Oscar Guo Rises through the Badminton Ranks

Year 13 student, Oscar Guo, recently won his first senior international title, winning the Men’s Singles at the Yonex North Harbour International Badminton tournament.   Combined with an outstanding performance at the Victor Oceania Championships 2018, this sees Oscar climb to a personal best 13th place in the World Junior rankings and 193rd in the Men’s Rankings, a climb of 107 places!

2017 Dux – Joshua Chin

We are delighted to announce our Dux for 2017, Joshua Chin.  Joshua received two Outstanding Scholarships and four Scholarship, along with 4 A* grades (90+%) at A level.  Proxime Accessit is Jonathan Wang, who received One Outstanding Scholarships and five Scholarships, with five A* Grades at A level.  In total we had four more students who are Outstanding Scholars, in the top 60 in the country – Winston Yao, David Xiao, Lawrence Gao and Stefan Ivanov.  Stefan is all the more remarkable, since he was a Year 12 student when he achieved two Outstanding Scholarships and four Scholarships.

Term 4 Week 1 Cricket Report

1st X1 v King’s College

After a 6-month winter break, Cricket resumed for the 1st XI on Saturday, 21st October against King’s College, as Westlake began their defence of the Auckland Two-Day title. Ryan Quinn won the toss and chose to bat on a seemingly good batting track in overcast conditions. The lack of match practice was evident as the X1 got off to a slow start; 33-2 after 11 overs. Ryan Schierhout brought the game back and was playing superbly, racing to 36 off 34 deliveries before a smart catch at cover saw him walking back to the dressing room. After his dismissal, wickets fell at regular intervals and Westlake found themselves at 93-7 just after lunch. Jarrad Harford and Matthew Thornton did well to put on 50 runs for the 8th wicket but, like most of the team, weren’t able to convert their starts. Westlake ended on 162 all out after 52.2 overs.

The team knew they would have to bowl well to have any chance of securing first innings points. Despite some average bowling early on, they were able to take three early wickets and had the opposition 34-3 after 12 overs. However, King’s then gained some momentum and it was another 13 overs before Westlake secured their next scalp; Luke Ranson and Ryan Schierhout combining to complete a very impressive run out to dismiss the King’s captain, who was beginning to look very threatening. One more wicket fell before the close of play and Kings finished on 79/5. Pick of the Westlake bowlers was Jacob Waitai, with 2-14 in his 6 overs.

The game is still evenly poised, but Westlake know that these first innings points are very much there for the taking. A very interesting day two awaits us next week.

Colts 1 v St Peter’s College

Colts 1 won the toss and elected to bat first on a dull, grey and windy day at Wainoni Park. The batting opened well with Dylan Hamilton, who made some particularly strong hook shots, and Olly Chambers setting up the innings with a 73 run opening partnership. Once Olly was out, captain Tom Pleciak kept the momentum up with powerful driving straight and through the off side. When Dylan was out for an aggressive 52, BJ Jacobs marched to the crease and continued the rapid pace. Tom reached his first hundred off only 74 balls.  Once he was out for 101, BJ took over and, with a series of sixes, also reached his maiden century in 97 balls in the last over. BJ was helped in the last few overs by Jesse Hohaia, who unselfishly fed the strike to him.

Facing Colts 1’s formidable score of 315/3 from their 45 overs, St Peter’s College played positively, but the task was too great and they were 78 runs short at the end of their innings. To cap a special day, BJ Jacobs was the most successful of the bowlers with 3/6.

Westlake: 315/3  BJ Jacobs 104 not out, Tom Pleciak 101, Dylan Hamilton 52

St Peters College: 237/7  BJ Jacobs 3/6

Win to Westlake by 78 runs.

Colts 2 v King’s College Colts 2

Playing at their home ground at Wainoni Park, Westlake Colts 2 bowled first against King’s College Colts 2.  Westlake began well, with King’s 2 for 42 after 15 overs, but then several wides, dropped catches and poor bowling saw the King’s score climb, until they were eventually dismissed in the 44th over for 208. The bowling highlights were Cameron Gray, with 3 for 31, bowling well into the wind, and Jason Kay with 2 for 46.

Westlake began the run chase well with a solid opening partnership, where Samrath Singh dominated.  Scoring at almost a run a ball, he was eventually dismissed for 47, caught on the boundary at deep square.  At 15 overs Westlake was well positioned with 1 for 59. However, excellent bowling, loss of wickets and batters not looking for singles, saw Westlake bogged down and beginning to slip. At 30 overs, with the loss of Josh Samaraweera for 23, Westlake was in a precarious position at 4 for 120. The loss of a further four quick wickets saw them really in the deep end, at 8 for 132 in the 34th over.

There was then a dramatic turn around. Jake Scott’s left handedness threw the opposition and the quick running between the wickets by Jason Kay took Westlake to the win in the 44th over, when he smoked the ball to the boundary for 4 runs and an unbroken 9th wicket partnership of 88.  Westlake had scored their runs at better than 8 runs an over.  Jake Scott won player of the week, for his innings of 41 not out, a fine catch in the field and a ‘lucky’ wicket.

Win to Westlake by 2 wickets – 210 for 8 in the 44th over.

Success at Cycling National Championships

Westlake Cyclists competed in the National Secondary School Championships during the first 3 days of the holiday break. Hosted by Palmerston North, the boys competed in Team Time Trials, Road Races and a Points Race. Invariably, the weather made it a tough competition with the cyclists battling against strong winds during their races.

Day 2 of the Nationals proved to be a highlight. A number of boys claimed top 10 places with 3 of our cyclists gaining podiums. Blake Tolmie made a break for the finish in the U16 road race. While the bunch chased hard, Blake managed to claim 2nd in New Zealand in a very exciting finish.

Westlake concluded our season on Manfeild raceway in the Points race. While we were denied any major placing in this event it was great to see some of our senior riders collect points and make attacks in a very competitive field.

Cycling at Westlake depends on the generosity of families. The boys are very fortunate to have such a supportive group. The positive team culture means that while these events involve a great deal of hard work, they are also great fun. Many thanks in particular to Vaughn Bycroft who has generously built and donated a custom-built trailer to the club.

Any boys interested in joining the Cycling Club should see Mr Clarke in E block. We have a number of scholarship bikes available for boys to use.

Nationals 2017

Top 10 placings

Team Time Trial

          Senior A               9th

          Junior A                6th

Road Race

          Blake Tolmie                                    U16 A                    2nd

          Jaydn Harris                                     U16 A                    8th

          Sam Dawkins                                   U16 B                    1st

          Kalib Patterson                                U16 B                    2nd

          Matt Plank                                       U16 B                    4th

          Sam Turner O’Keeffe                      U16 B                    6th

          Ewart Bower                                    U17 A                    6th

          Matthew Sugden                            U17 A                    10th

          Bradley Bycroft                                U17 B                    2nd

          Joshua Wang                                   U17 B                    10th

NZ Swimming Championships

Westlake Boys had a successful weekend at the NZ Secondary Schools Swimming Championships in Hamilton recently, with 10 of our 14 swimmers collecting an impressive haul of medals.  The team came 3rd overall, with Tauranga Boys winning the title for the first time and St Andrew’s, Christchurch taking second place.

Our medal winners were:

Matthew Holder:

Gold in Senior 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke. Matthew is 16 and took a clean sweep of these senior events swimming against 17 and 18-year-olds.

Jason Churches:

Gold in Senior 50m and 100m Backstroke; bronze in 200m Backstroke

Jonathan Selman:

15 years old: Gold in 100m Backstroke; bronze in 50m Backstroke

Joshua Lee:

Bronze in Senior 200m Butterfly

Samuel Lee:

15 year old: Bronze in 200m Breaststroke

Cameron Gray:

14 year old: Gold in 200m Backstroke

Daniel Kim:

13 year old: Bronze in 100m Breaststroke

Under 15 team:

Silver in Freestyle and Medley Relays: Flynn Southcombe, Jae Um, Cameron Gray, Jonathan Selman, Samuel Lee

Senior Team:

Gold in Medley Relay: Kyle Shears, Jason Churches, Matthew Holder, Joshua Lee

Overall, the team performed well. Our grateful thanks to Mrs Houzet and Mr Salmon for looking after the team.

Top Places for Junior Adventure Racers

On Sunday 3rd September, a group of 13 Junior Combined Westlake Adventure racers, spread across 4 teams, competed in the Lactic Turkey Three Hour Rogaine race at Shakespear Park.  The Adventure Racers had exactly three hours to reach more than 50 checkpoints and to undertake more than 15 mystery activities and challenges.  These included hauling buckets of gravel to build a DOC pathway and submitting a photo of their best impression of a native bird. The checkpoints and challenges were spread across the beautiful but somewhat tricky terrain.  They required the teams to plan their routes to avoid the swamps and thick native bush, in order to come home with as many points as they could.  All groups raced their (soggy) socks off and managed to take the top three school spots at prize-giving.  Our winning team was the overall highest scoring team in the three-hour category.  The winning team consisted of three Year 9 students – James Donald, Hayden Williams and Alex Jobbins.

Rugby and Football Championship Wins

The last weekend in August saw an excellent close to the season for Westlake rugby, with three teams winning their respective championships.  The 2nd XV won their match against Mahurangi College 1st XV, making them 1B Champions for the fourth consecutive year.  Our 6A team were dominant throughout their match against Orewa College and were worthy winners of the 6A title.  6B gave a great performance against a much bigger Massey 6A team and totally deserved their 50-14 win and the 6B championship. The 3rd XV were unlucky to lose 26-29 to Orewa 2nd XV after a magnificent comeback. 












Westlake had already taken the 3rd Grade and 7B titles, so the season closed with a tally of five rugby championships in total for 2017.

Westlake also had a good day last Saturday, with our Football teams clinching the 13A1 and 13A2 Auckland titles. 13A1, coached by Mr Nick Dale, went through the whole season undefeated. After winning their grading round, they played nine further games in the championship, taking eight wins and one draw. They scored thirty-one goals whilst conceding only five.

The 13A2 team, coached by Ms Natasha Leighton, had finished third in the qualifying round to earn a semi-final place against St Peter’s College and won this to take a slot in the final. They duly defeated Macleans 1-0 away to take the championship title.

Westlake to Represent NZ at World Cross Country Championships

Westlake Boys High School Distance Runners have been selected by NZSSAA as the boys’ school team to represent New Zealand at the ISF World Cross Country Championships in Paris in March 2018. This is an amazing achievement and comes on the back of an historic clean sweep in the teams’ competition at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Champs in June.

 The Westlake team will consist of six runners: Murdoch McIntyre, David Moore, Blair Hill, Zach Keenan, Stuart Hofmeyr and Daniel Robertson. All these boys are still under 16 runners – a remarkable achievement at such a young age.

The team will leave for London on Sunday, 25th March, where they will be based before departing for Paris on Monday, 2nd April. The ISF World Cross Country Champs take place on Thursday, 5 April. Each boy needs to fundraise $6000 for the trip.

Three Westlake Boys’ runners represented New Zealand at the Australian Cross Country Champs in Hobart, Tasmania on Saturday, 12th August. Joseph Clark (18y), Captain of the New Zealand team, finished 3rd in the U 20 race. Murdoch McIntyre (15y) and Stuart Hofmeyr (16y) competed in the U 17 grade, finishing 9th and 41st respectively.

1st XI Football v St. Peter’s College – 18th August

On Friday, Westlake took on St. Peter’s College in their final home game of the season. The team knew that 3 points was essential if they were to hit their target of a 3rd place finish in the league.

All appeared to be going to plan when Joe Benbow opened the scoring inside five minutes. The striker was first to react to a parried shot and tapped home from close range. Although the side were in the lead, this was a fractured performance where Westlake did not retain possession to any great effect. At half-time, the scored remained 1-0 but Westlake were anything but comfortable, having had to call GK Bradley Williams into action on a number of occasions.

St. Peter’s pulled themselves back level in the second half when the Westlake defence were caught napping, allowing an SPC striker to apply the goal bound touch to a neat move. The equaliser rallied Westlake somewhat and their brief resurgence was rewarded with a fine counter attacking goal. A strong run from Joe Benbow saw him get behind his marker on the right side of the goal, his accurate cross then found the left foot of Dan Mitten who duly slotted the ball into a largely unguarded net.

Westlake were back in front and now sought to hang for the victory. A lack of ball retention in key areas was still proving to be a problem and ensured that this game was never one that Westlake were in control of. This lack of control, coupled with a lack of concentration proved to be Westlake’s downfall. In the final five minutes, they abandoned their marking duties at a corner and allowed a SPC player a simple finish from close range. The game was drawn level and thankfully it stayed that way as SPC made a late surge for the spoils.

Westlake will look upon this game as one they should be winning but an absence of control on the ball and a lack of willingness to defend with the correct mindset has again cost them dearly. The highlight of the fixture were the opportunities given to more Year 10 and 11 players who performed well on the night.

The league season finale for Westlake will now be an away trip to Saint Kentigern College on Saturday at 12pm.

2017 North Harbour 1A Rugby Final – Westlake v Rosmini

Report by Harry Pottinger-Coombes, Year 12

On Thursday, 18th August, old rivals Westlake Boys and Rosmini College met at QBE stadium in the final of the North Harbour 1A Championships.  Having won one game apiece earlier in the season, the match was sure to be close and high in intensity. The crowd was electric, with supporters coming out in their hundreds to cheer their schools. As Rosmini performed their haka, Westlake walked forward confidently to show they were very much up for the challenge. From kick-off, the intensity and tension between the sides was phenomenal, with ferocious tackles being made and the occasional scuffle. An early penalty from Rosmini halfback, Connor Leather, gave Rosmini the lead which they carried through to halftime. Both sides created opportunities but were not able to convert, partly because of the standard of defence being played. However, this was to change in the second half.

Leather kicked another penalty for Rosmini, increasing their lead to 6-0. Soon after, Westlake fullback, Johnny Cooper, broke out from his own half before spreading it to his winger, who in turn passed inside to first-five, Nikau Graham. Just metres from the line, three phases later, Tupou Afungia crashed over to score. Westlake were finally on the board; however, the conversion was missed and they were still down 6-5. Rosmini were quick to respond, reclaiming the ball off the restart and scoring minutes later in the left corner. The conversion was missed but Rosmini had re-established their lead.

The tries kept coming, with Graham making a break out of nowhere and flicking it inside to Drage, 10 metres from the line. Westlake earned a penalty and kicked for touch. They stayed patient off the line-out and Lotu Inisi scored from close range in a similar position to the previous one. Cooper nailed this conversion and a roar went up from the Westlake crowd as they had their first lead of the game, up 12-11 with 18 minutes to go. Westlake had the momentum and defended superbly for the next 10 minutes. However, eventually they caved to the wave of Rosmini attack. After a long period in the Westlake half, Rosmini spread the ball out to right winger, Barlow, who showed great strength and speed to score in the corner. The conversion was good and Rosmini had reclaimed their 6 point lead with eight minutes to go. Westlake immediately attacked off the kick-off and came within metres from the try line numerous times but couldn’t control the ball. Eventually, the siren went, Westlake knocked the ball on and the game was over. Rosmini became 2017 North Harbour 1A Champions with a final score of 18-12. It was a heart-breaking loss in what was otherwise an extremely successful season for Westlake.

Team Opposition Venue Time Result Score
1st XV Rosmini QBE 5-15pm L 12-18
2nd XV Kaipara College WBHS 1 12.00pm W 67-0 Final next week
3rd XV Birkenhead 2nd XV Birk 9.30am L 15-24
4th XV Albany Senior 1st XV WBHS 1 9.30am W 31-7 3rd Grade Champs
4A Rngitoto Rangi 3 10.40am L 5-17
5A MAGS WBHS 1 10.40am W 27-7
5B Birkenhead 5A Birk 10.40am L 5-56
6A Kaipara College WBHS 2 10.40am W 62-0 Final next week
6B Rangitoto 2 WBHS 3 10.40am W 48-5 Final next week
7 Green Westlake Red WBHS 3 9.30am L 23-24
7 Red Westlake Green WBHS 3 9.30am W 24-23 7B Champions