Sports News
12 July 2017

Tai Mitchell Rugby
The Te Puke Tai Mitchell team (also made up with eight students from Papamoa College) were unbeaten throughout their campaign from pre-season qualifying to the epic final vs Tauranga West held over the weekend (8/9 July).  

It was an impressive win and came down to the wire with the final score being 26-21. The game was an even battle between the two side with Te Puke leading at half time 19-7. Tauranga West clawed their way back and took the tlead 21 -19, with a last minute try by Te Puke deciding the 2017 Tai Mitchell winner. 

The following boys from Papamoa College were on the team:

Year 8:
Joseph Ah Siu
Taylor Harris
Tyresse Tipene
Heath Rae

Year 7:
Aaron Gibbs
Kerry O'Reilly
Aidan Spratley
Charlie Cunningham

Papamoa College has been represented very well and we should all be proud of these boys and the results they have achieved.  

It is fantastic to note also, the Tai Mitchell shield has been allowed to be brought back to Papamoa College for a term and will up on display for everyone to see.
Road Cycling Champs
Jessica Bettridge Y8 represented Papamoa College in the Under 14 North Island Road Cycling Champs on Saturday 8 July 2017.  This is the first year Jessica has raced - she is only 12 years old - and the first time we have had a student represent Papamoa College. She came 25th and did extremely well overall.
Bay of Plenty Secondary Schools Cross Country
On Tuesday 23 May a group of students competed in the BOP Secondary Schools Cross Country. Here are the results:
Junior Boys
Zak Mason 19th
Izaya Nikora 33rd
Cooper Keenan 35th
George Wilson 44th
Junior Girls
Willow Hutchinson 24th
Inderjot Kaur 33rd
Intermediate Girls
Morgan Burt 15th
McKenzie Hartley 23rd
Senior Boys
Mitch Audus 14th
Jaylem Caley 17th
Senior Girls
Summer Holdaway 3rd
Some of these students will now go on to the WAIBOP champs in Hamilton next month.  Wow what a great group of students, the support and encouragement they gave each other was awesome. 
(March 2017)
The Senior A Volleyball Team are having a blast at the Tournament in Palmerston North. They had a win on the first day and earnt a promotion into Division 5. On Tuesday 28 March they played the top seeds in their new division and fought out a tough win. Very exciting!
Update: Great news from Palmerston North. The girls won their quarter final against Rangiruru girls and are now in the Divison 5 semi-final against Elim Christian College this afternoon. Elim are the top team in the divison.
Update: The girls won their semi-final 2-0 and are in the Division 5 final against Rangitoto College B!   
Update: Congratulations - Silver Medalists!  Well Done!
(January 2017)
Jahdae Eyres-Murphy attended the NZ Maori Basketball Tournament, held in Rotorua from January 26 - 30. We had a staggering 135 teams entered throughout NZ, proudly representing their ropu. This is the 3rd year running for NZ Maori Basketball tournament and it has gathered momentum like no other tournament. We finished placing 3rd for Mens U17s in this tournament. Te Maru o Mauao ki Tauranga Moana . Jahdae #30
Papamoa College Developing Rugby Players
(November 2016)
Recently two Year 12 Papamoa College students and 1st XV players Quinn Collard and Mahonri Ngakuru were named in the Chiefs U17 Development camp team. The camp involves a collection of talented players from schools in the Chiefs region being the Bay Of Plenty, Waikato, Taranaki and Counties Manukau.
The three day camp aims to give players an insight into what it is like to be a professional rugby player and develop some knowledge in the hope of making the Chiefs U18 team next year. Both boys were also in the Bay Of Plenty U16 team this representative season. Quinn Collard captained the team. "It is exciting to see that the hard work we are doing in developing some representative pathways for our players here at Papamoa College is working - Nick Leask 1st XV Coach". 
Representative Players
Congratulations to the following students who have been selected for Representative Teams.
Bay of Plenty Under 16
Quinn Collard and Mahonri Ngakuru 

Tauranga Under 13 Development Collier Girls

Serena Sanchez (Papamoa Blue)

Jessica Betteridge (Papamoa Blue)


Tauranga Under 13 Development Hatch Boys

Zavier Gordon (Papamoa Blue)

Joshua McCaul (Papamoa Blue)


Tauranga Under 15 Development Boys

Danial Davies (Papamoa Boys 1st XI)


Tauranga Under 15 Premier Girls

Zoe McCaul (Papamoa Girls 1st XI)


Tauranga Under 15 Development Girls

Abby Grant (Papamoa Girls 1st XI)

Jody McCaul (Papamoa Girls 1st XI)

1st  Reserve McKenzie Hartley (Papamoa Girls 1st XI)

Water Polo
During the July School holidays Emily Williamson attended the 2016 Pan Pacific Youth Water Polo Festival held in Auckland. This is the largest water polo tournament in the Southern Hemisphere and is held every two years.  This year there were 150 teams competing across 4 divisions from New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and America. Emily is a member of the Tauranga Girls U14 A team.

The team went through the pool round unbeaten. The semi-final game was against Sydney Northern Breakers. Unfortunately the team made mistakes which Sydney capitalised on and they lost 8-3. For the Bronze medal match against NSW Platypuses was a very hard game but the end result was 3-2 to Tauranga Girls U14A.
Written by Emily Williamson (9awa1)

Emily is now training and preparing for Division 1 nationals which is being held in Wellington in October.
Go Karting
Joseph Terry competed in the third round of the Top Half Series over the weekend of 24-25 June which is a championship between the 10 clubs in the top half of the North Island. The series consists of 4 race meetings held over about 4 months. Joseph raced incredibly well in appalling conditions to finish 3rd for the weekend, which places him 3rd in the whole series so far.
The final round will be held at the end of July. Joseph will also be participating the the National Schools Championship, which is held in the term 2 school holidays in Taranaki. Good luck Joseph!
Indie Grindley-Rice (Year 7) received his black belt in Taekwondo on Sunday 12 June at KW Han Lee Taekwondo in Papamoa. He has been training since he was five years old. 
"Today is a very special day for me and my peers who have worked so hard to get to this point. I would like to acknowledge everyone that supported me for this grading; Mum, my sister Jazz, David and the amazing people that have taught me. Master Karl, Master Jason and Grandmaster Han Lee thank you for your patience, kindness and often driving force. I'd also like to mention Connor and Daniel who always made me feel supported and accepted. My goal of becoming a black belt stared when I was 5 years old. Today it has become a reality. This is a huge achievement for me and will be one of my greatest memories for life" - written by Indie Grindley-Rice.

Cross Country
On Friday 24 June, 16 Y78 students attended the Zone Cross Country Champs at Waipuna Park. It was a great day with all students achieving good results. From this event students were selected to represent Papamoa at the BOP Inter-School Cross Country Champs in Opotiki on Tuesday 28 June. Here are their results:
Abbi Nadollek 7th Year 7 Girls, 
Ethan Millington 8th Year 7 Boys, 
Hayley Dawson 8th and Bethan Adkins 9th Year 8 Girls, 
Tysahn Savage 14th Year 8 Boys.
Cross Country
Best of luck to Summer Holdaway and Mitch Audas who are heading to the New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships in Rotorua on Saturday 19 June. This is the first year we have had students qualify to attend this event and represent Papamoa College at a national level. Congratulations!
Big congratulations to Pearl McNeilly, Luke King and Kel Iggulden who all had exceptional results at the Western Bay of Plenty Swimming Y78 Swimming Champs at the end of Term 1. Pearl placed 2nd Y8 Female overall, Luke placed 1st Y7 Male overall and Kel placed 2nd Y7 Male overall. Phenomenal result for Papamoa College having 3 top placings. Congratulations! Pearl, Luke and Kel are all heading to the AIMS GAMES in September to represent Papamoa College in Swimming, so we will look forward to hearing more great results later in the year.

Gym Sports
Competitors jumped, flipped and twisted their way to the podium at the Western Bay of Plenty Schools Gymsport Competition at Argos Gymsport on Friday 6 May 2016.  Brydie Craven Y11 competed in Womens' Artistic Gymnastics Level 2 Competition and won first place.  She competed extremely well and did Papamoa College proud.   Congratulations Brydie.

Our Year 9/10 team had a great term 1 competition which was played over at the Polytechnic pool on Thursday nights. There were 10 players in the team which was made up of four year 10s and six year 9s and two of the players in the team were new to Waterpolo but were thankfully excellent swimmers and picked up the game very quickly. The team was Coached by two Senior students, Joseph Faulkner and Ollie Ford, who did a fantastic job with this team which improved game by game. Parental support was amazing and contributed to this teams growth.  We played 9 games (5 wins/4 losses) finishing 5th in our grade. Team members: Lewis Farr, Zane Gibbs, Emily Pol, Dylan Sharvi, Cassie Taylor, Micah Trusty, Pearl Upton-Poole, Virginija Werder, Emily Williamson, Louis Wright. (article written by Vanessa Gibbs/ Manager).


Swimming Champs
During the week of 9 - 12 March down at the NZ Division II Swimming Champs in Invercargill, Ethan Whale had a great swim meeting with 3 good personal bests in 50m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle and 100m Freestyle.

50m Butterfly he got qualifying a time for NAGS (National Long Course Age Group Champs) in April and came very close to the bronze medal by only 100th's of a second.  Ethan entered the competition ranked 14th and came out 4th, an excellent effort.

100m Freestyle - Another good PB, another NAGS time, he missed the Bronze again only by a whisker. Ranked 12th and after heats was placed 4th in the final.

50m Freestyle - Went into this ranked 1st for his age group.  In the heats he placed a close 2nd so had a good lane for the final. A very exciting race with very little in it, Ethan managed to dig deep being rewarded with first place a the Gold medal. This also gave him a Springs (National Short Course Champs) time for later in the year.
All-in-all a long hard meet but very rewarding for Ethan to get the gold right at the end, making the hard work and effort all worth while. (article by Richelle LeRoy)

Swimming Champs
The weekend of 27/28 February Ethan Whale competed in the Mid Island Zone swimming champs in Hamilton and received Gold for 50m freestyle, Silver for 100m freestyle and Silver for Relays where he swam for the Bay of Plenty team.   Fantastic effort Ethan, well done!!
Show Jumping
Alicia Forster Y11 came second on Wednesday 24 February in the show jumping at Edgecumbe.  This was out of a field of 62 students in the 'accumulator' division. She represented our school very well and put the Papamoa College Equestrian Team on the map. They are now a team to look out for in the future! Lucy Cheadle Y11, Kate Schlegel Y10 and Holly Schlegel Y7 also did extremely well. 
Trials were held for the Tauranga Representative Basketball teams on the 20 & 21 February for the Boys Under 17 A and B team and the Boys Under 16 team.  We are very proud to say that after three gutsy tryouts, Papamoa College have three boys in the Tauranga Rep Basketball Team:
Under 17's Boys B Team:  Jahdae Eyres-Murphy
Under 16's Boys A Team:  Christian Jansen and Nico Brown

Jahdae Eyres, a Y11 student at Papamoa College, attended the New Zealand Maori Basketball tournament in Rotorua .  He is in the under 17s Te Arawa Team and by all accounts it was a very gutsy tournament.  Congratulations to Jahdae and his team who were placed 3rd overall in New Zealand. Well done!!


Congratulations to Hayley Dawson who was chosen to represent NZ in the U14 Koru squad team at the Australia Country Junior Cup tournament during January 2016. Her team finished fourth (out of 14 teams) and was the highest placed NZ U14 Girls team.

The attached pics are from a pool play game against Wodonga (not a State team but from the host town) and the rest are from the bronze match against one of the South Australian teams.
WBOP Sevens Tournament
On Saturday 31 October, a team of dedicated Papamoa College boys represented at the Western Bay of Plenty Sevens Tournament and had an awesome day. First up Papamoa faced Te Wharekura o Mauao and drew 19 all. This was a massive feat as each time the boys have played TWOM the scores have gotten closer and closer. The next pool game was against John Paul College from Rotorua and drew again 19 all. In the semi-final we faced Tauranga Boys College and lost 36-7. We then played in the Plate final against John Paul College again and won 31-12, placing us third out of 7 teams. The boys played with a lot of heart and played clean fair games. Thank you to the parents for supporting the team through trainings and game day.
Hamilton Half Marathon
Morgan and Brianna Burt competed in the Hamilton Half Marathon on Sunday 4 October. In the Under 20 Women's divison, Brianna placed 1st and Morgan 2nd, Brianna also set a new course record for that age group. A big congratulations to these girls!
Surf Life Saving

A big congratulations to the following students who all performed exceptionally at the Surf Life Saving Pool Champ Nationals in Auckland over the weekend of Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October.

Lewis Farr - Bronze U14 Men’s 50m Rescue Medley

Emily Pol - Bronze U14 Women’s 50m Brick Carry (no Fins)

Dylan Scharvi (with team) - Bronze U14 Men’s Medley Relay

Sophie Hayden (with team) - Silver U19 Women’s Obstacle Relay

Mel Hayden (with team) - Bronze Open Women’s Line Throw

Papamoa Athletics Club- Volunteers Needed
The Papamoa Athletics Club starts their season on Wednesday the 4 November 5.30-6.45pm at the Gordon Spratt Reserve. They have a committee and team of experienced coaches who are always looking for volunteers to assist on club nights.

It could be as little as helping set up equipment, or running a warm up game or eventually running a rotation (track or field). This would be excellent experience for someone who is looking to go on and do a teaching degree or sports management etc.
If you are a Year 10, 11, 12 or 13 student who would like to get involved in the community and assist in running sessions please contact Jacqui by email or cellphone 0274455448.
Good luck to the First XI Girls playing off for 3rd/4th on Monday 21 September.
Good luck also to our 1st XI Hockey Boys playing off for place on Monday 21 September after a convincing win 8 - 1 against Aquinas 2nd XI in the Semi Final. Congratulations, it has been an exceptional season.

Congratulations to the PC Storm (Y78 Girls) and the PC Dominators (Y78 Boys) who both have finals for 1st/2nd place in their divisions on Monday 21 September. Good luck with your final game.

The PC Blue team and the PC Boys A have wrapped up their seasons finishing 6th and 7th respectively in their grades.

Hockey - First X1 - Winter Tournament
This year the Papamoa College girls First XI Hockey team went to the Secondary Schools Winter Tournament for the first time. It started as an idea and grew into the highlight of the year for the girls First XI. After working together hard at training and fundraising we were ready to go. The first two days were very wet but it didn’t dampen our team spirit, all the girls played every game to their best and never gave up until the final whistle, they were exceptional role models of great team spirit on and off the field.  We were to go to Ngatea just to learn about tournament week and be better prepared for next year. The games were tough, with two injuries in the first two games, but Ellie and Amiee-joy came back and played with their injuries never giving up, a couple of tough kids there.

Over the week we played about 7 games all up and drew one and won one, and finished 10th out of 12 teams which is fantastic for our first tournament and having such a young team. Minette was one of two year 12 players and was also our captain. She lead the team well on and off the field and Annelise was our second year 12 who was goalie, she worked hard in the goal stopping some amazing balls. Annelise was our MVP of the tournament. Out of our seven games we scored a total of five goals which were all great team goals, Zoe 2, Minette 1, McKenzie 1 and Ally 1.


I would like to thank the whole team on behalf of myself, Ross and Debbie (managers) and Tracey (my wife) the cook, for being so well behaved on and off the field, you girls have set the highest example of team spirit and behaviour for Papamoa College, we are all so proud of you all, it made our job of taking care of you so much easier. Pap’s our mascot was our good luck charm and even carrying the same injuries as all the girls came through the week and is looking forward to next year’s trip.


A big thank you to all the support from the college to make this trip happen and a special thanks to Mr Lindsey and Mrs Tarr for coming over and watching a couple of games. Thank you to all the parents for helping fundraise and also entrusting us with your children, your kids are awesome and I look forward to taking them all again next year.


Go Papamoa Roarrrrrr!!!

(article by Simon McCaul - Coach)




Papamoa College Senior A Netball Team attended the Upper North Island Secondary Schools Netball Tournament over the 30 August to 4 September, in Hamilton. It was a very exciting week for the team that enjoyed many great games, the highlight being enjoying a norrow loss of 1 goal to grade winners. The MVP of the tournament team was Jeorgia Gesthuizen and most improved player was Aimee Rolfe. Thank you to coaches Rachel Martin and Paula West who have given up time from their busy lives to take on the team this year. Also a very special thank you to Kay McNamara who looked after all the teams meal requirements. Thank you also to Bay Underwater Supplies, Mitre 10 Papamoa, Rachel Martin Eves Real Estate and Any & Kristen Miller for their sponsorship.

Congratulations to the Junior A Boys Basketball Team taking out a confident win on Wednesday 9 September against Aquinas College. This places the boys in 3rd place in the B Division. Big thank you to coach Mike Brown for his endless hard work with the team this season.

Congratulations to all our Basketball Teams who are wrapping up their seasons now. The Junior A Girls placed 2nd in the B Grade, Junior Blue Boys placed 6th in the C Grade and the Senior Boys A placed 11th in the B Grade.

Good luck to the Junior A Boys are playing off for 3rd/4th in the B Grade on the 9 SeptemberThe Year 7 & 8 teams are also playing very well, with the PC Girls Storm and the PC Dominator Boys currently sitting top of their grades. There is just 2 weeks left for the league finishing on Monday 21 September.

Rugby - First XV - Season Round Up
The Papamoa College First XV started their campaign back in February with two successful pre season build up games against Taradale High School from Hawkes Bay and Tarawera High School from The Eastern Bay Of Plenty. This year saw a change in the coaching and management staff to Nick Leask, Craig Budd and Sarah Cowie all teachers at Papamoa College. 

The team started to develop work ethic, culture and improve rugby knowledge during the grading round where they spent most of their time on the road. This was a time of learning that the team needed in order to progress once competition games started “The time on the road really helped the boys to build some resilience – Craig Budd”


As the competition games begun, the team started to see the results from their hard work, winning their first four games. This saw the team do enough to secure a semi final spot, a first for the Papamoa College 1XV. Unfortunately the school holidays fell just as the team was building momentum and they lost the play off game to host a home semi final “We have learnt that we can’t afford to have time off in the holidays going forward – Nick Leask”.


The team played in the semi final against Reporoa College and had a heart breaking loss. After some time to grieve, the players and coaching staff realized that they had achieved huge success going from winning only one game in 2014 to winning seven and making a semi final this year.

Good luck to our two teams heading away to NZSS Winter Tournament Week!
The 1st XI Girls Hockey Team are heading to Ngatea to represent us for the first time at the Evelin Hankers Memorial Tournament, and the Senior Girls Netball team are over in Hamilton. Both teams leave on Sunday 30 August and will return home on Friday 4 September. All the very best! 
Netball - Y7A Team
A massive well done to the Year 7A Netball Team! The had a huge game on Saturday 22 August and WON the 2nd Division, 26/23 against Bethlehem College 7A. Great job girls!
Netball - Senior A Team
Congratulations to the Senior A Netball Team who won their grade on Monday 17 August! It was a convincing win against Otumoetai College 31 -20. Well done girls!
Team: Taylor Faulkner, Ella Trafford, Chloe Watson, Hana Miller, Yang Yang Yong, Madeleine Young, Aimee Rolfe, Jade Gush-Taipari, Jeorgia Gethuizen and Gabrielle Flint. 

The fantastic parent support continued with great side line encouragement, which motivated the Boys 1st XI into playing the best game thus far to see a final result win 6 - nil. The Goals to Keegan Millar x3, Kadin Tuck x2, & Lewis Olsen x1. Brilliant play from Armit Kooner, Benjamin Koch and Connor Millar, but this week Dylan Keepa, Cameron Bugbee, George Kingston and Tomas Sanchez seemed to enjoy the more open game and supported well.


The 1st XI Girls game on Monday 10 August was against Tauranga Girls Junior A, it was the toughest game the girls have had all season. We scored first with some great team work with Georgia Fowler finishing off in the circle with a great team goal. The girls held off attacks by Tauranga Girls, with our defenders doing a good job of keeping the opposition out of our circle. Goalie, Annelise Bond, saved a flying high ball that was sent in at speed, but late in the second half two goals were scored against us. Our strikers and mid field players ran a good game up front and we spent a lot of time camped in oppositions half. The game was a great lead up game for our NZSS Tournament that is held on the 31 August - 4 September in Ngatea. (article by Caitlin Tarr - Sports Director)



Congratulations to the following Netball Teams who have made it through to Semi-Finals on Saturday 15 August at Harbourside Netball Centre:
Y7 B playing at 9.00am on Court 3
Y7 A playing at 9.50am on Court 5
Junior B playing at 1.10pm on Court 3
Monday 10 August the Senior A, Senior B and Junior A played in semi-finals at Harbourside. Congratulations to the Senior A team who have made it through to the finals! They play Friday 14 August at 6.00pm on Court 1.
The Junior A and Senior B fought hard and both had a loss of just 4 goals in their semi finals. Congratulations girls.(article by Caitlin Tarr - Sports Director)
Table Tennis
Xavier Lea Y9 won the North Island under 15 doubles titles with Liam Buckrell from Wellington, in Palmerston North in July.  His BOP team, with the Tilsley brothers from Otumoetai, came runners-up in the Under 18 Boys teams event also, and came within 2 points of winning.   Xavier also won the under 15 singles at the Waikato open, and the Under 17 singles at the Road to Rio tournament. Fanastic results Xavier!  (article by Caitlin Tarr - Sports Director)

Congratulations to India Smith (Year 7) who placed 1st in Womens Artistic Gymnastics in the Flyers Club division, and Connor Kennedy (Year 8) who placed 1st in the Mens Artistic Gymnastics in the Flyers Novice division at the Impact GymSport Competition on Friday 7 August. 

A big well done to our AIMS Aerobics Team who competed in their first competition as a warm up to AIMS at the start of September. They came 2nd in the Aerobics competition. (article by Caitlin Tarr - Sports Director)



Brydie Craven Y10 competed at the New Zealand Secondary Schools GymSport Competition over the weekend of the 1 August. Brydie came 1st out of 39 competitors in the Womens Artistic Gymnastics event. "There were some very good gymnasts, however she managed to calm her nerves and did beautiful routines on all 4 apparatus" said her proud parents.  Brydie also competed in the Aerobics competition and placed 2nd!  Amazing results Brydie - Well done!


Hockey - Girls 1st XI
The 1st XI played off for 3rd and 4th on Monday 29 June and won against Mt Maunganui College 2 nil. It was a very competitive game but Papamoa College dominated again to keep the opposition at bay. The girls have finished 3rd overall after the first round, a fantastic result! I am so proud of the team as they played like a complete unit. Ellie Grant and Amiee-Joy Strawbridge scoring the goals after some great team work. The backs played a very good game, working together to shut down any attack that came their way. We are looking forward to being in the next round after the holidays. (article by Simon McCaul - Coach)

Rugby - 1XV
For the first time in Papamoa College history the 1XV Rugby team sit at the top of the 3rd division table. They have now won 3 from 3 competition games and will look to continue their momentum with the hope of making a semi final in August. "This year is about development, lots of the boys are learning about what it means to be in a team&