our school teams.
Rugby for our players is a very important vehicle with which to influence and enrich positively our players’ lives within our school environment. We see these components as being crucial for our players going forward - positive values, a very strong work ethic, a sense of belonging, team spirit, increasing fitness and skills as being pivotal to the players’ successful transition into adulthood.
Rugby in our school plays a very important role in the lives of all our players where the team comes first, effort is rewarded and a sense of belonging is maintained.
On the 12th March this year we took a Senior Mixed and a Junior Girls and Junior Boys team to the Thames Valley Touch Tournament in Ngatea. All teams played well and made it through to the semi finals but unfortunately we had no wins in the play offs.
The 1st round of this tournament was held on the 12th March. Fantastic team work from our 2 Year 8 Rippa Rugby teams in Whangamata saw some great games and results for both teams.
Lots of trys were scored and everyone had lots of fun. One of our teams made the finals and came 2nd, which then took them through to the next round in Paeroa on the 24th March.
This saw us come up against some very talented and well trained competition but 2 draws a win and a loss the team came away from the day satisfied they had given their all.
Congratulations to the following students for being chosen to represent the region in their grades.
For our first game of the season you couldn't pick a better day. It was the girls first game together and for many their first rugby game ever.
Te Kauwhata scored the opening try. This pulled all the girls together and they came back with enthusiasm and agression. Waihi came back straight away and scored a few minutes later. It was a hard fought game with Waihi scoring the last try in the final minute. Waihi had a total of 6 tries and Te Kauwhata scored 4.
The 2011 Waihi College 1st XV have had some great results this season, and have finished the regular season in second place behind Hauraki Plains College 1st XV. They host Thames in a home semi final on Saturday August 13th, and will be looking to build on their outstanding come from behind win over them several weeks ago, after being down 22-0 at half time.
The Waihi College 2011 1st XV have won 10 from 13 regular season games this year, with losses to Hauraki Plains (2) and Te Aroha College (1). The boys avenged their loss to Te Aroha College with a 39-0 win over them during the shorter 40min format of the games during their successful Australian Tour in July.
Many thanks must go to coaches Reuben Wells and Ray Crawford, Manager Rob Gwilym and Advisor Ross Cooper for such a great season.
Like the 1st XV, the 2011 Development team have also had a great season, finishing second in their regular season. They will host Hauraki Plains College in a home semi final on Saturday August 13, playing the curtain raiser to the Waihi – Thames 1st XV semi.
The boys are hoping to use their home advantage and their 2 wins from 2 record against Hauraki as motivation for their semi final, after which they will be looking to meet Thames, the only team they have not beaten this year. I would like to thank Ewen Campbell for coming on board partway through the season to help coach, and would also like to thank Marty Kingsford and Jon King for their assistance during the year.
The 4th grade team began the year with some great results under new coach Nani De Ocampo, who was later joined by Clarke Koopu and former Waihi College 1st XV Captain Louis Namana as assistant coaches.
The 4th grade team have continued the great year of results for Waihi College rugby by finishing 3rd in their grade, earning themselves an away semi final vs Paeora College after a narrow loss last weekend.
Many of the players have found the competition and training an extra step up from their previous year of rugby, and have had to work hard to gain the results they have achieved.
I would like to thank their Manager Debbie Fransham her hard work and organisation with the team.
Rugby Tour Team.
On July 7th the 2011 Waihi College Rugnet Tour group travelled to the Gold Coast, Australia, to compete in the 2011 World Sport rugby carnival.
The Rugby tour team achieved great success, coming runner up in the u18 Open Red division.
The team played two 40min matches per day over a 3 day period, with the players fitness being severely tested in the hot weather. Along the way they achieved some solid wins, including a 39-0 result against Thames Valley rivals Te Aroha College.
Following the main competition the team then took out the Open 10 aside tournament, winning the final against Aranmore College – the only team to beat them in the pool round of the main competition.
On top of this success, the team received the ‘Kooga Sportsmanship’ award, as voted by the referees and officials, for their excellent conduct during all matches.
Waihi College TIC Rugby & Development Coach.