Bethlehem College

Sports Report 19 September

Sports Report 19 September

The pinnacle senior winter sports tournament was held in the first week of September in numerous locations around the North Island. Bethlehem College fielded 8 teams in the Winter tournament across Netball, Basketball, Football and Hockey.

Hockey
1st XI Girls' Hockey

The 1st XI Girls' Hockey team were drawn in a really tough pool this year, at the top tier National Secondary Schools tournament, with two of the top four Auckland teams and last year’s third place team St Margaret’s College from Christchurch. The girls put played a fantastic game against Westlake girls winning 4-0 (goals scored by Martha Ressinger, Jaime Eades and Meila Eades 2) which put them in a strong position to make top two in the pool and qualify for the Federation Cup competition. After a 4-1 (goals scored by Maddie Flemming) loss on day two against St Margaret’s College there was a lot to play for against Orewa College. The girls battled well in a physical game to come out winning 2-1 (goals scored by Meila Eades, Meg Wooller) where they qualified second in their pool.

Our top 16 cross over was against the local team Whangarei Girls College. The girls poured their hearts out and were very unlucky to loose 3-2(goals scored by Meila Eades and Maddie Flemming). The team worked really hard right until the final whistle and came very close to snatching what would have be a deserved draw in the match. The girls were then drawn to play local rivals Hamilton Girls and put on a fantastic performance beating them 4-0 (goals scored by Katie, Clarke, Meila Eades, Meg Wooller and Maddie Mangos). It was the girls best performance of the season and showed a lot of character after being knocked out of the top tier tournament the day before.
The girls then played Kings College and got off to a flying start and were up 3-0 after 20 minutes. A short period of nervous play saw Kings come back to 3-2. The second half was tight until we finally broke the deadlock and got to a 4-2 lead. Kings then pulled their keeper off to try and level the score. They managed to score one goal to set up a very tense finish. BC held their nerve and Georgia Browne managed to score a breakaway goal to put the game out of reach for the opponents with us winning the exciting encounter 5-3 (goals scored by Meg Wooler, Maddie Flemming, Meila Eades, Amarni Greenway, Georgia Browne). The girls final game was for 9th and 10th and unfortunately we struggled against a strong and very physical Auckland Diocesan side losing 4-1(goal scored by Maddie Fleming).

1st XI Boys' Hockey

The Boys' 1st XI Hockey team competed in the Mayhill Cup Tournament which was held in Rotorua this year. A total of 18 teams from around the country were competing. Our aim was to make the top four, but we found ourselves in a relatively tough pool, but performed very well. In our first game against ACG Strathallan we played very strongly and won 3-1. We drew our next game against Kapiti 3-3 which was a disappointing result considering we were ahead 3-1 with just 5min to play. Mount Albert Grammar was always going to be our toughest pool game and we came away with a 2-2 draw. This was a great result considering how dominant Mt Albert had been in their other pool games. We then had a 4-2 win against Otumoetai and our final pool game was against Kingsway where we secured a 7-0 win. Going into this final pool game against Kingsway we needed to win by 9 goals or more to ensure a semi-final spot. Achieving a win by 9 goals in any game of hockey is a massive feat, so to come away with 7 goals was a supreme effort.
At the end of pool play, we finished 1st equal in our pool on points, but second based on goal difference. Our payoff game was against Havelock North High and we secured a 6-1 win which was another huge result and demonstrated to everyone at the tournament just what an exciting blend of hockey we have been playing. Out final game was against Sacred Heart College where came away with a tough fought 3-2 win to finish the tournament in 5th place.

The Boys' 1st XI was one of only two teams not to lose any games at the tournament and we were also the 3rd highest goal scoring team with 28 goals scored through the tournament. We were the best finishing team of all the Tauranga schools. Overall 10th place was a fantastic result for the girls who finished just off the heals of some very dominant NZ hockey schools. BC were the highest placed co-ed school in the country. A great week for the girls with as much fun happening off the field as there was on it.

Prem One Girls' Netball

The Prem One Girls Netball team won seven out their ten games during tournament week, held in Mount Maunganui. They achieved 73rd place out of 120 teams from across the upper North Island. The girls played with skill, determination and displayed an excellent level of fitness across the week. They achieved second place in their first pool play and missed going into the top 8 of their grade by one goal after finishing third in their second pool play. In their final round of games the girls dominated their opponents and won every game comfortably. The teams off court behaviour was exemplary! The girls supported each other both on and off the court and remained a tight unit who worked together successfully to achieve success and enjoy their time together as a team.

First XI Girls' Football

The BC First XI Girls' Football Team stepped up to the challenge that was presented to them at the Whanganui Tournament. In pool play, they fought hard against some tough competition from Havelock North and Kurinui (both would play for bronze at the end of tournament) and showed off their skills against the other teams. The team's strong defense anchored them throughout the knock out stages. Creative plays by the midfield and attack led us to a 13th overall finish. The entire team showed strength and improved from game to game to finish off on a great win verses Wellington College.

Senior A Boys' Basketball

The Senior A Boys Basketball Team had a great 3 nights in Rotorua at Winter Tournament. Our first game resulted in a hard fought win against Hauraki Plains. Unfortunately we did have a couple of key injuries after the first day, which limited game time for a couple of our starting 5 players. However, we fought on with perseverance, and the boys showed a great team spirit. Fortunately for us the injuries seemed to heal before our last game (which was against Otumoetai), and the boys played their best game of the season to secure a great win. The Year 13 boys in the team were great leaders, and inspired the others with their determination. We will miss them all next year! Our awesome coach, Jace, was a great mentor for the boys and ensured they played to the best of their ability throughout the tournament.

1st XI Boys' Football

The Bethlehem College 1st XI Boys' Football team travelled down to Napier full of hope and expectation. The boys started the tournament in fantastic fashion on the Monday beating a strong Rongotai side 4-1 in the morning and Hamilton Christian School 6-0 in the afternoon. Confidence was soaring and the boys attacked the Tuesday morning game against Gisborne Boys, finishing up 5-0 winners. Tiredness and a strong opposition defence resulted in a 0-0 draw against Ormiston in the afternoon. Despite the result, the boys finished Tuesday top of their group with one game to play. Being in a strong position saw rotation in the squad but no change in performance as the boys ran out 5-0 winners against Glenfield in the Wednesday game. The remainder of Wednesday was filled with a “competitive” team outing to the bowling alleys and a delicious meal at a local restaurant.

Feeling refreshed the boys approached their Quarter Final against Northcote with a determination to progress. Despite some horrible weather and poor pitch conditions, the boys prevailed with a comfortable 2-0 win and moved into the Semi-final against Whangerei Boys that afternoon. Weather conditions continued to deteriorate but the boys didn’t let it affect their approach and mindset leading into an important game. Whangerei Boys started the game on the front foot, dominating possession but the BC boys defended extremely well to deny any opportunities in the first half. BC regained focus for the second half but an unfortunate decision allowed Whangerei to score from a penalty. BC huffed and puffed for the remainder of the game, creating several opportunities but just couldn’t get that elusive equaliser, leaving the boys to contest 3rd- 4th place on Friday.
The boys final game was against Rongotai, who the boys played the very first game of the tournament. A few tired bodies and bit of complacency saw the boys fall to a 3-2 defeat, resulting in them finishing 4th overall.
Despite the final result and horrible weather all week, the boys had a great time, created plenty of memories and won’t be forgetting Napier tournament in a hurry!

Junior Boys' Basketball

The Junior Boys' Basketball team competed in the second tier regional tournament at ASB for 3 days throughout the first part of tournament week. A tournament ending injury to one of their team early on in the tournament saw them playing the rest of the tournament with only 2 substitute players! The boys acquitted themselves well and showed a significant amount of grit and determination to finish the tournament 7th out of 13 teams.

Junior Boys' Football

The Junior Boys' Football team competed in a national tournament in Otumoetai during tournament week with many of the players having their first experience at playing football at this competitive level. The boys were determined and committed to improve each game and won 2 games against Hasting Boys and Mahurangi Schools.