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.
Last year’s New Zealand Champions, Westlake 1st XI Hockey, headed to Wellington with high expectations for the 2016 Rankin Cup, despite a mediocre season in the North Harbour and Auckland competitions. As a result of coming out on top the previous year, the team was seeded number one and found themselves in a challenging pool with top Otago side Kings High School.
The first pool game against Timaru Boys High School was a tough one for both sides, as both needed to start the week well. However, Westlake took their opportunities throughout the match finishing as 2-1 victors at full time. The match against Kings High School proved to be the telling blow for the week. The result was a well fought 1-1 draw, but it was also a game of missed opportunities. Westlake needed a big win in their final pool match to finish first in the pool and secure an ‘easier’ draw. The 6-0 victory against Rathekeale College proved not enough, and the side finished second, placing them against hosts, Wellington College, in the crossover 16 game.
Wellington College were a very good side who came out strong, leading 4-1 at half time. Through sturdy play, Westlake managed to narrow the gap to 4-3 and with 10 minutes left on the clock, pulled their goalkeeper to apply more pressure. Despite the added pressure and four solid scoring opportunities, the team could not capitalise and were now playing off for 9th-16th place.
Annual opponents, Tauranga Boys College, were the next crossover game with the season results being equally shared. In a difficult match for both teams, one of the young Tauranga players took advantage of an opportunity and scored the goal of his life to seal a 1-0 win for his team.
Despite their disappointment, the Westlake side rallied strongly to play St Kentigern College and, on a flooded pitch, defeated their opponents 1-0. The final match of the Rankin Cup campaign was against rivals Hamilton Boys High School. Hamilton started strong and were quickly ahead before Westlake played some ‘real hockey’ in the second half to make a game of it. Despite losing the match, the team’s performance, particularly in the second half, was commendable.
The side finished a disappointing 14th place in New Zealand and although many other schools would be very happy with this result, it’s a learning curve for Westlake and an opportunity to reflect on what could have been.
Westlake vs Rosmini
Play off for 3rd and 4th place in the Inter City Competition
Final Score: 1:1
The weather was horrible but the hockey not. Both teams created chances in the first half with Rosmini taking the lead with a well finished reverse shot. Westlake adapted well in the second half and dominated and drew level after 15 minutes. Play went a bit ‘flat’ after that with both teams making errors in the final third of the pitch. Rosmini did have a penalty corner in the last few seconds but couldn’t steal the win. The draw was a fair reflection of the game, with both teams sharing 3rd place.
Westlake travel down to Wellington on Sunday to defend their national title, the Rankin Cup.
|1st XI||Rosmini 1||Drew 1 – 1||3rd equal Supercity Premier grade|
|2nd XI||Macleans 1||Won 4 – 1||3rd place Supercity A1 grade|
|3rd XI||Pinehurst 1||Won 5 – 0||5th place Grade 1A|
|4th XI||No game played||5th place Grade 2A|
|Senior Red||No game played||6th place Grade 2A|
|Junior 1||Rosmini 2||Match abandoned||3rd equal Grade 1A|
|Junior 2||No game played||4th place Grade 2A|
|Junior 3||Whangaparaoa Senior Boys||Drew 1 – 1
Lost 2 – 3 in penalty shootout
|2nd place Grade 4|
|Junior 4||TGS 3||To play 26 August|
Auckland Semi Final: 1st XI
Kristin 3 Westlake 2
A tough night and one we found difficult to swallow. Westlake went 1 – 0 up and were in control of the game but a breakaway and penalty corner to led to Kristin equalising. Then a goal scramble meant Kristin were 2 – 1 up. In the second half Westlake improved their play but it was Kristin who went another goal up. Westlake continued to battle hard and scored with a few minutes to go but couldn’t quite get the equaliser.
In the 3rd & 4th playoff, Westlake will play local rivals Rosmini College which is set up for another great clash. In the 3 games so far this season, each team have won one and there has been a draw. Then it’s off to Rankin Cup to defend the national title.
|1st XI||Kristin 1||Lost 2 – 3|
|2nd XI||Auckland Grammar 2||Lost 0 – 3|
|3rd XI||Northcote 1||Win 3 – 0|
|4th XI||WBHS Senior Red||Lost 2 – 4|
|Senior Red||WBHS 4th XI||Win 4 – 2|
|Junior 1||Long Bay 1||Lost 2 – 4|
|Junior 2||Birkenhead 1||Lost 1 – 4|
|Junior 3||Wentworth 1||Win 3 – 0|
|Junior 4||Long Bay 3||Win 1 – 0|
Tuesday 26th July vs King’s College
Due to King’s College having an extra week of holidays, the original game date was rescheduled for Tuesday evening. King’s were a very organised and tactically smart outfit but Skipper Keegan Russell managed to score from a breakaway when King’s were down a player for a two minute sinbin. However, King’s recovered quickly and responded with a goal taking the score to 1-1 at halftime. Westlake’s Netesh Sukha scored late in the second half and the team managed to hang onto the lead at the final whistle.
Wednesday 27th July vs Mount Albert Grammar School
Westlake played Mount Albert Grammar School away on Wednesday and went up 2-0 through early goals by Keegan Russell and Netesh Sukha. The team held on until just after half time, when MAGS came out well after the break to level the score with two goals. It wasn’t until late in the game that Keegan Russell got his hat trick for the game and Craig Templeton scored another one in very quick succession to take the score line to 5-2.
|Westlake Boys 1st XI||King’s College||Won 2-1|
|Westlake Boys 1st XI||Mount Albert Grammar School 1||Won 5 – 2|
|Westlake Boys 2nd XI||Orewa College 1||Won 3 – 0|
|Westlake Boys||Northcote College 1||Won 8 – 0|
|Westlake Boys 4th XI||Rangitoto College 2||Lost 4 – 0|
|Westlake Boys Senior Red||Birkenhead College 2||Won 5 – 1|
|Westlake Boys Junior 1||Albany Senior High School 1||Won 6 – 2|
|Westlake Boys Junior 2||Kristin School 2||Won 6 – 1|
|Westlake Boys Junior 3||Rangitoto College 3||Won by default|
|Westlake Boys Junior 4||Northcote College 2||To play 29 Jul|
Westlake Boys 1st XI (0) vs Auckland Grammar School 1st XI (3)
Westlake 1st XI travelled to Auckland Grammar School for a top of the table clash. Westlake started badly and struggled to deal with a fast and physical Auckland Grammar side going 2-0 down at half time. Westlake did improve in the second half but Auckland Grammar were deserved winners scoring another goal to finish the match 3-0. The home team then hosted both Westlake teams for an after match which was the highlight of the evening.
Other Hockey Results
|Westlake Boys First XI||Auckland Grammar School||Lost 3 – 0|
|Westlake Boys Second XI||Auckland Grammar School||Lost 3 – 1|
|Westlake Boys Third XI||Takapuna Grammar School||Lost 6 – 3|
|Westlake Boys Fourth XI||WBHS Junior 2||Lost 4 – 3|
|Westlake Boys Senior Red||Kristin School||Lost 8 – 1|
|Westlake Boys Junior 1||Long Bay College||Drew 1 – 1|
|Westlake Boys Junior 2||WBHS 4th XI||Won 4 – 3|
|Westlake Boys Junior 3||Bye||N/A|
|Westlake Boys Junior 4||Long Bay College||To play 1 July|
Westlake Boys 1st XI vs St Kentigern College
Westlake battled Auckland traffic on their way to Lloyd Elsmore Park to play a very good St Kents team. The visitors started well and starved St Kents of ball possession but despite the constant pressure, the team could not capitalise in the first period.
When the home team changed their tactics at half time, the game opened up and with that, gaps appeared in the St Kents defence. This allowed Oscar England and Campbell Dye to score a goal each. Westlake finished the match with a 2-0 win to remain undefeated in the Auckland Supercity Competition.
Other Hockey Results
|Westlake Boys||1st XI||St Kentigern College 1||Won 2 – 0|
|Westlake Boys||2nd XI||Sancta Maria College 1||Won 10 – 3|
|Westlake Boys||3rd XI||WBHS Junior 1||Lost 3 – 2|
|Westlake Boys||4th XI||Birkenhead College 2||Lost 5 – 0|
|Westlake Boys||Senior Red||WBHS Junior 2||Won 4 – 1|
|Westlake Boys||Junior 1||WBHS 3rd XI||Won 3 – 2|
|Westlake Boys||Junior 2||WBHS Senior Red||Lost 4 – 1|
|Westlake Boys||Junior 3||Mahurangi College 2||Won 5 – 0|
|Westlake Boys||Junior 4||Pinehurst School 2||To play 24 June|
Westlake Boys 1st XI vs Rosmini College 1st XI
Last night saw the first match of the Auckland Super City Hockey Competition where Westlake’s 1st XI came up against the recently crowned North Harbour champions, Rosmini College. Having lost out to their neighbours in hard fought battle only a few weeks back, the Westlake team was determined to steal the win in the opening round.
Westlake started the match well but failed to take their opportunities. It was Rosmini who opened the scoring, capitalising from broken play after a penalty corner. Westlake, however, did find their scoring touch and managed to score four goals. Rosmini fought hard and scored a penalty corner near the end but it was Westlake who took the win in the first round of the Super City competition, 4 to 2. Westlake Hockey Captain Keegan Russell led the way with two goals and Charl Urlich and vice-captain Netesh Sukha each scored one goal.
Other Hockey Results
|Westlake Boys||1st XI||Rosmini College 1||Won 4 – 2|
|Westlake Boys||2nd XI||Sacred Heart College 1||Won 4 – 2|
|Westlake Boys||3rd XI||Albany Senior High School 1||Lost 3 – 1|
|Westlake Boys||4th XI||Kristin School 2||Lost 3 – 1|
|Westlake Boys||Senior Red||Rangitoto College 2||Lost 9 – 2|
|Westlake Boys||Junior 1||Rosmini College 2||Won 3 – 2|
|Westlake Boys||Junior 2||Birkenhead College 2||Lost 3 – 1|
|Westlake Boys||Junior 3||Wentworth College 1||Drew 1 – 1|
|Westlake Boys||Junior 4||Bye|