2018 has been full of highlights and achievements for our sporting teams. This year we had five teams travel away to the winter tournament week including four senior teams and one junior team.

This year was the first year we have sent away a junior basketball team to a South Island Competition and they competed at the highest tournament possible (AAA Premier) for their age category.  Matt Sharr took these students.

 A huge thanks to coach, Hamish Hobbs and our parent helper Ruth Major for accompanying the team to the tournament.  Exciting possibilities for the future with these boys. 

This year, the Senior A Girls Basketball team traveled to Westport to compete in the Schick A South Island, premiership tournament.  The team started the first day well with a convincing win over Rangiora New Life School 71-34.  They then faced the tough Buller team and didn’t give up but went down 67-56.  The second day proved to be a tough one, they won the second quarter against Ellesmere but were not consistent enough to beat them, going down 82-52.  Their second game was against Kavanagh College and this was also a challenging game. The girls were slow to get started and struggled to catch up, the final score was 48-79.  On the final day of the tournament the team played Greymouth High, they were in the game up until the last quarter, however, fatigue took its toll and they went down 67-37.  During the tournament Michelle Scott and Kennedy Valance displayed leadership on the court and were able to create scoring opportunities for the team. It was also good to see some of the younger players develop and their confidence increase.  A huge thanks to Andy Scott who coached the team throughout the season. 

Our Senior A Netball team traveled to Dunedin to compete in the South Island Secondary School’s Netball competition against 32 other schools in their grade.  This competition was the final challenge after a season full of new combinations and a revamped team.  The team featured a mix of experience and youth with our youngest member Paige Francis in Year 9.  Expectations were high and these girls rose to the occasion playing two games a day for four days and placing two places higher than last year.  We would like to thank the staff and students of Hillmorton for their help with all fundraising efforts and the Board of Trustees for their support this season.  Nelson 2019 is looking promising for Hillmorton Netball.

The Soccer tournament team toured Nelson for the 2018 Jim Wishart Football competition. There were 16 teams from around New Zealand and the boys competed well.  The team consisted of Year 11’s and Year 13’s. They had some very tough pool games against Malborough Boys and Middleton Grange who eventually finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. They had some close losses to good teams and after losing to Trident College from Whakatane, their coach came over after the game to congratulate our boys on their effort, tenacity and attitude. The chaps were gutted after they lost the last two games in penalty shoots outs. A highlight of the tour was the boys enthusiastic rendition of Wagon Wheel.

Well done to all teams who represented Hillmorton High School with pride. 

By Gabby Thomas

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