Racing at the AON Maadi Cup in Twizel has been postponed today due to unfavourable weather conditions. When racing resumes you can follow our boys on the livestream at www.maadi.co.nz
This week we were fortunate to have some of our Colts and SA tour squad cricketers spend an hour with Craig McMillan – the Blackcaps batting coach. North Harbour Ford donated his services to the school.
The session was excellent – it was inspiring, interactive, and informative and most pleasingly in the 60 minutes he spoke to the boys there was no talk of grips or stance or back lift, but rather he focused on the key qualities and behaviours of top batters – the importance of work ethic, being a learner, being coachable, retaining individuality, being patient, taking ownership and having the right mindset. The glue of batsmanship as he called it.
The only time Craig touched on anything technical was to say that all batting is built around a strong and dependable defence. He asked the boys questions such as do you practice defence? Do you train like you play? Because if not you are setting yourself up to fail.
Craig finished by describing how their philosophy in the Blackcaps is to be there at the end – to be able to pull a stump out of the ground having won a game for their country. To dream about that.
We are very grateful to North Harbour Ford for donating the services of Craig to Westlake and affording this opportunity to our boys to learn from someone who has done the journey.
Westlake Boys High School won the 67th annual Inter-Secondary Schools regatta at the Wakatere Boating Club on Tuesday. It was a challenging regatta, with Monday’s racing being cancelled due to a lack of wind. Westlake Boys did especially well in the Optimist class, taking the first three places.
Optimist (23 boats)
1st: Mason Mulcahy (Westlake Boys High School) 2 1 1 – 4 points
2nd: Josh Hyde (Westlake Boys) 1 2 2 – 5 pts
3rd: George Rush (Westlake Boys) 3 3 5 – 11 pts
Year 13 student, Oscar Guo, recently won his first senior international title, winning the Men’s Singles at the Yonex North Harbour International Badminton tournament. Combined with an outstanding performance at the Victor Oceania Championships 2018, this sees Oscar climb to a personal best 13th place in the World Junior rankings and 193rd in the Men’s Rankings, a climb of 107 places!
Westlake Boys High School retained their New Zealand Secondary Schools Squash national title for the third consecutive year. This year’s championship held in Palmerston North was attended by 32 boys teams and 19 teams of girls, making it the biggest secondary schools squash event in the country.
The earlier rounds saw the team consisting of Matthew Lucente, Gabe Yam, Akil Afghan, Jien Lim, Tom Taylor, Zonal Ali and Jono Beazley comfortably defeat Hawera High School, Wairarapa College, Hutt International Boys School and Tauranga Boys College.
In a repeat of last year’s finals, Westlake faced Waikato’s St. Pauls Collegiate A for the title. The scenario this time around was different as the team had to fight their way back from a 0-2 deficit and complete a remarkable comeback through sheer determination and focus.
The finals did not start well for the reigning champions when the first two matches did not go Westlake’s way. It meant that St. Pauls needed just one more win to wrest the title away whilst Westlake was put in a high pressure situation of having to win all three remaining matches.
In his debut as team captain, Matthew Lucente was however in total control and unfazed with the huge task of putting Westlake on the comeback trail. Matthew lived up to his New Zealand No.1 ranking and powered his way to a straight set win over his opponent. Matthew’s emphatic win proved to be the much needed rallying point and the shift of momentum for the rest of the team.
Next on court was Tom Taylor who fittingly played the game of his life in his last Nationals, staying calm and composed through tense moments in his match. Showing grit and tenacity, Tom stunningly bounced back after losing the second game to take the much needed win in four games and put the finalists deadlocked at two wins each.
Westlake’s shot at achieving a hat-trick then depended on New Zealand’s current U17 No.1 Gabe Yam. It was all business for Gabe from the onset and he was never really in trouble during the match, taking out a clinical 3-0 win and along with it the national title for Westlake for the third year in a row.
The team looks forward to defending their title and make it four in a row for Westlake next year.
Squash Team: (Captain) Matthew Lucente, Gabe Yam, Akil Afghan, Jien Lim, Zonal Ali and Jono Beazley,
(Coach/Manager) Manu Yam
The Westlake 1st XV had one of their biggest challenges of the season when they squared off against Massey High School on Friday, June 2nd. Massey started strongly and scored first. Nikau Graham answered with a try for Westlake. However, an emboldened Massey looked threatening racing to a 14-5 lead. A great line out win to towering No.4 Tiennan Costley set Johnny Cooper up for a very timely try, narrowing the margin as half-time approached.
Coach Aaron Katipa encouraged the players to believe in themselves and the opportunities would come. True to form, Lotu Inisi crashed over for a try, quickly followed by Sean Vete. Massey was forced to counter the threat from Westlake’s forwards by committing more players to the rucks and this created space out wide. Firstly Spencer McDowall found a gap and scored. Then it was a great combination of Nikau Graham and Johnny Cooper that broke the line, taking the score out to the final result of 36-14.
Next week Westlake take on Rosmini College in a highly-anticipated top of the table match. The team would love to see lots of supporters in their Westlake colours as they defend the Woodhouse Shield.
The Westlake 2nd XV also faced off against Massey but with home advantage. Westlake were able to surpass Massey with their passing and running game. A clever back move saw Ollie Charlesworth split the defence and break-through for an impressive try. Dylan Chesney kept up his record of scoring twice. Not to be outshone, forwards Jordan Quinn and Caleb McDonald accounted for four tries between them, including a 60m dash from Caleb. Ollie Watts also had a standout game at No6. The final score was 59-0, a very pleasing result for Coach, Mr Henley who stepped up to take the reins on Saturday.
The 5As had a much more formidable challenge, facing the Sacred Heart Under15s. Stuart van Gelder and Bryn Moloney scrummed very well with Chlayton Frans making himself known all over the park. Once again Brook Robson controlled the game well at half back. Coach Mr Mildenhall was very impressed by Peti Tavui and Caleb Falloon. While Westlake produced a valiant effort, it was Sacred Heart who won the tussle, by the narrowest of margins, 22-21.
- Williams, J. Woods, M. Wood, D. Hobson, C. Foulds, M. Lamont, R. Wynne, B. Kelly, J. Benbow, J. Olivier, L. Wilson
- Scopas (unused), A. Al-Majmuei (on for L. Wilson 80th minute) J. Scott (unused), D. Mitten (on for R. Wynne 45th minute),
Half time score – 1-0
Full time score – 2-2
Scorers – J. Benbow, J. Olivier
The First XI travelled to Mount Albert Grammar School for one of their few Saturday fixtures of the season. The team were coming off the back of a competent cup win against One Tree Hill College and looked to take this form into the league. A backlog of sickness and injuries forced stand-in coach Tony Readings into a formation change as he looked to shuffle the pack to provide the team with more attacking options.
The game started with both teams trying to assert their influence, particularly in an overcrowded midfield. A glut of free kicks denied any real flow to the game and the stop-start nature of proceedings did not lend itself well to Westlake’s desire to dominate possession.
The first 20 minutes passed without incident or goal scoring opportunities, but this was more than made up for in the rest of the half. After Westlake had failed to deal with a high ball from the MAGS goalkeeper, it bounced into the box and put the MAGS forward through on goal. Westlake goalkeeper, Bradley Williams, mistimed his challenge and brought down the on rushing attacker. A penalty was rightfully awarded. A mixture of nerves and poor technique saw the MAGS player blaze the ball over the crossbar and allowed the Westlake contingent to breath a collective sigh of relief.
It looked as if the half would finish as a stalemate but it was MAGS who put the first goal on the board. A mistimed tackle led to a breakaway and ended up with a MAGS midfielder playing in their forward. Although he appeared to be offside by a significant margin, no whistle was heard or flag seen and he duly placed the ball into the bottom corner of the goal.
Westlake went back to the changing rooms a goal down but far from out of the game. The second half started with Westlake playing at a much higher tempo and intensity and it was the aforementioned traits that led to their first goal. Some neat interplay led to a ball squared to forward, Joe Benbow, who jinked his way into the box. His quick footwork deceived the MAGS defender into a foul and a penalty was duly awarded. Benbow, who probably had his best game for the school, dusted himself off and slotted home the penalty. Westlake were back level and very much looked the more likely to fashion a lead; a lead that did come their way around 10 minutes later. A surging run from captain Bronson Kelly put the ball at the feet of Jordan Olivier. His quick feet and even quicker thinking ensured he expertly popped the ball past the out-coming goalkeeper and Westlake now had their noses in front.
A good chance fell to the feet of Daniel Mitten that would have put the game to bed, but he wasn’t able to provide the decisive touch to send the ball goal-bound. The match was now a see-saw affair as Westlake looked for the killer goal and MAGS pushed to equalise.
A number of chances, last ditch clearances and goal mouth scrambles at both ends ensued, but it was MAGS who were able to put one away with five minutes left to play. Westlake pushed hard to score again, but time was not on their side and they had to settle for a share of the spoils.
As the final whistle blew, the Westlake team were left to rue some missed chances
Matthew Lucente and Gabe Yam were Champion and Runner-up respectively in the boys U17 division of the Oceania Junior Championships. Their thrilling final saw Matthew taking the win in four close games over Gabe and showcased both players’ speed and accuracy inside the court. Matthew, who recently attained a rare and hard to achieve A1 grading at just 16 years old, was also the boys U15 champion in 2015.
After the Oceania Championships, Matthew and Gabe put aside their healthy rivalry and teamed up for the Trans-Tasman Test series to help New Zealand defeat Australia 26-10, winning all their matches against the Australians. The two-day test involved 18 of the best U13 to U19 players from NZ and Australia battling each other in their relevant age divisions.
The two international events were held on 14-19 April at the Henderson Squash Club, with players from Australia, Singapore, New Caledonia, China, Hong Kong and French Polynesia participating in the Oceania Championships.
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.
Five WBHS students travelled to Picton last week for the Interislander Optimist Ranking Regatta. Sailing conditions were light and shifty with a lot of rain. Points earned from the Ranking Regattas and Nationals this Easter will decide the sailors to represent New Zealand at international events this year. WBHS sailors performed exceptionally well at the Regatta, with at least three Westlake sailors expected to earn International Travelling Team positions this year.
Results out of 114 Sailors:
4th – Joshua Hyde
9th – Brayden Hamilton
10th – Thomas Mulcahy
26th – Kaan Yazici
50th – Zach Fong
Results out of 35 Sailors:
15th – Ryan Harden
19th – Charlie Loughran