Sports News

By Mrs Kim Andrews | Posted: Thursday February 8, 2018


Conor Foley-Smith has had busy holidays with lots of Swimming.  He was placed 1st in the Under 25 Years 2.5km PrimePort Ocean Swim.  He also qualified for 8 events at the New Zealand Division 2 Championships to be held in March.


There were a few boys in the Rep Cricket tournaments competing over the Holidays. Scott Robertson and Jackson Weir played in the Primary Development (Year 7) tournament in Mandeville and finished a credible 4th.

Logan Sowden played in the Primary A team (Year 8) tournament held in Nelson where his team finished 3rd.

Show Jumping and Dressage

  • Amelia and Nadia Houston have both qualified for Horse of the Year to be held in March in Hastings. Nadia for Show Jumping and Amelia for Showing.

  • Meg Johnston was selected in October last year with her pony Little Blessing to ride as a Junior in the Ashburton South Canterbury North Otago area team to compete at the New Zealand Pony Club Dressage Championships held on 22nd and 23rd January in Christchurch. These were held in the North Island, then the South Island and the scores then tallied to get the overall national results. After two days of competition, Meg gained overall 3rd in the South Island and 7th in NZ for the Junior section and the ASCNO team came 3rd overall in NZ.

  • Then on 26th, 27th and 28th January Meg and Little Blessing competed in the Dressage New Zealand South Island Festival of Dressage. They placed in the top three in three out of four of their classes, placed first in their championship class and were awarded Reserve Champion Level 2 Pony.


Emma Becroft (Year 8) who has just started at Geraldine High School had an exciting and very busy holidays competing in athletics events.

She took part in the Colgate Games which is run over 3 days, winning Gold in the Grade 12 Girls 80m Hurdles. Her time was 2 seconds faster than the North Island Colgate Games runner, making her the fastest in her Grade in NZ. She also placed Bronze in the 100m Sprint, and was part of the Medley Relay team who received the Silver Medal, and the Grade 12 Girls 4 x 100m team which also had Charlotte Harding as one of the runners to place in Silver too.


At the end of last year Karma Gyeltshen was involved in the annual National Age Group Tournament held in Wellington from the 13th-17th December. This is a Tournament for Football players aged between 14-16 within New Zealand. The players are playing for their federation which is based on where they play their Club Football. There are seven Federations: Football South, Mainland, Capital, Central, Auckland, Waikato/Bay of Plenty and Northern. Karma is part of Football South which includes players from Southland, Central Otago, South Canterbury and Otago. 

Prior to the Tournament, the team had five practices in Dunedin in the weekends leading up to the Tournament. On the 13th, all the players traveled to Dunedin Airport to fly up to Wellington.  Later that day they had their first game against Auckland. The following day they played Waikato/Bay of Plenty.  Unfortunately, Karma's head collided with the opposing team's goalkeeper during this game. He did keep playing however later on it turned out that he had received a concussion. This meant he was not allowed to play the remaining three games against Capital, Central and Northern.  The eventual winners of the Tournament were Mainland. 

Karma said that overall the tournament was another great opportunity to play at a high level and to challenge himself with some of the best players in his age group in New Zealand.