Fallon gives Nelson hosting a gold star
Former All Whites coach Kevin Fallon gave Nelson's hosting of the New Zealand secondary schools Lotto Premier tournament a glowing appraisal, although he was obviously in a buoyant mood as his Mount Albert Grammar side had just been crowned champions.
Mount Albert Grammar School (MAGS) beat Auckland Grammar School 2-0 in the Lotto Premier Cup final yesterday thanks to two goals from captain Jonathan Quinn. Despite a slightly heavy pitch the finalists put on a high-quality display in front of a bumper crowd at Saxton Field.
Fallon, who has been in charge of the MAGS first XI for 16 years, taking them to 11 finals, said Nelson hosted a 32-team tournament no-one else could have. "I've been to 11 finals and had maybe eight or nine wins . . . I think anywhere else in the country you wouldn't have got the tournament played. The weather we had early this week you wouldn't have got it played anywhere else.
"They [Nelson Bays Football and Nelson Suburbs] have done a brilliant job.
"The pitches they had here were a different class, the organisation has been great."
In the final MAGS controlled possession well as they attacked with flowing flair for most of the first half. A fine free kick from Quinn opened the scoring but only desperately-committed defence kept the score to 1-0 at the break.
The second half saw MAGS put under more pressure at the back as Auckland Grammar pushed for an equaliser, but the second goal came against the run of play from a defensive lapse that allowed Quinn to finish a one-on-one with the goalkeeper as MAGS swept to the title.
Fallon said his team's road to the title was not an easy one, playing most of the other top teams. "They have done it the hard way.
"We had to beat Westlake, we came through Christchurch Boys', Wellington College, Kelston and Auckland Grammar School. There were no easy games and they have just done it really well."
Nayland College first XI finished in 20th place overall following a 1-0 final-day loss to St Andrew's. Nelson College first XI ran out of steam in their final match losing 7-1 to Christchurch Boys', finishing in 22nd position.
Sacred Heart (Auckland) finished in third overall beating Westlake Boys' 4-1 while Hamilton Boys' took out the bowl final and Tawa College won the plate.
In Ashburton, Waimea College first XI stormed to victory at the Jim Wishart Cup beating Kings High of Dunedin 3-0 in the final yesterday.
Nelson College for Girls first XI finished eighth in the country at the girls Lotto Premier competition in Taupo. NCG lost 4-0 to Mount Albert Grammar School in their final match.
Waimea College first XI girls had their best finish in the top tournament finishing 10th despite losing to Hamilton Girls 2-1. Megan Oliver scored for Waimea in their final match while Charlotte Gordon was awarded the most valuable player award for Waimea, voted by opposing teams.
Nayland College first XI girls will bring home the Grant Jarvis Cup from Palmerston North after beating Wellington High in the finals.
Nayland won on penalties after the game finished in a 1-all draw, with Lucy Partridge scoring for Nayland.
Waimea College's Ryan Chisnall has finished in outright fourth position at the New Zealand men's age group championship at Waipu Golf Club in Northland.
Chisnall shot his worst round of the week with a two over par 74 following scores of 71 and 72. However, he improved two placings on his overnight position of sixth, finishing four shots behind tournament winner Tyler Hodge of Levin.
Nayland College beat Nelson College 74-47 in a top of the south quarterfinal battle at their New Zealand secondary school basketball tournament.
The AA Premierships zone 4 boys are in Dunedin. Nayland College were to play Cashmere High School in the semifinal this morning while Nelson College were to play Christchurch Boys' High School in the 5th-8th playoffs.
At the same tournament, Waimea College shot to an 84-76 win over Ashburton College in the 9th-16th matches. Waimea were to play Middleton Grange in the 9th-12th round.
Garin College put in an admirable performance but lost their A Premierships zone 4 competition final, beaten 83-63 by Dunstan High School in Westport. Joel McManus top scored for Garin with 28 points while Brodie Sidwell scored 19.
The Nelson College first XI hockey team finished with a hard-fought 1-0 loss against Wanganui High at the Rankin Cup in Napier. At the Johnson Cup in Christchurch, Waimea College first XI were held to a 2-all draw against Darfield High School, Hamish Sinclair scoring twice for Waimea.
In the girls' hockey competition Waimea College and Nelson College for Girls first XIs were in Whangarei for the Marie Fry Trophy. In their final match Waimea beat Otumoetai College 3-2 with Kelsey Smith and Brittani Harrington (2) scoring the goals. Nelson were too good for Kamo High School running away 5-2 winners.
Nayland College finished third at the Jenny Hair Cup in Greymouth, beating Middleton Grange School 3-0.
The New Zealand secondary school swimming championships got under way at Waterworld in Te Rapa, Hamilton, yesterday.
Competitors from Nelson College for Girls, Motueka High School and Nelson College were among the 460 swimmers from 216 schools.
William Borrell earned a bronze medal by placing third in the 15-year-old 50m fly. Samantha Trevurza placed 5th in the 13-year-old 50m backstroke while Eddie Neill and Pip Dwyer finished 8th in the 15-year-old 200m freestyle and 13-year-old 100m freestyle respectively.
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