A cheery crowd of 450 fathers and their sons gathered on a chilly Thursday winter’s morning this week for the Schnauer and Co-sponsored 2017 Westlake Father Son Breakfast. Students Sam Baker and Blake Nicholson remarked on this event being a favourite among students, who have the opportunity to bring their fathers into school for a morning and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast.
Guests enjoyed an inspiring presentation by local North Shore identity Cam Calkoen who spoke to the audience on the benefits of living with a positive attitude and the impact this has made on his life as a person born with cerebral palsy. Sam and Blake thought that Cam was truly inspirational. He shared stories of how growing up with cerebral palsy has affected his life, but also how he has not let it get in his way of achieving his dreams. Cam has represented New Zealand in athletics and found success as a professional speaker, and spoke to those attending about how they can all achieve excellence and take pride in what they do, no matter what the circumstances.
Cam lives by Robert Schuller’s quote “Build a dream and the dream will build you”. AWESOME is his favourite word and clearly it has rubbed off on the life he has chosen to live – he thinks positive thoughts, builds dreams, embraces opportunities, embraces his uniqueness and, as a result, exceeds his expectations. Cam encourages us all to “Dream Big, Achieve More to Live an Awesome Life”.
As well as inspiring the audience, Cam also entertained everyone with his funny stories, including how his Dad helped him out with a piece of chewing gum which enabled him to participate successfully in an egg and spoon race; his egg defying gravity as it ended up underneath the spoon at the finish line. He had us all trying to picture a pole vaulter with no arms until he said “only joking”!
Our sincere thanks to event sponsor, Westlaker Nick Kearney and the team at Schnauer and Co Barristers and Solicitors, and to event supporters Sanitarium, Yummy Apples, The Spencer on Byron Hotel, Lone Star Restaurants, Stirling Sport Takapuna and TyreTech Archers Road. Thanks too to Mr Butler, Mrs Jorgenson and members of the Westlake Distance Running group who did a great job with event set up, serving and waiting duties. Thank you to those fathers and sons who attended, and Cam, for his motivational words; we hope to continue the success of this unique event in years to come.
If you are involved with any group or organisation who would benefit from Cam’s inspiring presentation, he can be contacted via his website at www.camcalkoen.com
To view all the event photos please go to our school Flickr album via the Flickr logo (Blue circle with two white spots) at the top of the school website. Thank you to Tracey McKay and Year 13 student Hyunsang Lim for capturing the event with these great shots.
1st XV vs Rangitoto on Saturday 1 July
The Woodhouse Shield was up for grabs as well as semi-final placings for this encounter in wet weather on Saturday. From the kick off, Rangitoto kept possession of the ball for lengthy periods of time. Their forwards were committed and turned over ball at regular intervals throughout the match. Although Rangitoto had long periods of possession they did not threaten the Westlake line largely due to an organised and resolute defence.
Markku Venter opened the scoring after the backs showed how dangerous they can be with ball in hand. Johnny Cooper added the second and converted both tries despite the windy and wet conditions, in helping Westlake take a half time lead of 14-0.
Westlake continued to look threatening in the second half and left a number of scoring opportunities on the field in both halves. Tristan Shepherd added the third try after continued pressure and a number of phases. However, Rangitoto spotted a gap and after a quick tap penalty, ran in a try from 50 metres. Tiennan Costley, who had a great game in defence, went crashing over for a deserved try and a convincing victory.
The Woodhouse Shield is still safe in the cabinet and will be defended against Massey on 29 July to earn the right to put our name on the shield again. This week Westlake play Birkenhead and then Takapuna in the holidays, followed by an exchange with New Plymouth Boys High on 22 July.
Scoreboard: Westlake 28 Rangitoto 5
Tries: Markku Venter, Johnny Cooper, Tristan Shepherd, Tiennan Costley
Conversions: Johnny Cooper (4)
1st XI v Auckland Grammar School
The first game of round two welcomed perennial rivals Auckland Grammar School. The game started brightly for Westlake and after some good build-up play the ball fell to Jackson Woods, who shot goal-wards, only for the ball to strike the legs of a defender and deflect away from the goal, with the Grammar keeper seemingly beaten. However, the first goal was not far away, with Matt Conroy winning the ball in the box and a clumsy tackle from the Grammar defender resulting in a penalty. Matt scored from the spot and Westlake went deservedly 1-0 up. Unfortunately, soon afterwards Westlake conceded a free kick just outside the penalty area and a direct shot hit the underneath of the crossbar and bounced down towards the goal line. After consulting the assistant referee, a goal was given and the scores were even.
The second half started with both teams pressing on attack to break the deadlock. It took a shot wide out from Dylan Hobson to regain the lead. With the score at 2-1, Westlake started to show more enterprise and shortly thereafter, a Westlake goal was ruled offside by the referee. Thus, the game ended with Westlake winning both the away and home games against Grammar this season, a double that has been achieved for the first time for a number of years.
Dear Parents and Caregivers of 2017 Leavers,
Sales of 2017 Leavers’ gear will begin tomorrow, Tuesday, 4th July. We are pleased to offer a hoodie, which can be personalised with the student’s nickname, priced at $65, and a silver 2017 Graduation ring, priced at $95. Your son will be able to purchase these items provided all his compulsory school fees have been paid. You can see the items here:
and you can print the order form here:
Your son will have the opportunity to try different sizes of the hoodie and ring at lunchtime on the following dates:
Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th, Thursday 6th, Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th July.
Once he has confirmed with the school cashier that his fees are paid, he will be able to place an order at the uniform shop. Orders will be available for collection later in Term 3 (dates to be confirmed).
Ist XI v St Kentigern College – 24th June 2017
The last game of the first round found the 1st X1 playing the unbeaten and top of the table St Kentigern College. The game started in heavy fog, which rolled in even more during the early part of the game but lifted enough for the game to continue. Befitting their position on the table, St Kentigern created a number of opportunities which a hesitant Westlake defence could not cope with, resulting in Westlake being 3-0 down at half time. Neil Emblen, the Westlake coach, had a positive discussion with his team at half time and what a difference it made.
At the start of the second half, Westlake started to win the 50/50 contests and from one of these challenges, the ball was played deep into the St Kentigern half and they failed to clear it. The energetic and skilful Matt Conroy latched onto it and fed Ronan Wynne on the left, who hit a first time shot across the keeper into the far corner of the goal. Very quickly afterwards, a long ball found Conroy and as quick as a flash he went past two defenders and another shot across the keeper into the net and Westlake were well back into the game. Within minutes the score was 3-3. Matt Conroy was tormenting the St Kentigern defence with his pace and incisive running and it came as no surprise when another ball found him just outside the box, where he drove it past the keeper and into the net.
Unfortunately, Westlake could not quite grab another goal and it was against the run of play when a square ball in defence was intercepted and St Kentigern took the lead again at 4-3. Shortly afterwards another error at the back made it 5-3 to seal the match for St Kent’s.
It was a brave performance by the 1st X1 who had an outstanding second half against the top team and they now go into the second round knowing how well they can play.
1st XV vs Whangarei Boys – 24th June 2017
Westlake opened the scoring early against their Northern visitors with a try from Johnny Cooper, his first of three tries on the day. Markku Venter soon dotted down thereafter and within 10 minutes the score had stretched to more than 20 points. The referee, Ryan Borthwick allowed the game to flow and despite the wet weather, Westlake continued to play an expansive game.
The backs scored 11 of the 12 tries on the day and the second half was a steady procession of points. David Toia, the only forward to score, barged over just on full time. The 1st XV stuck to their structure and game plan, and showed what they are capable of.
Next week, Westlake will face a much improved Rangitoto and will have to defend the shield. This promises to be a big game and the team are looking forward to the challenge.
Scoreboard: Westlake 78-0 (Half time 31 – 0)
Tries: Johnny Cooper (3); Arikitoia Hood-Kaitapu (2); Nikau Graham (2) Baylee Katipa; Nikau Drage; Markku Venter; Spencer McDowell; David Toia
Conversions: Johnny Cooper (9)
Westlake Boys Retain their Auckland Title
The Premier Squash team have retained their Auckland Team Championships title for the fourth consecutive year after defeating Auckland Grammar School in the finals, 5 matches to nil. Prior to the finals, the formidable Westlake team reached the finals without dropping a game in all the rounds against Pukekohe College, Rangitoto College and Takapuna Grammar School.
The team hopes to carry on this strong performance as they aim to defend their 2-year reign at the National Secondary Schools Championships, to be held in Palmerston North this August.
Team members: Matthew Lucente (Captain), Gabe Yam, Akil Afghan, Tom Taylor, Jien Lim & Zonal Ali
1st XI v Rosmini College – June 21st 2017
On Wednesday 21 June the 1st XI faced North Shore rivals, Rosmini College 1st XI in the Supercity round-robin. Rosmini had been the victors earlier in the season and claimed the North Harbour title, so the boys knew they had to be clinical if they were to upset the league leaders. Westlake started strongly and were awarded a stroke in the first minute, but a close miss let the pressure off Rosmini, who found the net from distance ten minutes later. Charl Ulrich responded with a goal to even the match, but a defensive lapse saw Rosmini regain the lead before the end of the half.
Rosmini never relinquished their lead and, despite several chances with the wind behind Westlake, it was the opposition who closed out the match better. The final result was a disappointing 1-4 loss. Next week the 1st XI play Auckland champions Auckland Grammar at home.
WBHS 1st XIII vs Manurewa 1st XIII – June 21st 2017
This week’s Rugby League fixture took place on Westlake’s home turf as the 1st XIII went to battle against Manurewa High School. Westlake got off to a slow start, conceding two tries in the first 10 minutes. However, they managed to fight back into the back end of the first half with a great try by Jayden Atkinson-Dagg out of dummy half. Manurewa then struck back to lead the scoreboard 18 points to 6 at the half. Westlake seemed enthused from their half-time chat and came out firing in the second half, when they appeared to dominate the middle. A try to David Toia and a double to Lotu Inisi had the team back in the hunt. Westlake seemed to carry all the momentum but were unfortunately beaten by the clock with a narrow defeat 22-18. The team look to regroup for another big clash against Avondale at home next week.
Two combined teams of Westlake Boys and Girls travelled to Rotorua to compete in a 6 hour Adventure Racing Hillary Challenge on 17th – 18th June. This competition was extremely important, as the top 4 teams (out of 21 schools) qualify for Nationals in May 2018.
The following Westlake Boys’ students competed in Westlake RED and came in 2nd place behind Trident College:
- Brahm Erdmann
- Ryan Zent
- Andreas Hamschmidt
- Taylor Haynes
Westlake GREEN came in 6th. Although they didn’t qualify for Nationals, they had an outstanding result as they were one of the last teams to come in on their first run leg but made up for it hugely in the mountain biking. The Westlake Boys in the team were:
As is typical with winter adventure races it was wet, muddy and cold but very picturesque and adventurous, with events in Redwoods Forest and alongside the Blue Lake. The effort and determination of the students to qualify for the 2018 Nationals was evident in their performance. The training now begins for the big event which is a five-day competition held in Tongariro National Park next year. Well done to all of those that competed.
1st XI v Mt Albert Grammar School – June 20th 2017
On Tuesday the 1st X1 played Mt Albert Grammar School in the knockout cup. Westlake entered the game with a number of players unavailable and MAGS capitalised on this and went ahead early in the game to a penalty. Soon afterwards Westlake was awarded a penalty but unfortunately missed it. Despite some very good attacking play the equalising goal was not there and MAGs went 2-0 up after a quick break. Westlake were very quickly back in the game with a successful penalty from Matt Conroy but this was soon cancelled out by a third from MAGS, who ended up with a 3-1 win.
WESTLAKE BOYS RUNNERS ACHIEVE THE SEEMINGLY IMPOSSIBLE
On Saturday 17th June Westlake Boys High School competed in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships in Christchurch. This year was saw one of the biggest ever fields, with close to 1000 entrants from all over the country. The Westlake Boys 33 man squad had trained hard for this race, which was certainly evident in their outstanding results on the day. The Westlake Boys Cross Country team made a clean sweep of gold medals, winning all six team contests – an amazing feat that has never been achieved in National Cross Country Champs before.
The Year 9 Boys’ six person team, consisting of Ben Ruscoe (3rd), Etienne Piere (5th) Toby Saxby (11th), Sam Berry (15th), James Hopwood (46th) and Liam Hopwood (58th), had a dominant performance with a team score of 138, 100 points less than the second place team. Similarly in the three person team Ben, Etienne and Toby scored an impressive 19 to win gold, which was also well ahead of the nearest competition on 56.
In the Junior Boys’ race the three and six person team were Blair Hill (3rd), Jude Darby (6th), Arsh Kazi (16th), Max Johnson (20th), JJ Weston (24th) and George Luty (47th). Defending their 2016 titles, the boys put in an impressive performance, winning the six person race by 160 points and the three person by 19 points.
In the 219 strong Senior Boys’ race, Westlake ran well with the winning six person team including four Year 11 boys, who were competing in the senior division for the first time. The six person team of Joe Clark (6th), Murdoch McIntyre (7th), Stuart Hofmeyr (15th), David Moore (33rd), Daniel Robertson (55th)and Zach Keenan (75th) won gold with 191 points, 59 less than the silver medallists. Lastly, the three person team won gold with 28 points, an incredible 39 points less than the runners-up.
The wins across the board were a remarkable achievement and a true testament to the boys’ dedication, commitment and hard work, and that of their tireless coach, Theuns Strydom. The team now heads off to Kenya and South Africa on Sunday on a three week trip, where they will represent Westlake in Cross Country and Road Running.
AUCKLAND SCHOLASTIC SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS
The second round of the Auckland Scholastic Surfing Championships Comp was held in testing 3-4 foot conditions with the odd 5 foot wave at Piha. There was some epic surfing throughout the day, especially in the U14, U16 and U18 boys’ divisions. Westlake had a strong contingent including surfers: Ollie Charlesworth, Sam Charlesworth (gaining 2nd in U14 boys) Matt Archer, Oska Gosling, Ben Counsell, Jackson Crone, Jackson Peak (4th U14 boys), Daniel Gray and Kade Scheib (4th U18 boys). Despite tough conditions, the students performed well, with Sam Charlesworth maintaining the lead in the U14 Tri-series. The next event is scheduled for June 25th. The Tri-series allows boys from Auckland schools to compete for a spot at the Nationals to be held in Gisborne later in the year.
1st XV v Orewa 1st XV – June 17
Taking nothing for granted, Orewa were up to the task in the second round of the North Harbour Competition. Orewa managed to keep possession of the ball for long periods of time and put Westlake under pressure on numerous occasions. Orewa were by far the dominant team in this opening stanza.
It took almost 30 minutes before there was a score in the match. Baylee Katipa opened the scoring and was soon followed by Max Tu’inukuafe adding a second try to give Westlake a flattering half time lead. Westlake were not up to their usual high standard and dropped the ball at crucial stages, missed tackles and did not get enough numbers to the breakdown.
Whatever the coaches said at halftime worked. Within 10 minutes at the start of the second half, Nikau Graham and Finau Paea scored tries and the game was put beyond doubt. The players had lifted their game and there seemed to be more energy and intensity in the way the team played. Two further tries from Nikau Drage and Arikitoia Hood-Kaitapu sealed a comfortable victory.
Next week Westlake face Whanagarei at home and a far more disciplined effort will be required.
Scoreboard: Westlake 36 Orewa 0 (Half time 12 – 0)
Tries: Baylee Katipa; Max Tu’inukuafe; Nikau Graham; Finau Paea; Nikau Drage; Arikitoia Hood-Kaitapu
Conversions: Johnny Cooper (4)
2nd and 3rd XVs
Back home the Westlake 2nd XV were taking on Mahurangi 1stXV in the toughest game of the season. Both teams were undefeated going into the game and showed an eagerness to play at pace. A quick line out by standout Jackson Ephraims saw Jarrod Ferguson punting the ball forward for Dylan Chesney to run on to and score. Just before half-time Westlake worked the ball back and forth the width of the park until No.8 Caleb MacDonald found a gap and scored. Mahurangi however were determined to make amends for their loss to Westlake in last year’s final and surged back into the game. A late converted try levelled the game 12 all, and set the stage for what is looking like another exciting Final this year between the two teams.
The 3rd XV played Albany Senior 1stX V and once again displayed some good form, winning 26-7. Try scorers included No.8 Kade Scheib, No.13 Salim Sultandi and No.6 Todd Milliken (x2).
Premier Team vs. Rangitoto College
A packed house at Rangitoto College bore witness to a clash of the heavyweights as the only two unbeaten sides left in the premier competition met head to head on the 9th June 2017. Despite huge Westlake support, Rangitoto led early at 12-7. Proving that defense was to be the story of the night, Jesse Winter, a mid-season addition due to an ankle injury to Sam Mennenga, immediately made his presence felt. He checked into the game midway through the first quarter and made it extremely hard for Rangitoto to gain a rhythm early. The score at the end of the first was 19-19.
In the second quarter, a James Moors 3 and good work around the bucket helped the boys end a 4 minute drought of scoring and Ethan Martin made his presence felt with an aggressive slash to the lane. A Thabo Manyere dunk, off a James Moors pass, got the crowd in voice and 3s from James Moors and Alex (Ash) Freeman brought Westlake back within 2 at the half, trailing 39-37.
A pull-up jumper from a struggling Reuben Fitzgerald opened the second half and this seemed to spur the Westlake team into action. James Moors gained a warning for excessive hanging on the rim after a thunderous transition dunk off an assist from Reuben Fitzgerald. Defence was proving to be the key to a victory in this match, and with Westlake struggling to execute their game plan, Rangitoto proved their 3 point shooting was the difference, taking a 62-48 lead at the end of the 3rd.
Seven straight points for Reuben Fitzgerald trimmed the deficit to 10 points midway through the final period. Successive steals led to Fitzgerald pushing the ball and gaining two quick assists. Jesse Winter and Josh Hidalgo were responsible for finishing the plays, as the lead was trimmed to 65-63. Westlake provided the clamps on defence from here on in and a Fitzgerald isolation 3 stole the game.
Final score: 74-67 – Moors 19pts/12rebs, Fitzgerald 15pts/11rebs, Manyere 13pts/19rebs.
Premier Team vs. MAGS
On the 16th June 2017 the Premier Team took on Mount Albert Grammar School at home. The opening quarter of the game was very back and forth, as the inside presence of the MAGS pairing proved difficult for Westlake to keep out of the paint. With the absence of both starting power forwards, James Moors, and starting centre Thabo Manyere, the Westlake boys had to dig deep to keep the score to a close 23-19 in MAGS’ favour at the quarter’s end.
The second quarter started off being all MAGS. The Westlake boys struggled to keep the MAGS big players off the glass, ensuring that MAGS kept the lead midway through the 2nd. However, the introduction of Jesse Winter proved a catalyst to spur the Westlake boys into action; four straight 3s gave Westlake a 44-42 lead at the half.
The third quarter began with Westlake holding off the MAGS defence, allowing the boys to get out and run on the fast break, led by Marc Malingin and Reuben Fitzgerald. This equated to a 14 point lead early in the 3rd for Westlake. However, MAGS began to grind the lead back through stiff defence and a well-executed offensive game plan, bringing the score back to a 63-59 lead for the visitors at the end of the period.
Being down going into the 4th has been the story for this year’s Westlake Premiers and this Friday proved no different. The deficit amounted to as many as seven early on in the 4th before Reuben Fitzgerald riled up the defence, leading to some quick fast break points. The Westlake boys responded well to this quickening of pace, with Matthew Cairns-Hita heating up for 8 quick points, including two 3s. The game came down to the wire, but again the Westlake team proved composed in another high pressure situation. The home side closed the game out, 85-80 and go to 7-0 on the season.
Final score: Westlake 85 – Mt Albert Grammar 80 – Fitzgerald 22pts/5ast/4reb, Winter 16pts, Cairns-Hita 14.
1st XI vs. St. Peter’s College – 16th June 2017
- Williams, D. Hobson, H. Piper, E. Tessadri, C. Foulds, M. Wood, M. Lamont, B. Kelly, J. Benbow, J. Olivier, M. Conroy
- Scopas, A. Al-Majumei, R. Wynne, D. Mitten L. Wilson
Half time score – 1-0
Full time score – 2-2
Scorers – J. Benbow, M. Conroy
The First XI travelled to St. Peter’s College to play this week’s ASSFA Premier League game on Friday evening on the SPC artificial turf.
The team were looking to build upon the winning momentum they had gathered against Mount Roskill Grammar the week before. Coach Neil Emblen selected another attacking line up, in a game that Westlake were very much looking to take three points from. However, the game did not go well from the start, with Westlake looking cagey and sloppy in possession. The side were punished midway through the first half when they failed to stop a rudimentary cross into the box and then inexplicably left the SPC striker free, 8 yards from goal, to head the ball past GK Williams. Rather than galvanising the team, the goal had the opposite effect and Westlake began to look even nervier as the half wore on.
Nevertheless, the side did finish the half on level terms, with a goal from a penalty. A blocked shot was adjudged to have been handled and the referee pointed to the spot. Joe Benbow stepped up to take the kick, coolly slotting into the bottom corner. The goal marked his 7th of the season and a fine return for the makeshift striker.
The second half saw Westlake play slightly better and they looked more intense, when with and without the ball. The increased intensity was what saw the team take the lead. NZ U17 striker, Matt Conroy, picked up the ball and ran at the SPC defence. After beating a couple of players, he fired a precise left footed drive into the bottom corner giving the GK no chance. A fine solo goal for the recently returned front man.
It now looked as if Westlake were the more likely to push ahead and put the game beyond SPC’s reach. Alas, this was not to be the case as SPC were awarded a penalty of their own. A long ball into the box, led to a clear push on the SPC attacking player. The referee put the whistle to his lips and duly awarded the spot kick. The SPC player stepped up and set GK Williams the wrong way to level the score.
Little action of note followed in the closing stanza and the game petered out to an anti-climactic finish. A point was little consolation to the Westlake side, as they had firmly set this fixture aside as a winnable contest. The lesson here must surely be that anything other than giving 100% effort and sticking to a game plan, inevitably leads to an error prone and lack lustre performance.
Nonetheless, the team must pick themselves up quickly, for Tuesday’s KO Cup game vs. MAGS at home (3:15pm) on our Turf. The team will surely be looking to right a few wrongs in their performance, as they seek to advance to the Quarter Final stages.
First XI Football Home v Mount Roskill Grammar – 9th June 2017
- Williams, J. Woods, H. Piper, E. Tessadri, C. Foulds, M. Lamont, R. Wynne, B. Kelly, J. Benbow, J. Olivier, M. Conroy
- Scopas (on for B. Williams 65th minute), A. Al-Majumei (on for M. Conroy 75th minute) D. Hobson (unused), D. Mitten (on for R. Wynne 60th minute), L. Wilson (unused)
Half time score – 3-0
Full time score – 6-0
Scorers – J. Benbow 2, J. Olivier, M. Lamont, B. Kelly, A. Al-Majumei
The First XI hosted Mount Roskill Grammar on the QBE Artificial Turf on Friday night and welcomed backed Head Coach, Neil Emblen from his sojourn with the NZ U20 World Cup team. Knowing that a win would likely lift Westlake into 3rd place on the table, the team set about their task with purpose and precision.
Westlake found themselves in front in the second minute of the game and this settled any nerves or apprehension they may have had. A quality delivery from the cultured left foot of Jordan Olivier saw a scramble in the box. Captain Kelly was brave as he seized on an opportunity to poke the ball home from close range, kick starting a really positive evening for the home side in the process.
The lead was doubled inside the first 15 minutes as a ball down the line from wing back, Jackson Woods, brought to life the jet heeled striker, Matt Conroy. His pace, which unsettled MRGS all night, easily beat his marker and his cut back found a waiting Jordan Olivier. A great first touch set the attacking midfielder up for a simple tap in and with it, Westlake’s attack minded tactics had sprang to life.
The third and final goal of the first half was a real moment of individual brilliance from holding midfield player, Matt Lamont. The commanding and composed player found himself on the ball a full 30 yards from goal, he set himself with one touch and arrowed a superb strike that beat the keeper, cannoned off the underside of the crossbar and bounced into the net – a real moment to savour for him in his maiden season.
With a three goal lead, the Westlake side returned to the changing rooms in a commanding position and safe in the knowledge that if they carried on playing such offensive and penetrative football, they would see another three points chalked beside their name.
The First XI very much did what was asked of them at half time and the second half started much as the first ended, with Westlake fully in command and attacking at will.
Goal number four, came courtesy of striker Joe Benbow, who was put into a crossing position by Woods. Although the industrious forward looked to pick out a recipient for his cross, fortuitously for Benbow, the ball arced beyond the Goalkeeper’s reach and into the net.
Benbow wasn’t finished with his scoring for the evening however and in the 75th minute, he had his brace. A great cross from Jackson Woods would see the Goalkeeper only parry it out a short distance and onto the waiting head of Benbow. The striker’s looping header beat the keeper and the First XI now had their fifth goal. By this stage the bench had already been cleared and it was one of the substitutes who would cap the evening. A deep corner was headed back across the box by Enzo Tessadri and the first player to react in the 6 yard box was Abdul Al-Majumei, who wrapped his foot around the ball and powered it home.
Westlake must be given credit for an assured performance that will give them much confidence; six goals and a clean sheet was a fitting outcome for team, who had prepared diligently throughout the week. From start to finish the side dominated possession and created numerous chances, whilst being largely untroubled in defensive areas, owing to some good performances from the three centre backs.
With a full strength squad now at his disposal, Coach Emblen has the type of quandary he has waited for all season – having to pick his starting XI from a larger number of quality, committed and determined players.
The First XI will look to build upon this result when they travel to St. Peter’s College on 16th June for a 6pm kick off.
1st XV v Rosmini – 10th June 2017
The scene was set for another epic battle between the two leading North Harbour teams. Rosmini had everything to play for including winning back the Woodhouse Shield.
From the kick-off it was evident that this was going to be another tough battle. Rosmini kicked off and immediately put Westlake under pressure. An attempted clearance kick was charged down and Westlake were judged off side. Rosmini decided to kick into the corner and after a couple of phases went over and scored to great jubilation. The Rosmini defence soaked up the pressure and it took a full 25 minutes before Westlake opened the scoring when Lotu Inisi used his strength to get over for a try. Rosmini replied immediately by kicking a penalty to regain the lead. The Westlake backs started gaining ascendency and made inroads into the Rosmini defence. It was no surprise that just before half time Baylee Katipa made his way over for a well-deserved try. Rosmini closed the gap through a penalty in the 40th minute, just before the half-time whistle.
In the second half, Westlake dominated territory and possession. A solid Rosmini defence and a lack of patience by Westlake kept the score very close until Nikau Drage left his defenders flatfooted and scored under the posts. It was only late in the second half that Preston Smith-Owen scored the bonus point try.
This match concluded the first round of the competition and next week we travel to Orewa College. Westlake retained the Woodhouse shield and need another three defences in the forthcoming games against Whanagarei, Rangitoto and Massey to win the right to put our name on the shield again.
Scoreboard: Westlake 28 Rosmini 13 (Half time 14 – 13)
Tries: Lotu Inisi, Baylee Katipa; Nikau Drage, Preston Smith-Owen
Conversions: Johnny Cooper (4)
2nd XV v Northcote College, 3rd XV v Takapuna Grammar
Once again the 2ndXV were in try-scoring form. The team are playing some really good rugby characterised by their wingers scoring in the corners. By half time they had a healthy 26-7 lead over Northcote College. By full time they stretched it out to 61-19. The real test for this team will be next week’s home game against Mahurangi 1stXV who have also been winning by similar margins.
The 3rds saw some great tries by Jackson Hemmingsen and Luke Mihaljevich. The team didn’t make life easy for themselves however, letting Takapuna 2ndXV back into the game. It took a try by Zac Stevenson to win back the lead and with it the game. The final score was 17-15.
The 5As were defeated by an on-form Kelston side, but in true Westlake spirit a good number of the team returned to the school to cheer the firsts on.
|WEEKLY RUGBY DRAWS AND RESULTS||DATE:||10-Jun|
|1st XV||Rosmini 1st XV||WBHS 1||12.00pm||W||28-13|
|2nd XV||Northcote 1st XV||Northcote||12.00pm||W||61-19|
|3rd XV||Takapuna 2nd XV||WBHS 1||9.30am||W||17-15|
|4th XV||Albany Senior 1st XV||WBHS 2||9.30am||L||17-19|
|5B||Albany Jnr||WBHS 2||10.40am||L||20-33|
|6B||Takapuna A||WBHS 3||10.40am||Friendly game|
|7 Green||Kaipara College A||Kaipara||9.30am||W||72-17|
|7 Red||Takapuna A||Takapuna||9.30am||L||17-20|
Saturday 27th May marked the first defence of the Woodhouse Shield by the Westlake 1stXV. Birkenhead had recently posted a win over Massey (2016 Finalists), so when the coaches elected to rest many of the senior players, a few on the sideline wondered how things might play out. The coaches of course had complete faith in the junior players and by half time, with the score at 47 nil, any doubts were dispelled. Year 11 Student and No.11, Finau Paea, finished a great team try, while Year 12 players, Sean Vete and Markku Venter, added three more tries between them. Nikau Graham, also a newcomer to the team this year, had an outstanding game, carving up the middle and dotting down several times. Arikitohia Hood received a great ball from Year 11 standout Jack Robertson to score his second of four tries. Johhny Cooper couldn’t escape a mention with his speed and agility accounting for several more tries. To their credit, Birkenhead made a late rally which tested the Westlake defense but in the end Westlake were too strong. The final score was 95-0. What was equally impressive was the support from the 3rd XV and 5As players, who came to cheer for the 1sts after their games. Here’s a link to Ariki’s try with the cheers from the supporters in the back ground.
The 2nd XV played Rosmini 2nd XV in a top of the table clash. Early tries saw Westlake get out to a healthy lead, 29-6, but Rosmini were far from finished and closed to 36 -20. Amazing football skills from Tom Hemington had him toeing the ball forward before scoring a great try. Equally agile was Dylan Chesney, who, after scoring a couple of tries of his own, performed amazing aerobatics to keep the ball in play and hand off to Wade Jansen for the try. The final score was 48-25. Here’s a link to the try:
Meanwhile the 3rd XV where mixing it with Rosmini 3rd XV with equal success. No.8, Kade Scheib made some good breaks off the back of the scrum and won some good turnovers. Fellow loose forward, Salim Sultandi, was also having a good game and scored his first try of the season. Coach Mr James was very happy with his boys’ effort and well pleased with the final tally of 30 – 20. To top things off, the Westlake 6As beat Rosmini 6As 41-0.
The only consolation for Rosmini on Saturday was that they didn’t have to play the Westlake 5As. Instead Westlake 5As where taking it to St Kentigern College. Mr Mildenhall is impressed with how hard the boys are working and the results reflect this. Stuart van Gelder was solid at scrum time, while Chace Harris was strong on the ground and Chlayton Frans was good with the ball in hand. Brook Robson controlled well at No 9. Taufui Lolohea was solid in defense and scored the team’s match-wining try. Judah Roycroft had the game of his life at lock. The final score was 13-5.
Premier Basketball v Rosmini, 26th May
On Friday 26th May the Premier Basketball team played its first ‘grudge’ match of the season, against Rosmini College. Having lost all five games last year, the Westlake Boys were ready to start the year’s rivalry with a win on home court. The largest crowd of the season attended this game as both Westlake and Rosmini supporters came wearing school colours to what was the first clash of the two heavyweights for the year.
Westlake started slowly, going down 12-4 but a comeback looked on the cards as Thabo Manyere sparked the boys into action with an early poster off a pinpoint lob from Josh Hidalgo. Marc Malingin brought energy off the bench with 5 quick points and Westlake only trailed by two at quarter time, 18-20.
Westlake continued the run after the quarter as Reuben Fitzgerald slashed into the lane, scoring 6 quick points. Another dunk for Thabo Manyere preceded some good inside scoring from the Rosmini power forward, Mitchell Dance. However James Moors closed the half with 5 of his 15 first half points, giving Westlake the lead, 41-35.
Thabo Manyere brought the crowd to their feet as he gained his third body of the game, dunking on Rosmini’s Reihana Maxwell-Topia, however his presence was limited as he headed to the bench with three fouls. The Westlake duo of Reuben Fitzgerald and James Moors kept the team afloat with some efficient work off the pick and roll, extending the lead to 52-45. However, the Rosmini boys would not go away as this lead was cut to 52-50 after a series of missed field goals by the Westlake boys. Thabo Manyere again scored on his reintroduction to the game, and the lead was extended to 61-56 after three quarters.
The 4th quarter was all Westlake as Thabo Manyere, James Moors and Lucas Mennenga locked down the paint. Josh Hidalgo provided his usual clamps, as Rosmini found it extremely difficult to score. Winning the battle of the boards was key in Westlake grinding this game out, as Reuben Fitzgerald iced the contest with 10 straight points. The final score was 82-64 in Westlake’s favour.
James Moors led all scorers with 24 points in addition to 11 rebounds. Reuben Fitzgerald and Thabo Manyere both contributed with 21 and 17 points respectively and both contributing 5 rebounds. Marc Malingin’s energy off the bench proved vital – contributing 9 points, with 3 steals and 3 assists.
Premier Basketball v St Kentigern College, 29th May
The first Monday night game of the year tipped off at 7:30pm as the Premier’s took on newly-promoted St. Kentigern College at home in the top gym. The Westlake team started off slow, losing the first quarter 21-13.
Marc Malingin again proved to be a spark off the bench as he slashed to the rack on his way to 11 second quarter points. Coach Zac Fitzgerald implemented a press and, led by Josh Hidalgo, this proved a catalyst for the Westlake turn around as the home side took the advantage 46-40 at the half.
Missing the inside presence of James Moors, Westlake were unable to stop the driving of St. Kent’s big man, Max Shorter. However his lack of solid support proved telling as Westlake took a 67-49 advantage at the end of three quarters.
Shorter continued his dominance in the 4th quarter, on his way to a game high 30 points. However nine 4th quarter points from Reuben Fitzgerald sealed the somewhat unconvincing win for Westlake. They will need to go back to the drawing board to prepare for their next game against defending national champions Rangitoto College on June the 9th. Final score – 84-76.
Marc Malingin had a standout performance off the bench with 23 points, Reuben Fitzgerald contributed with 18 and Thabo Manyere and Josh Hidalgo both chipped in with 12 and 11 points respectively.
Rugby 1st XV vs Rangitoto College, Saturday 20th May
Despite the atrocious conditions, the top of the table class did not disappoint. Both teams came into the game unbeaten after Rangitoto had accounted for Rosmini College and Massey High School in earlier rounds. With the Woodhouse Shield up for grabs, there was a lot to play for on the day.
Both teams played some good rugby at times and gave everything for the full 70 minutes. Rangitoto had early dominance in the scrums before Westlake wrestled the advantage. The backs were prepared to run the ball and did very well in the conditions. Rangitoto had two long-range penalty attempts at goal in the first half but both came up short. Westlake created but squandered a few chances and it was only deep into referee’s optional time at the end of the first half that Tupou Afungia managed to get over the line for the opening try of the match. Casey Smith duly converted.
With the wind behind their backs, Westlake continued to dominate possession and it was only handling errors that prevented them from extending their lead and exerting their dominance. Lotu Inisi continued his mammoth work rate from the first half. He regularly took the ball up, broke tackles, drew in the opposition defence and made good metres to put Westlake on the front foot. It was no surprise, and just reward for him, when another of these runs ended in him crashing over for Westlake’s second try. Casey smith again converted, in tricky conditions. Rangitoto pressed hard in the closing minutes but the Westlake defence held strong and kept Rangitoto scoreless.
Westlake was delighted with the victory and winning back the Woodhouse Shield.
Scoreboard: Westlake 14 Rangitoto 0 (Half time 7 – 0)
Tries: Tupou Afungia; Lotu Inisi
Conversions: Casey Smith (2)
First XI Football vs Macleans College, Friday 19th May
- Williams, J. Woods, M. Wood, H. Piper, C. Foulds, M. Lamont, R. Wynne, D. Hobson, D Mitten, J. Olivier, L. Wilson
- Scopas, A. Al-Majmuei (on for L. Wilson 83rd minute) J. Scott (on for M. Lamont 65th minute), E. Tessadri (on for D. Hobson 45th minute),
Half time score – 0-0
Full time score – 0-0
The First XI looked to bounce back from a heavy defeat against Sacred Heart College with an away trip to the east of Auckland, matching up against Macleans College. They hoped to play more free-flowing football than they had in recent weeks.
The team were buoyed by the debuts of both Matt Lamont and Dylan Hobson, both of whom had suffered injuries to delay their first team bow thus far. Unfortunately, Westlake Boys were without their skipper, Bronson Kelly, who looks to be faced with at least two weeks on the side-lines, owing to an ankle injury. Matt Conroy, the talismanic international striker, is still to feature for the side due to his own injury problems. Westlake are yet in a position to get all of their best players on the field at the same time.
The opening stanza was a cagey affair with very little action of note. Westlake had the lion’s share of possession, but struggled to make any meaningful inroads with the ball. A couple of half chances fell to the feet of Levi Wilson, largely of his own making, due to some intelligent running. However, Westlake were unable to find an answer for the staunch Macleans side that they found in front of them. Goalkeeper, Bradley Williams, barely needed his gloves as Macleans had no chances of their own in the first half.
The half ended much as it had begun, with a pedestrian pace and a lack of tenacity. Half time saw Dylan Hobson’s debut curtailed as he felt a reoccurrence of his injury and, with a reshuffle of the midfield, Enzo Tessadri entered the fray.
Westlake started the second half with a greater sense of urgency and an increased vigour. The ball was now moving with a little more fluency in midfield areas and the side looked far more likely to fashion a break through. Striker Levi Wilson came close to breaking the deadlock when a ball to him saw him take an instinctive first touch to beat his marker on the turn, but his left-footed shot couldn’t find the net. A further chance came through Daniel Mitten down the left, as he drove into the box, but snatching at his shot meant that the ball missed the target.
Macleans almost opened their account when a lack of urgency to press the ball from Westlake lead to their striker bearing in on goal. However, a good save from goalkeeper Williams at the feet of the Macleans’ striker averted the danger.
At around the hour mark, it was Matt Lamont who was next to join the injury list with a back injury, a real shame for the Year 13 student as he looked in command of the midfield up to this point. He was replaced by the Year 11 winger, Jayden Scott.
The pace of the game had reverted to one similar to the first half and looked to be petering out to a dismal conclusion. Matt Wood hit a good free kick that the Macleans’ goalkeeper was equal to, but Westlake failed to follow up on the rebound.
Two incidents at the climax to the game could have seen Macleans take all three points. Firstly, only another good save from Bradley Williams prevented Macleans taking the lead. Secondly, with barely a minute left to play, an innocuous free kick, some 35 metres from goal, was struck by a Macleans player. What appeared to be a rudimentary catch from Williams, was left to chance by him and as it went over his head, it cannoned off the cross bar, for the Westlake defence to scramble clear. This incident marked the end of a match that cannot be considered as a good advert for the First XI.
A slightly lacklustre display, coupled with a lack of tenacious intent, will have left the side feeling this was very much two points lost, rather than one gained. Westlake’s next fixture sees them start their knock out cup campaign.
Premier Basketball vs Auckland Grammar School, 19th May
Auckland Grammar School visited Westlake Boys High in arguably the game of the round in the Auckland Premier Grade basketball on Friday, May 19th as two of the top four sides from last season went head to head. Despite a second straight thirty points haul from Tom Higgins, a more balanced home- side scoring effort prevailed, with Westlake recording an 85-78 win in front of a good-sized crowd.
Campbell Green opened the scoring for Auckland Grammar but point guard Josh Hidalgo scored a couple of baskets worthy of a highlights reel and Reuben Fitzgerald knocked down a pair of jump shots as Westlake forged a handy 23-13 first quarter lead.
Green executed a couple of strong baseline drives to give AGS impetus, but a dunk and then a left- handed put-back from Thabo Manyere put a stop to that. Westlake led 33-24 with AGS coach Dave Mackay needing a time out.
An Anzac Risetto tip-in got AGS on the move again. Manyere scored in transition but play was interrupted by a spate of fouls at the back end of the first half; one the hosts were content with as they led 38-28. Fitzgerald, with 10 points, led all scorers at the break.
Manyere showed his versatility by landing a triple to open the second half, but five quick points from the tireless Tom Higgins and a reverse lay-up from Leroy Brown kept AGS in contention. Westlake coach Zac Fitzgerald wasn’t happy with his team’s start to the half and called a timeout with offensive turnovers high on his agenda. A Matthew Cairns-Hita three helped Westlake’s cause, as did Malingin’s transition points. Teancum McCarthy defied the tall timber to grab an offensive rebound and put-back and when Brown scored on the break the scores were levelled, 55 apiece. At three-quarter time Westlake were protecting the slimmest of leads at 60-59.
In the final quarter, a Moors’ three followed by a mid-range jumper moved Westlake 67-61 ahead. Cairns-Hita extended the lead to 73-61 with a transition basket before AGS became more and more dependent on their go-to man Higgins. He had 27 points in the second half alone but, despite his best efforts, Westlake was always able to retain close to a ten points buffer in the final stanza.
The lead was 81-69 after a score from Ethan Martin, who had a fine game, and despite late baskets from McCarthy, Higgins and Brown, the hosts controlled the closing minutes to record a second straight win.
Score: Westlake 85 – Manyere 17pts/13rebs, Moors 15pts/6 blocks, Hidalgo 14, Cairns-Hita 12. Auckland Grammar 78 – Higgins 33, Brown 10, McCarthy 9