Sports Round Up

16 March Sports News

Canterbury Volleyball Championships

From Friday the 9th of March to Sunday 11th of March, the Papanui A Senior Girls’ Volleyball team competed in division 2 of the Canterbury Champs.  On the Friday morning, the girls were lucky enough to have a late start, with our first game at 11:20am against Villa Maria. Starting with a bang, we won our first game 2:0, with all games being best of 3 sets as so many teams were entered.  Afterwards we had duty, and our next game was against Cashmere. Taking their second win of the day, Papanui then had one last duty for the day. Saturday was an early start, with our first game commencing at 9.00am, the girls were up and at it, ready to win.  We won our first game against Rangi Ruru, lost our second against Rangiora, and won our third against Riccarton. This put us through to the semis, and with an enthusiastic and determined attitude, the team returned on Sunday to play one more game, and then move on to their semi final.  We won our game against St Margaret’s, and then prepared ourselves for the game that lay ahead. Versus Haeta, Papanui gave it their all against their strong opposition, but unfortunately conceded a loss. This left the girls fighting for third place, and duty for the final. In the battle for the bronze medal, Papanui snatched the win in a nail biting game against Christchurch Girls’ High School.  Although this was not the result desired, the Papanui A Senior Girls’ Volleyball team put in a solid effort and were pumped and positive for the entire duration of the tournament, they represented Papanui proudly and showed great sportsmanship. A very special thank you to Joel Martin, Peng Tay and Fran Edmondson. These three people continuously give up their time to help us succeed and improve. They are great motivators and support us on and off the court.                                                                         Written by: “Belle Ashby – Senior A Team”


Canterbury Secondary School Athletics – Rawhiti Domain

On Tuesday 13th March Papanui High had 23 students participate in the Canterbury Secondary School Athletics Championship Prelims.  A great day had by all with some fantastic results – there will be a full report in next week’s article once the finals are completed this Saturday.

The Kimi Ora Department also ran the sausage sizzle fundraiser where they made a great profit to put towards students going to the South Island Secondary School Athletics Champs next weekend in Timaru.


Papanui High School were also the host school this year where the students and staff involved received great positive feedback from the Athletics Canterbury officials about how well they were supporting the event – Keep up the great work Papanui.


Touch Nationals


At the Touch Nationals held in Auckland from Friday 2nd March to Sunday 4th March, the school was well represented with staff, ex students, and students, the results were:


  • Paige Ellam (Year 13) represented in the Under 21 Women’s’ team and finished fourth.
  • Under 21 Men’s finished third - coached by Mr Peawini and managed by Miss Rutherford.
  • Jeff Smith represented in the Masters Men's team and won gold.
  • Melanie Carson represented in the Over 27 Women's team and won gold.


Sports Results



Year 9 Boys beat Linwood 13-6

Year 10 Boys beat St Thomas 8-6

Year 11/12 Boys beat Burnside 8-2


Indoor Football

Junior Mixed were defeated by Catholic Cathedral

Year 10-12 Boys drew with Hillmorton 11-11

Year 13 Boys 1 were defeated by St Bede’s

Year 13 Boys 2 were defeated by Hornby


Indoor Netball

Year 9 Girls 1 beat Marian College 22-5

Yr 9 Girls 2 beat Cashmere 34-6

Open Girls beat Marian College 39-5



Senior drew with Marian / St Bedes 15-15

Junior were defeated by Burnside



Year 9 Girls drew with Lincoln 1-1

Year 10/11 beat Rangi Ruru 2-0



Boys’ Super Touch beat Cashmere 7-6

Intermediate Boys were defeated by St Thomas

Year 9 Boys were just defeated by St Bedes 3-4 in the Yr 9 Boys Div 2 Final. (Thank you to Ally Aikman and her father for being the referees)


Ultimate Frisbee

Mixed team beat Riccarton 6-5 ,and were awarded the “Most Spirited Team” in the Competition.



Senior Boys beat Christ’s College 2-0

Premier Girls were defeated by Catholic Cathedral

Senior Girls beat Burnside 2-0

Yr 12 Girls were defeated by Villa Maria

Junior Girls 1 were defeated by Middleton Grange

Junior Girls 3 were defeated by Rangi Ruru

Junior Girls 4 beat St Margaret’s 2-1



A Team drew with Rangi Ruru 3-3

B Team were defeated by Villa Maria


Student Achievements 


Canterbury Softball


In January Jacob Neale represented Canterbury in the Southern Tournament held in Invercargill. Top in the pitching stats for the 4 days of Softball. From that tournament Jacob has been selected to Represent South Island in the North vs South Tournament in Wellington in March.


NZ Track Championships


Ryan Macleod competed in the NZ Track Champs down in Invercargill last week. He competed in the U17 Boys riding for Canterbury in the Individual Pursuit , Team Pursuit, Scatch Race, Points Race and Team Sprint taking gold in the Team Pursuit.


National Age Group Football Tournament


I competed in the National Age Groups Football tournament last week, representing Mainland Football. My 14th Grade team played six games against the other federations from around New Zealand. We were unbeaten throughout the tournament. We beat Wai/BOP 3-2, Central 2-1, and Football South 3-0, and drew with Northern 1 all. This put us in a good position with two games to go, but we expected these to be difficult as we had Auckland up next, but through great teamwork, we beat them 3-0.  Our final game on Sunday morning was effectively the final, as the winner would win the grade.  Another strong performance saw us win 3-0 over Capital. This meant that we won the Boys’ 14th Grade. My federation, Mainland, also won the overall trophy as well, due to the accumulation of points throughout the age groups and across the genders. These were: 14th Boys, 15th Boys, 16th Boys, 14th Girls and 16th Girls. 


I found the tournament a great experience as I was able to compete against the best players around New Zealand, and make some great friends, both within my team and meeting others at the tournament.

Caleb Cottom – Yr 11