Top effort at Koru Games

by Kent Caddick

Selwyn schools have recorded some top results in the fourth annual Koru Games.

Over 2,000 Year 7 and 8 pupils from throughout the South Island took part in the three day games held at various venues around Selwyn, hosted by the Selwyn Sports Trust.

There were 11 sports on offer this year: badminton, basketball, boccia, football, lawn bowls, netball, rugby sevens, table tennis, tennis, touch and volleyball.

Selwyn teams performed well in the competitions with Lincoln taking first place in girls’ badminton and mixed lawn bowls competitions, while Prebbleton School took out first place in mixed table tennis.

West Melton School competed for the first time and sent teams to the football and lawn bowls events with five teams in the lawn bowls competition at the Lincoln Bowling Club. Maia C and Hailey B took out bronze medals in the mixed team competition with another West Melton team finishing in 10th place. In the girls’ section West Melton teams finished 7th and 24th.

Maia C and Hailey B with their bronze medals after finishing 
third in the mixed teams’ lawn bowls competition

While the football team performed with distinction it missed out on a semi-final spot and finished in 16th place out of the 32 teams competing.

West Melton School promotions officer Rita Spadoni said all the students had a wonderful time meeting new students from other schools from throughout the South Island.

“We would like to thank Busy Bumbles who offered us the use of their vans to transport our football and lawn bowls teams to the Koru Games. It really was appreciated.”
James W from West Melton (yellow shirt) has control of the ball 
during the football competition