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Sports Round Up – Term 2, 2019

Winter sport started with a bang this term. It has been great to see many Woodford House students excelling in their chosen sports, here are some highlights from Term 2.

Whanganui Collegiate Sports Exchange – Wednesday 8 May

We enjoyed a great day of sport and camaraderie with visiting students from Whanganui Collegiate. Junior Premier Netball won their match 26-20 and Senior Premier Netball drew 20-20 in a nail-biting finish. Our 1st XI Hockey team worked hard throughout but Whanganui won the match with a final score of 5-1. Well done to all students who took part.

Year 13’s vs Staff Football

It’s becoming a bit of an annual tradition for our Year 13 students to challenge the staff to a game of football. This year, the game took place with two mixed teams of staff and students. The competitive streak, however still came to the fore which made for a great game with a final score of 3 to the green team and 1 to the blue team. Well done to our plucky staff and Year 13’s for giving their all.

Woodford House Cross Country Friday 24 May

We had a great afternoon in the sunshine for our annual Cross Country event this year. Special congratulations to Wallingford and our award winners listed below:

YEAR 7/8
1st = Evie Skidmore
2nd = Anna Wilson
3rd = Greta Apatu

1st = Zoe Elliott
2nd = Martine Sandberg
3rd = Zoe Coyle

1st = Tessa Burns
2nd = Sarah Kean
3rd = Meg Russell
‘Tough Girl’ Winner = Noreen Mnyanyi

1st = Wallingford
2nd = Frimley
3rd = Rouncil
4th = Tauroa
House Spirit = Tauroa

Year 7/8 = Lina Weichelt
Junior = Tessa Bennett
Senior = Georgia Russell

East Coast North Island Cross Country Relays Monday 13 May

Well done to our Cross Country Relay teams who competed at the East Coast North Island Cross Country Relays held at Anderson Park, Havelock North.
All three teams ran extremely well against some strong competition in their respective grades. Final results below:

Year 7 and 8 Girls – 2nd
Anna Wilson
Greta Apatu
Evie Skidmore
Libby Lowry

Junior Girls – 3rd
Zoe Elliott
Martine Sandberg
Annabel Kerr
Phoebe Burns

Senior Girls – 4th
Tessa Burns
Sarah Kean
Meg Russell
Harriet Park

East Coast North Island Cross Country Championships Wednesday 5 June

Congratulations to Zoe Elliott and Tessa Burns on their fantastic results at the ECNI Cross Country Championships in Gisborne. Zoe took 2nd place in the Year 9 Girls category and Tessa came 3rd in Senior Girls.

Year 7 and 8 Quadrangular Tournament Thursday 6 June

Our Intermediate teams travelled to Huntley School in Marton to compete against St Georges Whanganui, Iona College and Huntley School in the annual Year 7/8 Quadrangular Tournament. In trying conditions, our students played some fantastic sport against tough competition. The girls were a credit to Woodford House on and off the field and can be very pleased with their success, results below:

1st place – Year 7/8 Premier Netball Team (winning the trophy for the first time in its 10 year history).
1st place – Year 7/8 Black Netball Team
1st place – Hockey (winning the trophy for the third year in a row)
3rd place – Football


Gabby Gray has been selected for the New Zealand ISA (International Softball Association) Under 18 girls team for a tournament in Sydney, Australia in the first week of the July holidays. Well done Gabby, National representation is a huge achievement and we all wish you the best of luck at your tournament.


Our Woodford House Orienteering team have had some fantastic results of late in both the long course at the Hawke’s Bay Orienteering Championships.

Tessa Burns – 1st place Senior Girls Long

Ella Simmons – 6th place Intermediate Girls Long

Zoe Elliott – 2nd place Junior Girls Long

Sophie Ward – 5th Junior Girls Long

Lydia Burns – 3rd place Y7/8 Girls Long

Lucy Simmons – 6th place Y7/8 Girls Long

Anna Wilson – 11th place Y7/8 Girls Long

Surf Life Saving

Four Woodford House students were awarded for their many hours of hard work and training by Waimarama Surf Life Saving Club. Congratulations to Meg Russell, Harriet Park, Annabel Morgan and Ella Simmons on their achievements as listed below:

Meg Russell – Lifeguard of the Year, 2nd most hours (103.5)
Harriet Park – Highest Achieving Athlete at a National Level, 5th most hours (71)
Annabel Morgan – 4th most hours (79)
Ella Simmons – Rookie Lifeguard of the Year


It is great to see a number of Woodford House girls named in Hawke’s Bay Hockey under 18 representative team. The following girls will compete in the national tournament in Timaru in the first week of the holidays.

Sasha Norris

Sarah Kean

Olive Cornwall

Pippa Klingender

We also wish good luck to the girls who will be trialling for the Hawke’s Bay under 15 and under 13 teams in the coming weeks.


Alex Cave is the 2019 Hawke’s Bay Woman’s Residential winner after a great battle on Saturday 18 May, winning 7-6, 4-6, 10-6.

Artistic Roller Skating

Well done to Manaia Parata who came 1st for Figures in the Artistic Roller Skating Regionals held in Palmerston North and has now qualified for nationals. This will be Manaia’s 5th time competing at Nationals.

Ms Briar Chalmers, Sports Coordinator