Sports Update

By Miss Tess Opie & Miss Courtney Bates | Posted: Wednesday September 16, 2020

As we come to a close for term 3 we have had a very busy last few weeks with sports and been involved in so many opportunities given the unfortunate postpone & rescheduling of Term 2. There have been some outstanding results come through from our teams & individuals. We look forward to warmer weather and entering our Term 4 sporting events!

Adventure Race

Pieta Houston, Kristin Schoneveld and Charlotte Harding attended the North Canterbury adventure race on the 29th August. The girls did extremely well and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you Sally Houston for encouraging and supporting these girls to participate.

Quad Tournament 

This year Geraldine High School Year 9 & 10 students participated in our annual quad tournament with Ellesmere, Darfield and Mt Hutt. This year Ellesmere hosted the schools. We sent along sporting teams for netball, rugby and football.

Year 9 & 10 Quad Rugby

This was a mixed year 9 & 10 team. The team was coached by students Conor Foley-Smith (Year 12) & Josh Saveti (Year 13). What a great day we had, with ideal weather and great referees. The team played very well and represented our school with pride on and off the field. Some feedback from a parent that we would like to share from after the completion of the tournament. Referees complemented our team in their respect and manners to officials and other teams, as well as how they listened both on and off field. Geraldine placed 3rd place for Rugby.

Rugby Prize Giving

It has been an outstanding year for our GHS rugby teams that were fortunate to have a run around for the season for as long as they could. We have had some amazing results from our teams. A huge congratulations to all players for the hard work put in preparing for the season. Also a massive thank you to all coaches, parents and supporters for putting in the time and effort with our players, without you there would not be such a success within our school for sports.

The GFRC will be hosting a prize giving for all teams from JAB-Seniors. This is held at the Geraldine Rugby Club on Saturday 26th of September.We invite all players, parents, coaches, managers and supporters along to this to celebrate the achievement of our teams and players.

14.5 Boys Rugby

This team has had an outstanding season as we have kept you up to date with their progress through the season. The team made it into the semi finals and played TBHS. It was a tough game but the team remained calm and were sure to focus on the play as a team. It was an unfortunate loss but all players played an outstanding match. The U14.5 team has been coached by Stu Wilcox & Managed by Janine Weir who have done an outstanding job with these young boys. We would also like to thank all parents & supporters who have been backing the team from the very start of the season, it is very impressive seeing how this team has come together. Words from Janine (team manager) “All season, the boys gave it everything. Never giving in. They played with heart, inclusion over ego, united by passion, they were all “in” every single game. A brilliant and talented group of boys. They have done themselves and us all proud.”

Roncali/ Aoraki Combined

A big well done to these students & rugby players; Harrison McMillan & Josh Saveti who were presented with their 1st 15 caps over the last few weekends. These boys have worked very hard on and off field to earn these. Such an awesome achivement for both players. All 5 of our Geraldine High School Roncali Combined Representatives now have their caps. Well done boys!

In other rugby news, Conor Foley-Smith was nominated and selected to feature on the Crusaders website. University of Canterbury supports talented and passionate young rugby players who compete in the UC Cup and UC Championship. U.C are partnered with the Crusaders and have selected players who present as up-and-coming leaders on field and who also excel in the classroom and contribute to their local community. Conor is also a part of the Roncali Combined Rugby team.

To view Conor's profile, click the link below. UC Championship & Cup Profiles

Secondary School Girls Rugby Update

This year our girls had a huge change to their rugby season. With a near new fresh squad of girls the team have gelled very well together. It has been a well improved season with a huge focus on improving play & team skills as well as technical skills to playing safe on field. Each week girls have trained hard and put in their absolute best on match day. Facing some also talented teams around the Canterbury region. It has been a season of learning and progression for most players. This team will continue to train for the SISS Rugby 7s competition in October. We hope to see all girls and more play again next season!

Girls Town vs Country - Hanan Shield Team

This year SC Rugby organised a Town vs Country match where each surrounding team nominated players to be selected for this. This year coaches Jason Hurley & Brent Patterson nominated 7 players from our secondary team and all 7 were selected to play in this match playing for the “Country” team that took place on Sunday the 13th at Alpine Stadium.

From this players selected from these teams would be selected for the SC Rugby Hanan Shield 2020 Team. Two of our players, Maelle Rossignol & Briah Templeton were selected for this team but unfortunately due to circumstances the team won't have an opportunity to play any games, however this has been a massive achievement and it is super exciting to see the talent we have coming through in our school and in girls rugby. 

Geraldine High School would like to give a mega big thank you to our coaches of this team, both Jason & Brent have brought a massive change to the way these girls train which shows in the talent selected for regional teams and the way the girls have played. We appreciate the time you have spent teaching, upskilling and enforcing the rugby code, team values and importance of whanau for these girls. We would also like to give a big mention to Jana Candish-Kelleher. Jana is in her final year of school, meaning this was her final season in this team. Jana has been such an asset on and off field for this team. This year Jana led this team of girls as captain and did a phenomenal job, an absolute powerhouse in play and has demonstrated the way of a good leader. We wish her well next year & hope to see her develop further with women's rugby. There has been so much young talent come through to play this season, we look forward to fielding an even bigger team next year.

Captains write up - Jana Candish Kelliher
With our strong team, we continued to play through this season with trys in each game and always bringing something new. The team did exceptionally well to level up their skills and knowledge of gameplay throughout this season, which makes me proud to see how far we have come since the preseason games at the beginning. We finished each training session with some amazing fitness exercises directed by Courtney Bates - who some came to cherish after some time.
After the season, seven of our players got selected for the Country team to play against the Town team - which included Beatrix Hardie-Lyne, April Hurley, Micheala Patterson, Hannah Davies-Parnham, Briah Templeton, Maelle Rossignol and myself. Two of our players, Briar and Maelle got selected for the Hanan Shield team. There is no game for this team this year, but it is still a great achievement to be chosen for this team. Well done girls! And a huge thank you to our coaches Jason and Brett for helping us level up our skills to form the sisterhood this season.

Netball Update

Netball is into its final few weeks. To celebrate and thank all the wonderful people who have made it a success this season we are having our prize giving on Thursday 24th September in the Geraldine High School library @6pm. We would love to see you all there!

Aoraki Tournament - Netball and Football

Our Senior A netball team attended the local Aoraki tournament in replacement of South Island Secondary schools in early September. On day 1 the team played very well despite the extremely windy conditions to win all 3 games. This put them into the top pool for the rest of the tournament. The following day on the first day of spring we woke a fresh surprise of snow. Fortunately the tournament was still able to go ahead with the games being played inside the STEC centre. The team had two very challenging games against Waitaki Girls and Cashmere and unfortunately lost with a great fight. The last day the girls pulled everything they had left in their tanks to beat Waimate 38-34. Girls you should be all very proud of yourselves you all played extremely well. A big thank you to Karen Gebbie and Sarah Harvey for supporting and coaching these girls and to Katie Clearwater for coming along as our umpire.

Our First 11 boys football team also attended the Aoraki run tournament for tournament week in replacement of the SISS Tournament week held each year. The team was made up of Year 11-13 students, the team was coached by Shaun Stack & Dan Clare. The team played multiple games against other school teams. This team played very well and were up against some very talented teams. We would like to say a massive thanks to both Dan and Shaun for giving up their time to train and prepare this team for this event!


Last week all of our Year 9-13 Basketball teams competed in the semi finals. We have been fortunate enough to be able to play all games this year with no interruptions. We have had some amazing results from our senior and junior teams. We ask players to return their basketball tracksuits and uniforms this week.


Lincoln Walker won the Under 17 Cycle Race for the Jeff Wadsworth Memorial Cup on Saturday 1st of August. He beat some of the top cyclists who hold National Titles. All was gained as he passed them all at the hill which proved to be the toughest area for riders. He came home very strong and won by 20 seconds. He was 3rd equal in the cyclery cup which was a series of 3 races. Linclon has only had 3 races and all were part of a series which he actually ended up tieing for 3rd place but was given 4th on a count back. This is Lincoln's first year for competitive cycling. A huge trophy brought home from the race win. Lincoln is training very hard for his next upcoming races. Well done Lincoln! His brother Jayden who is also a GHS student won his grade in a grade scratched 2 weeks ago. Jayden won by 22 seconds against open grade riders in a time of 2H 32 min 51 sec over 80km. Jayden has had 2 wins this season in grade.

Geraldine Combined Hockey Club

We would like to recognise the Geraldine Hockey team that is made up of all GHS students and a TBHS player that plays on a Monday night. This team has played exceptionally well through the season & made it to the final. The competition features 14 teams from across South Canterbury, North Canterbury & Otago. This team has been undefeated all season and is set to play Allenton. The team had great support on their sideline for their final game. The score was 1-1 at fulltime.  Unfortunately they lost when it went to a shoot out.  Well done boys, this is a great achievement for your inter school & outer school community. 



It is that time of year, time for summer sports! Volleyball sign ups have been underway and permission forms have been sent home with students who would like to play. Permission forms should be back now. The volleyball season starts in Term 4 and ends in Term 1. Games are played Indoors on a Friday night at the Southern Trust Event Center in Timaru, down Morgans Road. Trials will take place the last week of Term 3. Junior trials will be on Monday at lunchtime & Seniors will be Monday after school & Wednesday lunchtime. There will be an umpiring course run by Dallas - AVA Volleyball Organiser, we are yet to confirm a date for this but it will require 3 players from each team to attend. The first game will be Friday 16th of October - First Friday back of Term 4. Uniforms will be issued Thursday lunchtime next week.

Sporting Blues Nominations

The Geraldine hIgh School Blues Prizegiving will be on the 29th of October. We have sent out the nomination forms & criteria for selecting students. We understand that due to Covid this year many students were unable to compete and perform at the highest level, we ask that you use your professional judgement to nominate suitable Blues candidates and explain their situation.

Here is the link to nominate.

Complete the form below before 3pm on the 12th of October. If you wish to nominate more than one student please complete a new form for each student.

Top Teams Challenge

This year GHS students in Years 7-10 have the opportunity to participate in a Top Teams Challenge. This will be held on Wednesday the 28th of October. Please see link here with details that will be sent home later this week along with the risk management details provided by Sport Canterbury. If you have any questions regarding this please feel free to contact us.