Sports Captain - Sam Bocock
Raukura has upheld its legacy as a phenomenal sporting school so far this year. We have excelled through the hard work and sacrifice put into trainings and performances in a wide range of different codes.
The year was kick-started with a bang-, the Waka Ama team winning four gold medals and one bronze in the Championship races, as well as winning a Plate and a Bowl final. Many boys in this team then went on to represent New Zealand at the Waka Ama World Championships in Australia. Here the U19s placed 3rd in the W12 event earning a bronze medal and the U16s picked up Bronze medals in the W12 event. Not too bad brothers, not too bad.
Our 1st XV made their way to Japan for the Sanix World Youth Rugby Tournament with a newly developed team from our 2015 NZ Champions. Here they blitzed their pool play games and quarters, and sadly narrowly lost to a South African team in the semi final. The boys played exceptionally well in the 3rd place game, winning with ease and proving that they should have been in the final without a doubt. Well done boys, although you didn’t win you still made us all proud. From there the regular season 1st XV have been showcasing why we are the reigning champions. They remain unbeaten in the Super 8 competition after a triumphant win over Hamilton Boys’ High School and hope to continue to bring their hard hitting aspects of physicality and charisma for the rest of the campaign.
Ryan Beamish has been on point this year winning the BOP tennis title, his hits too hard and drop shots too low for his opponents to handle while his brother Nicholas has been over in Europe representing New Zealand in tennis in his age group and recording wins over players from the Netherlands, Germany and France.
Waterpolo had a successful season and finished placing 2nd in the local competition social grade. Tristan Thomas once again has been show jumping his way to victory with many wins in his star studded season. A new Director of Basketball has been appointed so we can only imagine the bright future the sport holds. Soccer this year has got three teams. 1st XI Coach Mr Fry is bringing a new positive attitude towards the team as they head off to Super 8 at the end of the term. The 1st XI Hockey team has had big wins this season, our sights set on beating Taupo Nui A Tia to claim the title. We also welcomed newcomer Warrick Auge who brings the intensity of a lion. With the help of Mr Dalton’s critical analysis, Mr Lewis’s overwhelming optimism and the linkage of players the season is ours to conquer. A squash team of Ryan Neeves, Warrick Auge and Sam Bocock went to the BOP champs in Taupo and won the ungraded teams category.
I look forward to seeing the many more successes to come this year. You have to train like you want to play boys, so train hard and continue to bring honour to our school.