Term 3 is usually a busy time for sport at Avondale College; however, 2020 has provided us with a fair amount of uncertainty and many challenges along the way due to COVID-19 lockdowns and the restrictions that followed. In the end, all the sports codes for our winter season were abandoned or cancelled with no winners or losers, or promotion or relegation games. Winter Tournament Week was also cancelled this year.
Despite this, there were still a number of highlights of the winter season, including Badminton Champs, Netball Combined Tournament, Squash Champs and Lawn Bowls Champs. As we move into Term 4, we have been able to hold trials for the summer sports. Cricket, waterpolo, volleyball and rugby 7’s will be in full swing next term and we wish the very best of luck to all of our athletes competing. Be committed, train hard, play fair, and the results will go your way.
At the Auckland Badminton Secondary Schools Championships our Senior Girls Doubles, Lina Imai and Alyssa Chis, won Silver medals. Our Junior Singles player, Yee Xuan Ng, won a Silver medal.
The Premier Boys team competed in the Auckland A Grade, which was very competitive, placing 9th overall. The Girls Premier team competed in the Auckland Reserve A Grade competition and placed 6th. The Mixed A team competed in the Auckland Secondary Schools Western Zone competition and placed 2nd; the Mixed B team also competed in the Auckland Secondary Schools Western Zone competition and placed 5th. Well done to our badminton players.
The Senior A Boys were placed 6th on the points table but were looking forward to producing a stronger second half of the season on the court as they certainly did train with passion and commitment. Our Senior A Girls were placed at the top of the table with 12 points, and both teams were in the Premier Senior A Grades. The U19 Boys placed 6th out of 8 in the Central West AKSS Grade. The U17A Boys placed 2nd out of 7 in the Boys Open B Grade. Junior A Boys placed 4th out of 9 and the Junior A girls placed 3rd out of 6. Both teams played in the Junior A Western Zone. All of our teams did very well considering the circumstances.
Our 1st XI Girls team played in the Senior A Grade competition this year, sitting 5th out of 7 on the points table. Our 1st XI Boys team with their new coaches, Old Boys Jack Smith and Daniel Semp, played in the Senior A1 competition this year and were off to a strong start. When the season was cancelled they were sitting in 6th place. The 2nd XI Girls team played in the Waitakere Senior B Grade this year and had a great season. They were sitting top of the table with a total of 13 points! Well done, girls! Our 2nd XI Boys team placed 4th out of 11 in the Senior B West Grade. The Junior A Boys team placed 1st on the table for the 14 A2 Grade. Well done, boys! Our Junior B Boys team placed 6th out of 11 on the table for the 14B Central Grade. The Junior C Boys team placed 9th in the 13 B North West Grade. Well done to all of our football teams, your dedication, spirit and hard work paid off.
The 1st XI Boys had a good season, qualifying for the Super City A1 Competition and were sitting in 8th position overall when the season stopped. Our 1st XI Girls had a challenging season competing in the Open A/B competition, where they were placed at 15th overall. Our 2nd XI Boys competed in the C Grade 9 aside and placed 3rd out of 8 and our Junior U15 Girls competed in the U15B Grade, placing 9th overall. Well done to all of our hockey teams.