HBHS win back-to-back silver medals at the North Island Secondary Schools and National Championships.
Senior Premier Water Polo
The Senior Premier team travelled to Wellington to compete in the New Zealand Secondary Schools National Competition from the 27th to the 30th of April, 2022.
Our first game was a rematch of our first NISS game as we defeated Rosmini College, 15-11. This was followed up with a hard earned, 5-4 win over Westlake Boys’ High School which put us into a commanding position for our crossover pool. In our crossover pool, we dismantled Kings’ College 17-9 with Hugo Barbour putting in a dominant 5 goal, 11 steal performance. This put us through to the top four with one more crossover game left to play. We lost the last crossover game to Rangitoto College which placed us in a semi final against North Island Champions, Tauranga Boys’ College. What followed was our best performance of the season, as we came out and immediately put the Tauranga Boys’ team under pressure. Samuel Keightley scored a missile from range which was followed up by goals from Joshua Edwards, Hugo Barbour, GeorgeOliver, and a double from Mitchell Keightley which gave us a commanding 6-2 half time lead. Through a strong second half defensive performance led by the Egyptian Prince goalie, Sherif Hosni, we managed this lead through the remainder of the game to take the win 9-7. Both Hugo Barbour and Sam Keightley adding to their first half goals and Hunter Read rounding out the scoring for the game.
In a rematch of our crossover pool game, we lined up against Rangitoto College in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Final for the second year in a row. Unfortunately, this year was not our year with Rangitoto taking the win, 5-3. Goals from Mitchell Keightley, Hugo Barbour and Hunter Read were not enough to take the win over a strong Rangitoto outfit. This is only the third time that we have medalled at a National Championships following on from our silver medal in 2019 and gold medal in 2021.
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While we didn’t achieve the back-to-back wins at the National Championships we set out to at the beginning of the season, we are immensely proud of the growth, performance and sportsmanship of our Premier Team. In the past four years of official, senior competitions, HBHS has made the top four in every tournament and played in the last five major finals in a row. During this time, we have boasted the highest average finishing position, as well as the best goal difference and have developed into one of the top Water Polo schools in the country.
The team would like to thank Head Coach, Rahiti Teokotai-White and Assistant Coach Roana Paterson for their hours of dedicated coaching, Kim Lander for her superb administration skills and Team Manager, Matthew Keightley, for taking such good care of the team.
Photography by Julie Ingram.
New Zealand Water Polo honour the 2021 HBHS Premier A team and their coach
The HBHS Premier A Water Polo team has been named as the 2021 Male Team of the Year at the New Zealand Water Polo National Awards Ceremony. This team won historic back-to-back titles at NISS and Nationals.
The team were fortunate to be coached by Mr Rahiti Teokotai-White, who was not only named as the Coach of the Year but also received a Service Award for his hours of dedication to Waikato Water Polo.
Senior B Water Polo
The Senior B Water Polo team competed in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Nationals in Rotorua in the last week of the April holidays.
This young team came up against some tough opposition but showed resilience and improved their attack and defense with every game. The results were as follows: Auckland Grammar 2-7 loss, Orewa College 10 – 0 win, Kristin Premier Boys 2-8 loss, Avondale College 2-3 loss, St Patrick’s Wellington 4-4 draw and Glendowie 5-10 loss, which placed us 12th overall.
The team would like to thank Coach Thomas Perham for sharing his knowledge of the game and encouraging them throughout the tournament.
Photography by Davina Crouch.
Three HBHS Water Polo players selected in the New Zealand Youth Men’s Team
Mitchell Keightley, Geordie Chapman, Mr Rahiti Teokotai-White (Coach) and Hugo Barbour represented New Zealand at the 2022 FINA World Men’s Youth Championships in Belgrade, Serbia in August. Congratulations on this recognition and achievement.