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 Premier Rugby League produced their best ever result at the 2016 New Zealand Rugby League Secondary Schools Tournament, staged at Papakura’s Bruce Pulman Park earlier this month. The team finished in third place overall which is a massive improvement on their sixth placing the previous year and a clear sign of vast improvement by Westlake’s Rugby League setup.
Westlake secured an unblemished record through pool play beating St Thomas of Christchurch 42-12, Tamaki College 37-22, after an amazing comeback having been 22-4 down at a halftime, and then defeated a big and physical Avondale College 26-12 to progress to the semi-finals. When Westlake came up against perennial powerhouse, Kelston Boys High School in the semi-final, the boys unfortunately played their worst game of the tournament, going down 26-16.
True to their spirit, the team regrouped for their match against St Paul’s College and managed to produce their best game of the tournament, destroying their opponents 38-12 to claim third place in New Zealand. To top off a terrific tournament, Leon Thambiran, Zae Wallace and Fine and Lotu Inisi were rewarded for their outstanding efforts throughout the competition with their selection for the NZRL Secondary Schools team.
To finish third in New Zealand was a monumental effort from all involved and highlights the progress that Westlake Rugby League has made over the last few years. Congratulations to the team who were outstanding ambassadors for our school and a special thanks to teacher in charge, Mr Heath Nola and Westlaker coaches Jamie Williamson and Peter Hurst for their ongoing support and encouragement.
Westlake Boys Premier League (24) vs Wesley College (12)
Westlake Boys Premier League team secured a top four spot in the CRL competition for the first time in the school’s history by overcoming Wesley College 24-12 at their home turf. The team knew that they had to defeat Wesley and hope that other results would go their way to make the semi-finals in Term 3.
Westlake started poorly with Wesley scoring in their first set of the game but the home team replied almost immediately with a stunning 80 metre individual try to Ariki Hood Kaitapu. From that point on Westlake stepped up the pressure with a smart kick and chase game to keep Wesley at their end of the field. The pressure on Wesley told with Lotu Inisi crashing over deep into the first half to give the home side a halftime lead of 10-6.
The second half started well when Westlake scored early to extend their lead to 14-6. That lead increased shortly after when Zae Wallace scored taking the score to 18-6. Unfortunately, unforced errors saw Wesley gain more possession which eventually enabled them to score out wide and convert to reduce the margin to 18-12. But Westlake failed to fold under the growing pressure and scored a well worked try out wide by Ariki Hood Kaitapu, sealing the victory 24-12.
The win have rightfully earned the team a spot in the CRL semi-finals, making history along the way. The boys will now play St Paul’s College away in the semi-final next term, which will be a special occasion for Westlake Boys, the coaching staff and players.
Westlake Boys Premier League (14) vs St Paul’s College (18)
Westlake Premier League travelled to last year’s CRL champions St Paul’s for a critically important game. The match started with heavy contact from both sides in boggy conditions, making handling extremely difficult. The loss of inspirational Westlake hooker Anthony Po-Ching early on in the match was a massive blow for the away team. St Paul’s crossed first to take the lead 6-0 but Westlake responded brilliantly with a superb cross field kick try to a diving Hemi McCarthy. Keepa Wiki converted from the side-line to lock the scores at 6 all. Westlake then took the lead 12-6 right on half time after a bomb scramble with Zae Wallace touching down and another Keepa Wiki conversion from out wide.
The second half saw St Paul’s come out strongly, dominating field possession and position which eventually led them to cross the line to level the score. A converted penalty in the last ten minutes by Keepa Wiki swung the lead to Westlake again at 14-12. Unfortunately errors crept into the Westlake game, and a reduced bench with injured players saw the boys battling to hang onto their lead. After sustained pressure St Paul’s scored a try to take the score to 18-14, a lead which they held to the end.
It was another close loss for the boys against one of New Zealand’s true champion Rugby League Schools. The team will now have to win their final two matches, starting next week against Aorere College to finish in the top four.
Enjoy the Premier League vs Kelston Boys (15 June 2016) image gallery, photographed by Westlake 7th Form student Jack Hall.
Westlake Boys Premier League vs Kelston Boys High School
Westlake Boys hosted last year’s CRL champions Kelston Boys High School in the second match of the CRL Championship round last night. The match began well for Westlake who opened up the scoring with a Lachlan Macintosh try to lead 6-0. Unfortunately, ill-discipline led to Kelston being given an opportunity to get into the Westlake half and the visitors scored just before halftime to level the score at 6 all, heading into the second half.
The second half began poorly for Westlake, conceding a try to go behind 10-6 and yet again due to ill-discipline, Kelston scored to skip away to a 16-6 lead. The home team scored late to close the score to 16-12 but Kelston held on to secure the victory.
Stand out performers for Westlake were Lotu Inisi and debutant Victor Moses along with Fine Inisi. Next week, the team will travel to St Paul’s College and will be desperately seeking a victory to get back in the winner’s circle.
Westlake Boys Premier Rugby League vs Avondale College
The Westlake Boys Premier Rugby League team pulled off a comeback draw against Avondale College in their first match of the CRL competition championship round. Westlake began poorly allowing Avondale to race out to a 12-0 lead but when Westlake eventually composed themselves, the team scored three tries in the first half to take a 16-12 lead into the break. Avondale started the second half strongly and scored two more tries to skip to a 28-16 lead. Westlake fought back with two late tries to earn a 28 all draw.
The result was a fair reflection of what was an intense and exciting game which neither side deserved to lose. Westlake now play Kelston Boys High School next Wednesday at home in a must win encounter. Standout performers for the team were Lotu and Fine Inisi as well as Christian Ma’anaima.
Westlake Boys Premier Rugby League vs Mount Albert Grammar School
The Westlake Boys Premier Rugby League Team continued their unbeaten run in the CRL (College Rugby League) competition with a hard fought 10-8 victory over Mount Albert Grammar School away at Fowlds Park. In atrocious weather conditions, ball security and discipline were the key aspects of the day.
Westlake started well with a try to centre Caleb Macdonald and a penalty added by Zae Wallace saw the team take a 6-0 lead. MAGS hit back hard through a Westlake error and levelled the scores at 6 all. They then kicked a penalty right before halftime to take the lead to 8-6 at halftime.
The second half was a brutal and at times dour affair with Westlake scoring through Fine Inisi in the first two minutes to take an important 10-8 lead. The team then held on through strong defence and ill-discipline from MAGS severely cost them at important stages.
The win means a top of Pool C finish for Westlake in the round robin with the CRL top six competition kicking off in a fortnight. Standout performers for the team were Fine Inisi, Connagh Takairangi and Ariki Hood-Kaitapu.
Westlake Boys Premier Rugby League 40 vs Papakura High School 10
Westlake Boys’ Premier Rugby League team began their game against Papakura High School knowing that a victory would ensure them a place in the top six of the CRL competition. The game started strongly for Westlake with Anthony Po-Ching and Zae Wallace both scoring fine individual tries. Westlake didn’t ease up in the first half and went to the break with a convincing 20-0 lead.
The second half began in shaky fashion when the visitors scored within the first three minutes but the home team responded in style to pull away clearly from Papakura and secure a convincing 40-10 victory.
Standout performers for Westlake were Fine and Lotu Inisi with Anthony Po-Ching and Zae Wallace also producing strong efforts again. Next week sees the team travel to Fowlds Park to take on Mount Albert Grammar School looking to complete the round robin section of play undefeated.
Westlake Boys High School 18 vs Otahuhu College 12
Westlake Boys Premier Rugby League made a huge statement in this year’s CRL tournament defeating defending New Zealand Secondary Schools champions Otahuhu College 18-12. Westlake Boys scored four tries to Otahuhu’ s two in a bruising and enthralling contest.
Westlake started the match strongly getting out to a four nil lead courtesy of a try to the hard working Anthony Po-Ching. Otahuhu replied soon after and went in front 6-4, but Westlake responded with a fine individual try to Fine Inisi. Otahuhu hit back right before halftime to lead 12-10 at the break.
The second half saw Westlake come out with a committed defence to keep Otahuhu at bay. Hemi McCarthy then proved to be the man of the hour crossing for two crucial tries, the result of some brilliant Zae Wallace grubber kicks. Westlake held on stoically to the end and recorded a famous victory for the school. Even the bus breaking down on the Southern Motorway and having to wait 45 minutes for a replacement bus didn’t dampen the boys spirits. Next week sees the boys at home to Papakura in a game in which a win will all but guarantee the team a spot in CRL’s top six competition.
Tries: Hemi McCarthy (2), Anthony Poching, Fine Inisi (1)
Goals: Zae Wallace 1 from 4