Sports Report 2 September
The 1st XI Bethlehem College Girls Hockey Team have had a very successful season. They have won the local Bay of Plenty competition earlier on in the season and capped this off with an emphatic victory in the Midlands Hockey competition.
The BC Girls' First XI are in the Division One of the Midlands Hockey Champions for the second year in a row, after beating Hillcrest High School in the last game of a seven-week round robin series 2-0 at Tauranga Boys' college last night. They have finished the season unbeaten in the Midlands competition, with five wins and two draws. A massive congratulations to all the players and particularly the coaching staff, Lincoln Churchill, Jess Logan and manager Robyn Mangos. Their time and commitment to the team have been fantastic!
Sports Report 26 July 2018
Bethlehem College athletes achieved some extraordinary things throughout the holidays in a variety of sporting disciplines.
Sam Tanner represented New Zealand in the World U20 Track and Field Championships in Finland over the holidays. He faced a tense time in the lead up to the event as he had to qualify for the race by competing in various other races around Europe. Sam finished seventh in his 1500m heat and 16th overall. He was only 0.78secs away from making the final and 0.41 outside his personal best time over this distance. Sam showed a great deal of integrity throughout his time racing in these championships by befriending a partially sighted Australian athlete. He helped him to both prepare and race so that he could compete safely, running just ahead of him so the runner could see him and judge the required pace of the event. This demonstration of friendship and help to a fellow competitor on the world stage was also reported through several media outlets and demonstrates Sam’s exemplary character.
Mia Pugh recently returned from the Open Water Oceania Championships where she represented New Zealand. As previously reported she achieved 5th place in the 5km and followed this great result up with placing 6th in the 10km event.
Toby Lipinski competed in the National Powerchair Football Championships in Taupo throughout the holidays. There were players from six New Zealand clubs which made up the 4 competing teams, with some provinces joining together to make teams. After three days of competition Toby’s Bay of Plenty and Northland team came third. At the conclusion of the tournament Toby was selected in the New Zealand Representative squad.
Caleb Browne won the Junior Boys Sprint and long distance events at the NZ Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships held near Christchurch on the 19th and 20th of July. He also raced in the Intermediate Boys grade in a composite 3 person relay team on the third day of the competition. The sprint event was held around a school campus and red zone suburbs, the long distance event and relay were held at two different venues featuring sand dunes and forest.
Sarah Wilson was part of the U15 Bay of Plenty Netball representative team who competed in the National competition in the first week of the holidays. Sarah’s team went on to win their B Grade division and Sarah was named in the tournament team. This is a significant achievement as only 20 players are selected across the whole tournament!
Sports Report 4 July 2018
Jessica Riddle has recently achieved second place in the North Island in a shooting competition. This was in the Open category which saw her competing against experienced women, so a great achievement.
The Bethlehem College Girls First XI Hockey team took first place in the Bay of Plenty last week when they beat Otumoetai College in the final, 5 – 2. The Boys First XI were runners up in the same competition going down to Otumoetai College 5 – 2 in their final. A fantastic effort from both teams.
Last week the Bay of Plenty Cross Country Event was held. All Bethlehem College competitors from Year 4 – 8 achieved a top 20 placing which is a significant achievement knowing that this is from a group of hundreds of competitors. Elliot Pugh won the Year 8 Boys race, Sylvia Thompson came second in the Year 7 Girls race and Isaac Ryan from Bethlehem College Chapman placed second in the Year 7 Boys race.
Sports Report 26 June 2018
Eden Worsley has just returned from the USA where she represented New Zealand on behalf of the Tauranga Synchronised Swimming Club. 11 countries were represented and Eden and former Bethlehem College Partner, Isobel Pettit, were placed 13th overall in the duet. For Eden it was also an amazing opportunity to be coached and mentored by the best coaches in the world which included previous Olympians and their coaches. She spent 5 days competing and training and was able to enjoy the sights for three days before returning back to New Zealand.
Mia Pugh is representing New Zealand in the Oceania Open water competition this week. She achieved 5th place in the Open 5km race which is a significant achievement considering there were 16 different countries being represented. She has the 10km this weekend and we wish her the very best of luck for her race.
The Girls First XI Hockey team continue on their winning way when they beat Tauranga Girls College 4- 0 last week to cement a place in the Bay of plenty schools competition final against Otumoetai College.
The Premier One Netball team also took a significant victory last week beating the top qualifying team, Matamata College, in the Division one competition. The girls used their speed and fitness to great effect throughout the game to establish and maintain their lead. Despite a third quarter comeback attempt from the Matamata girls, BC continued to display some excellent powerful and accurate passing and tight defence to hold onto their lead, and won by eight goals.
Sports Report 20 June 2018
We had several students attend the NZSS Cross Country Champs in Taupo last weekend. It was great the rain held off and we left with some fantastic results. Congratulations to Samuel Tanner for coming first in the Senior Boys race, followed by his brother Logan Tanner coming in 59th and Nicholas Wotton at 131st. Emily Spear came 98th in the Junior Girls race and Ian Pugh came 25th in the Year 9 Boys race. In the Year 9 Girls race we had Summar Tanner come in at 15th and Eleanor Nash 64th. Well done to all!
Our 1st XI Boys Hockey team won 2-1 v Te Puke and the 1st XI Girls Hockey team won 10-0 v Papamoa. Great going!
Netball Prem 1 took a 22 goal win against John Paul College to book themselves a spot in the top WBOP Netball competition for schools.
Isaac Williams did extremely well in his swimming races in Taupo the weekend before last. Isaac competed in 9 races over 2 days and placed in every one coming away with 7 gold medals and 2 silver medals. His effort for the 200m Butterfly was 1 second off the BOP record and 5 seconds off the national record. Outstanding effort Isaac!
Sports Report 5 June 2018
The Interprovincial Volleyball National Championships were held over the long Queen’s Birthday weekend. Bethlehem College was well represented with Rachel Stratton, Monique Bos, Tyler Boyle, Niamh Cunliffe, Millie Jones and Sarah Stratton competing in the age group representative teams. Sarah Stratton had recently returned from her U17 New Zealand trip to Thailand where they competed in the South Asia and Asian championships during their time there. The teams achieved 6th place at the IPC championships.
Bethlehem College runners achieved some fanstastic results at the Waikato and Bay of Plenty Cross Country Championships held on Wednesday. Sam Tanner won his race, Summar Tanner achieved third place, Ian Pugh was fourth in the Junior Boys race and Logan Tanner earned tenth place in the combined Intermediate and Senior Boys race despite being in the younger category.
The Senior A Basketball boys had a great win over Waihi in their A grade game last Wednesday night. The boys demonstrated some tight defense which prevented the opposition from scoring! The Junior A boys also had a really close game against Aquinas College, going down by one basketball in the dying seconds of the game.
The Girls’ 1st XI football team had a convincing win against Te Puke High School last week. Petra Wordsworth scored a hat trick and Bella Thompson, Hope Pyne and Annah Hanson also contributed one goal too, to beat the Te Puke girls 6 – 1.
The Premier One Netball team had a convincing win against Otumoetai College on Friday night and the Junior A Team also had a convincing win against the senior B team from Te Puke High School.
Sports Report 28 May 2018
The North Island Synchronised Swimming Championships were held recently with Bethlehem College exceeding expectations in a range of categories. Ella Claydon was second in the Aquarinas Duet, Ella and Sarah Lee were part of a team who were second in the Aqua Combo Team, Eden Worsley was first in the following categories: Junior Tech Duet, Junior Free, Duet, Senior Free Team and Open free combination.
Last week the Bay of Plenty / Mid Island Secondary School Cross Country Championships were held. Over 260 students took part with Bethlehem College doing well in many of the categories. Summar Tanner won the Year 9 Girls race, Eleanor Nash came 9th place and Paige Farmer took out 16th place which placed Bethlehem College 2nd amongst the school standings at this year level. In the Year 9 Boys race Ian Pugh placed 2nd, Caleb Browne was 10th and Hank Ahearn was 18th place which once again put Bethlehem College in 2nd place. Sam Tanner won the mixed Intermediate / Senior Boys race, Logan Tanner was 6th and Luke Whitwell placed 15th and Bethlehem College once again placed second in the schools event.
Photo: L-R (Sarah Lee, Ella Claydon, Eden Worsley, Isobel Petit (past BC Student)