Bronze medal winners and the Chris Haywood Shield returns to Stanmore

The Newington team have come out victorious and demonstrated that they were the 2nd strongest team in the Trans Tasman competition for 2014.  The boys defeated Sacred Heart College confidently by starting the game strong and keeping up the intensity all the way through.  From  4-1 at the end of the first quarter through to 10-7 at the final whistle the boys never let that margin drop. All boys got time in the water which is a credit to both Mr Moar and the whole team.

The win captured the Chris Hayward Shield which is a perpetual trophy which goes on the line each time Newington and Sacred Heart meet.
A tremendous effort and we’re all very proud.  Well done boys!

The Chris Haywood memorial shield returns home.
The Newington Firsts with the Chris Haywood Shield.
Scorecard against Sacred Heart - Bronze medal final
Scorecard against Sacred Heart – Bronze medal final

The final medal match, which was played directly after, went to Rangitoto 11 against Auckland Grammar 4.  Considering the boys beat Auckland Grammar 10-8 when they played them in the rounds and only conceded 6 goals against Rangitoto in the semis it is pretty clear that Newington were really the 2nd strongest team in the competition and the boys know that.

A tremendous effort and we’re all very proud.  Well done boys!

Rangitoto too good on the day, play off for 3rd Monday 1.30pm

The Newington boys are bitterly disappointed after going down in a tight battle with the host team Rangitoto College.  As the score line 3-6 suggests the game was an arm wrestle in which both teams defended extremely well. The first quarter was a fast-paced six minutes of water polo where no goals were conceded until Rangitoto found a way through with 17 seconds on the clock.  Rangitoto scored a second goal early in the second period to go 0-2 up and it took until 1:51 mins remaining in the half for Newington to find the back of the net, and force the scoreline to 1-2.

Unfortunately we conceded a goal at the end of the second quarter which gave Rangitoto a two goal buffer at half time 1-3.

In the third quarter signs of fatigue began to show and the effects of a long hard preliminary final proved a challenge for Newington.  Newington missed a crucial extra man attack late in the third quarter and found themselves 1-4 down at three quarter time.

In the final period four goals were scored, two to each team, which brought the final score to 3-6.  Newington were left to reflect on a game of missed opportunities and have the evening to mentally prepare for the Bronze Medal playoff.  The boys are determined to leave New Zealand with a medal.

Scorecard against Rangitoto
Scorecard against Rangitoto

And here is what the finals look like:

Finals draw
Finals draw

 

Newington through to the Championship semifinals vs Rangitoto

A tough day at the office for the boys today has paid off.  The stress and energy levels have been high whilst the emotional roller coaster  has played out.

After the win against Kings Auckland this morning the boys took a solid and expected lead against Scots Blue, 6-2 at half time.  However in the second half we were completely shut out and barely got a shot away, let alone score one.  At the other end Scots managed an incredible comeback to be 6-6 with 12 seconds to go, forcing a penalty shoot out.

It was time for Newington to lift it to another level and the five boys that stepped up did us proud.  With our shots hitting the net and Scots’ going wide we closed it out 9-7.

It should never have come down to this but in the end it will make them stronger.  Rangitoto tonight at 6.30pm.

Scorecard against Scots Blue
Scorecard against Scots Blue

A 14-5 convincing win over Kings Auckland

An early morning start in pouring rain at 6:30am was how the boys started their Sunday on the Trans Tasman tour.  The reason for the early start was our final round game against Kings Auckland.  The boys were at the pool early and demonstrated a resilience not yet seen as they jumped in to play for a convincing win 14-5.

Scorecard against Kings 14-5
Scorecard against Kings 14-5

However, as a result of Auckland Grammar beating Wellington combined 10-8 the previous evening, and our draw against Sacred Heart, Newington finished second in Pool B. With this the boys now have a preliminary semi-final against the winners of Scots Blue vs St Aloysious at 12:30pm.  Here is a look at the final table and rankings from Pool B, the final column is a revised rank due to the fact that combined school teams cannot progress to the finals, a bummer for Wellington.

Final Pool B table
Final Pool B table

The winner of the next game will then face Rangitoto at 6.30pm in the first championship semi-final. Bring it on they say.

A win by 2 to get us through

Auckland Grammar were another tough opponent yesterday afternoon at 4.30pm.  The boys had to back up after a 2:30 game to play again at 4:30pm and they did it well.  It was a solid game with good defence throughout and goal for goal for most of the game.  In the final quarter two strong turnovers where capitalised on by Chaz Poot and then Wil Cotterill to put the game out of reach.  A well deserved win.

Scorecard against Auckland Grammar 12-10
Scorecard against Auckland Grammar 12-10

Dinner when the boys cook

The dinner roster for the tour is by cabin and last night saw a feast of potato bake and burgers planned, prepared and cooked for all.  While there was some concern from the chefs about the smell of the meat everything (12 hrs later) seems to be okay.

Tonight Mr Moar and Mr Vass are on duty, but it will be hard to beat the last night’s feast.

Byron and Sam in charge on the BBQ
Byron and Sam in charge on the BBQ

Our toughest game so far, going down 4-5 to Wellington

The boys realised they had a strong opponent when they arrived at the pool to find out Wellington had beat Sacred Heart by 10 goals. Wellington is a combined school team so they can’t go through to the finals but they are clearly growing in strength with each game they play together.  The game itself was tough and defensive.  The attacks were limited as the opposition in each case shut things down.  In reality Newington had a good ten more shots on goal that they should have converted but were unable to do so today.  The boys now have an hour of reflection before they back up for their second game of the day against Auckland.

Here are some shots of the team warming up along with the score card.

Scorecard against Wellington
Scorecard against Wellington

Newington meet their match in Sacred Heart 10-10

The third game of the day for our boys yesterday ended in a 10-10 draw.  It was tight all the way through with 2-2, 5-5, 8-7 being the Q1, Q2 and Q3 scores.  Unbelievably Sacred Heart burst out of the blocks in the 4th to go 8-10 up but the boys, with the help of a time out from the coach, were able to settle their collective heads and recover 10-10.  Newington had possession in the last 10 seconds and unfortunately missed an opportunity to hammer the nail in.

A great game, tense but fun all round and huge learning experience.

New vs Sacred Heart scorecard
New vs Sacred Heart scorecard

Check live results here on the Trans Tasman Google Doc

Morning from Auckland,
I know the Trans Tasman facebook page is a bit delayed with results but they are also going up on the NZ Water polo site via a google doc. To save you going searching we’ve provided the link right here:

Trans Tasman Results

The boys have had a exciting but restful morning watching a few games at AUT Millennium stadium and are resting up now before two big games this afternoon against Wellington combined (2.30pm) and then Auckland Grammar (4.30pm).

Game 2 versus Scots Gold 19-0

An easy win against Scot’s development squad.  Their 1st team was moved into Pool A (an easier pool) so their 2nd’s team is up against it now in Pool B.

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IMG_1307The boys worked well and practiced more passing and set moves to go a little easier on Scots.  Perhaps the NC robes the boys organised and purchased for themselves are working as planned.  Thanks to Elliot for modelling his robe, it seems to be his go to wardrobe 24/7.

The score card for the game is below.  The boys now have a couple of hours break before a big matchup tonight at 6:30pm NZ time against Sacred Heart College, the winners from the last two consecutive Trans Tasman Cups.  Time to bring your game lads, not just your NC robes.

Game 2 scorecard
Game 2 scorecard