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Thursday May 31, 2018

SPORT

O’Shea Shield host St Catherine’s College shares the spoils St Catherine’s College students and principal Steve Bryan show off the O’Shea Shield their school was joint winner of. Holding the trophy for Best Junior Prepared Speech (Section A) is Brereton McKee. PHOTO: Supplied

Despite damp weather, spirits were far from dampened at St Catherine’s College over the weekend of May 12-13 where the 72nd O’Shea Shield competition was hosted for the first time. St Catherine’s O’Shea convenor Kathy Ryan says the “mammoth task” of welcoming and looking after 17 schools – some 300 students and accompanying teachers, parents and supporters – involved every member of the college community. Hosting the competition required every staff member and student to come on board, to ensure success, she says. Nan Walden, the college’s Head of Technology, mobilised students, staff and PTA members to provide high quality food for everyone, and the logistics of this job rated an article of its own in the NZ Education Gazette

recently. The theme for the weekend was “Youth – Faith – Joy”, all of which was apparent in abundance, Kathy says. “Students from all the colleges met each other, socialised together and had fun, in spite of competing for the coveted shield.” Eight events were held – debating, junior prepared speech (Year 9 and 10 students), scripture reading (in both Te Reo Maori and English), oratory, religious drama, impromptu speaking, and religious questions (based on the pre-synod document). Winners of the various sections came from a range of different colleges, with the major award – the O’Shea Shield itself – being shared by Sacred Heart College (Lower Hutt) and St Catherine’s College. The fact that winning the

O’Shea Shield was a shared result, and that the Bishop Viard Memorial Trophy for runner-ups was shared by three schools – St Patrick’s College (Wellington), St John’s College (Hastings), and Sacred Heart College (New Plymouth) is real evidence of just how close the competition was, Kathy says. St Catherine’s has a history of success in this competition, which it rates as of same importance as winning any sporting event. Last year, the college placed third overall, having won in the previous four years. In the past 20 years St Catherine’s has consistently been among the top three schools in the competition. Kathy puts this success done to a small but dedicated group of teachers and old girls who put in many hours with the 17 students in the O’Shea team.

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Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Clueless Canes humbled by clinical Crusaders Rugby is still a winter sport someone should have mentioned that to the Hurricanes. The Wellington Super Rugby franchise was drowned in the rain in Christchurch 24-13 by the Crusaders. The Canes’ dry weather mentality and the Crusaders’ clinical ruthless nature made for a miserable night. Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said post-match that his team only had themselves to blame. That’s a silly statement. Far better teams have come unstuck against the Crusaders away from home. T he Cr usa der s, w it hout captain Sam Whitelock and vice-captain Ryan Crotty, simply rolled up their sleeves, treasured possession, dominated the over-hyped Hurricanes pack and pounced on any mistakes. There were plenty of them. The brothers Barrett, Beauden and Jordy were no match for the conditions or their opposites. Both are All Black certainties, yet they were humbled by rain and a resilient Crusaders forward pack that embraced the 80-minute grind.

Handling errors were an issue and the Hurricanes tried to play too expansively. Christchurch should have a stadium with a roof by now but it doesn’t yet. Coaches and management have to take accountability for the poor preparation. There’s plenty of support staff running around these days. One of them should have taken notice of a rain radar or weather forecast and then suggested a tactical change was in order. The Hurricanes played like no one had made them aware of that fact. Living in Christchurch, many red and black fans, myself included, thought the Crusaders may have been ripe for the picking. Oh ye of little faith. The Crusaders were missing plenty of big match players. As well as Whitelock and Crotty, their ill-discipline had left the propping stocks bare. There’s has been no sighting of All Black captain Kieran Read. The Hurricanes still have plenty to prove, the Crusaders - well, they’re as advertised.

Cook Strait News 31-05-18  

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Cook Strait News 31-05-18