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PNBHS Premier Basketball vs Wellington College Match Report
by Sally Wenham - Thursday, 29 July 2021, 10:15 AM

The first week back at school saw the PNBHS Premier Basketball team kicking off the busy term by travelling to Wellington for the traditional Wellington College Exchange. The Capital greeted us with the perfect day, creating a positive vibe for the mid-day tip-off. 

A few members of the team were nursing recent injuries but there was confidence in the camp that we had the depth and stamina to get the job done. 

The first quarter saw Wellington capitalising on home-court advantage – playing with speed and shooting well. Hill, their captain, proved to be a solid shot on the boundary as well as at the rim. The rest of their starting 5 proved to be able to do the same, keeping our boys playing deficit ball and appearing to take some time to come out of the blocks. Midway through the first quarter, Griffyn scored a beautiful 3-point shot that seemed to be the inspiration our boys needed to lift their game. Our boys were beginning to communicate better, look for better opportunities in terms of passing, and tighten up on defence applying good pressure – forcing mistakes resulting in turn over ball. The end of the first quarter had Wellington College ahead 26 – 24 

A slow start was something this team had been working hard to avoid, but it appeared that there was still a bit of dust to shake off from the break and the bus trip. The energy needed to pick up and so did the intent. Communicate, look up, apply pressure and engage in the game.  

Cooper opened the 2nd quarter with a beautiful boundary shot. Matt Foss took to the court as a force to be reckoned with both on defence and offence through the mid-court, soon adding another 2 to the score. A purposeful drive from Kaleb saw him draw a foul and successfully shoot the free throws. Matt added another 3 from a well-timed boundary shot. Maraki made his mark on court as he applied his speed and agility to leave his opponent with little room to move. His shooting was also on point, securing 6 points during his time in the quarter, with Kaleb and Kalem adding 4 a-piece and Cooper a further 4. Ezra took no time at all making his presence felt on court on defence, using every inch of long limbs to become the cone in the road for the Wellington offence, and lifting the level of communication on court. Wellington’s Hill, McRae and Rodgers were their dominant shooters, and our boys did need to get a better handle on them – particularly on the boundary and at the rim to eliminate second-chance shots. The tables appeared to be turning with the half-time score in our favour at 41 - 50.  

The third quarter was the perfect time to take advantage of the fitness in the team by increasing the intensity to move the ball and force our opposition to run harder. Kairangi and Ezra secured the rebounds well while Kaleb, Kalem and Maraki applied the speed. As the minutes progressed, Tamatea took to the court to provide additional speed as the opposition began to tire. The lead in the quarter stretched out as much as 20 points, with Kalem putting away a couple of 3 pointers in addition to 3 lay-ups, and Kaleb securing 10 points. Rodger’s boundary shots were on point in the third, allowing Wellington to chip away at the lead to claw back to within 10 near the end of the third. We were heading into the final quarter ahead, with the score at 62 – 75 with Maraki and Kairangi adding the 3 further points. 

The final quarter was about finishing strong, giving the opposition few opportunities, and getting the job done. Rodgers continued to be the dominant shooter for Wellington, who punished us at the boundary and at the rim with any space we gave him.  Jordan and Ezra set out in the final minutes to use their height effectively on the boards as Tamatea, Matt and Dane worked to move the ball down the court but neither team was giving anything away.  In the final quarter, our boys managed to add a final 20 points to our scoreline to Wellington’s 14, with the score at the final buzzer being 95 – 76 to PNBHS.  

Our boys were happy to come away with the win but know that we have bodies to take care of and reflection to do, looking forward to our Super 8 tournament in Hamilton next week. 

We would like to thank Wellington College for being welcoming hosts, rewarding the efforts of all staff and students with a substantial afternoon tea. We would also like to thank our supporters from near and far, and of course, our sponsors, Skafit, Property Brokers, Proegear, and Insurance & Mortgage Networks. 

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1st XI Hockey
by Sally Wenham - Thursday, 29 July 2021, 9:59 AM

Good luck to our 1st XI Hockey team playing Waiopehu College tonight at 5.00pm at the Levin Turf.

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by Sally Wenham - Thursday, 29 July 2021, 9:46 AM

The preparation for the 2021 Snowseekers has begun, and teams of skiers and snowboarders are already preparing for the North Island championships.

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2022 Subject Selection
by Gerard Atkin - Wednesday, 28 July 2021, 8:33 PM
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1st XI Football v Wellington College 1st XI Report
by Sally Wenham - Wednesday, 28 July 2021, 7:22 PM

A mid-week traditional fixture saw the PlaceMakers PNBHS 1st XI travel to Wellington College as part of a larger school exchange. With the Steve Burnley Memorial Cup to play for, PNBHS hoped to see the trophy return to their cabinet for a fourth consecutive year. Wellington College, however, were the better team on the day, winning the fixture 7-1.

From the kick-off, PNBHS were on the back foot with Wellington pressing high and aggressively, making a play from the back difficult to construct. Once PNBHS made ground, Wellington’s long ball tactic over the top and in behind the PNBHS defence, left the Wellington speedsters a foot race with the retreating PNBHS players. Two quick goals within the first six minutes coming from this setup established the tone for the remainder of the match. In a hasty transition, PNBHS managed to claw one back, coming from an Alex Kilkelly through-ball, leaving Jaiden Meyer with the ball at his feet, driving towards the goal and successfully converting. Wellington replied soon after with another goal of their own to re-establish a comfortable lead.

The second half saw much of the same: Wellington College pressed high, PNBHS made costly passing errors and the score against PNBHS climbed. Although it is never the plan to be on the end of a drumming, important lessons can be learned. Weeks out from the NZSS Football Tournament, reviewing footage of today’s game will provide PNBHS 1st XI players and management the opportunity to build and strengthen the weaker areas that were exposed today.

Thank you to our 1st XI Football Sponsors

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Scott Du
by Gerard Atkin - Wednesday, 28 July 2021, 11:53 AM

Thanks and well done to Year 10 student Scott Du who performed at the Prefect's Assembly yesterday. Presenting in front of your peers is always challenging and Scott is to be commended for his confident and assured performance.

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Dramafest 2021
by Ella Mitchell - Wednesday, 28 July 2021, 11:51 AM


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NZSS Swimming
by Gerard Atkin - Wednesday, 28 July 2021, 10:10 AM

Over the last four days of holidays, 11 swimmers competed in the New Zealand Secondary School Swimming Championships in Albany.

Alex Odom had an outstanding meet. He won Gold medals in the 15 year old 50m, 100m and 200m Backstroke, and the 50m and 100m Butterfly. He won Silver in the 100m and 200m Individual Medley events and a Bronze in the 100m Freestyle. On the way to winning his medals Alex broke the school records for 15 year olds in the 50m Backstroke, and the 100m Backstroke. He also broke the open 100m and 200m Individual Medley school records.

Cole Phillips won a silver medal in the 15 year old 50m Freestyle in a new school record time of 24.09, This school record has been broken no less than 5 times this year by both Cole and Alex Odom. Cole also gained a number of other top 10 placings.

Ian Tsui, Josh Carroll, Alex Willis, Ryan Stott and Levi Holman all also gained top ten placings in individual events.

The 15 and under relay teams performed with distinction. The A team of Alex Willis, Alex Odom, Cole Phillips and Ian Tsui won Gold the 4x 50m medley relay and in the 4x 50m free relay by comprehensive margins. They were narrowly beaten into the Silver medal in the 4x100m free relay. The B team finished 4th in the 4x100m Free relay, 7th in the 4x50m Free relay and 8th in the 4x50m Medley relay, beating some top swimming schools A teams in the process.

Overall the team finished a clear 2nd on boy’s points. This is an amazing achievement given the relatively small size of our team. They finished 3rd overall in the boy’s relay points.

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Book Review
by Gerard Atkin - Wednesday, 28 July 2021, 9:58 AM

Thank you to Mr. Ross who presented this week's book review at assembly.  Mr. Ross provided an entertaining message about trying something new in our reading when reviewing and sharing some poems from 'Twenty Contemporary New Zealand Poets', which is available from the PNBHS Library.

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2nd XV Rugby v U16 Development Report
by Sally Wenham - Wednesday, 28 July 2021, 8:33 AM