Westlake entered two sides in the annual Student Horizons T20 tournament as preparation for the 2015 season. The senior side beat Auckland Grammar School by 1 run in a very tense opening match. Two more victories against Rangitoto College and Auckland Grammar School’s 2nd XI ensured a semi-final against Auckland Grammar 1st XI.
The team played well but fell just short which meant they faced St. Paul’s from Hamilton in the play off for third and fourth place. Unfortunately the opposition proved too strong for the team who were missing some senior placers due to Auckland U17 representation. Westlake’s 2nd XI was made up largely of Colts players from last year. The boys played well despite only beating Rangitoto over the three days. Al in all it was a valuable three days for coaches and players alike.
Congratulations to the following Westlake cricket players who represented Auckland teams over the summer months:
Year 8 tournament team – Jock McKenzie and Daniel Maddren
Year 9 tournament team – Quinn Sunde
Year 10 tournament team – Campbell Knowles and Ryan Quinn
Auckland U17 – Adam Baard, Ben Beecroft, Angus McKenzie, William O’Donnell (captain) and Keegan Russell. Special congratulations go to Keegan, who was also selected for the New Zealand U17 tournament team.
Meanwhile Westlakers Carl, Craig and Brad Cachopa and Robbie O’Donnell have been enjoying a successful season for the Auckland Aces and the team will compete in the Ford Trophy Grand Final at Colin Maiden Park this Sunday. Westlakers Elliot Herd and Max O’Dowd were part of the Auckland A side that claimed the national title in Lincoln earlier this year. The A’s were coached by Westlaker and former Black Caps player Andre Adams. Westlaker Matt Jones was part of the U19 team who claimed the National title in Lincoln .