The National Tennis Championships were held at Scarbro Tennis Centre in Auckland, between the top eight schools in the country. Westlake Boys’ first fixture was against St Kentigern College, one of the tournament favourites. All our players tried hard but only Chris Zhang was able to win his singles match, with some outstanding shots. Our next opponents were Christ’s College, the Christchurch champions. We lost 2-4 but Chris Zhang once again played extremely well, defeating the under 17 national champion. Bailey Sutton also played a very solid game to win his match.
On Wednesday Westlake played Hamilton Boys High School and sealed a very satisfying 6-0 victory. The team then played doubles matches against Tauranga Boys High School, but suffered their most disappointing loss, 1-5. Up against Auckland Grammar next, Westlake fought hard with a 3 – 3 result losing on a countback. Chris was back on form again and combined with Harry Browning to win their doubles. Aden Borlase-Mills also played well for another win.
Despite some challenges with rain, venues, traffic and injuries, the standard of tennis played by the team was outstanding and resulted in a 7th placing at Nationals.
Team: Chris Zhang No1, Leo Cho No2, Harry Browning No3, Bailey Sutton No4, Aden Borlase-Mills No5.
The Premier Water polo team gained 5th place at the North Island Championships. They only narrowly missed out on a top four place and made solid improvements over the last few days of competition. Westlake were pleased to beat Rosmini 8-3 on Sunday morning and are hopeful of gaining a top four place at Nationals, as they certainly have the skills to do so.
3 x 3 BASKETBALL
The Westlake 3 on 3 basketball team came 3rd at nationals in Tauranga. They fought hard over the opening two days of the competition play to be placed equal top in their pool. However, they lost key player James Moors to an ankle injury in the process. They had to play the final five games of the competition, including the knockout rounds, without a sub. The semi-final was a narrow four point loss to Palmerston North, which showed the strength of character in the boys.
Team: James Moors, Thabo Manyere, Rueben Fitzgerald and Joshua Hidalgo.
Westlake Boys’ Junior Orienteering team experienced outstanding success at the Auckland Sprint finals, taking all the medals:
1st – Campbell Syme
2nd – Alex Jobbins
3rd – Hayden Williams
Nathan Borton came 7th.
In the New Zealand Rogaine Championships, the Westlake Boys team of Taylor Haynes, Ashton Philo and Charl Urlich came 3rd in the four hour event.
After a day and a half delay due to wet weather, Westlake were finally able to kick off their summer sports week T20 tournament at Waikaraka Park against Mount Albert Grammar. Westlake won the toss and elected to bat first on a ‘sticky pitch’ and struggled to 109/9 after their 20 overs. Jock McKenzie’s score of 29 off 34 balls was the only one of note. This small total was always going to be hard to defend but Westlake’s effort got off to a great start, restricting MAGs to 12-4 by the 5th over, mainly due to some very good bowling by Jock McKenzie. MAGs recovered, but at 75-6 after 16 overs they still required another 35 runs off just 24 balls. Their lower order batted very well and got them to within 7 with one over remaining. It was a real nail biter and it came down to 1 run required off 1 ball. Unfortunately, MAGs were able to score it, winning by 3 wickets. Pick of the bowlers was Jock McKenzie with 3-14 in 4 overs.
OTHER WEEKEND SPORTS FIXTURES
The Premier A Tennis team played St Kentigern College 2 on Saturday, April 1. All members of the team played well and had an excellent 6 – 0 win, despite being very tired after a week playing tennis for the school at Nationals.
Team: Chris Zhang, Harry Browning, Bailey Sutton, Aden Borlase-Mills
WBHS 1stXV RUBGY v DE LA SALLE
The official start to the North Harbour rugby season is still more than a month away but already the 1st XV preparations are in full swing. Saturday saw the first pre-season game against De La Salle College, in what turned out to be a very exciting and promising opener. Unfortunately the team had its numbers severely depleted with injuries sustained in the earlier 7s and 10s tournaments. Also missing were players representing Westlake at volleyball and water polo. This, however, presented opportunities for several newcomers, who admirably stepped up to the challenge.
The game began as a real arm wrestle, with both sides probing hard at each other’s defences. Several opportunities on attack were thwarted by De La Salle infringements. Brady Rush was unlucky not to score after a quick tap. Eventually, De La Salle broke through at the opposite end to go 5-0 up at half time. Forwards Coach, Brad Emslie, would have to be happy with the line-outs as locks Harry Forbes and Jackson Tu’inukuafe secured quick, clean ball. While De La Salle used their weight advantage in the scrums, the Westlake forwards performed extremely well at the breakdown.
With time running out, Westlake found themselves 10-0 down but responded with an amazing period of relentless attack on the try line. Flynn Willemse dived over, only to be ruled held up in goal. Blake de Nys had yet another crack at the line. De la Salle made a quick run with the ball until loosehead Ben Mitchell stole it back. After several more pick and goes, half back Jackson Ephraims spun the ball out to Brady Rush who slipped an inside ball to send Finau Paea diving over the line for a try. Casey Smith slotted the conversion taking the final score to 7-10.
Sunday night saw the Westlake Premier team take on rivals St Peter’s College, with whom we recently drew. Coach Carevic and Westlaker Jake Bennett were impressed with the boys’ team-work and composure in what proved to be a tough game.
Westlake came out strong with Zach Newton-Cross and Liam Wedlock-Aston scoring quickly in the first quarter. The teams were going goal for goal during the first half and were locked 4-4 at the half-time break. Korban Kirk, Zach Newton-Cross, Campbell Knowles and Liam Wedlock-Aston gained 7 goals in total for Westlake, with a strong penalty by Corban Wedlock-Aston in the final quarter cementing the win for Westlake by 8-7. It was a close game yet again, but one that built confidence in the team.
The North Island competition begins on Wednesday, March 29th and runs until Sunday, April 2nd. Both the Premier and Senior B team will play in this event, with the Premier team looking forward to Nationals coming up in Wellington during the April holidays.
The Senior B team narrowly lost their Auckland semi-final 6-7 to Howick.
This year’s RNZYS Harken Sailing Regatta attracted 17 school teams from the wider Auckland Region, as well as Marlborough and the Bay of Islands. The 17 teams were split into Gold and Silver fleets, with each group completing six races on Day 1 and Day 2, and the top five from each fleet going through to the final series on Sunday.
Tom Fyfe, Blake Nicholson, Harry Milne and Matt Jacobi performed well on both days, finishing up in 3rd place behind KeriKeri High School and Marlborough College, thereby placing them the top Auckland school for this regatta.
The Harken Schools Regatta was established in 2007 to promote the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Youth Training Programme and to give school-aged sailors an opportunity to race in a high performance keelboat.
Traditional Fixture v Tauranga Boys College 14 and 15 March
On the first day of the two-day exchange, the Westlake 1st XI played a 45 over game against Tauranga Boys College at Waipuna Park in Tauranga. Westlake won the toss and chose to bat first. They found themselves in trouble early on, losing Quinn Sunde in the 2nd over. However, Jock McKenzie knuckled down and scored a hard-fought 60 off 118 balls, demonstrating great patience and consistency. Westlake laboured to 161/7 after their 45 overs, assisted by a quick fire 23 from Sam Collinson. Westlake seemed to have the game all but wrapped up when the opposition found themselves 86-6 in the 26th over, largely due to some great bowling from Luke Ranson and Ryan Quinn. However, a 51 run 7th wicket partnership took the hosts to 137-7 after 39 overs. The game was well in the balance at this point, but the boys just pulled through to seal a 6 run win. Ryan Quinn finished with figures of 3 for 11 and Luke Ranson 3 for 20.
On day two the students returned to Tauranga Boys College for a 25 over match, the first cricket game at their school for one and a half years due to their turf being re-laid. Ryan Quinn won the toss and chose to bat first for the second day in a row. It proved to be the right decision as the openers put on a partnership of 55 in 8.4 overs. Jock continued his fine form, scoring 31 off 28 balls. However, Tauranga fought back, restricting Westlake to 95-4 in the 15th over. At the end, Westlake came back with Campbell Knowles and Sam Collinson batting superbly, scoring 30 runs each and guiding Westlake to a total of 169-6. 170 was always going to be a tough ask and Tauranga never got going, losing regular wickets throughout, ending up on a total of 138-9 after their allotted 25 overs. All of the bowlers contributed, with Ryan Quinn, Matthew Thornton and Jock McKenzie all getting 2 wickets each.
1st XI v Rosmini T20
In high spirits after a successful exchange, Westlake travelled to face local rivals Rosmini College in a T20. Winning the toss and batting first, Westlake scored a commanding 201/8 after their 20 overs. The short boundaries certainly helped the cause, not to take away from the performances by our batsmen. Jock McKenzie scored 40 off 31 balls, Ryan Schierhout let loose with a 14 ball 39 and Campbell Knowles scored an outstanding 58 off just 22 balls. Dispatching the Rosmini bowlers to all parts of the ground, Campbell’s knock included a whopping 7 sixes and 2 fours and he was instrumental in getting Westlake past the 200 mark.
Despite a wicket as early as the 5th ball of the innings, Rosmini took control of the game thanks to some class batting from their 2 and 3. They amassed a partnership of 83 and at 89-1 in the 10th over, Rosmini looked favourites for the win. However, two quick wickets from Ryan Schierhout and Jordan Thornton meant the game was firmly in the balance. When Jordan snapped 2 wickets in 2 balls, the scales tipped in Westlake’s favour and the remaining 85 runs seemed a tough ask for Rosmini with only 7 overs left. Exceptional death bowling once again by Luke Ranson prevented Rosmini from scoring the remaining runs and Westlake won by 21 runs. Credit must be given to Luke Ranson who ended up on 3-28 after his 4 overs and to Jordan Thornton for his 3-20 off 3 overs.
1st XI v Rosmini One-Day Match
Westlake returned to Rosmini for the second time in 3 days, this time for a one day match. Rosmini won the toss and chose to bowl on a slow track. Westlake got off to a relatively conservative start, reaching 123-4 in the 38th over. Jock McKenzie really dug deep and anchored the innings, scoring 55 off a hard-fought 137 balls. Reuben Fitzgerald was able to score a quick-fire 36 off 26 balls, hitting 3 sixes in the process, allowing Westlake to score a very competitive 196/9 off their allotted 50 overs.
Westlake got off to a very good start with the ball, limiting Rosmini to 28-2 in the 12th over. However, Rosmini was able to claw their way back into the contest and at 109-4 in the 35th over, the game was very much in the balance. No one could have predicted what would follow. Rosmini capitulated to 120 all out, losing their last 6 wickets for a mere 11 runs. The collapse was spear-headed by Jock McKenzie who took an incredible 4 wickets for 9 runs in only just under 6 overs. He was well supported by Ryan Schierhout, who finished off with a very impressive 2-16 in his 10 overs. The 76 run win means that Westlake will be taking on Rosmini (yet again!) in the semi-final which will be played at Westlake on Saturday March 25th. Let’s hope the boys can take this momentum into this very crucial stage in the context of their season.
2nd XI v Rosmini 2nd XI
The 2nd XI sent Rosmini in to bat on the no1 oval. Rosmini lost wickets at regular intervals to be 104 all out. Nick Burt (3-19) and Sam Reidy (3-23) inflicted the most damage, with Ryan Zent having an excellent day behind the stumps, with two catches and a stumping. Westlake were ruthless in reply, as batsmen Josh Hamilton (23) and Jarrad Harford (44 not out) picked off the runs to win the match in the 24th over, to give Westlake a win by 8 wickets.
3rd XI v Auckland Grammar School 2nd XI
WBHS won the toss and elected to bat. Westlake struggled to 101 all out in the 32nd over. Andrew Wickens top-scored with 26 and hit his first ever 6! Auckland Grammar School 2nd XI chased the total down without the loss of a wicket to give Westlake a disappointing 10 wicket loss.
Traditional Fixture Colts 1 v Tauranga Boys College
Colts 1 batted first in their first game against Tauranga Boys College. BJ Jacobs led the way with an attacking 46 and he was well supported by Travis Gower and Jesse Hohaia who both scored 22. The score of 158 hardly seemed enough but an outstanding bowling and fielding effort saw Colts 1 dismiss Tauranga Boys for 102, winning by 56 runs. Max Harbottle wove a web around the Tauranga Boys batsmen, securing 3/18 and he was well supported by Travis Gower who took 2/22. The highlight of the game was an outstanding catch by Regan Diver fielding close to the bat.
Game 2 was a T20 with Tauranga Boys College batting first and reaching 105/6 at the end of their 20 overs. Once again Travis Gower was successful with 2/20. Captain Tom Pleciak led the chase with a fine 48 and was well supported by BJ Jacobs with 28. The game was won by 6 wickets. All in all, a very good two days of cricket for the Colts with everyone contributing well.
Colts 1 v Auckland Grammar School Colts Blue
On the back of their two good midweek wins in Tauranga, Colts 1 entered the round 6 game against Auckland Grammar School full of confidence. Tom Pleciak and Ollie Chambers once again got the team off to a great start putting on 70 for the first wicket. That was to be the only substantial partnership of the innings, which finished at a disappointing 143/7. Tom’s great run of form continued before he was run out for 49. Defending such a small total was always going to be difficult and so it proved, with Auckland Grammar batting very well and winning the game with only 3 wickets down and plenty of overs left.
Colts 2 v St Kentigern College Colts 2
In a game which ebbed and flowed from 12.30 to 6.30pm, Colts 2 had a thrilling 3 run win over St Kentigern’ s Colts 2. Batting first, Colts 2 were soon in trouble at 3 for 12. A partnership of 44 saw them slowly edge out of the mire, only to slide back into it at 5/58 when opener Taahier Wentzel was dismissed for 37. A number of steady partnerships saw the score climb towards the 100 mark. With some hard work by the tail end, Westlake finished on 153/9, thanks to a 34* by Eddy Chambers, including a four off the last ball of the 45th over. The opening bowlers bowled a good line and length and contained the St Kentigern openers. A fine spell of bowling from Captain Rory Price, of 5/14 off 9 overs, including three wicket maidens, reduced St Kentigern to 107/8 in the 37th over. A late surge by the St Kentigern tail saw them edge towards victory and at 150/9 at the end of the 43rd over, they were favourites. When Sa’eed Moerat, playing his first game for Westlake took his third catch, giving Jason Kay 3 for 27, the relief for players, parents and coach was tangible.
Colts 3 had a bye
Colts 4 v Long Bay Colts
Long Bay won the toss and elected to bat, making 169 runs in their 40 overs. Colts 4 produced some good bowling, with Nathan Holloway taking 4/20 off 8 overs, Harry Carter, 2/18 off 8 overs, and Sherav Ramphal, 2/21 off 6 overs. Opening batsmen Harry Carter (49) and Dilshan Perera (20) got the team off to a solid start before Para Balaraman smashed his way to 38 runs, putting Colts 4 in a very strong position. However, Colts 4 then suffered a spectacular collapse, losing 6 wickets in quick succession and leaving Long Bay on the brink of victory. With Colts 4 needing 30 runs with only 1 wicket in hand, David Harrison and Seb Marsh batted incredibly well, inching closer to and eventually equalling the 169 target. Seb then hit a brilliant 4 runs to lead Colts 4 to a one wicket victory. Overall the game demonstrated a fantastic team effort and a tremendous fight back.
The Bennett-Buck Shield drew a fantastic crowd at Sunday night’s game which saw the Westlake Premier team match up against long-time rivals Rangitoto in the Auckland round. Rangitoto came out quickly and scored 2 easy goals in the first quarter to Westlake’s 1 by Corban Wedlock-Aston. Goalie, Stuart Hofmeyr, saved an outstanding 5 goals in the first quarter which saw the teams jostling for possession and playing strong defensively. Westlake managed a couple of goals in the 2nd quarter with tidying up from Campbell Knowles and a goal by captain, Spencer McDowall. Down 6-3 at half time, Westlake dug deep to win the 3rd quarter convincingly. They were strong on defence and stuck to the game plan of getting the basics right and capitalising on steals and kick-outs. Well-earned kick-outs by McDowall saw 2 penalty goals pay off by Liam Wedlock-Aston and a further goal by Liam ensured Westlake were back in the game, putting Rangitoto under serious pressure. Rangitoto moved up a gear and proved too strong in the last quarter, retaining the shield by 13-8. The team showed again that with team-work and tenacity they are strong, but they need to show determination for all 4 quarters of the game when up against tough competition. The team looks forward to the final round of the Auckland league, followed by North Islands and Nationals in the coming weeks.
The Premier Tennis team lost to Auckland Grammar School 2-4. However, Bailey Sutton showed fight and consistency, winning both his games.
1st XI v King’s College
Westlake Boys High School returned home in the fifth round of the one-day competition, as they looked to continue the momentum from the last two matches. King’s won the toss and selected to field. Kings were able to take advantage of the conditions and had Westlake 2-28 after 12 overs. Ryan Schierhout was back from injury and batting at number three, he played a destructive innings, scoring 89 off 62 balls, including 6 sixes. The rest of the batsmen were unable to follow Schierhout’ s lead as King’s restricted Westlake to 192, with Schierhout’ s innings the only one of substance. Westlake would have to bowl well in order to come out on top. It was Luke Ranson who created inroads, returning solid figures of 3/ 20. He was supported from the other end with Ryan Quinn taking two very crucial wickets (2/10) and Sam Brewis also taking two (2/17). Westlake won the match by 36 runs, thanks to a great team effort in the field and a phenomenal knock by Schierhout.
2nd XI v King’s College 2nd XI:
Westlake were sent in to bat on a slow wicket at King’s but a solid batting foundation was set once again by Josh Hamilton (31), who batted patiently, and Sid Mahajan (71). Westlake set a competitive total of 206/6. King’s were never really in the chase with Trent Walker (2-16) taking early wickets and a flurry of run-outs sealing a 125 run win.
3rd XI v Sacred Heart 2nd XI
Westlake Boys 3rd XI lost the toss and were asked to bowl. Unfortunately, several catches were dropped, which helped Sacred Heart get to a sizable total of 255/5. Aditya Chemburkar and Alec Binnie were the pick of the bowlers with 2-35 and 2-36 respectively. A valiant effort was made in the run chase, with Flynn Goodley-Hollister scoring 37, Luke Trafford 27, Aditya 25 and Alec 21. Unfortunately, Westlake only made 180 in the chase and lost by 75 runs.
Colts 1 v St. Kentigern College
Round 4 saw Colts 1 travel to the picturesque Wainoni to play St. Kentigern College. Batting first St Kentigern College made a steady start but then tight bowling and outstanding fielding limited them to 135/9 at the end of their innings. The most successful bowler was BJ Jacobs with 3 wickets for 2 runs and he was well supported by Dylan Hamilton, Max Harbottle and Regan Diver with 2 wickets each. Unfortunately for Colts 1 they were not able to get on top of the St. Kentigern bowlers and were bowled out for 92 incurring a loss by 43 runs.
Colts 3 v Long Bay Colts
Long Bay won the toss and elected to bowl on a damp, drizzly morning. Luke Cameron (55) and Matthew Gell (39) opened the batting and got Westlake off to a very good start. Dan Titchener added a valuable 17 runs before Steven Lydiard (22 not out) and Ben Ruscoe (17) got Colts 3 to a respectable 231/8 in 40 overs. Sam Avis and Luke Cameron opened the bowling with an economical eight over spell, before Esuru Nanayakkara and Risith Kankanamge (2/12 in 3 overs) removed the Long Bay College top order. A good team effort continued to bring wickets regularly. Luke Cameron then finished the innings by bowling the tail out, with 2-14. A great effort from Colts 3 who remain unbeaten this year.
SENIOR PREMIER TENNIS
The Premier a Tennis team played a very powerful St Kentigern College on Saturday and suffered a 6-0 loss. Harry Browning and Aden Borlase-Mills played well to win a set and go to tie-breakers. Team: Leo Cho, Harry Browning, Bailey Sutton, Aden Borlase-Mills.
Westlake Boys vs St. Kentigern College
The Premier Water Polo team made a very strong start in the first quarter and it was an exhausting fight to keep the score close, after Zach Newton-Cross and Korban Kirk gained Westlake two goals. The St. Kentigern defence was exceptional and very hard to score against, and their attack scored some goals to put themselves on the board.
Leading into the second quarter, the opposition adapted to the Westlake attack which made Westlake’s job even harder. Tired from the first quarter, Westlake struggled to hold together, allowing fatigue to kick in. St. Kentigern took advantage of this and managed to bump up the lead quite convincingly. However, Stuart Hofmeyr made four excellent saves, reducing the opposition’s score to 5-2 at half time.
Westlake improved in the third quarter with a strong attack. Campbell Knowles secured two superb goals and Corban Wedlock-Aston one. The team attempted 7 shots which was a great performance, but could only successfully put 3 into the back of the net. The fourth quarter was rather quiet as Westlake attempted to catch up to the strong St. Kentigern side. Kyle Shears was able to score a great distance goal into the top corner, putting Westlake a step closer to St. Kentigern but they could not overtake them. James Tyras performed very well in the last quarter, making 4 great saves and preventing the goal difference from becoming greater.
The game ended 9-6 to St. Kentigern College, but the Westlake team showed promise with defensive play as well as team-work.