Head of Harbour Regatta
The Westlake Rowing squad competed at Lake Pupuke on Saturday at the Head of Harbour regatta, which doubles as the Auckland Championship regatta. Crews from all age groups raced well, gaining a total of 13 medals. The Premier squad was particularly successful, winning the Auckland title in the U18 coxed four, gaining silver medals in the U18 pair and quad, and gaining bronze medals in the U18 pair and eight.
The final race of the day, the U18 eight, was hotly contested in difficult conditions due to a strong side-tail wind. St Kentigern College and Sacred Heart blasted out of the start, leading the Westlake crew by a significant margin early in the race. Westlake kept their cool and rowed admirably, pulling back both crews in the second half of the race. However, they unfortunately couldn’t quite topple them over the 1000m sprint distance, going down by a quarter of a boat length, with St Kentigern’s the eventual winners. The Westlake crew can take a lot of positives out of the race as they maintained their composure in difficult conditions. With the remaining races this season over 2000m, the crew will relish the opportunity to show their form over the full race distance.
1st X1 Cricket
This week was the first week back at home for the 2017 season against St. Peters in round 2 of the competition. Having lost the toss, Westlake were put into bat and it appeared to be the correct decision by St. Peters as Westlake were reeling at 53-5 off 30 overs. However, it was Campbell Knowles who once again anchored the innings as he made his way to a patient 38. He was ably supported by Reuben Fitzgerald who played his shots. Fitzgerald struck 56 which included 5 sixes, and was part of an important 65 run partnership which brought Westlake back into the game. With some impressive late hitting by Sam Collinson, who made 29, Westlake managed to set up a defendable total of 188/8. St. Peters started well and it wasn’t until Jock McKenzie’s bowling, that the game turned in Westlake’s favour. He finished with figures of 3-21 and was ably assisted by Jordan Thornton who finished off the tail with figures of 4-23. Westlake won the match by 60 runs as St. Peters were bowled out in the 32nd over.
Premier Water Polo
Westlake vs St Peter’s College
The Westlake Premier Water Polo team made a comfortable start to their season with a 7-3 win over St. Peter’s College, a tough team who had narrowly defeated Westlake in both the Trans-Tasman and Super 6 Tournaments, earlier this year. The first and second quarters were tight, with Kyle Shears, Liam and Corban Wedlock-Aston using excellent teamwork to bring the score to 3-3 at half-time. The second half was much better for Westlake as their strong defensive play ensured no goals were conceded. In the final quarter, brilliant saves from the goalies and two fantastic, acrobatic goals from captain, Spencer McDowall, assisted by Korban Kirk and Corban Wedlock-Aston, gave Westlake the 7-3 win. From a tough start, the match ended in a strong performance from the team to open their season.
Westlake vs Long Bay College
On Sunday night the team gave a much weaker performance against Long Bay College, with especially sloppy play in the first quarter. They managed to achieve a 7-5 win, but the game certainly highlighted the areas they need to work on.