Kuranui footballers Emily Morison and Danielle Turton have been selected to play for Capital Football in this season’s National Women’s League.
Kuranui footballers Emily Morison and Danielle Turton have been selected to play for Capital Football
Morison represented the team last year, but this is the first time Turton has been selected for the squad. “What a fantastic opportunity for these two talented players,” said Kuranui College Principal Geoff Shepherd.
“Of course Emily has been here before and has already shown she is an outstanding footballer, however it is great to see another Kuranui player make the step up and be given an opportunity. We wish both girls the very best of luck in the competition.”
The squad also includes Emma Main, Francesca Grange and Maggie Jenkins, who are off to Jordan at the end of the month to represent New Zealand at the FIFA U-17 World Cup, but will help to bolster the squad on their return.
Trials for the squad were conducted over two weeks with Wairarapa United captain and former Wellington Phoenix player Paul Ifill on the selection panel.
Capital’s first games kick offs on Sunday 16 October against WaiBOP in Hamilton. They play at home on Sunday 23 October at Petone Memorial Park against Central.
There is not much between the two Kuranui College junior netball teams, with both of them enjoying a healthy internal rivalry throughout the season. The last time Kuranui Blue and the Kuranui Juniors teams faced each other, the Blue team won 14-10.
So it was always going to be a hotly contested match, given the two sides ended up facing each other in the Wairarapa Junior netball final. Following the Kuranui Juniors 22-15 win in their semi-final against Wairarapa College Intermediate Red 22-15, and Kuranui Blue defeating Wairarapa Junior Blue 20-10, the two teams faced off.
The pressure was on all the way to the full-time whistle, when the teams finished with a 19-all draw. That meant extra time. The Junior team were determined and remained focused resulting in a two goal victory ending their season 21-19, and the 2016 Wairarapa Junior netball champions.
Kuranui Principal Geoff Shepherd said, “It’s great to have another outstanding sports achievement this season, especially one that involves both our junior netball teams. The sideline support has also been excellent.”
Top L-R: Annabell Sheilds, Eddie Doherty, Kayla Baker, Bella Herbert, Gabby Anderson Bottom L-R: Morgan Wilson, Isabella Walker, Isla Alexander, Ruby Fairbrother, Laura-rose Holden Photo credit: Kylie Alexander.
Siblings Lachlan and Amelia O’Connell became the first Kuranui College students to compete at the NZ Secondary Schools Swimming Championships for many years, joining 550 other swimmers from 150 schools from across the country last weekend.
Siblings Lachlan and Amelia O’Connell gained impressive times at NZ Secondary School Swim Champs
Kuranui College Principal, Geoff Shepherd said it had been some time since the college had competed at the championships and was delighted to see the college represented once again. “It’s fantastic to see our students competing at a national level. This is a great achievement for both Amelia and Lachlan who have clearly worked hard and come away with some outstanding results,” he said.
Each competed in eight events against the best young swimmers in New Zealand at the three-day competition, held at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre in Kilbirnie, recording a number of impressive personal best times.
The highlight for Lachlan was an outstanding swim in the 15-year old boys 50m freestyle timed final where he clocked 28.92 seconds, to better his previous best time by almost two seconds and improve his ranking by ten places. He finished the weekend with a couple of impressive top 20 results in a highly-competitive field of swimmers.
Amelia’s consistency earned her top 10 finishes in all three of her breaststroke events, with the most impressive being a 7th national placing in the 13-year old girls 50m breaststroke. She earned points for each of her top 10 placings, resulting in Kuranui finishing 44th out of the 71 schools who scored points in the girls’ section of the meet.
Kuranui College 1st XI Girls Hockey Team finished Runners-up in the NZ Secondary Schools Rosemary O’Brien Cup held in Palmerston North last week. The team played consistent hockey throughout the five-day tournament
In pool play, Kuranui won 2-0 against Onslow College, 1-1 draw against Palmerston North Girls High School 2, and had a 5-0 win over Hasting Girls High.
This placed Kuranui 2nd in Pool play. They then played Pool C top seeds Taradale High School, with Kuranui winning 3-1.
In the semi-finals, Kuranui played St Oran’s College. St Oran’s had previously beaten Kuranui twice in regular Wellington Secondary School’s competition. Unfortunately I was not able to watch this game as I was umpiring the other semi-final match at the same time, but did hear lots of cheers though!
Kuranui started with a hiss and roar and was up 3-1 at half-time before St Oran’s clawed their way back to 3-3 at full time. Extra-time was needed to score the golden goal. Less 2 players, Kuranui delivered with Caitlin Cryer pouncing on a defensive error and finally jubilation.
In the final, Kuranui came up against tournament favourites Feilding High School who had 3 Manawatu U18-representatives and one Central Region player in their team. Despite losing 0-6, our Kuranui girls played their hearts out and never gave up.
Back Row: Lisa Pugh (Manager), Rosa Hassall. Jeni Davidson, Shakaiya Wright, Meghan Appelman, Jason Pugh (Manager), Hannah Jones, Melanie Redfern, Ellie Lucock, Kayla Evans, Alarna Sweeney, Brine Styles (Coach). Front Row: Ashley Pugh, Amber Spicer, Courtney Yee (Captain), Caitlin Cryer (Vice Captain), Megan Ooms, Beth Graham.
Coach Brine Styles’ excellent team preparation and tactics were spot-on, along with team managers Lisa and Jason Pugh who was there 24/7- you both deserve gold medals!.
Thanks also to Trev and Yvonne for their help, heating up the lovely food from ‘Chicks Catering’ thank’s Claire.
The team would like to knowledge the wonderful support they received all week, whether it was messages, supporters who travelled over each day and also to Mr Shepherd, Kuranui staff and students who attended the game.
Finally, a huge shout out to our wonderful sponsors who made this journey possible: