Sport at CAS

As a result of the skill development and building in-game knowledge strategies employed through the Kiwisport and Secondary School Initiative Fund programmes, alongside a collective ambition to provide pathways in Coromandel District school sport, growth in sport participation at Coromandel Area School is gaining momentum, as seven groups of students look to enter five winter sports throughout the Waikato, Thames Valley and Mercury Bay Secondary School competitions over terms 2 and 3, 2019.

Coromandel Area School enters the Thames Valley Basketball Association competition with two Year 9/10 squads for the first time in many years, school rugby comes to life in the form of an Under 15 boys squad based at Coromandel Area School alongside a newly formed development netball team, formed due to the numbers of students wanting to play netball this year in support of the school A netball squad.

Six students attended the recent Central North Island Area Schools coaching clinic, with Ihaka, Brooke and Tyler gaining representative selection for competition at the NZ Area Schools National Tournament held in Rotorua, in July this year. Brooke is a key player in the senior girls’ football squad and Tyler in the 1st XV rugby team based at Mercury Bay preparing for Waikato, Thames Valley, NZ Secondary School and NZ Area School competitions and tournaments held throughout the winter season.

Good numbers of students are now accessing representative opportunities in many summer and winter sport codes and for Area Schools like Coromandel who face geographic, social and economic challenges in terms of supply and accessibility to a range of sporting activities, to observe greater representation in all areas of school sport is gratifying. The Coromandel Area School sporting community is grateful of the investment provided by Sport Waikato, Kiwisport and Coromandel community in the assistance required to establish viable and sustainable sport in school.

While a greater challenge looms in terms of meeting future demand, at present participation is on the rise for formal sport due to the benefits and values that are derived from school representation.

Term 1 Update from our Sports Coordinator: Geoff Horton

It's hard to believe the first term for school has nearly wrapped up and it has been an extremely busy term for school sport. Coromandel students attended four Thames Valley Secondary School events, training started for Under 15 rugby, netball, basketball and football with 7 groups of students entering into 5 different winter sports for terms 2 and 3, and that was on top of the Kiwisport and external skill development sessions run this term.

Rippa rugby arrives in Coromandel next week for Year 5/6 and 7/8's, as the local school hosts a qualifying tournament for qualification for the Thames Valley finals later next term.

Brooke Teklenburg has completed her touch season and picks up the gloves for an exciting year in goal for the Mercury Bay Senior girls football squad. Their season kicks off the first Saturday back next term with a College Day tournament held at St Peters for teams aspiring to play Premier grade soccer.

She joins Tyler, Kylah, Tanisha, Anton and Ihaka as they head off to the Central North Island Coaching Clinic held in Te Awamutu over next week, vying for selection to play in the NZ Area School national tournament in their respective sports next term in Rotorua. The boys are trialing in rugby, Brooke football with Tanisha and Kylah in basketball.

School rugby and girls and boys basketball returns to Coromandel after many years, along with a second netball squad playing in respective competitions throughout the Thames Valley district.

Four Year 9 girls travelled to Hinuera, representing Coromandel at the TVSSSA lawn bowls pairs tournament, a first for the school and by the look of the results, it won't be the last. The girls basically only got a couple of lunchtimes in for coming up to speed on aspects of the game and went south expecting to gain experience. Against 9 teams, Savannah and Angel finished third overall, with three wins and 1 loss, and Casey and Kara finishing the day with a nice win against a Hauraki Plains side.

Four students also headed to the golf course this term to present some perspective of the game as compared to hitting balls around the school field. The green pump shed and a fairway of trees paid the price for inexperience but it was a great day, with golf being the winner on the day.

Charlotte blitzed the field in the Year 9/10 100 metres final at the TVSSSA athletics meet held in Waihi, with the junior girls then going on the finish 3rd in the 4 x 100 metre relay so top results there.

Lots of other stuff has been happening, way too much for this post and roll on term two.

Term 2 Update from our Sports Coordinator: Geoff Horton

Another massive term with school sport with Thames Valley Secondary School sports (TVSSSA) events and the Kiwisport program held at Coromandel, Colville and Te Rerenga. Cross country was the main event for the CAS annual sport calendar, leading into the TV Cross Country held south of Ngatea, at Mangatarata. Charlotte, Ella and Kalani qualified for their respective ager group events, with Kalani the best finisher in 6th place. A really good effort considering he was a year younger than most competitors.

The TVSSSA Boulton Cup for netball was an opportunity for development and seasoned players to build capacity in the next generation of school netballers, up against the big guns in netball across the Thames Valley. This is an important strategy as many of the senior players have, or will, depart end of 2019, opening the door for the next generation of Coromandel sports kids.

Nearly 200 sport development sessions were delivered to just over 4,000 participants in the first half of this year, and the support from an excellent PE program, is making a real impact on how pupils and students are engaging in a range of sports. Old habits die hard but with consistent program delivery, backed up with inter-school sports events, the realisation that with a good base of fundamental skills and game knowledge, sport participation is much more enjoyable and therefore, meaningful.

Fielding 3 netball and 2 basketball teams and a rugby team squad, the emerging talent in school sport has plenty to aim for. The basketball teams are playing in unchartered territory, registered in the Thames valley secondary School Friday night leagues and while well beaten each week, the competitiveness is bubbling through the growing confidence in playing sport outside the Coromandel boundaries. Junior soccer after school was a big hit on Monday nights and term 3 sees basketball starting for the year 8’s and below.

The Raglan sport exchange was in no doubt, the biggest sporting occasion this term. An historic occasion, embraced by Coromandel Area School pupils and students, the powhiri and the way our school came to together in competition leaves all involved with a nice sense of pride. Sport is often a very good catalyst for social well-being and the positive culture establishing itself in school sport across the district, is allowing a wider group of pupils and students to feel there is a place for them in sport.

The first week of the term break, three senior students travel to Rotorua for the annual NZ Area School National Tournament, Brooke playing in goal for her football squad and Ihaka and Tyler, making selection for the Central North Island Area Schools rugby squad. We wish them well.