This week ACG Strathallan, ACG Parnell, and Te Hihi School gathered together in our School hall to celebrate Chinese Cultural day. After an opening speech to welcome the other schools and teachers, the ACG Strathallan Lion-dance team gave an enjoyable performance. We then got to see some other performances including the ACG Strathallan Fan-dance team and some Tai Ji. After that, the groups split up to start the activities which were all Chinese-themed. Some of us were tying infinity knots while others found themselves picking up beans with chopsticks and racing to the bean container. It was all very exciting. Evangeline Speedy from 6DRK said, “I really enjoyed Chinese Cultural day. I especially liked learning the basics of Tai Ji and how to do a Lion dance.” We found out that Tai Ji is the Chinese version of yoga and that a Lion Dance is actually performed by five people, not two. Overall, it was amazing getting to meet new students and instructors and it was a thoroughly enjoyable day.
The 1st XI Girls Hockey team has had an amazing season this year.
We started in term 2 with many returning players and several new, eager members ready to try the sport. Through regular training with our two coaches, John Litchfield and Anneke Wackrow, we developed our skills and learned how to work together. We had a series of challenging matches against schools from the Counties Manukau region and improved greatly, ending term 2 with a strong team.
During term 3 we continued to build on our skills then started to apply them to the game, scoring some impressive goals. Our results improved week after week and resulted in us placing 1st in the B Grade competition. It was a tough match ending with a draw of 2 all at full time, but the team pulled through after a long series of penalty shoot-outs to secure 1st place. This win was a sensation for everyone on the team. I am very proud of how well the girls have come together as a unit, on and off the field during this season.
Next week we go to our tournament in Stratford, Taranaki. There are eight other teams in the tournament and we play seven games over the five days. It is going to be a challenging and enjoyable week with the team keen to play some great hockey. The week will be a good chance to display the skills that we have acquired during the year and we expect to be a strong contestant in our pool. We are very excited to head down to Taranaki as it is the first time on a school tournament for many of the girls.
The team is looking forward to a thrilling tournament ahead.
Kayla Sinclair (Captain)
Our First XI Girls Football team have put in the hard yards every game played in the 2018 season, earing many well-deserved results and finishing the season with 4 wins and 2 draws.
The team finished a very creditable second overall, coming away with plenty of battle scars. The girls will now attend winter tournament at Western Springs in September with the guidance of their amazing coach Scot who has been a huge support throughout the season.
The boys 1st XI hockey team have made a strong start to their season with a number of well-deserved results. Playing in a highly competitive regional tournament with Pukekohe High, Waiuku College and Rosehill College, no game had a goal difference of more than four.
After playing six round-robin matches, the boys came away with three wins, two draws and only one loss. This placed them top of the table, in a great position for the play-offs. One remarkable achievement for the team was beating Pukekohe High in two consecutive games, something that Strathallan’s 1st XI has never done before. Rosehill College stepped up their game in a very tight semi-final match which tested the boy’s endurance, teamwork and stick-skills. Strathallan secured a 1-0 final score and were through to the finals against Pukekohe High.
Many supporters of both teams came to the turf to spectate the final contest, resulting in a very passionate atmosphere and a bit of nerves in the players. Both teams started the game very strongly. After the first ten minutes, Pukekohe’s left striker slotted the first goal, putting Strathallan on the back foot. Determined to equalise, the boys amped up their ability and began to dominate, keeping Pukekohe locking in their half. Going into half time with a 1-0 setback, the Strathallan boys deliberated on their performance and looked to maintain dominance in the second half. After a very strong second half, the boys were unable to score past a very talented Pukekohe High goalkeeper, despite taking a total of seven shots on goal.
Though their performance was incredible, the boys were disappointed to come away with a loss. The team still remain hopeful as they head into the top division of Midlands Intercity as well as their tournament in Rotorua in early September.