Kuranui College has retained one of their most coveted pieces of silverware, the Bailey Trophy, after defeating Tararua College by four wins to three in their annual sports exchange, held this year at the Pahiatua Sports Complex.
All the school’s top teams across five different sports took a day away from their studies to travel north for a highly competitive day of action, played in an excellent spirit throughout.
Kuranui Sports Co-ordinator Donald Yee was delighted with the day, which was a credit to the students, coaches and supporters. “This was a great day of sport, played in a fine spirit and obviously we’re proud to have come out on top once again,” he said. “A big thank you goes to all the parent supporters who came along, as well coaches taking the day off to be with their teams.”
Kuranui were triumphant in the boys 1st XI hockey, boys and girls 1st XI football and boys 1st XV rugby, with Tararua winning both boys and girls senior basketball, along with girls senior A netball. The girls 1st XI hockey match ended in a 1-1 draw.
The two football games resulted in comprehensive Kuranui victories, emphasising the depth of talent at the school. The boys 1st X1 headed onto the field with the inspirational speech of their captain for the day, year 10 Lachie Taylor, ringing in their ears. Tararua got off to an unlucky start with an own goal, and then Kuranui showed their dominance against a somewhat overmatched, but spirited, Tararua team.
Mac Regnault came racing up off the backline for two corners and scored headers from both. Lachie slotted a great shot from the side of the box, and further goals from Lincoln Williams, Connor Turton and Luke Rodger pushed out the total.
To the home team’s credit, they never let their heads drop and battled all game long, scoring with a cracker of a drive and side-step of the keeper, for a final score of 10-1 to Kuranui. Player of the day was Lachie Taylor for stepping up to being captain and making a great job of it.
Their female counterparts went one better, with an 11-0 win. The girls showed good passing and finished their chances well, with both teams exhibiting excellent sportsmanship. Player of the day was Dylen King for good movement in the midfield and creating chances in the final third.
The boys hockey fixture was one of the hardest-fought games of the day, with Kuranui building a 3-1 half time lead and eventually going on to win 4-1. Jack Morgan and AJ Southey bagged two goals apiece and player of the day went to Cameron Wilson for a strong game on defence.
1st XI Boys Hockey 4-1 Kuranui
1st XI Girls Hockey 1-1
1st XI Boys Football 10-1 Kuranui
1st XI Girls Football 11-0 Kuranui
Senior A Netball 30-27 Tararua
1st XV Rugby 20-10 Kuranui
Senior Girls Basketball 84-11 Tararua
Senior Boys Basketball 64-48 Tararua