Westlake Reign as National Squash Champions for Third Consecutive Year


Westlake Boys High School retained their New Zealand Secondary Schools Squash national title for the third consecutive year. This year’s championship held in Palmerston North was attended by 32 boys teams and 19 teams of girls, making it the biggest secondary schools squash event in the country.

 

The earlier rounds saw the team consisting of Matthew Lucente, Gabe Yam, Akil Afghan, Jien Lim, Tom Taylor, Zonal Ali and Jono Beazley comfortably defeat Hawera High School, Wairarapa College, Hutt International Boys School and Tauranga Boys College.

In a repeat of last year’s finals, Westlake faced Waikato’s St. Pauls Collegiate A for the title. The scenario this time around was different as the team had to fight their way back from a 0-2 deficit and complete a remarkable comeback through sheer determination and focus.

The finals did not start well for the reigning champions when the first two matches did not go Westlake’s way. It meant that St. Pauls needed just one more win to wrest the title away whilst Westlake was put in a high pressure situation of having to win all three remaining matches.

In his debut as team captain, Matthew Lucente was however in total control and unfazed with the huge task of putting Westlake on the comeback trail. Matthew lived up to his New Zealand No.1 ranking and powered his way to a straight set win over his opponent. Matthew’s emphatic win proved to be the much needed rallying point and the shift of momentum for the rest of the team.

Next on court was Tom Taylor who fittingly played the game of his life in his last Nationals, staying calm and composed through tense moments in his match. Showing grit and tenacity, Tom stunningly bounced back after losing the second game to take the much needed win in four games and put the finalists deadlocked at two wins each.

Westlake’s shot at achieving a hat-trick then depended on New Zealand’s current U17 No.1 Gabe Yam. It was all business for Gabe from the onset and he was never really in trouble during the match, taking out a clinical 3-0 win and along with it the national title for Westlake for the third year in a row.

The team looks forward to defending their title and make it four in a row for Westlake next year.

Squash Team: (Captain) Matthew Lucente, Gabe Yam, Akil Afghan, Jien Lim, Zonal Ali and Jono Beazley,

(Coach/Manager) Manu Yam

Rugby v Massey High School, Queen’s Birthday Weekend 2017


 

The Westlake 1st XV had one of their biggest challenges of the season when they squared off against Massey High School on Friday, June 2nd. Massey started strongly and scored first.  Nikau Graham answered with a try for Westlake. However, an emboldened Massey looked threatening racing to a 14-5 lead. A great line out win to towering No.4 Tiennan Costley set Johnny Cooper up for a very timely try, narrowing the margin as half-time approached.

Coach Aaron Katipa encouraged the players to believe in themselves and the opportunities would come. True to form, Lotu Inisi crashed over for a try, quickly followed by Sean Vete. Massey was forced to counter the threat from Westlake’s forwards by committing more players to the rucks and this created space out wide. Firstly Spencer McDowall found a gap and scored. Then it was a great combination of Nikau Graham and Johnny Cooper that broke the line, taking the score out to the final result of 36-14.

Next week Westlake take on Rosmini College in a highly-anticipated top of the table match. The team would love to see lots of supporters in their Westlake colours as they defend the Woodhouse Shield.

The Westlake 2nd XV also faced off against Massey but with home advantage. Westlake were able to surpass Massey with their passing and running game. A clever back move saw Ollie Charlesworth split the defence and break-through for an impressive try. Dylan Chesney kept up his record of scoring twice. Not to be outshone, forwards Jordan Quinn and Caleb McDonald accounted for four tries between them, including a 60m dash from Caleb. Ollie Watts also had a standout game at No6.  The final score was 59-0, a very pleasing result for Coach, Mr Henley who stepped up to take the reins on Saturday.

The 5As had a much more formidable challenge, facing the Sacred Heart Under15s. Stuart van Gelder and Bryn Moloney scrummed very well with Chlayton Frans making himself known all over the park. Once again Brook Robson controlled the game well at half back. Coach Mr Mildenhall was very impressed by Peti Tavui and Caleb Falloon. While Westlake produced a valiant effort, it was Sacred Heart who won the tussle, by the narrowest of margins, 22-21.

1st XI Football v Mount Albert Grammar, 28th May 2017


Starting XI:

  1. Williams, J. Woods, M. Wood, D. Hobson, C. Foulds, M. Lamont, R. Wynne, B. Kelly, J. Benbow, J. Olivier, L. Wilson

Substitutes:

  1. Scopas (unused), A. Al-Majmuei (on for L. Wilson 80th minute) J. Scott (unused), D. Mitten (on for R. Wynne 45th minute),

Half time score – 1-0

Full time score – 2-2

Scorers – J. Benbow, J. Olivier

The First XI travelled to Mount Albert Grammar School for one of their few Saturday fixtures of the season. The team were coming off the back of a competent cup win against One Tree Hill College and looked to take this form into the league. A backlog of sickness and injuries forced stand-in coach Tony Readings into a formation change as he looked to shuffle the pack to provide the team with more attacking options.

The game started with both teams trying to assert their influence, particularly in an overcrowded midfield. A glut of free kicks denied any real flow to the game and the stop-start nature of proceedings did not lend itself well to Westlake’s desire to dominate possession.

The first 20 minutes passed without incident or goal scoring opportunities, but this was more than made up for in the rest of the half. After Westlake had failed to deal with a high ball from the MAGS goalkeeper, it bounced into the box and put the MAGS forward through on goal. Westlake goalkeeper, Bradley Williams, mistimed his challenge and brought down the on rushing attacker. A penalty was rightfully awarded. A mixture of nerves and poor technique saw the MAGS player blaze the ball over the crossbar and allowed the Westlake contingent to breath a collective sigh of relief.

It looked as if the half would finish as a stalemate but it was MAGS who put the first goal on the board. A mistimed tackle led to a breakaway and ended up with a MAGS midfielder playing in their forward. Although he appeared to be offside by a significant margin, no whistle was heard or flag seen and he duly placed the ball into the bottom corner of the goal.

Westlake went back to the changing rooms a goal down but far from out of the game. The second half started with Westlake playing at a much higher tempo and intensity and it was the aforementioned traits that led to their first goal. Some neat interplay led to a ball squared to forward, Joe Benbow, who jinked his way into the box. His quick footwork deceived the MAGS defender into a foul and a penalty was duly awarded. Benbow, who probably had his best game for the school, dusted himself off and slotted home the penalty. Westlake were back level and very much looked the more likely to fashion a lead; a lead that did come their way around 10 minutes later. A surging run from captain Bronson Kelly put the ball at the feet of Jordan Olivier. His quick feet and even quicker thinking ensured he expertly popped the ball past the out-coming goalkeeper and Westlake now had their noses in front.

A good chance fell to the feet of Daniel Mitten that would have put the game to bed, but he wasn’t able to provide the decisive touch to send the ball goal-bound. The match was now a see-saw affair as Westlake looked for the killer goal and MAGS pushed to equalise.

A number of chances, last ditch clearances and goal mouth scrambles at both ends ensued, but it was MAGS who were able to put one away with five minutes left to play. Westlake pushed hard to score again, but time was not on their side and they had to settle for a share of the spoils.

As the final whistle blew, the Westlake team were left to rue some missed chances

International Squash Success


Matthew Lucente – U17 Oceania Junior Champion

Matthew Lucente and Gabe Yam were Champion and Runner-up respectively in the boys U17 division of the Oceania Junior Championships. Their thrilling final saw Matthew taking the win in four close games over Gabe and showcased both players’ speed and accuracy inside the court. Matthew, who recently attained a rare and hard to achieve A1 grading at just 16 years old, was also the boys U15 champion in 2015.

After the Oceania Championships, Matthew and Gabe put aside their healthy rivalry and teamed up for the  Trans-Tasman Test series to help New Zealand defeat Australia 26-10, winning all their matches against the Australians. The two-day test involved 18 of the best U13 to U19  players from NZ and Australia battling each other in their relevant age divisions. 

Matthew Lucente and Gabe Yam with the Junior Trans-Tasman Trophy

The two international events were held on 14-19 April at the Henderson Squash Club, with players from Australia, Singapore, New Caledonia, China, Hong Kong and French Polynesia participating in the Oceania Championships.

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.

Picton Sailing Regattas, February 2017


Five WBHS students travelled to Picton last week for the Interislander Optimist Ranking Regatta. Sailing conditions were light and shifty with a lot of rain. Points earned from the Ranking Regattas and Nationals this Easter will decide the sailors to represent New Zealand at international events this year. WBHS sailors performed exceptionally well at the Regatta, with at least three Westlake sailors expected to earn International Travelling Team positions this year.

Results out of 114 Sailors:
4th – Joshua Hyde
9th – Brayden Hamilton
10th – Thomas Mulcahy
26th – Kaan Yazici
50th – Zach Fong

Joshua Hyde, Thomas Mulcahy, Brayden Hamilton, Kaan Yazici and Zach Fong at the Interislander Optimist Regatta

Two WBHS students also competed in the Port Marlborough Starling Championships.

Results out of 35 Sailors:
15th – Ryan Harden
19th – Charlie Loughran

First XI Cricket 2017 Season Starts


The 1st XI warmed up for their Term 1 matches with pre-season fixtures in mid-January against three Australian schools.

 

1st XI Squad v Brisbane Boys College, 12 January

Electing to bat first against Brisbane Boys College looked like the wrong decision when Westlake Boys stood at 52/5. However, Luke Ranson (87) and Sam Collinson (40) put on a magnificent 143 run partnership allowing Westlake Boy’s innings to close on 210/7. Brisbane Boys College replied in an excellent manner and at 160/3 the game looked done and dusted. It took an inspired bowling and fielding spell to apply the necessary pressure and Brisbane wickets then tumbled, with Sam Collinson (3/32), Jacob Waitai (3/34) and Ryan Schierhout (2/32) getting the job done. The game went down to the ‘wire’ with Brisbane only just falling short for a thrilling one run win to Westlake.

 

1st XI Squad v St Patrick’s College (Brisbane), 13 January

Batting first again, Westlake Boys found themselves in deep trouble at 60/6 against St. Patrick’s College Brisbane. There was to be no heroics this time around, as only Sam Collinson, with a patient 36 showed any resolve. The total of 136 was never going to be enough, but the Westlake boys showed plenty of heart to make sure the game was extended. St Patrick’s eventually scored the winning runs with 6 wickets down.

 

1st XI v Mentone Grammar (Melbourne), Monday 23 January

Westlake batted first against Mentone Grammar and made 230/6, largely due to some good batting from Jock McKenzie (67) and Ryan Quinn (74). Mentone were looking good at 100/2 but fell apart to be all out for 167. Luke Ranson (3/18) and Jordan Thornton (2/29) were the main wicket takers, as Westlake won by 63 runs.

 

Season Opener v St. Kentigern College

The 1st XI Cricket 2017 season got underway on Saturday, February 4th as Westlake travelled to face St. Kentigern College. Unfortunately, it was a rough start to the season with Westlake finding themselves in trouble early. With the score at 10/3 it was only Campbell Knowles who showed any resistance, attaining a hard-fought 45. However, without a successful partnership established, Westlake were bowled out in the 45th over for only 130. St. Kentigerns chased down the total in the 42nd over with two wickets lost, inflicting an 8 wicket loss.

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.

Cricket Results 19 November


Back row (L to R): Mr M Tillett, Ryan Quinn, Ryan Schierhout, Luke Ranson, Josh Arnott, Keegan Russell, Adam Baard, Angus McKenzie (C), Mr R Scivier
Front (L to R): Craig Templeton, Reuben Fitzgerald, Campbell Knowles, Quinn Sunde, Ethan Schaumkel, Jock McKenzie

1st XI v Kings College (Auckland 2 day final)

The final day of the 2017 season saw Kings College requiring 150 runs with 6 wickets in hand in order to win first innings. As well as this, the Auckland 2-day title was on the line. Westlake were in turn looking to remain undefeated in the 2-day competition and got off to the best start possible as Keegan Russell struck in the first over. Russell continued bowling his team to first innings victory and cleaned up the tail, finishing with 4-59. Through this outstanding bowling and the help from the other seamers Westlake were able to restrict Kings to 161 leaving them 64 runs short. This resulted in Westlake winning the Auckland 2-day competition and retaining it for another year. This ended another successful season of 1st XI cricket, as the team won 12 of their 13 games. Congratulations to the XI and the coaches, Messrs Tillett and Scivier, on winning the Auckland title for the 14th time in Westlake’s history.

2nd XI v Auckland Grammar 3rd XI

On the second day of this final two dayer, AGS resumed on 64 for 3. The Westlake bowlers stuck to their guns and kept plugging away in wet and miserable conditions. Stand out bowlers in the first innings were Cameron Abrahamse with 4 for 31 and, on debut, Isaac Levido with 4 for 40. AGS were eventually dismissed for 149. With a lead of 77 runs from the first innings, Westlake took to the middle again to try inflict some quick punishment. Westlake attacked AGS with Adrian Young (25 off 45 balls) and Cameron Abrahamse (25 off 14 balls) before Oliver Baker was unleashed on AGS. He ended the Westlake 2nd innings on 55* off just 31 balls. Westlake reached 124 for 3 off just 17 overs. With a healthy lead of 201, Westlake proceeded to attack the AGS batsmen in the remaining 33 overs of the day. Outstanding bowling from Trent Walker (4 wickets for 30 runs off 8 overs), Nick Burt (2 wickets for 15 runs in 6 overs) was not enough as AGS scraped to 147 for 7 wickets off 33 overs at the close of play. Westlake thus won on the first innings. Grateful thanks is extended to Coaches, Messrs Fairgray and Schultz, for their dedicated service to the XI.

3rd XI v Avondale College 1st XI

On the final day, Avondale set about chasing the low total of the 3rd XI and at close of play were 118/2, already 6 runs ahead. Poor fielding and lack of consistency in line and length bowling were contributing factors. Avondale continued batting and despite the rain falling play continued. Eventually Avondale declared at 196 /6 with 50 overs of play remaining. Westlake wickets fell at regular intervals and the team capitulated to be all out for 54, the lowest total of the season. James Barton showed patience and batted for a lengthy time and his 13 runs was one of only two batsman to reach double figures, while Daniel Young top scored with 18. A disappointing outright loss by an innings and 30 runs. Grateful thanks is extended to Coaches, Messrs Milden-Hall and Young, for their dedicated service to the XI.

Colts 1 v AGS

Another wet and dismal day greeted Colts 1 for their last game of the season against top of the table Auckland Grammar School. Batting first, Colts 1 batted superbly to reach 198/6 at the end of their innings. Bevon John Jacobs complied a solid 58 and he was ably supported by Tom Pleciak with 37 and Joe Moore with 36. Grammar proved they were not the top team for nothing. Despite of some very good bowling from all the bowlers, in particular, Jordan Thornton with 3/38, AGS kept pace with the run rate and won the game in the second last over, inflicting a 4 wicket loss to Westlake. Grateful thanks is extended to Coaches, Messrs Cowell, Buckingham and Drown, for their dedicated service to the team.

Colts 2 v Botany Downs

In what was probably the best team performance of the season, Colts 2 produced a comprehensive 7 wicket win over Botany Downs. Dismissing Botany for 89 in the 36th over was an excellent performance by the team. The individual bowling highlight was Bryn Maloney’s 4 for 18 off 8 overs, where he narrowly missed out on both a hat trick and a 5 wicket bag. He was supported by Scott Sylvester with 2 for 12 off 6. Chasing 90 runs for victory, Colts 2 chased down the total in the 18th over. This was done with consistent partnerships as well as quality calling and running between the wickets. The top three batsmen did their job, Scott Sylvester with 14, Dylan Hamilton with 23 and George Smith with 17.Congratulations to the team who finished the season strongly. Grateful thanks to the coaches, Messrs Scheepers and Wedderburn for their committed service to the team.

Colts 3 v Long Bay Premier Colts (North Harbour Final)

In the North Harbour Colts final, Long Bay Premier Colts won the toss and elected to bat in dull and drizzly weather conditions. It took Colts 3 ten overs to make a breakthrough with Joe Wickens picking up his first wicket of the day. The Long Bay number 3 batsman batted well and frustrated us by scoring a 50. Once he was removed by Rory Price, wickets came regularly with Joe Wickens picking up another 4 wickets to end with 5/15 in 6 overs. Rory Price (2/29) and Regan Diver (2/8) were the pick of the other bowlers as Long Bay ended on 164 all out in 38 overs. Colts 3 opening batsmen Max Harbottle (31) and Regan Diver (17) got us off to a solid start batting very sensibly. Dorian Dixon was once again reliable at number 4 scoring 34 not out to get the team closer to the target. By 5.15pm steady drizzle had made play unsafe with Colts 3 on 123/3. Colts 3 won the final by the Duckworth Lewis method with no further play possible. Congratulations to Man of the Match, Joe Wickens, for his 5 wicket haul and to the whole team for a fantastic season and taking out the North Harbour title. Grateful thanks to Mr Coetzee for his dedicated service to the team this season.

Colts 4 v Rangitoto Colts 2

Rangitoto batted first making an impressive 306/5 off 45 overs. Westlake then made 143/7 after 30 overs. Luca Hanna with 38* and Dinura on 35* were the main contributors. However, as a result of the weather conditions, the game ended with Rangi winning by the Duckworth Lewis method.

TOP BATTING SCORES 2016:

BATSMAN WBHS TEAM OPPOSITION SCORE DATE
Dorian Dixon Colts 3 Kristin Composite 153* 29 Oct 2016
Adrian Young 2nd XI St Kentigern College 112* 22 Oct 2016
Dylan Hamilton Colts 3 Rosmini Colts 2    111 13 Feb 2016
Angus McKenzie 1st XI St Peters College  108* 20 Feb 2016
Ben Beecroft 1st XI Sacred Heart College  108* 27 Feb 2016
Regan Diver Colts 3 Kristin Composite  101* 29 Oct 2016
Ben Beecroft 1st XI Christchurch Boys High School 96 15 Feb 2016
George Smith Colts 3 Rangitoto Colts 2 87  5 Mar 2016
Connor Dean 4th XI AGS 85 5 Nov 2016
Angus McKenzie 1st XI MAGS 81 29 Oct 2016
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

TOP BOWLING SCORES 2016:

BOWLER WBHS TEAM OPPOSITION WKTS DATE
Ben Drown Colts 1 Auckland Grammar Colts 2 6/22 19 Mar 2016
Jock McKenzie Colts 1 Kings College 5/14  5 Mar 2016
Joe Wickens Colts 3 Long Bay Premier Colts 5/15 19 Nov 2016
Isaac Levido 3rd XI St Peter’s College 5/26 22 Oct 2016
Ben Beecroft 1st XI Christchurch Boys High School 5/61 14 Feb 2016
Angus McKenzie 1st XI MAGS 4/5 5 Nov 2016
Corey Peters Colts 2 Rangitoto Colts 1 4/6 27 Feb 2016
Jock McKenzie 1st XI Auckland Grammar School 4/12 19 Mar 2016
Bryn Moloney Colts 2 Botany Downs 4/18 19 Nov 2016
Luke Forgesson Senior Social Sunderland College 4/19 20 Feb 2016
SCHOOL BOWLING RECORDS: INDIVIDUAL:

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