College Sports Awards Dinner 2013

November 04, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Each year the Sports Department hosts an Awards Dinner to honour our sporting elite. Over 500 people attended this year’s dinner to celebrate the achievement of our finest young sportspeople. Our sports programme is deservedly one of the most diverse and successful in New Zealand and our players, coaches and managers can be proud of the efforts they have made to continue to strive to maintain that competitive edge.

This year we were very pleased to welcome back former student, professional sailor and Managing Director of Emirates Team New Zealand, Mr Grant Dalton to present the awards. Grant was a student at both the Boys’ School and the College whose children have also attended Saint Kentigern. Whilst Grant acknowledged that at school he was never quite ‘big enough, fast enough or smart enough,’ he recalls with pride a cup that he was awarded in his final year for leadership. Grant has gone on to make a mark in the world of competitive adventure sailing and the America’s Cup, fully understanding the leadership required to make a team work as one. This year, a new leadership cup was presented in his honour. We thank him for taking the time to return to College to present the awards.

The Sports Dinner is the culmination of the efforts of many people but Director of Sport, Mr Martin Piaggi and Sports Manager, Miss Lynne Scutt deserve our thanks for the huge amount of work it takes to bring this together.

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1st XI Football Team

In selecting Team of the Year we consider competitive edge, dedication to training, consistency throughout the season, self-respect, respect of the opposition, respect for your team mates, the overwhelming desire to perform as a team and representing the College with pride.

Nominees for Team of the Year: Football Boys 1st XI Team, Rugby 1st XV Team, Cycling Girls Premier Team, Tennis Girls Premier Team, Tennis Boys Premier Team

The 1st XI Football team have shown true team dynamics this year. They placed second 2nd in the Auckland Premier Teams Competition and played in the Semi Final in the Auckland Knock Out Cup then went on to win the New Zealand Secondary Schools Football Championship.

2013 1st XI: Alexander Clark, Alex Waimora, Anusheel Singh, Daniel McLean, George Ladoga, Jared Gibbs, Jared Schnell, Jonty Thompson, Matthew Lieshout, Matthew Ridenton, Michael Den Heijer, Nicholas Forrester, Ross McPhie, Samuel Horn, Tinashe Marowa, Thomas Konusi.
Coaches: Mr Mike Ridenton & Mr Jon Dale. Manager: Mr Tom Gordon.

1st XV Rugby Team

This award is given to a team or individual who has achieved at the highest level and gained the results reflective of their dedication, determination and desire to succeed.

Nominees for John Irvine Outstanding Performance of the Year: Girls Premier Tennis team, Boys’ Premier Tennis team, Boys’ 1st XI Football team, Girls Senior A Cycling team

DSC_1628 2.jpgIn April the 1st XV won the final of the Sanix Youth Tournament in Japan ending a 50 game winning streak by Hartpury College representing the British Lions. Twice during the 1A Rugby season they came from behind to beat King’s College and progress to the next stage of competition. The epic final of the Auckland 1A competition at Eden Park against Auckland Grammar will be remembered by many for a long time, in particular William Raea’s last minute game winning kick to secure their 3rd 1A title in a row. The team went on to win the Blues franchise final against Westlake Boys’ High School and the semi-final of the Top 4 National Competition against Otago Boys’ High School. In the final against Hamilton Boys’ High School, our 1st XV were beaten 12-10. This year’s 1st XV could not have trained harder or given more. They played this season with the added pressure of protecting an unbeaten record spanning back to July 2011. Every week was a test match as they went 52 matches without defeat. Each player epitomizes what it is to be a Saint Kentigern College sports person.

2013 1st XV: Blake Gibson, Blake Knight, Blake Van Der Mass, Braydon Ennor, Cody Wheeler, Dalton Papalii, Dillon Wihongi, Emmanuel Lamositele, Finlay Christie, Harrison Marks, Jerry Samania, Jethro Felemi, Jonathan Faauli, Joseph Mitai, Matthew Corliss, Matthew Morrison, TJ Faiane, Patrick Herbert, PariPari Osborne-Parkinson, Rupena Patuawa-Parkinson, Samuel Nock, Samuela Taiseni, Sesimani Tupou, Suliasi Vunivalu, Wesley Tameifuna, William Phipps, William Raea, Thomas Sinclair, Oliver McCowan, Jonathan Cato, Farrell Kiel, George Hollingworth, Fa’amanatuga Lafaele,.
Coaches: Mr Tai Lavea & Mr Josh Syms. Manager: Mr Jerry Leaupepe.

The Headmaster’s Sports awards are presented to male and female senior students who have played for the College demonstrating commitment and professionalism in their chosen code. They are regarded as ‘power houses’ making a difference to the performance of their teams.

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Josie Clow
This trophy is given to a senior athlete who stands out for showing pride, leadership and total commitment over a number of years while representing the College. Josie epitomizes what it is to be a Saint Kentigern College sports person. She has given everything a go and has given her all in everything she has done. When she established that she had a passion for triathlon and cycling, she channelled all her energy into training for these sports. As the Triathlon Captain she has set an example to the younger athletes and as an athlete she has performed with distinction. As a leader within the Girls’ Senior A cycling team,  she played a major role in the team winning the National title for the second year in a row.

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Paige Hourigan
Paige has made the most of her sporting opportunities since joining the College at the beginning of 2012. She has committed to a career path in tennis, dedicating all her time to training and playing. In last two years of competition, she has remained unbeaten while playing for the College, helping her team to gain two Auckland and two National titles during her time. She has an un-coachable determination to win! She has played in the Junior Australian Open and a number of WTA events  including the ASB classic. Her drive and determination makes her a worthy recipient of this award.

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Matthew Ridenton
As an established member of the 1st XI Football Team, Matthew set his sights on winning the Auckland and National Secondary Schools competitions. Falling short in Auckland, the team rallied and won the Nationals with Matthew playing a pivotal role in the final, as both a goalie and midfielder! He then set his sights on the U17 World Cup and played superbly. He continually impressed with his skill, speed and reading of the game to the point where he was asked to trial for the Phoenix. Since then he has played for New Zealand A against the All Whites, played for the New Zealand U17 team at the World Cup, signed a three year deal with the Phoenix and been named in a 30 man All Whites squad for the next World Cup.

TJ Faiane
The Kaino Cup is presented to a team athlete who ‘The team could just not do without.’
TJ has played over 50 games for the 1st XV. As an on-field leader he showed maturity and professionalism week in and week out. On countless occasions he made covering tackles in desperation to stop tries. He scored a try in the Final of the Nationals. He has always been a dedicated trainer and inspired others to match his efforts. On the field week in and week out he performed at the highest level. He is regarded as one of the best players in the 1A competition this year. Since the College season finished, he has played for New Zealand Secondary Schools three times, including captaining the side against Fiji.

Matthew Lieshout
A new cup this year, presented by Grant in person, this was awarded for Leadership
Team Building and the Development of Others.
Matthew plays in two premier teams during the winter, both the 1st XI Football team and the 1st XI Hockey team. Both teams play in the premier grade in Auckland and Nationally. Matthew is a fine young man who leads by example and never stops trying no matter what the status of the game. He continually encourages the development of others and is a real team player always adding value to the team environment. He portrays values of the highest order and is destined to be a future leader in the community.

William Raea
The Dux Ludorum is the major individual sporting award of the year and is awarded to the most outstanding sports person, girl or boy. The winner is generally an all-round sports person who has represented the College at a number of sports rather than someone who has concentrated on just one sport.

Nominees for Dux Ludorum:Stephanie Campbell, Josie Clow, Kelly Drew, Madeline Evans, Paige Hourigan, Matthew Lieshout Richmond Lum, Lucy Macdonald, Samuel Nock, Matthew Ridenton, William Raea, Maia Jean Watene, Cody Wheeler, Francesca Wilkinson

William has played in three Premier College teams this year which all qualified for National competition: rugby, touch and basketball. As an individual, he also represented the College at athletics, as he has done every year for the past 7 years. He was a member of the 1st XV Rugby team that won the Sanix World Youth Rugby tournament and the Auckland 1A competition – where he will be remembered for ‘that final winning kick.’ He was named in the Auckland U18 Invitational team and is a member of the Auckland Rugby Elite academy. William is the recipient of the Auckland Supporters Club Rugby Scholarship and is a member of the Auckland Sevens Academy.

After the rugby season finished he trained with the College Premier Basketball team and played at the Nationals. William is also in the College Premier Touch Team. He has represented Auckland as an U21 Touch player, represented NZ in the U19 against Australia and has been named in the Men’s Open squad to prepare for the Touch World Cup.

As Dux Ludorum, William also received a voucher worth over $900 from Suitme entitling him to a two piece bespoke suit.


Maia Jean Watene

Maia Jean is an outstanding all-round sportswoman. At the College athletics she was 1st in the 100m, 1st in the 200m and 1st in the 400m. She is a member of the Senior A Netball team that placed 2nd in Auckland. She was the captain of the Premier Girls Basketball team that placed 5th in Auckland, 3rd at zones and 13th at the Nationals. She received the College Basketball Player of the Year title. She was also selected for the New Zealand Maori Women’s Basketball squad to play in the Oceania tournament.

Maia Jean also plays in the Premier Girls Touch team that placed 1st in Eastern Zone, 2nd in Greater Auckland and is going on to nationals. She was named College Touch Player of the Year. She is a New Zealand representative touch player at U19 level and has been named in the squad for the New Zealand women’s team. Well done Maia Jean!


Cody Wheeler

Cody was a member of the 1st XV team that won the Sanix World Youth tournament and the Auckland 1A competition. He received the Fides Servanda Est Trophy. Cody also trialled for the Blues region team.

Cody was also this year’s Rowing captain and was a member of the 1st Eight which placed 3rd at the Head of Harbour, 4th at the North Island competition and 7th in the final of the Maadi Cup. He was also a member of the U18 Quad which placed 2nd at the Head of Harbour, 2nd at the North Island competition and 2nd in the Nationals. He was also a member of the U18 coxed Four which placed 2nd at the Head of Harbour, 2nd at the North Island competition and 2nd at Nationals. Well done Cody!



Ayden Lamont

Nominees: Ayden Lamont, Connor Brown, Hayden Church, James Fouche, Liam Ward, Matthew Manning.

Aydon is the College junior rower of the year. As a Year 11 he was a member of U17 IV which won the Auckland title. He was a member of the premier VIII which placed 3rd at Head of Harbour and was also a member of the Premier VIII which placed 4th at the North Islands and 7th in the Maadi Cup final. Aydon is also an accomplished cyclist and member of the Senior A team who are the Auckland Series champions. The team were 2nd on finals day and 2nd at the North Island championships. As an individual, Aydon is the NZ U17 Road Race Champion, was 2nd in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Individual time trial, 3rd in the hill climb and 1st in the criterium to place 2nd overall.


Christina Oscar

Nominees: Amorangi Malesala, Caitlin Walker, Chanistha Ampornachariya, Christina Oscar, Emma Hanley, Jessica Speight, Grace Wood, Mikayla Harvey

Year 11 student, Christina, is three premier sports teams at the College. She is captain of the all- conquering Auckland championship winning Girls Cricket team, a member of the premier netball team and the Premier Girls Touch team. She is an Auckland rep touch player and an Auckland rep netball player. She has recently been invited to join a national netball camp.


Benjamin Fleming

Nominees: Benjamin Fleming, Ethan Blight, Fraser Hamilton, Michael Wood, George Ellett

Benjamin is the Junior swimming champion winning the 33m free, 100 m free, 33 backstroke, 33m fly,  the 33 m breaststroke and of course the 33 individual medley. He is in the Junior A Waterpolo team as well as the Premier Boys Waterpolo team. He has also played in the U15 New Zealand Water Polo Team Tour to Australia where the team went undefeated 4/4 games. He is also a valued member of the 5a Rugby team


Victoria Kolose

Nominees: Mayah Coleman, Summer-Jean Motufoua, Tate McGregor, Victoria Hockley, Victoria Kolose, Yasmin Shakes

Victoria was 3rd in the Junior Girls athletics and set two new College records for the 100 and 200m.

Later in the season she won the 200m and the 300m at the Auckland championships setting a new College record in the 300m. She then teamed up with 3 others to win the 4 x 100 metres and set a new College record. As a Year 9 she was selected for the Premier Girls Netball team. This team placed 5th in Auckland and 7th at Upper North Islands.  She was named junior Netball player of the year. She is also a member of the Premier Girls Touch team that were runners up in Auckland and will go on to the Nationals.


Dylan McCullough

Nominees: Ben Lowe, Callum Walsh, Dylan McCullough, Harry Salvesen, Josh Harford, Ryan Church, Sajith Dhambagolla

Dylan was 3rd overall in the Year 8 swimming championships. In athletics he placed 3rd in the Year 8 800 metres and won the 1500 metres. He placed 2nd in the College Cross Country. He has played rugby, football and touch. He was winner of the Auckland and New Zealand Year 8 triathlon championships and also the Auckland and New Zealand Duathlon champion. He was also part of the team that won the New Zealand Tag Triathlon for Year 8. He received both the Alan Reeves Trophy for Year 8 Triathlon and the College award for Triathlete of the Year.

As a cyclist, he placed 4th in the Hill climb, 3rd in the criterion and 4th in the Time Trial to place 3rd overall in the NZSS Cycling Championships for U14 Boys. His Year 7/8 Cycling team are the Auckland Team Time Trial champions and the National Team Time Trial champions.


Natasha Leishman

Nominees: Elizabeth Ellis, Hannah Williams, Natasha Leishman, Olivia Overfield

Natasha was the Year 8 Girls Athletics Champion placing 1st in the 1500m, 800m and the high jump,  2nd in the 300m and 3rd in the 200m. She is the current Year 8 Cross Country Champion. She is the captain of the Year 7/8 Girls Cricket team and plays in the Girls Premier Cricket team who are the Auckland champions. She is in the Year 7/8 1st XI Football team and in the Junior A Football team who placed 3rd in the Auckland competition. She is in the U15 College Basketball team and in the 8B Netball team. She is also the Year 7/8 Badminton champion.


Each year we acknowledge a number of our coaches who have made a special contribution to sport at Saint Kentigern Without their dedication to our students, the College would not be able to run such an extensive and successful sporting programme.


DSC_6735.JPGMike has been the coach of the 1st XI Boys Football team over the last 7 years. He is a parent with a keen interest in football who has given up a great deal of time to coach the 1st XI team.

Mike is a player himself, having played over 40 games for the All Whites and played professionally in Europe for a number of years. His wealth of knowledge about the game coupled with his desire to develop the talents of young people has seen our football programme improve immeasurably. The results have been amazing and it was fitting that the team managed won the National title this year. We thank Mike and his wife, Georgina for all their hard work and acknowledge that Mike has changed the lives of many young men over the last 7 years through his dedicated efforts with the team.


DSC_6743.JPGPatrick and Tammy are high achieving athletes in their own right and this has manifested itself in them being amazing role models for the triathletes and cyclists here at the College. Because they walked the walk and didn’t just talk the talk, our athletes trained harder and smarter and set themselves higher goals. Their input has aided our athletes across the age groups to achieve at the highest level. The values they have instilled in our athletes will set them up for life. We hope to maintain their initiatives and plan for the programme to remain strong as they leave Auckland and head down south.


There are legends and there are legends! When you talk about Mr Whiteman, you talk about someone who has been involved in tennis for 19 years and cricket for 6 years – that represents 25 years of coaching! Mr Whiteman has spent his weekends supporting students of Saint Kentigern College to pursue their interest in sport.

Mr Whiteman was also the manager of the 1st XV for 8 years including the 2001 team which won the 1A competition for the first time in the College’s history. He’s also managed the 1st XI hockey team and the Premier Boys Tennis team. He has seen any number of superstars but managed to manage them all.

Mr Whiteman plays a pretty good game of tennis and also trained hard enough to ride a couple of stages of the Tour de France in the Perenes. We are truly grateful for all his efforts.


A humble servant of Saint Kentigern College Sport, Mrs Lorentz has managed a tennis team and a hockey team since 1995 and 1991 respectively. That’s 18 years for hockey and 20 years for tennis. She also had a minor break out and managed a softball team for a couple of years. Over the years she had proved to be a dedicated manager and we thank her for her special care and commitment to our young sports people.


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