Draws put Nelson College into playoffs
Nelson College settled for two draws yesterday that put them through to the bowl playoffs at the Lotto premier secondary schools football tournament at Saxton Field.
They began the day with a 1-all draw against Francis Douglas Memorial College, a solid performance in terrible conditions on a water-soaked pitch.
Nelson College adapted well, playing a more direct style and created several good chances on goal but unfortunately they found an opposition goalie in fine form in a scoreless first half.
Francis Douglas opened the second half scoring against the run of play from a free kick just outside the box.
The resulting free kick saw the ball skim off a defender's head and passed a stranded goalie.
This seemed to prompt College into action and a superb solo effort by Ben Abele Jacksties made it 1-all with 15 minutes remaining.
Nelson and Takapuna battled to a scoreless draw in their afternoon clash on the same heavy pitch but despite constant pressure and numerous chances, Nelson could not break down a big resolute Takapuna defence.
Nelson were due to play Shirley BHS today.
After Monday's successive 4-0 losses to both Westlake BHS and Auckland Grammar, Nayland College's 1-0 win over Rongotai College yesterday means they were to play Hamilton BHS today in pool two of the bowl playoffs.
Meanwhile in Taupo, Nelson College for Girls continued their good form on day two of the Lotto premier girls' football tournament, drawing 0-0 with Avondale College to finish top of their group before beating Whakatane 2-1 in the afternoon's opening playoff round.
After falling behind to a disputed goal, NCG came storming back to score twice through Tayla Hampton and Harriet Williamson.
The winning goal came from a massive clearance from goalkeeper Jenny Harvey which found Harriet Williamson clear on goal and she finished from close range.
Waimea made it through to the top 16 with after a 0-0 draw with Massey.
Goalkeeper Lydia Langbein had another great game, coming off her line well to thwart several Massey attacks.
The afternoon match saw Waimea play Dunedin's St Hilda's for a place in the quarterfinals. Another nil-all saw St Hilda's winning 3-1 on penalties. Sally Hodgson scored from the spot for Waimea who now play off for positions 9-16.
At the Grant Jarvis girls' football tournament in Palmerston North, Nayland College beat St Mary's (Wellington) 2-1 and Queen Margaret 1-0, while Golden Bay HS lost 3-0 to Wanganui HS and drew 3-all with Hasting GHS.
Waimea College scored a nailbiting 76-75 win over Nelson College to finish fifth at the zone four junior boys' basketball premiership at Saxton Stadium yesterday.
Hillview Christian School beat Nayland College 88-54 in their botton three round-robin clash. In the final, Otago BHS scored a comprehensive 105-58 win over St Andrew's College.
Nelson College for Girls beat Nayland College 74-41 in the playoff for fifth and sixth in the girls' competition, while in the playoff for third and fourth, Waimea College scored a convincing 81-41 win over Marlborough Girls' College.
Waimea College, Nayland College and Collingwood Area School repeated their first day success to continue their unbeaten runs on day two of the South Island secondary schools netball tournament in Dunedin.
Waimea recorded two more A grade wins yesterday, easily beating Roncalli College 45-23 before struggling to beat Lincoln HS 32-31.
Also in A grade, Nelson College for Girls opened yesterday with a 39-26 win over Geraldine HS, but lost 40-34 to Craighead Diocesan in game two.
Motueka HS suffered two losses, going down 46-17 to Central Southland and 47-17 to Villa Maria College.
Nayland continued their winning B grade momentum, beating Blue Mountain 29-28 and Timaru GHS 39-25, while Garin College drew 23-all with Buller HS ahead of a 31-18 win over Cromwell College.
Collingwood's two C-grade wins were against John Paul (37-18) and Oxford Area School (35-21).
Nelson College for Girls are lying third in their pool at the Marie Fry hockey tournament in Whangarei following a first day draw and a win and a loss on day two.
They drew 1-all with Kamo HS on Monday, Katelyn Bennett scoring a second half goal, and began day two with a 2-1 win over Wanganui Collegiate.
Nicole Cant deflected a strong hit from Rebecca Kersten to open NCG's scoring as the team's went to the break locked at 1-all. Kersten sealed the win with a flick shot into the top of the goal after a series of penalty corners.
Needing a win to finish top of their pool, NCG lost 2-0 to Otumoetai College after a scoreless second half. Wanganui Collegiate's 3-0 win over Kamo meant NCG finished third in their pool, and were due to meet Hastings GHS in today's crossover play.
The Nayland College girls' 1st XI buried Greymouth College's 2nd XI 14-0 at the Jenny Hair Cup hockey tournament in Greymouth with Ella Orr (6), Anna Tucker (2), Jamie Rushbrooke (2), Katie Shaw (1), Danni Borland (1), Linda Spring (1) and Nerissa Leach (1) sharing the goals. Players of the day Tessa Riley and Danni Borland both put in a good effort.
The Nelson Mail