Regional, national events on offer

23:44, Mar 24 2014

This week is New Zealand secondary schools' summer tournament week.

This week is set aside by the New Zealand secondary schools for South Island and national events for summer sports. In Southland, we also hold several of our regional sports events during this week.

We are presently hosting South Island water polo at the Southland Aquatic Centre.

Fourteen teams are entered - eight girls' teams and six boys' teams. Local teams are Southland Girls' High School, who will be defending their South Island title from last year, James Hargest College girls and boys and Southland Boys' High School.

The tournament started on Sunday and will finish with finals tomorrow.

Regional events on this week are the Southland lawn bowls championships held yesterday at Waihopai Bowling Club. There was a significant increase in entries compared with last year, with eight schools competing.


Wakatipu High School had 17 students competing.

Today is the Otago/Southland road cycling championships at Teretonga. There are good numbers in this event boosted by a strong contingent of 21 riders from Columba College, from Dunedin.

A new event, the Southland U15 sevens tournament, is being organised by Rugby Southland tomorrow at Centrepoint Park. This features both a boys and girls grade. This is to help encourage participation in sevens and develop a pool of younger players.

Finally, on Friday is the Southland surfing championships which will be held at Colac Bay. This follows on from last year's successful resurgence of the event. We are expecting 30 or so students to compete in several age groups. The majority of surfers will be from Aparima College.

In addition to these local events, Southland schools will also be competing at events around New Zealand, including the Maadi Cup at Lake Ruataniwha, New Zealand division two softball championships in Blenheim, New Zealand triathlon championships in Gisborne and, at the end of the week, the South Island touch championships in Christchurch.

For South Island and national results, check out the New Zealand Secondary Schools Sports Council website and, for local events, our website



Highlight of the week:

Southland Boys' High School have progressed to Southland's senior one-day finals for the first time since 2010 after they knocked over the Appleby Rams in one semifinal on Saturday. They will take on the Metro Tigers in Saturday's final at Queens Park.

Keep an eye on: Logan Anstiss, from Wakatipu, was the top (net) individual golfer at our Southland Golf Championships.

Team of the week:

The Gore golf team of David Lamb, Spencer McIntosh, Wesley Gray and Ryan Kirk, who won the team with the best net score at the Southland champs. What's coming up:

(Summer Tournament Week)

Today-tomorrow: SISS Waterpolo, Invercargill

Today: Otago/Southland Cycling Championships at Teretonga

Tomorrow: Southland 7s at Centre Point Park

Friday: Southland Surfing Championships at Colac Bay



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