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 Premier Rugby League vs Avondale College
The Westlake Boys Premier Rugby League team pulled off a comeback draw against Avondale College in their first match of the CRL competition championship round. Westlake began poorly allowing Avondale to race out to a 12-0 lead but when Westlake eventually composed themselves, the team scored three tries in the first half to take a 16-12 lead into the break. Avondale started the second half strongly and scored two more tries to skip to a 28-16 lead. Westlake fought back with two late tries to earn a 28 all draw.
The result was a fair reflection of what was an intense and exciting game which neither side deserved to lose. Westlake now play Kelston Boys High School next Wednesday at home in a must win encounter. Standout performers for the team were Lotu and Fine Inisi as well as Christian Ma’anaima.