1st XI Cricket Auckland OD Semi-Final


Rosmini travelled up the hill to take on Westlake in the Auckland One Day semi-final. Westlake won the toss and elected to bowl first, hoping that the characteristically slow outfield would make it difficult for Rosmini to determine a par score on the ground. The decision proved to be the right one with Westlake restricting Rosmini to 126/6 after their 50 overs. All of the bowlers were exceptional with line and length although Matthew Thornton returned the best figures of 2-17 from his allotted overs.

Unfortunately Westlake’s chase got off to the worst possible start, losing both openers within the first 2 overs. Rosmini bowled well and wickets continued to fall as Westlake finished on 83 all out. It was a hugely disappointing way to end the one day campaign. Having beaten Rosmini on two previous occasions this season, Westlake would have backed themselves to come up with a win. However, credit must go to Rosmini who dug deep and, in the end, outplayed Westlake on the day

Mother Son Breakfast – Thursday 11 May 2017


 

Save the date in your diaries for our annual Mother Son Breakfast which will be held on Thursday 11th May.

Tickets will be available online soon.

This annual event offers mums and sons an opportunity to spend some quality time together while enjoying a presentation from Westlaker Bruce Pilbrow. Bruce is the former CEO of The Parenting Place and has recently taken up a new role as General Manager of Marketing & Engagement for Wolrd Vision NZ.

All students and their mothers, grandmothers and/or female role models are invited to attend.

 

 

Cricket Results 21 March


Traditional Fixture v Tauranga Boys College 14 and 15 March

Day 1

On the first day of the two-day exchange, the Westlake 1st XI played a 45 over game against Tauranga Boys College at Waipuna Park in Tauranga. Westlake won the toss and chose to bat first. They found themselves in trouble early on, losing Quinn Sunde in the 2nd over. However, Jock McKenzie knuckled down and scored a hard-fought 60 off 118 balls, demonstrating great patience and consistency. Westlake laboured to 161/7 after their 45 overs, assisted by a quick fire 23 from Sam Collinson. Westlake seemed to have the game all but wrapped up when the opposition found themselves 86-6 in the 26th over, largely due to some great bowling from Luke Ranson and Ryan Quinn. However, a 51 run 7th wicket partnership took the hosts to 137-7 after 39 overs. The game was well in the balance at this point, but the boys just pulled through to seal a 6 run win. Ryan Quinn finished with figures of 3 for 11 and Luke Ranson 3 for 20.

Day 2

On day two the students returned to Tauranga Boys College for a 25 over match, the first cricket game at their school for one and a half years due to their turf being re-laid. Ryan Quinn won the toss and chose to bat first for the second day in a row. It proved to be the right decision as the openers put on a partnership of 55 in 8.4 overs. Jock continued his fine form, scoring 31 off 28 balls. However, Tauranga fought back, restricting Westlake to 95-4 in the 15th over. At the end, Westlake came back with Campbell Knowles and Sam Collinson batting superbly, scoring 30 runs each and guiding Westlake to a total of 169-6. 170 was always going to be a tough ask and Tauranga never got going, losing regular wickets throughout, ending up on a total of 138-9 after their allotted 25 overs. All of the bowlers contributed, with Ryan Quinn, Matthew Thornton and Jock McKenzie all getting 2 wickets each.

 

1st XI v Rosmini T20

In high spirits after a successful exchange, Westlake travelled to face local rivals Rosmini College in a T20. Winning the toss and batting first, Westlake scored a commanding 201/8 after their 20 overs. The short boundaries certainly helped the cause, not to take away from the performances by our batsmen. Jock McKenzie scored 40 off 31 balls, Ryan Schierhout let loose with a 14 ball 39 and Campbell Knowles scored an outstanding 58 off just 22 balls. Dispatching the Rosmini bowlers to all parts of the ground, Campbell’s knock included a whopping 7 sixes and 2 fours and he was instrumental in getting Westlake past the 200 mark.

Despite a wicket as early as the 5th ball of the innings, Rosmini took control of the game thanks to some class batting from their 2 and 3. They amassed a partnership of 83 and at 89-1 in the 10th over, Rosmini looked favourites for the win. However, two quick wickets from Ryan Schierhout and Jordan Thornton meant the game was firmly in the balance. When Jordan snapped 2 wickets in 2 balls, the scales tipped in Westlake’s favour and the remaining 85 runs seemed a tough ask for Rosmini with only 7 overs left. Exceptional death bowling once again by Luke Ranson prevented Rosmini from scoring the remaining runs and Westlake won by 21 runs. Credit must be given to Luke Ranson who ended up on 3-28 after his 4 overs and to Jordan Thornton for his 3-20 off 3 overs. 

1st XI v Rosmini One-Day Match

Westlake returned to Rosmini for the second time in 3 days, this time for a one day match. Rosmini won the toss and chose to bowl on a slow track. Westlake got off to a relatively conservative start, reaching 123-4 in the 38th over. Jock McKenzie really dug deep and anchored the innings, scoring 55 off a hard-fought 137 balls. Reuben Fitzgerald was able to score a quick-fire 36 off 26 balls, hitting 3 sixes in the process, allowing Westlake to score a very competitive 196/9 off their allotted 50 overs.

Westlake got off to a very good start with the ball, limiting Rosmini to 28-2 in the 12th over. However, Rosmini was able to claw their way back into the contest and at 109-4 in the 35th over, the game was very much in the balance. No one could have predicted what would follow. Rosmini capitulated to 120 all out, losing their last 6 wickets for a mere 11 runs. The collapse was spear-headed by Jock McKenzie who took an incredible 4 wickets for 9 runs in only just under 6 overs. He was well supported by Ryan Schierhout, who finished off with a very impressive 2-16 in his 10 overs. The 76 run win means that Westlake will be taking on Rosmini (yet again!) in the semi-final which will be played at Westlake on Saturday March 25th. Let’s hope the boys can take this momentum into this very crucial stage in the context of their season.

2nd XI v Rosmini 2nd XI

The 2nd XI sent Rosmini in to bat on the no1 oval. Rosmini lost wickets at regular intervals to be 104 all out. Nick Burt (3-19) and Sam Reidy (3-23) inflicted the most damage, with Ryan Zent having an excellent day behind the stumps, with two catches and a stumping. Westlake were ruthless in reply, as batsmen Josh Hamilton (23) and Jarrad Harford (44 not out) picked off the runs to win the match in the 24th over, to give Westlake a win by 8 wickets.

3rd XI v Auckland Grammar School 2nd XI

WBHS won the toss and elected to bat. Westlake struggled to 101 all out in the 32nd over. Andrew Wickens top-scored with 26 and hit his first ever 6! Auckland Grammar School 2nd XI chased the total down without the loss of a wicket to give Westlake a disappointing 10 wicket loss.

 Traditional Fixture Colts 1 v Tauranga Boys College

Day 1

Colts 1 batted first in their first game against Tauranga Boys College. BJ Jacobs led the way with an attacking 46 and he was well supported by Travis Gower and Jesse Hohaia who both scored 22. The score of 158 hardly seemed enough but an outstanding bowling and fielding effort saw Colts 1 dismiss Tauranga Boys for 102, winning by 56 runs. Max Harbottle wove a web around the Tauranga Boys batsmen, securing 3/18 and he was well supported by Travis Gower who took 2/22. The highlight of the game was an outstanding catch by Regan Diver fielding close to the bat.

Day 2

Game 2 was a T20 with Tauranga Boys College batting first and reaching 105/6 at the end of their 20 overs. Once again Travis Gower was successful with 2/20. Captain Tom Pleciak led the chase with a fine 48 and was well supported by BJ Jacobs with 28. The game was won by 6 wickets. All in all, a very good two days of cricket for the Colts with everyone contributing well.

 

Colts 1 v Auckland Grammar School Colts Blue

On the back of their two good midweek wins in Tauranga, Colts 1 entered the round 6 game against Auckland Grammar School full of confidence. Tom Pleciak and Ollie Chambers once again got the team off to a great start putting on 70 for the first wicket. That was to be the only substantial partnership of the innings, which finished at a disappointing 143/7. Tom’s great run of form continued before he was run out for 49. Defending such a small total was always going to be difficult and so it proved, with Auckland Grammar batting very well and winning the game with only 3 wickets down and plenty of overs left.

Colts 2 v St Kentigern College Colts 2

In a game which ebbed and flowed from 12.30 to 6.30pm, Colts 2 had a thrilling 3 run win over St Kentigern’ s Colts 2. Batting first, Colts 2 were soon in trouble at 3 for 12. A partnership of 44 saw them slowly edge out of the mire, only to slide back into it at 5/58 when opener Taahier Wentzel was dismissed for 37. A number of steady partnerships saw the score climb towards the 100 mark. With some hard work by the tail end, Westlake finished on 153/9, thanks to a 34* by Eddy Chambers, including a four off the last ball of the 45th over. The opening bowlers bowled a good line and length and contained the St Kentigern openers. A fine spell of bowling from Captain Rory Price, of 5/14 off 9 overs, including three wicket maidens, reduced St Kentigern to 107/8 in the 37th over. A late surge by the St Kentigern tail saw them edge towards victory and at 150/9 at the end of the 43rd over, they were favourites. When Sa’eed Moerat, playing his first game for Westlake took his third catch, giving Jason Kay 3 for 27, the relief for players, parents and coach was tangible.

Colts 3 had a bye

Colts 4 v Long Bay Colts

Long Bay won the toss and elected to bat, making 169 runs in their 40 overs. Colts 4 produced some good bowling, with Nathan Holloway taking 4/20 off 8 overs, Harry Carter, 2/18 off 8 overs, and Sherav Ramphal, 2/21 off 6 overs.  Opening batsmen Harry Carter (49) and Dilshan Perera (20) got the team off to a solid start before Para Balaraman smashed his way to 38 runs, putting Colts 4 in a very strong position. However, Colts 4 then suffered a spectacular collapse, losing 6 wickets in quick succession and leaving Long Bay on the brink of victory. With Colts 4 needing 30 runs with only 1 wicket in hand, David Harrison and Seb Marsh batted incredibly well, inching closer to and eventually equalling the 169 target. Seb then hit a brilliant 4 runs to lead Colts 4 to a one wicket victory. Overall the game demonstrated a fantastic team effort and a tremendous fight back.

BATTING:

 

 

BATSMAN WBHS TEAM OPPOSITION SCORE

DATE

 
Jock McKenzie 1st XI Christchurch Boys High School    111

22 Feb 2017

 
Ryan Schierhout 1st XI King’s College    89

5 Mar 2017

 
Luke Ranson 1st XI Brisbane Boys College    87

12 Jan 2017

 
Tom Pleciak Colts 1 Rosmini Colts 1    80*

11 Feb 2017

 
Alex Divall 4th XI Sacred Heart 4th XI    77*

18 Feb 2017

 
Ryan Quinn 1st XI Mentone Grammar, Melbourne    74

23 Jan 2017

 
Tom Pleciak Colts 1 St Peter’s Colts 1    74

18 Feb 2017

 
James Barton 3rd XI St Peter’s College 2nd XI    73

18 Feb 2017

 
Sid Mahajan 2nd XI King’s College 2nd XI    71

5 Mar 2017

 
Jock McKenzie 1st XI Mentone Grammar, Melbourne    67

23 Jan 2017

 
SCHOOL BATTING RECORDS:

INDIVIDUAL:

Max O’Dowd 261 for 2nd XI vs. Mt Albert Grammar 2nd XI – 2009

Robbie O’Donnell 201* for 1st XI vs. St Peters College – 2010

TEAM:

2009 Second XI vs. Mt Albert Grammar 2nd XI – 444/10

 

 

BOWLING:

 

 

BOWLER WBHS TEAM OPPOSITION WKTS

DATE

Ryan Quinn 1st XI Christchurch Boys High School 6/70

23 Feb 2017

Rory Price Colts 2 St Kents Colts 2 5/14

18 Mar 2017

Jock McKenzie 1st XI Rosmini 4/9

18 Mar 2017

Sam Avis Colts 3 Westlake Colts 4 4/17

25 Feb 2017

Nathan Holloway Colts 4 Long Bay Colts 4/20

18 Mar 2017

Reuben Fitzgerald 1st XI MAGS 4/23

25 Feb 2017

Jordan Thornton 1st XI St Peter’s College 4/23

11 Feb 2017

Ben Drown 2nd XI St Kents 2nd XI 4/30

11 Feb 2017

Bevon Jacobs Colts 1 St Kentigern College 3/2

5 Mar 2017

Taahier Wentzel Colts 1 TGS Colts 1 3/3

4 Feb 2017

SCHOOL BOWLING RECORDS: INDIVIDUAL:

John Robinson 9/28 for 1st XI vs. Auckland Grammar – 1978

 

Sports Report 20/3/2017


 

SAILING

This year’s RNZYS Harken Sailing Regatta attracted 17 school teams from the wider Auckland Region, as well as Marlborough and the Bay of Islands.  The 17 teams were split into Gold and Silver fleets, with each group completing six races on Day 1 and Day 2, and the top five from each fleet going through to the final series on Sunday.

Tom Fyfe, Blake Nicholson, Harry Milne and Matt Jacobi performed well on both days, finishing up in 3rd place behind KeriKeri High School and Marlborough College, thereby placing them the top Auckland school for this regatta.

The Harken Schools Regatta was established in 2007 to promote the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Youth Training Programme and to give school-aged sailors an opportunity to race in a high performance keelboat.

 

CRICKET

Traditional Fixture v Tauranga Boys College 14 and 15 March

Day 1

On the first day of the two-day exchange, the Westlake 1st XI played a 45 over game against Tauranga Boys College at Waipuna Park in Tauranga. Westlake won the toss and chose to bat first. They found themselves in trouble early on, losing Quinn Sunde in the 2nd over. However, Jock McKenzie knuckled down and scored a hard-fought 60 off 118 balls, demonstrating great patience and consistency. Westlake laboured to 161/7 after their 45 overs, assisted by a quick fire 23 from Sam Collinson. Westlake seemed to have the game all but wrapped up when the opposition found themselves 86-6 in the 26th over, largely due to some great bowling from Luke Ranson and Ryan Quinn. However, a 51 run 7th wicket partnership took the hosts to 137-7 after 39 overs. The game was well in the balance at this point, but the boys just pulled through to seal a 6 run win. Ryan Quinn finished with figures of 3 for 11 and Luke Ranson 3 for 20.

Day 2

On day two the students returned to Tauranga Boys College for a 25 over match, the first cricket game at their school for one and a half years due to their turf being re-laid. Ryan Quinn won the toss and chose to bat first for the second day in a row. It proved to be the right decision as the openers put on a partnership of 55 in 8.4 overs. Jock continued his fine form, scoring 31 off 28 balls. However, Tauranga fought back, restricting Westlake to 95-4 in the 15th over. At the end, Westlake came back with Campbell Knowles and Sam Collinson batting superbly, scoring 30 runs each and guiding Westlake to a total of 169-6. 170 was always going to be a tough ask and Tauranga never got going, losing regular wickets throughout, ending up on a total of 138-9 after their allotted 25 overs. All of the bowlers contributed, with Ryan Quinn, Matthew Thornton and Jock McKenzie all getting 2 wickets each.

 

1st XI v Rosmini T20

In high spirits after a successful exchange, Westlake travelled to face local rivals Rosmini College in a T20. Winning the toss and batting first, Westlake scored a commanding 201/8 after their 20 overs. The short boundaries certainly helped the cause, not to take away from the performances by our batsmen. Jock McKenzie scored 40 off 31 balls, Ryan Schierhout let loose with a 14 ball 39 and Campbell Knowles scored an outstanding 58 off just 22 balls. Dispatching the Rosmini bowlers to all parts of the ground, Campbell’s knock included a whopping 7 sixes and 2 fours and he was instrumental in getting Westlake past the 200 mark.

Despite a wicket as early as the 5th ball of the innings, Rosmini took control of the game thanks to some class batting from their 2 and 3. They amassed a partnership of 83 and at 89-1 in the 10th over, Rosmini looked favourites for the win. However, two quick wickets from Ryan Schierhout and Jordan Thornton meant the game was firmly in the balance. When Jordan snapped 2 wickets in 2 balls, the scales tipped in Westlake’s favour and the remaining 85 runs seemed a tough ask for Rosmini with only 7 overs left. Exceptional death bowling once again by Luke Ranson prevented Rosmini from scoring the remaining runs and Westlake won by 21 runs. Credit must be given to Luke Ranson who ended up on 3-28 after his 4 overs and to Jordan Thornton for his 3-20 off 3 overs.

 

1st XI v Rosmini One-Day Match

Westlake returned to Rosmini for the second time in 3 days, this time for a one day match. Rosmini won the toss and chose to bowl on a slow track. Westlake got off to a relatively conservative start, reaching 123-4 in the 38th over. Jock McKenzie really dug deep and anchored the innings, scoring 55 off a hard-fought 137 balls. Reuben Fitzgerald was able to score a quick-fire 36 off 26 balls, hitting 3 sixes in the process, allowing Westlake to score a very competitive 196/9 off their allotted 50 overs.

Westlake got off to a very good start with the ball, limiting Rosmini to 28-2 in the 12th over. However, Rosmini was able to claw their way back into the contest and at 109-4 in the 35th over, the game was very much in the balance. No one could have predicted what would follow. Rosmini capitulated to 120 all out, losing their last 6 wickets for a mere 11 runs. The collapse was spear-headed by Jock McKenzie who took an incredible 4 wickets for 9 runs in only just under 6 overs. He was well supported by Ryan Schierhout, who finished off with a very impressive 2-16 in his 10 overs. The 76 run win means that Westlake will be taking on Rosmini (yet again!) in the semi-final which will be played at Westlake on Saturday March 25th. Let’s hope the boys can take this momentum into this very crucial stage in the context of their season.

 

2nd XI v Rosmini 2nd XI

The 2nd XI sent Rosmini in to bat on the no1 oval. Rosmini lost wickets at regular intervals to be 104 all out. Nick Burt (3-19) and Sam Reidy (3-23) inflicted the most damage, with Ryan Zent having an excellent day behind the stumps, with two catches and a stumping. Westlake were ruthless in reply, as batsmen Josh Hamilton (23) and Jarrad Harford (44 not out) picked off the runs to win the match in the 24th over, to give Westlake a win by 8 wickets.

 

3rd XI v Auckland Grammar School 2nd XI

WBHS won the toss and elected to bat. Westlake struggled to 101 all out in the 32nd over. Andrew Wickens top-scored with 26 and hit his first ever 6! Auckland Grammar School 2nd XI chased the total down without the loss of a wicket to give Westlake a disappointing 10 wicket loss.

 

Traditional Fixture Colts 1 v Tauranga Boys College

Day 1

Colts 1 batted first in their first game against Tauranga Boys College. BJ Jacobs led the way with an attacking 46 and he was well supported by Travis Gower and Jesse Hohaia who both scored 22. The score of 158 hardly seemed enough but an outstanding bowling and fielding effort saw Colts 1 dismiss Tauranga Boys for 102, winning by 56 runs. Max Harbottle wove a web around the Tauranga Boys batsmen, securing 3/18 and he was well supported by Travis Gower who took 2/22. The highlight of the game was an outstanding catch by Regan Diver fielding close to the bat.

Day 2

Game 2 was a T20 with Tauranga Boys College batting first and reaching 105/6 at the end of their 20 overs. Once again Travis Gower was successful with 2/20. Captain Tom Pleciak led the chase with a fine 48 and was well supported by BJ Jacobs with 28. The game was won by 6 wickets. All in all, a very good two days of cricket for the Colts with everyone contributing well.

 

Colts 1 v Auckland Grammar School Colts Blue

On the back of their two good midweek wins in Tauranga, Colts 1 entered the round 6 game against Auckland Grammar School full of confidence. Tom Pleciak and Ollie Chambers once again got the team off to a great start putting on 70 for the first wicket. That was to be the only substantial partnership of the innings, which finished at a disappointing 143/7. Tom’s great run of form continued before he was run out for 49. Defending such a small total was always going to be difficult and so it proved, with Auckland Grammar batting very well and winning the game with only 3 wickets down and plenty of overs left.

 

Colts 2 v St Kentigern College Colts 2

In a game which ebbed and flowed from 12.30 to 6.30pm, Colts 2 had a thrilling 3 run win over St Kentigern’ s Colts 2. Batting first, Colts 2 were soon in trouble at 3 for 12. A partnership of 44 saw them slowly edge out of the mire, only to slide back into it at 5/58 when opener Taahier Wentzel was dismissed for 37. A number of steady partnerships saw the score climb towards the 100 mark. With some hard work by the tail end, Westlake finished on 153/9, thanks to a 34* by Eddy Chambers, including a four off the last ball of the 45th over. The opening bowlers bowled a good line and length and contained the St Kentigern openers. A fine spell of bowling from Captain Rory Price, of 5/14 off 9 overs, including three wicket maidens, reduced St Kentigern to 107/8 in the 37th over. A late surge by the St Kentigern tail saw them edge towards victory and at 150/9 at the end of the 43rd over, they were favourites. When Sa’eed Moerat, playing his first game for Westlake took his third catch, giving Jason Kay 3 for 27, the relief for players, parents and coach was tangible.

 

Colts 3 had a bye

 

Colts 4 v Long Bay Colts

Long Bay won the toss and elected to bat, making 169 runs in their 40 overs. Colts 4 produced some good bowling, with Nathan Holloway taking 4/20 off 8 overs, Harry Carter, 2/18 off 8 overs, and Sherav Ramphal, 2/21 off 6 overs.  Opening batsmen Harry Carter (49) and Dilshan Perera (20) got the team off to a solid start before Para Balaraman smashed his way to 38 runs, putting Colts 4 in a very strong position. However, Colts 4 then suffered a spectacular collapse, losing 6 wickets in quick succession and leaving Long Bay on the brink of victory. With Colts 4 needing 30 runs with only 1 wicket in hand, David Harrison and Seb Marsh batted incredibly well, inching closer to and eventually equalling the 169 target. Seb then hit a brilliant 4 runs to lead Colts 4 to a one wicket victory. Overall the game demonstrated a fantastic team effort and a tremendous fight back.

 

WATER POLO

The Bennett-Buck Shield drew a fantastic crowd at Sunday night’s game which saw the Westlake Premier team match up against long-time rivals Rangitoto in the Auckland round.  Rangitoto came out quickly and scored 2 easy goals in the first quarter to Westlake’s 1 by Corban Wedlock-Aston.  Goalie, Stuart Hofmeyr, saved an outstanding 5 goals in the first quarter which saw the teams jostling for possession and playing strong defensively.  Westlake managed a couple of goals in the 2nd quarter with tidying up from Campbell Knowles and a goal by captain, Spencer McDowall.  Down 6-3 at half time, Westlake dug deep to win the 3rd quarter convincingly. They were strong on defence and stuck to the game plan of getting the basics right and capitalising on steals and kick-outs. Well-earned kick-outs by McDowall saw 2 penalty goals pay off by Liam Wedlock-Aston and a further goal by Liam ensured Westlake were back in the game, putting Rangitoto under serious pressure. Rangitoto moved up a gear and proved too strong in the last quarter, retaining the shield by 13-8. The team showed again that with team-work and tenacity they are strong, but they need to show determination for all 4 quarters of the game when up against tough competition. The team looks forward to the final round of the Auckland league, followed by North Islands and Nationals in the coming weeks.

 

TENNIS

The Premier Tennis team lost to Auckland Grammar School 2-4. However, Bailey Sutton showed fight and consistency, winning both his games.

North Island Secondary Schools Rowing Championships 2017


The Westlake Boys Rowing Squad travelled to Lake Karapiro over the weekend of 10-12 March 2017 for the North Island Secondary Schools Rowing Championships. This flagship regatta is the last stepping stone on the road to National Championships (Maadi Cup).

The persistent wind on Friday made for some challenging conditions for the heats but our boys raced admirably and lined up some semi-finals and finals. Saturday saw the wind replaced with rain, but the boys responded well to the flattened water and, by the end of the day, we had 14 of our crews qualify for A-finals, as well as five for B-finals and one for a C-final.

Sunday’s finals day weather was the best of the regatta, the wonderful flat water making up for the occasional showers. The boys performed superbly in their finals, stepping up their intensity alongside the rest of a very competitive field. The senior squad in particular had an incredibly successful day, winning silver and bronze in the under-18 pair early in the day. They followed this with an exciting gold medal finish in the under-18 four at midday, a trophy not won by Westlake Boys since 2010. This squad also picked up a bronze medal in the under-17 four.

The final race of the day was the under-18 eight, the pinnacle event of any secondary schools regatta. Our Senior Eight went into this race as favourites, having won the event at the previous regatta and having easily won their heat on Saturday. Conditions for the race were perfect, allowing all crews to get off to powerful starts. Hamilton Boys High School laid down an early challenge, forcing the other crews to respond and, with 500 metres to go, Westlake found themselves in an uncomfortable 4th position. The final quarter of the race was exciting and intense for the spectators, as four bow balls flew towards the line and the gaps began to close. St Kentigern dropped away, leaving Westlake, Hamilton Boys and Sacred Heart battling it out for the win. In the end, Westlake pulled off an amazing finish to claim first place, less than half a second ahead of Hamilton Boys. This is the first time Westlake Boys has won ‘the double’ – under-18 four and eight – since 2010.

The coaching team is immensely proud of the progress the squad has been making as a whole. The number of finals achieved across all age levels is a great confidence boost for the boys going into the final and most important regatta, Maadi Cup, which takes place on 27 March-1 April at Lake Karapiro.

Summary of A-final results

U17 single: 6th (Aaron Cordes)

U18 pair: SILVER (Baxter Holgate-Simpson, Ben Jury) and BRONZE (Jake Jones, Sam Jones)

U16 quad: 6th (Oscar Andrew, Jayden Tabani-Ivi, Callum Jarvis, Kiardyn Hatch, Dylan Maynard)

U16 four: 6th (Brahm Erdmann, Sam Shotter, Jayden Tabani-Ivi, Oscar Andrew, Gene Offwood)

U17 double: 6th (Aaron Cordes, Hunter Pethers-Boak)

U18 four: GOLD (Jake Jones, Sam Jones, Baxter Holgate-Simpson, Ben Jury, Dylan Maynard)

U17 four: BRONZE (Max Brown, Blake Bradshaw, Angus Shotter, Hunter Pethers-Boak, Dylan Maynard)

U16 eight: 5th (Brahm Erdmann, Sam Shotter, Jayden Tabani-Ivi, Oscar Andrew, Kiardyn Hatch, Sam Le Cocq, Mitch Hohaia, Oscar Dorbeck, Gene Offwood) and 8th (Ben Fullam, Zachary Knight, Ian Qiu, Felix-Foxx Burnell, Nelson Pinder, Reece Walthew, Lucas Rawlings, Callum Booth, Scott Cosslett)

U15 four: 6th (Bowen de Gouw, Nicholas Garner, Aubrey Sima, Matthias Wong, Sam Rickard)

U15 octuple: 7th (Bowen de Gouw, Nicholas Garner, Aubrey Sima, Harrison Goodall, Matthias Wong, Oscar Dorbeck, Jared Barry, Blake McGlashan, Raith Fullam)

U18 eight: GOLD (Max Brown, Ben Jury, Baxter Holgate-Simpson, Sam Jones, Angus Shotter, Blake Bradshaw, Jake Jones, Hunter Pethers-Boak, Gene Offwood)

March 6th 2017 Sports Report


CRICKET
1st XI v King’s College
Westlake Boys High School returned home in the fifth round of the one-day competition, as they looked to continue the momentum from the last two matches. King’s won the toss and selected to field. Kings were able to take advantage of the conditions and had Westlake 2-28 after 12 overs. Ryan Schierhout was back from injury and batting at number three, he played a destructive innings, scoring 89 off 62 balls, including 6 sixes. The rest of the batsmen were unable to follow Schierhout’ s lead as King’s restricted Westlake to 192, with Schierhout’ s innings the only one of substance. Westlake would have to bowl well in order to come out on top. It was Luke Ranson who created inroads, returning solid figures of 3/ 20. He was supported from the other end with Ryan Quinn taking two very crucial wickets (2/10) and Sam Brewis also taking two (2/17). Westlake won the match by 36 runs, thanks to a great team effort in the field and a phenomenal knock by Schierhout.
2nd XI v King’s College 2nd XI:
Westlake were sent in to bat on a slow wicket at King’s but a solid batting foundation was set once again by Josh Hamilton (31), who batted patiently, and Sid Mahajan (71). Westlake set a competitive total of 206/6. King’s were never really in the chase with Trent Walker (2-16) taking early wickets and a flurry of run-outs sealing a 125 run win.

3rd XI v Sacred Heart 2nd XI
Westlake Boys 3rd XI lost the toss and were asked to bowl. Unfortunately, several catches were dropped, which helped Sacred Heart get to a sizable total of 255/5. Aditya Chemburkar and Alec Binnie were the pick of the bowlers with 2-35 and 2-36 respectively. A valiant effort was made in the run chase, with Flynn Goodley-Hollister scoring 37, Luke Trafford 27, Aditya 25 and Alec 21. Unfortunately, Westlake only made 180 in the chase and lost by 75 runs.

Colts 1 v St. Kentigern College
Round 4 saw Colts 1 travel to the picturesque Wainoni to play St. Kentigern College. Batting first St Kentigern College made a steady start but then tight bowling and outstanding fielding limited them to 135/9 at the end of their innings. The most successful bowler was BJ Jacobs with 3 wickets for 2 runs and he was well supported by Dylan Hamilton, Max Harbottle and Regan Diver with 2 wickets each. Unfortunately for Colts 1 they were not able to get on top of the St. Kentigern bowlers and were bowled out for 92 incurring a loss by 43 runs.

Colts 3 v Long Bay Colts
Long Bay won the toss and elected to bowl on a damp, drizzly morning. Luke Cameron (55) and Matthew Gell (39) opened the batting and got Westlake off to a very good start. Dan Titchener added a valuable 17 runs before Steven Lydiard (22 not out) and Ben Ruscoe (17) got Colts 3 to a respectable 231/8 in 40 overs. Sam Avis and Luke Cameron opened the bowling with an economical eight over spell, before Esuru Nanayakkara and Risith Kankanamge (2/12 in 3 overs) removed the Long Bay College top order. A good team effort continued to bring wickets regularly. Luke Cameron then finished the innings by bowling the tail out, with 2-14. A great effort from Colts 3 who remain unbeaten this year.

SENIOR PREMIER TENNIS
The Premier a Tennis team played a very powerful St Kentigern College on Saturday and suffered a 6-0 loss. Harry Browning and Aden Borlase-Mills played well to win a set and go to tie-breakers. Team: Leo Cho, Harry Browning, Bailey Sutton, Aden Borlase-Mills.

 
WATER POLO
Westlake Boys vs St. Kentigern College
The Premier Water Polo team made a very strong start in the first quarter and it was an exhausting fight to keep the score close, after Zach Newton-Cross and Korban Kirk gained Westlake two goals. The St. Kentigern defence was exceptional and very hard to score against, and their attack scored some goals to put themselves on the board.
Leading into the second quarter, the opposition adapted to the Westlake attack which made Westlake’s job even harder. Tired from the first quarter, Westlake struggled to hold together, allowing fatigue to kick in. St. Kentigern took advantage of this and managed to bump up the lead quite convincingly. However, Stuart Hofmeyr made four excellent saves, reducing the opposition’s score to 5-2 at half time.
Westlake improved in the third quarter with a strong attack. Campbell Knowles secured two superb goals and Corban Wedlock-Aston one. The team attempted 7 shots which was a great performance, but could only successfully put 3 into the back of the net. The fourth quarter was rather quiet as Westlake attempted to catch up to the strong St. Kentigern side. Kyle Shears was able to score a great distance goal into the top corner, putting Westlake a step closer to St. Kentigern but they could not overtake them. James Tyras performed very well in the last quarter, making 4 great saves and preventing the goal difference from becoming greater.
The game ended 9-6 to St. Kentigern College, but the Westlake team showed promise with defensive play as well as team-work.

Westlaker Dads & Sons Event, March 2017


 

Last Thursday night we welcomed a unique group to the school. Our Westlaker Dads and their sons attended a function to celebrate their special status in our community as double generation Westlaker families.

Guests mingled over a few drinks and finger food. The Dads reconnected with fellow old boys, sharing stories of rugby games, rowing triumphs and teachers who were memorable, as well as admiring all that is new at Westlake.  Memories were jogged with a slideshow of old photos and year books on display from the previous decades.  The current boys found the photos amusing, but the general feeling in the room was one of pride.

Headmaster, David Ferguson, thanked the parents for choosing to send their sons to Westlake. He talked about the many ways old boys generously help the school, by mentoring, coaching sports teams and making donations to name a few. This helps to create a strong Westlake community with a culture of giving back.

Richard Stevens, Westlakers Committee President, knows first- hand about the special bond there is when boys and their dads have been to the same school as he has had two sons at Westlake. He spoke passionately about this and remarked that the dads are much cooler than the boys think and that they should treasure times like this spent with their dads.

The Chhour family were the lucky draw winners of tickets to the next Father Son Breakfast in July.

As a memento of the evening, dads and sons had the opportunity to have their photo taken in front of our new ceremonial archway. This was a great way to conclude the evening.

 

Lantern Festival Morning Tea, February 2017


 

 

On Monday 27 February we welcomed over 50 parents to the Lantern Festival Morning Tea. This event has become an annual fixture in the school calendar, aimed at connecting with our Asian families in particular. It gives them the opportunity to meet fellow school parents and to get a taste of Westlake. Guests were first able to attend a full school assembly, during which a video from the recent Haka Competition was shown. Many parents commented on how good it was to see an assembly in action, to note the messages that were given to the boys by the Headmaster and to see the formal proceedings.

Afterwards prefects accompanied the group to the PTA Conference Room, upstairs in the new Gymnasium, which was decorated for the occasion. Members of our International Department and some of our Chinese-speaking prefects were on hand to chat to the guests who took the opportunity to ask lots of questions.

Guests enjoyed a delicious morning tea, served by members of the school PTA and the prefects present. 2017 Cultural Captain, David Lin, spoke in Chinese initially and then in English, outlining some of the activities he has been involved in at Westlake and urging parents to encourage their sons to also get involved during their time at school.

Headmaster David Ferguson also encouraged families to get involved by way of joining the PTA, helping with events, sports, shows, and the like. Another way to support the school, he said, is by contributing funds to student scholarships or specific school projects. He mentioned that it would be good to see more names of Asian boys on the bricks in the new gym representing our school’s community. Mr Ferguson finished by reinforcing the message that families are welcome at school and that we look forward to seeing them at upcoming events.

We would like to thank all the parents who made the time to come along to the morning tea. We hope that it was both enjoyable and useful and we look forward to welcoming you back to Westlake soon.

To view all the photos from the event please go to the school website and find the Flickr logo (blue circle with 2 white circles inside) at the top right-hand side.  Then select “Albums” and “Lantern Festival Morning Tea 2017”.

ASB Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards 2016


 

Photo courtesy of Temposhot Photography

On Saturday 26th November, College Sport hosted their annual Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards at Eden Park. The YSPOTY Awards celebrates the top sports students that have been representing their schools at Premier level. Guest speaker, 2016 Olympic medallist and Pole Vaulter, Eliza McCartney also addressed the 600 people in the audience about her experience of performing in Rio and thoughts on training and competing.

Westlake are always well represented at this event and 2016 was no exception.

In total we had 18 boys at the event who were nominated in their specific code, meaning they are considered to be in the top three performers in the city. From this group of 18, seven went on to win their respective categories.

These students were:

Oscar Guo – Badminton
Daniel Hoy – Distance Running
Matthew Lucente – Squash
Zae Wallace – Rugby League
Jason Churches – Swimming
Daniel Hoy – Triathlon
Ashton Howard – Volleyball

The final part of proceedings is the overall Young Sportsman of the Year. We were delighted to have three students (Dan Hoy, Oscar Guo and Zae Wallace) in the final selection of 10.

This year our Westlake Sportsman of the Year, Dan Hoy, was announced as the overall Young Sportsman of the Year for 2016. This was in recognition of Dan’s three National Title wins this year, his 4th finish at the U19 World Triathlon Championships and his wins on the Senior Triathlon circuit.

Dan joins Westlakers  Michael Bullot (2001), Rob Loe (2009), Tai Webster (2012) and Jack Salt (2013) as a winner of this prestigious award.

A fantastic evening for the school and a justification of all of the commitment, hard work and dedication that so many people put into our programme.

Photographs from the evening can be found at:
http://www.temposhot.nz/YSPOTY/YSPOTY16/

 

Year 10 Russell Glackin Cricket Tournament 2016


Westlake v Rangitoto on 28 November

A consistent performance from the top order batsmen allowed Westlake to amass a total of 250/6. Jock McKenzie 54, Scott Sylvester 53, Mitchell Gray 37, Alec Bennie 34, Daniel Maddren 22 all chipped in. In reply, Rangitoto began well but the game turned in Jordan Thornton’s first over when he took a hat trick and almost had 4 wickets in 4 balls. Jordan Thornton ended on 4/44, ably supported by Sam Reidy with 2/34. Rangitoto went to 83 for 5 after being 81 for 2 in the 21st over. Westlake failed to take the advantage and Rangitoto batted out the 45 overs ending on 206/9. Thus, a win to the Yr10 team by 44 runs.

Westlake v Whangarei Boys on 29 November

Westlake dismissed Whangarei in the 37th over for a total of 166 thanks to a much improved fielding performance, where some fine catches were taken. Alec Bennie led the way with three , Jock McKenzie took two and the champagne moment went to Ben Drown’ s pivotal catch. The stand out bowler was Jordan Thornton with 3/29. He was well supported by Ben Drown with 2/19 and Jarryd Russell 3/19. Chasing the total, Westlake were 2 for 20 when Jock McKenzie joined Mitchell Gray at the wicket and both batted steadily through to the drinks break when Westlake were 2 for 73. They then put the accelerator down to reach the total in the 34th over. Both Jock and Mitchell reached their half century to finish with 61* and 66* respectfully, as the team cruised to 167/2 and achieved a comfortable 8 wicket win.

Westlake v Rosmini College on 30 November

Westlake batted first in the game against Rosmini and were in trouble at 4 for 43 in the 18th over. With the 5th wicket falling just after the 22 over innings break at 56 this looked less likely. Then one partnership followed another and thanks to a belligerent 28 from opener Daniel Maddren, an entertaining 31 from Rhys Wearing and a feisty 22 from Jordan Thornton, Westlake were eventually dismissed for 160. Rosmini began the chase with a positive intent and they were well in control at 81 for 2 in the 14th over. However, the regular loss of wickets by Rosmini saw the run rate begin to fall. Joseph Moore with 2/19 and Jock McKenzie with 2/26 were the pick of the bowlers. However Rosmini eventually reached the desired total for the loss of seven wickets, thereby inflicting a loss by 3 wickets.

This result meant that both teams had two wins in the tournament, but Westlake retained the Russell Glackin trophy due to a better run rate. Individual awards were collected by Jordan Thornton whose 8 wickets in the tournament were the most taken. Jock Mackenzie collected the player of the tournament with runs, wickets and catches. Thanks to Rosmini for hosting and organising the tournament. Next year they voyage to the winterless North where, Whangarei will be keen to make use of home field advantage.