Auckland fight out football final
The New Zealand Secondary Schools Lotto Premier boys football final was to be played at Saxton Field this afternoon, bringing to an end four days of competition between the country's best college footballers.
Auckland Grammar and Mount Albert Grammar were to duke it out to be crowned the top football school in the country.
Nelson College was earlier drawn to play for 21st place against Christchurch Boys.
Yesterday, the College First XI scored two fine goals to captain Andrew Baxendine and Ben Abel-Jacksties before St Pauls (Hamilton) came back to draw level in their playoff match. Lian Cinzah scored the first goal in the penalty shootout, setting the standard as Nelson went on to win 6-4 on penalties thanks to saves from keeper Geordie MacMillan.
Nayland College First XI were beaten 3-0 by Otago Boys and were to play their final match for 19th position against St Andrew's today.
Waimea College First XI beat Mount Aspiring College 4-1 in the Jim Wishart Cup in Ashburton. Waimea backed that up with a 4-2 win over Middleton Grange.
At the Rex Dawkins Cup in Wanganui, Golden Bay First XI took a 3-1 win over Hillcrest yesterday and were to meet tournament hosts Wanganui Collegiate in a playoff for fifth.
In the top girls Lotto Premier competition, Nelson College for Girls First XI were to play Mt Albert for seventh after losing a penalty shootout against Westlake Girls High School. A goal from Sophie Daines put Nelson ahead from a Harriet Williamson cross but Westlake came back to equalise.
The Waimea College First XI girls beat Diocesan School for Girls (Auckland) 1-0 thanks to a cracking goal from 25m out by Sally Hodgson. Waimea held on and were to meet Hamilton Girls in a playoff for ninth where Waimea will aim to hold on to their record of not conceding a goal in open play during the tournament.
Nayland College First XI girls team were set to play Wellington High in the final of the Grant Jarvis Cup in Palmerston North today.
Nayland beat Iona College on penalties before going on to beat Otumoetai College with goals to Ruby Cunningham and Olivia Parkinson.
At the NZSS basketball AA Premierships Zone 4 boys competition in Dunedin, Nayland College beat Waimea College 74-58 despite Waimea's Brodie Hannah scoring 32 points.
Nelson College beat Ashburton College 67-53 but went on to lose to Otago Boys. Nelson College were drawn to meet top of the south rivals Nayland today in the quarterfinals.
Garin College have progressed to the A Premierships Zone 4 finals in Westport after a 70-41 victory over Rangiora. Brodie Sidwell top scored with 31 points and Joel McManus scored 24. In only their second year in the competition Garin were to meet Dunstan High (Alexandra) today.
The Nelson College First XI hockey team were beaten 3-1 by Western Heights High School in their premier tournament, the Rankin Cup in Napier.
Christoph Riedel scored for Nelson but they were keen to put more goals on the board in their final fixture, against Wanganui High School today.
The Waimea College First XI boys' hockey team had a 3-1 win over Waitaki Boys High at the Johnson Cup in Christchurch. Hamish Sinclair scored a double while Hugh Hendrickson also put one in.
Waimea were to play their final match against Darfield High School today.
In the girls' hockey competition Waimea College and Nelson College for Girls First XIs each suffered losses in Whangarei at the Marie Fry Trophy.
Nelson were beaten 3-1 by Westlake Girls High and Waimea went down 3-0 to Waikato Diocesan.
At the Jenny Hair Cup in Greymouth Nayland College First XI girls lost their semifinal match against Ashburton in a stroke-off.
Nayland today had the task of lifting themselves for a third/fourth playoff game against Middleton Grange.
Waimea College's Ryan Chisnall is two shots off the pace at the New Zealand men's age group championship at Waipu Golf Club in Northland. Chisnall shot an even par 72 in his second round to remain at one under-par, in sixth.
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