SQUASH The Year 7 & 8 BOP Squash Championships were held at Geyser Squash Courts in Rotorua. Katikati sent a large contingent of players. Kendall Young took out the Division 1 title with sister Melanie runner up as Chloe Clark in her first competition for the college won the Ungraded division. BADMINTON Taurian McConnochie led a BOP U17 Badminton team to Palmerston North for team nationals in the holidays. The team consists of 5 males and 5 females who compete in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. The team fought well against higher ranked players and after playing 6 ties and 96 matches against bigger associations we were sitting in bronze medal contention. Sadly it went back on a countback with Wellington North. Having the same Game score (8-8)and the set score (18-18) it came down to singles points won. Wellington North had 2 more points than BOP (652-650). Then in the last couple of days of the holidays Taurian participated in the Hawke's Bay U19 Open. He managed a 3/4 placing in the singles and a 3rd in the Men's Doubles with partner Raymond Yang. Good results for a 15-year-old. Prior to school holidays, he also competed in a BOP Interclub tournament held at QEYC Tauranga, playing in the Premier Grade with Shane Espitalier and Chris Mills. As the youngest man taking to the court, Taurian's team came runners up in the Premier section with Taurian 3rd in the individual players statistics. Taurian is also coaching the Year 7 & 8 team going to BOP Champs for the first time. NETBALL Friday night KKC Prem 1 met OTC Prem 2 in the first game of the college championship round at Tauranga Netball Centre. KKC started strongly with goal shoot and goal attack Monique Brooks and Karena Murray shooting well and working the circle together beautifully. Captain Chantelle Wenzlick had an outstanding game, at goal defence consistently deflecting and intercepting ball. By the end of the second quarter KKC had really started to settle, wing attack Carmen Kernahan working hard, showing great vision to the circle and feeding well to Monique Brooks. A switch to centre for Wenzlick kept the team settled and composed with her athleticism and leadership. KKC's defensive end worked tirelessly, goal defence Leilani Rooks had yet another fantastic game, g putting constant pressure on OTC with numerous intercepts and rebounds. Wing defence Kate Harvey's composure on court was fantastic, she consistently disturbed the OTC attacking play and fed the ball well to her attacking end. Young goal keep Kate Downes had a great game putting pressure on both OTC shooters. By half time the girls had a strong lead but OTC did not give up, capitalising on any simple errors KKC made. La Toya Ma moved to WD and had an outstanding game. Her speed, and quick change of direction disrupted the OTC mid court play while Caitlin Meade made a switch from goal keep to goal shoot and had a blinder of a game. A great game and solid team performance. Final score - KKC 56 - OTC - 17. This Friday the team play Whakatane HS Jnr Prem. BOYS’ FOOTBALL Katikati U19 hosted Rotorua Boys' High (RBHS) on Saturday. The last time we played them in Rotorua, Katikati were able to snatch a lastminute winner. Rotorua boys play a physical game, always strong on the ball, and are very quick to move the ball from side to side. Their aggressive forwards kept Nishi Ravji and Cam Pooley busy in defence with Dylan Wilmshurst making some crucial saves. Katikati played a fast game with Sam Taylor and Eli Millen busy up front with great support and distribution coming from Pooley and Shay Hyde-Coltman. A great run from the left back by Keegan Hyde-Coltman saw him score a well taken goal in the 25th minute to go into halftime 1-0 up. In the second half, RBHS had a plan to put extra attackers up front and create overlaps from the wide channels. In the 48th minute, RBHS got a penalty, which was saved by Katikati's goalkeeper, Wilmshurst. In the 60th minute, Shay Hyde-Coltman got Katikati's second after a powerful shot in the 18-yard box to go 2-0 up. RBHS did not give up, in the last 5 minutes in an outstanding period of play, the momentum switched and the opposition were able to score 3 goals to take the lead. KK turned up the head and with 60s to go, after a great run Sam Taylor was brought down in the 18-yard box and awarded a penalty. He coolly slotted it home — a lifesaver for the boys as a draw was better than a loss. The game ended with 3-3 and the Player of the Day went to Keegan, brilliant on defence and attack. GIRLS’ FOOTBALL Katikati U19 Girls played Bethlehem College 2nd X1 at Moore Park. After two weeks of consistent rain and field closures it was great to see the fields in such good condition for the Saturday morning home games. In the first half Katikati played a good passing game and created a number of scoring opportunities through well timed runs, good combination play and individual skills. After 10 minutes Bella Bryant scored for Katikati after intercepting a goal kick and taking a well placed shot from distance for a 1-0 lead. Bethlehem were defending with energy and then playing forward to their main striker who was rewarded with a pass from midfield finding her in a shooting position. She was able to lob the keeper to make the halftime score 1-1. The Bethlehem goalie had an excellent game with a number of good saves and a willingness to come out and shut down through balls. In the second half Katikati took their chances well and the final score was 8-1. Goal scorers were Bella Bryant (3), Destinee Benge (3), Mackenzie Walter (1) and Danielle McCormick (1). Players of the day were Danielle McCormick in her first game back after missing the first half of the season through injury and Bella Bryant for her intelligent attacking and link play. Thanks to Mat Kindley for refereeing. It was great to have the u-13 Girls playing at the same time on the adjacent field meaning spectators could watch both games.