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Sports Round Up – Term 2, 2017

Find out the latest results from our action-packed calendar of sporting events. Girls have competed far and wide in a variety of sports.

Cross Country

East Coast North Island Secondary School Cross Country Relays – Anderson Park Havelock North, 15 May

Woodford House continues its dominance at the annual ECNISS Cross Country relays. The Junior girls team of Alia Wentz, Jessica de Lautour, Sarah Kean and Tessa Burns finished 2nd against strong competition. The Senior girls team of Ginny Gibbs, Molly Goodisson, Ruby Hansen and Monique Way ran extremely well to win the Senior girls grade.




Woodford House Cross Country –Woodford House, 26 May

The sun shone on another successful cross country held on the Woodford House grounds. The overall championship winners from the afternoon:

  • Senior Girls Champion: Ginny Gibbs
  • Junior Girls Champion: Alia Wentz
  • Year 7 and 8 Champion: Martine Sandberg


East Coast North Island Cross Country Championship –  Gisborne, 7 June

There was more success for our cross country team at the ECNISS cross country championships.

  • Ginny Gibbs: 1st Senior Girls 4km
  • Alia Wentz: 5th Junior girls 3km
  • Phoebe Burns – 9th Year 9 Girls 3km
  • Meg Russell – 11th Year 9 Girls 3km
  • Clementine Coates – 15th Year 9 Girls 3km


New Zealand Secondary School Cross Country Championships – Christchurch, 17-18 June

Ginny Gibbs and Alia Wentz travelled to Christchurch to compete in the NZSS Cross Country Championship and ran extremely well.

  • Senior girls 4km – Ginny Gibbs 28th out of 121 runners
  • Junior girls 3km – Alia Wentz 25th out of 93 runners

Alia was also a member of the East Coast North Island team that won silver in the 5x2km Junior girls relay at the same event.

Year 7 and 8 Quadrangular Tournament – St George’s School, 14-15 June

Thirty-nine excited Year 7 and 8 students travelled to St George’s School for the Quadrangular Tournament. Overall results were:

  • Hockey: 1st
  • Football: 2nd
  • Netball: 3rd



Olivia Lee has been selected as a member of Hawke’s Bay Poverty Bay team to compete in the Central Swimming Short Course Competition in Rotorua. Olivia has also qualified for New Zealand Secondary School Championships in Hamilton in September.


Tessa Burns competed in the Oceania and Middle Earth Orienteering championships on 14-17 April. Tessa placed 2nd in the middle for Oceania, 5th in the long and relay and 9th in the sprint. In Middle Earth Tessa’s New Zealand team came third.

Tessa Burns also travelled to Taupo to compete in the North Island Secondary School Orienteering Championship on 19-21 May where she came first in the Intermediate girls sprint and 6th in the Intermediate girl’s long course


Netball continues to go from strength to strength as a number of Woodford House students have been selected for Hawke’s Bay representative teams.

  • India MacIntyre – Hastings Year 8 Venue team
  • Chanel McKeefry – Hawke’s Bay Under 15 Development team
  • Ruby Hansen – Hawke’s Bay Under 19 team
  • Bridget de Lautour – Hawke’s Bay Under 19 team

Pieta Parvin and Georgia Trent have also been selected as Hawke’s Bay Representative Umpires. Head of Physical Education Charissa Barham has been appointed Head Coach of Hawke’s Bay Under 19 team.

Sports Academy Highlights

  • Principle of Training and Components of Fitness presentation by Nick Webb, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the New Zealand White Ferns Cricket team – 5 May
  • Sport Psychology presentation by psychologist Wanda Douglas – 12 May
  • Baseline and day-to-day Nutrition presentation by Rachel Blair – 19 May
  • Performance Planning: How can a pen and paper make you a better athlete? Presented by Joe Payton, Player Development Officer Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union – 2 June
  • Community Sport Initiative Workshop by Marcus Agnew – 9 June

Briar Chalmers, Sports Coordinator