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Sports Round Up – Term 2, 2018

Woodford House students have competed far and wide in many sports, including cross country, football, hockey, netball, orienteering and surf lifesaving, over the course of Term 2, with outstanding results. Our student sports representatives have also been working hard and many girls continue to gain valuable skills through our Sports Academy and the Sport Hawke’s Bay Growing Coaches programme.

Cross Country

Woodford House continues its dominance at the annual ECNISS Cross Country relays. The Year 9 girls team of Martine Sandberg, Courtney Woodmass, Ella Simmons and Emma de Lautour finished 5th. Our Junior Girls team of Phoebe Burns, Emma Dixon, Meg Russell and Harriet Park finished a strong 4th, and our Senior Girls team of Molly Goodisson, Monique Way, Tessa Burns and Alia Wentz took 1st place to keep the title at Woodford House for another year. A special mention must also be given to Alia Wentz who was awarded the fastest Senior Girl.

Molly Goodisson and Alia Wentz also represented Woodford House at the ECNISS Cross Country Championships in Gisborne. In a strong field, Molly finished in 10th place, with Alia finishing in 2nd place and qualifying for the East Coast relay team to compete in the NZ Regional Cross Country Relay at the National event.

Woodford House Cross Country

Senior Girls Champion: Alia Wentz

Junior Girls Champion: Martine Sandberg

Year 7 and 8 Champion: Anna Wilson

Mud-run Champion: Zara Evans

Sport Hawke’s Bay Student Council Representatives 2018

Congratulations to Molly Goodisson and Monique Way, our two Woodford House representatives on the Sport Hawke’s Bay Student Sport Council. These girls meet regularly with other representatives from Hawke’s Bay schools to create a student voice on all aspects of sport in Hawke’s Bay.


Tessa Burns competed in the Hawke’s Bay Schools Long Course Orienteering Championships this term. Tessa won the Intermediate Girls Championship by over three minutes from her closest rival, from Havelock North High. Tessa is now shifting her focus to the National Secondary School Orienteering Championships in Christchurch. Good luck Tessa.

Winter Sport Representative Honours

Hawke’s Bay Netball Representatives

Mia Reeves – Hawke’s Bay U15 Black

Chanel McKeefry – Hawke’s Bay U17 White

Hawke’s Bay Basketball Representatives

Lydia Price – Hawkes Bay U15 A team

Central Football Representatives

Rachel McDougall – Central Federation Futsal Team

Hawke’s Bay Hockey Representatives

The following girls will be representing Hawke’s Bay at the U18 Women’s Tournament in Palmerston North over the holidays:

Olive Cornwall

Teegan Geary

Monique Way

Pippa Klingender

Sarah Kean

Central U18 Women’s Hockey

Sasha Norris will be representing the Central Region at the National Regional U18 Tournament in Dunedin over the holidays.

Year 7 and 8 Quadrangular Tournament – Iona College, 14 June

Well done to our Year 7 and 8 girls who competed in the annual Quadrangular Sport Tournament held at Iona College. It was great to see all girls involved showing strong team work and fantastic support for each other. Based on the below results, Woodford House were the overall champions for this tournament.

Hockey: 1st
Football: 1st
Netball A: 4th
Netball B: 1st

Junior Pent Tournament – Saint Matthews Collegiate, Masterton, 24-26 June

Woodford House competed in Netball, Hockey and Football at the annual Year 9/10 Junior Pent Tournament hosted by Saint Matthew’s Collegiate. With four games of each code played over two keenly contested days, our girls played some fantastic sport and managed to place 2nd equal for the tournament.

Tournament MVP’s:

Hockey – Annabel Kerr

Football – Harriet Park

Netball – Emma de Lautour

Wanganui Collegiate Exchange, 30 May

This term, Woodford House competed in a keenly contested sporting exchange with Wanganui Collegiate School. The Junior and Senior Premier Netball teams along with the 1st XI Hockey team travelled to Wanganui for this one day event. Well done to all involved on an extremely successful exchange. Results below:

1st XI Hockey won 3-2
Senior Premier Netball won 22-8
Junior Premier Netball lost 23-38

Surf Lifesaving

Congratulations to Ella McCabe, Year 13, who was awarded Waimarama Lifeguard of the Year 2018. Waimarama Surf Life Saving Club recognised Ella as ‘one of our most trustworthy and diligent patrollers, always alert and able to identify potential areas of danger to the public. She is certainly a role model for all our members’.

Growing Coaches

Our student coaches have been working closely with the Sport Hawke’s Bay ‘Growing Coaches’ initiative. The girls are gaining valuable skills, drills and the tools required to both assist their respective teams, as well as cope with the pressures that come with coaching sport. Well done to all of the girls who are in the programme.

Sports Academy Highlights

  • Physiotherapy and injury management workshops hosted by Hannah Walker.
  • Nutrition – with a specific focus on in-season performance.
  • Strength and conditioning, functional movement patterns and physical literacy.
  • Leadership and Character Building through hands on activities.
  • Individual Performance Plans (IPPs) for each athlete’s individual sports and training needs.

Mr Alex Nixon, Director of Sport