College wins three against Garin
A total of 106 Queen Charlotte College students travelled to Nelson for the school's annual exchange with Garin College on Thursday, May 24.
The college took four netball teams, a football team, two rugby teams and two basketball teams to Nelson for the day.
The exchange, established in 2006, was another hotly contested affair.
The Queen Charlotte College Senior A netball team won a see-saw game, that featured multiple lead changes, by a solitary point. Gemma Hika starred in several positions for a well-drilled QCC side.
The other three netball teams all lost their games but represented themselves, and the school, well in terms of their overall effort on the court and sportsmanship.
Basketball continues to be a major growth area at the college and this was reflected on the court at Garin.
The QCC girls team, helped by the sharp shooting of Tamsin Woolf, managed to win by a significant margin while the boys team fell short against a well-structured Garin unit.
Veejay Raizada's presence in the paint both offensively and defensively helped set a strong platform for the boys team.
The QCC football team participated in one of the more entertaining matches of the day, drawing their game 4-all.
The game was a keenly contested affair, and the QCC team were within seconds of victory when a last-minute equaliser by Garin forced them to settle for a draw.
Joseph Timms starred for the QCC side scoring three of the team's goals.
The two QCC rugby teams sent to Garin were the First XV and an under-14 team.
The First XV is young with 20 of the 21 players still eligible for either under-15 or under-16 teams.
The team played well against a vastly experienced, and more sizeable, Garin team in the first half, heading into the break tied seven-all thanks to Blair Timms scoring a try in the 15th minute.
Unfortunately, the wheels fell off in the second half, with Garin scoring a sequence of tries to run away with the game.
Jacob Collins and Tiare Tautare starred for the QCC team.
The under-14 game saw a reversal in fortune for QCC, with the school emerging as 38-15 winners. Several line breaks by standouts Travis Scott and Isaac Rawlings anchored the win behind a strong forward display.
The rub of the green went against Queen Charlotte College on the day and the students lost the overall exchange, winning three games, drawing one and losing five.
The students are already eagerly awaiting Garin's journey over to QCC in 2013, where the school remains unbeaten.
Jack Saxon is assistant principal of Queen Charlotte College.
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