Westlake Boys Premier Water Polo team had some great games and stepped up in this year’s North Island Senior Secondary Schools Championship held at multiple venues across Auckland. The team grew in confidence throughout the week and showed their Auckland counterparts that they are definitely Nationals contenders.
A huge first game saw coaches, Davor Carevic and Westlaker Jake Bennett remark that it was the “best game they had seen in the last few years”. Westlake narrowly lost by 1 goal in the last 40 seconds of play going down 7-8 to King’s College. Next, the team came across St. Peter’s College, winning 9-5, followed by a resounding win against Kristin School 17-5 before taking on Aquinas College and losing 8-5 in what was a tough game. Another win against St. Peter’s College, this time 10-8 was followed by a narrow 8-6 loss for fifth place against Sacred Heart College. All in all the team have made solid improvements and are looking forward to a positive Nationals tournament in the April holidays.
Westlake Boys Senior B team performed admirably in the North Island B grade competition and only narrowly lost in the final. It was a great experience for the team as they played hard and fair all tournament. Mrs Russell and Mr Elliot (parent manager) have been pleased with the teams’ progress.
We wish to extend our sincere thanks to our student coaches who have given up their time to coach the Junior teams as well as coaches Jarvis Jensen, Davor Carevic and Jake Bennett along with teachers and managers; Rachel Peak, Keryn Russell, Lisa Keen, Grant McCleod and parent coach Chris Elliot for their efforts this term. Onwards and upwards for Westlake Water polo!
All junior teams finish off their Term 1 North Harbour league this Friday and we wish them well.
- Junior A play Kristin Boys at 5.40pm in the Final
- Junior B play Northcote at 4.20 pm in the Final
- Junior C play Kristin Mixed for 7th/8th place