Southland Girls' High School and Central Southland College are unbeaten after the opening day of the South Island secondary schools' A-grade netball tournament in Dunedin.
Southland Girls', who will be one of the teams to beat at this year's tournament, began play with a nervous 30-27 win over James Hargest College in their morning game, before accounting for Wakatipu High School 35-21.
James Hargest pipped St Hilda's Collegiate 26-25 in their other game of the day to sit in second place in the pool.
Central Southland College, who won the Southland schools title earlier this year, beat Verdon College 38-14, and then took care of Gore High School 38-20. Verdon and Gore High will be fighting for second place in the pool today, after they both had a win over Motueka High School yesterday.
St Peter's College began the tournament by thumping Otago Girls' High, 43-21. But they suffered a 28-23 loss against Christchurch's St Andrew's College.
Menzies College had a successful opening day in the B grade, with wins over Papanui High, 40-23, and Bayfield High, 33-25.
In C-grade action, Northern Southland College fought out a thrilling 23-23 draw with Collingwood Area School but lost against John Paul II High School 32-25. Fiordland College overcame Hurunui College 32-9 and also ran out victors over Waiau College, 39-5.
Southland Boys' had no troubles against Waitaki Boys' in their first game at the under-15 boys' tournament in Christchurch yesterday, easing to a 76-0 win.
First-five Marlon Adcock scored 21 points in the win, with a try and eight conversions. No 8 Tama Reynolds and Pedro Bezanilla also impressed for Boys' High, dotting down for two tries apiece.
Verdon College had a mixed day of results at the South Island co-educational tournament, drawing 12-12 with Wakatipu High, then losing 15-7 in a tight encounter against John McGlashan Blue.
At the same tournament, St Peter's College had a 17-0 victory over John McGlashan but went down 30-10 to Wakatipu.
Southland Girls' High and Columba College fought out an entertaining 6-6 draw on the opening day of the Jenny McDonald Cup girls' tournament in Invercargill.
Southland Girls' would have been happy with the result against a team that contains two New Zealand under-18 representatives and will be one of the favourites at the tournament. Emma Hopcroft was the star of the game for Southland Girls' with four goals.
St Peter's College were too strong for James Hargest, coasting to an 8-0 win. Amy Baker struck a hat-trick of goals for St Peter's, while Celia Dickie added two, and Mallory Cooper and Anna Maslin also got on the scoresheet.
In their only game of the day at the Johnson Cup boys' tournament in Christchurch, James Hargest produced a 1-1 draw with Darfield High.
Southland Boys' High had a trying day at the same tournament, losing 2-0 to second-ranked Hauraki Plains College, and then squandering a two-goal advantage to lose 3-2 to Kamo High School.
Hometown team Gore High started the Coaches Cup boys' tournament with 4-0 win over Bayfield High, before drawing 2-2 with Roncalli College in the later game.
Verdon College drew 1-1 with Logan Park High, but dipped out against Mountainview High 3-1 at the same tournament.
Gore High made a losing start to the Audrey Timlin Cup girls' tournament in Blenheim, with Hauraki Plains emerging 6-1 winners.
St Peter's College opened their South Island mixed hockey tournament in Oamaru with a narrow 2-1 win over Dunstan High. Sam Keys and Jo McCrostie scored for the goals for St Peter's.
James Hargest College went on a goal-scoring flurry at the girls' Lotto Sportswear tournament in Dunedin yesterday, overcoming Buller High 7-0, before taking care of Hornby High 5-0.
Aimee Stubb scored a hat-trick of goals for Hargest in both games. Gore High were beaten 9-1 by Christchurch Girls' High, and 4-1 by Columba College at the same tournament.
Southland Girls' High grabbed a 1-1 draw with Papanui High School at the Gary Snowden tournament in Timaru in their only game of the day. Rachel Christie scored for Girls' High in the draw.
In the afternoon, they played a friendly game against Marlborough Girls', which did not count for points, which they lost 3-2.
James Hargest showed their intentions on the opening day of the Jim Wishart boys' tournament in Ashburton, beating Geraldine High 4-0, then Buller High 8-0.
James Tucker scored four goals against Buller and one against Geraldine.
Wakatipu High made a superb start to the South Island schools ice hockey tournament in Dunedin yesterday, thumping Dunstan High 14-0, and then beating John McGlashan College 8-2. Max Macharg was a standout against Dunstan, scoring five goals in the win, while Levi Healey also added a hat-trick in the rout.
Central Southland College were given a reminder about how tough the national schoolboys rugby league competition will be this week, when they were beaten 54-0 by Auckland Grammar yesterday.
Central Southland are competing in the developing schools division at the tournament, for teams who are new to the sport.
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