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STC v Roncalli College

Annual Sports Exchange – Monday 17 June

The annual sports exchange with Roncalli College from Timaru took place here at STC yesterday on Monday 17th June. Roncalli made the trip up to Christchurch this year (With STC heading their next year) and made good time and arrived with plenty of time to warm up for the first round of matches at 11.00am.

As usual, Roncalli bought rugby, football, basketball and debating teams up. Juniors and seniors for all events (except 1st XV Rugby – their match will be played as planned in the 1st XV Schools Competition). U15 Rugby started STC off in fine style playing on the 1st XV pitch. STC put on a fine display all game long and were eventual winners 61-10.

Our Junior Football 1st XI kicked-off at the same time as rugby and put on a superb show with a comfortable (insert score) win over the Roncalli Junior Football team. 21-0 victory to STC.

Over in the gym, the Junior Basketball 1st V took on the Roncalli Yr 9/10 team. 1st V players Hunter Adam and Louie Gordon were in action for the juniors today controlling much of the game, getting a lead early and never looking back. Stand out performer from yesterday was Seth Taleni for his season high 14 points. Final score 84-60 to STC.

Junior debating got under way a little bit later than the other junior sports to allow them time to prepare for their topic. Roncalli has a strong history of great debaters that participate in our exchange, however this year, STC got the best of them with Alex McCorkindale leading the way.

The afternoon had a couple of STC top sports teams in action with the 1st XI football team and 1st V basketball team starting at 1pm, along with the senior debaters. The 1st XI football team continued their amazing start to the season, following up some big wins already with another big win vs Roncalli 1st XI. STC managed to put 10 goals past their goal keeper and maintain a clean sheet themselves. Tom Downes, the star of the day, netting a hat-trick.

The basketball 1st V also continued their great start to the season, fresh off a big win vs Rangiora high school to qualify them for the top 6 in Canterbury, they took on Roncalli senior A basketball team. Missing starting Point Guard, Tanae Lavery, due to injury, this allowed Kobe Northmore his first start for the 1st V and proved that the coach made the right choice by shooting 4/6 from 3-pt range. Roncalli are very well coached and stayed in touch within the first half, however some superb defense by Tautahi Briggs and Mitch Langley, STC managed a comfortable 97-62 win.

The senior debaters were the last team to finish up for the day, with Cormac Gallagher leading the charge for our senior team and bringing the victory with him, that completed a clean sweep for STC on the day. Cormac then followed up his debate with a perfectly said grace, then it was time for our post match feed, arguably everyone’s favourite time!