Peachgrove Intermediate dominate rivals

It has been a stellar sporting week for Peachgrove Intermediate after being crowned champions at the New Zealand Community Trust AIMS tournament.

The Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools (AIMS) tournament held at the Greerton Marist rugby club in Tauranga last week saw 32 schools from around the country battle it out over four days for top honours.

Peachgrove were dominant throughout the event, scoring 524 points while only conceding 74.

They claimed the sevens title with a 22-0 shutout of New Plymouth's Devon Intermediate school.

Teacher in charge Blair Cocks was "absolutely rapt" with the achievement and was even more impressed they were unbeaten over 14 matches.

"It's the first time we've won the rugby over there; it's only been going for three years as a part of the games.

"We've had a couple of wins with the boys' football a few years ago.

"This is our first victory with the rugby boys.

"It's been a big buzz for the boys, [being the] first time on a national stage."

The victory was made memorable for two team members, with Ata Kavamoungaone and Raiki Willison named in the tournament team.

Cocks said a few players from the Peachgrove side had represented Hamilton Wasps in the Gwynne Shield competition this year, with four being selected for the Waikato side.

The four Waikato players, Sam Cooper, Willison, Caleb Muntz and Tane Te Aho, will be preparing for the Roller Mills tournament in the school holidays.

The members of the champion Peachgrove side were Kavamoungaone, Thompson Karena, Cooper, Nakoa Marcroft, Te Aho, William Finau, Muntz, Willison, Taine Henry, Te Matakana Dunn, Mosiah Christian and Cruise Dunster. The team was coached by Dave Cooper and Awa Karena.

The AIMS tournament features intermediate and middle schools competing across a range of sports, with many other Waikato schools taking part.

Nina Paripovich and Daniel Andonov, from Fairfield Intermediate, achieved outstanding results in the tennis event.

Paripovich won the girls' title while Andonov claimed third on the boys' side of the draw.

Matamata Intermediate's Connor Stoner took out the boys' stableford in golf, while the school team took first place in the team stableford.

In basketball, Melville Intermediate were third in the girls' tournament.

Kobe Hawea impressed for her side and was named in the overall tournament side.

Peachgrove also featured in other sports at the tournament.

Their girls' football side finished runners-up in the open A grade.

The team squeezed past Blockhouse Bay Intermediate 3-2 in their semifinal encounter.

However, they could not carry their winning form into the final, falling 2-0 to St Cuthbert's College from Auckland.

After enjoying success with more than 166 schools from New Zealand and Australia competing this year, the AIMS games are set to build on those achievements when Tauranga hosts the tournament again in September 2013.

Waikato Times