On Sunday 13th August, the 1st XI played 2016 Rankin Cup winners, St Paul’s Collegiate in Hamilton. Despite an even start, Westlake were caught napping on penalty corner defence, allowing St Paul’s to open the scoring with a right-post deflection. However, Westlake countered hard against a second St Paul’s PC and Tom Roycroft controlled and finished a rebound to level the scores. In the second half, both sides looked evenly matched. Unfortunately, an untidy clearance and foul in the circle gifted St Paul’s a PC with four minutes to play. They duly converted from a left-post deflection and held on to take the win 1-2.
On Monday 14th August, the 1st XI played the NZ Black Sticks U-23 Women at Westlake Girls High School. The match started with predictable pace from the women, but the Westlake defence did well to absorb their speed and skill. The boys started to control the pace of the match from the back. They opened the scoring when Ryan Quinn fired a long ball to Jarryd Russell leading into the right pocket, who in turn found Charl Ulrich, who finished well. In the second quarter, a quick break down the left was again finished off by Ulrich, and Tom Roycroft picked up his second rebound goal in as many days to make the score 3-0. In the second half, the Black Sticks pressed harder and dominated the third quarter, eventually scoring from a PC. However, the boys fought back and managed to convert their own PC at the end of the quarter. 4-1 was the final score, in Westlake’s favour.
1st XI Hockey v Kristin
On Wednesday 26 July, the 1st XI played Kristin 1st XI in a SuperCity match at Harbour. This was the first time we had come up against Kristin, who had qualified for the SuperCity competition. Westlake were dominant from the start, with Charl Ulrich scoring in the first five minutes and Peter Morris scoring soon after. The goals kept coming, with Ulrich scoring a first half hat-trick and Morris scoring a second, giving Westlake a comfortable 5-0 lead at half time. In the second half Oscar Worrall, Nohan Hensman and Netesh Sukha all scored to bring the tally to 8-0.
This weekend the 1st XI travel to Tauranga for a quadrangular tournament with Tauranga Boys College, Palmerston North Boys High and King’s College.
1st XIII Rugby League v Western Springs
The 1st XIII Rugby League team returned to their Auckland campaign on Wednesday, 26th July with a match against Western Springs College. Despite no rainfall, the field became more and more of a mud track as the game progressed. Westlake went away from the basics in the first half, with a number of handling errors which resulted in a low completion rate. Although they seemed to dominate the contact through the middle, they were trailing 4-0 at the half. The team looked to fire up in the second half, with a quick try to Josh Hughes following a strong defensive set. Completed sets were the key to success in this match and the team had a 90% completion through the second half. This had a significant influence on the result, as the majority of the half was spent inside Western Springs’ zone. Westlake ran away with game, with Lotu Inisi crossing the chalk for a double, resulting in a 16-10 win.
Try scorers: Josh Hughes, Lotu Inisi (2) – Conversions: John Tulloch (2/3)
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 1st XI vs Kristin School 1st XI
The Westlake 1st XI faced a strong Kristin School team in another touch match for third/fourth spot in the Harbour Hockey finals on Wednesday. Westlake started the first half on the front foot but could not manage to convert the pressure into goals. Kristin, however, scored early on in the game and Westlake responded well through Cameron Jones Moore, levelling the score before half time.
Several Westlake errors in the second half led to Kristin scoring two more goals but Westlake battled hard and finally got a second break through from Craig Templeton closing the gap. Charl Urlich grabbed the equaliser with 2 minutes to spare resulting in shootouts which went Kristin’s way.
Other Hockey Results
|Westlake Boys||1st XI||Kristin School 1||Lost 3 – 2 shootouts (4th place)|
|Westlake Boys||2nd XI||Rangitoto College 1||Lost 2 – 1 (6th place)|
|Westlake Boys||3rd XI||WBHS Junior 1||Won 3 – 0 (1st place)|
|Westlake Boys||4th XI||Kristin School 2||Lost 4 – 2 (4th place)|
|Westlake Boys||Senior Red||WBHS Junior 2||Lost 3 – 2 (6th place)|
|Westlake Boys||Junior 1||WBHS 3rd XI||Lost 3 – 0 (2nd place)|
|Westlake Boys||Junior 2||WBHS Senior Red||Won 3 – 2 (5th place)|
|Westlake Boys||Junior 3||Whangaparaoa College Senior Boys||Drew 1 – 1|
|Westlake Boys||Junior 4||Northcote College 2||To be played 10th June|
Westlake Boys 1st XI (4) vs Rangitoto College 1st XI (2)
Westlake produced a gritty performance against a very good Rangitoto side. It was Westlake who opened the score only to let Rangitoto equalise soon afterwards. Westlake then managed to take the lead again just before half time.
Two well worked goals in the second half gave a slight buffer but when Rangitoto scored their second goal of the match things got a little frayed but Westlake managed to hold on to qualify for the Super City league. Goals were scored by Oscar England, Joshua Arnott, Stefan Wiig and Ben Sellar.
|Westlake Boys||1st XI||Rangitoto College 1||Won 4 – 2|
|Westlake Boys||2nd XI||Long Bay College 1||Won 2 – 1|
|Westlake Boys||3rd XI||Rosmini College 2||Won 10 – 0|
|Westlake Boys||4th XI||Rangitoto College 2||Lost 2 – 1|
|Westlake Boys||Senior Red||Glenfield Gryphons||Lost 5 – 4|
|Westlake Boys||Junior 1||Pinehurst College 1||Won 5 – 0|
|Westlake Boys||Junior 2||Rosmini College Junior||Lost 2 – 1|
|Westlake Boys||Junior 3||Kristin School 3||Won 5 – 0|
|Westlake Boys||Junior 4||Takapuna Grammar School 3||To be played 3 June|