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Futsal Girls make it 5 in a row at NZSS Championships

MAGS' Girls Futsal team have won the NZSS title for the fifth consecutive year after beating New Plymouth Girls High School 5-4 in the final in Wellington on Tuesday, 28 March.

The team once again progressed through the two-day tournament unbeaten, scoring 132 goals and conceding only 9.

Head of Football Mr Peter Smith said he could not be more proud of the girls, many of whom are also part of of our national champion Girls Football First XI. "They were terrific competitors and represented the school with great pride."

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New Rockclimbing Club

MAGS now has its own Rockclimbing Club, making use of our rockclimbing wall on the back of the Gym 2, and is inviting new members.

All students welcome, from beginner to experienced. Equipment is provided and instruction given. Keen students will have the opportunity to represent the school in competitions.

Teacher in charge Ms Ang Whitlam says the club aims to take members on outings to indoor climbing facilities in Auckland, and in the long term on weekend trips to outdoor locations.

"This sport requires you to conquer your fear of heights," says Ms Whitlam. "It will help you gain strength, agility and balance."

Interested students may contact Ms Whitlam at or Ms Esther Hancock at, or just come along to the wall on a Monday afternoon.

Sports Update: 10 March 2017

Swimming: Brearna Crawford to represent New Zealand

MAGS' Junior Swimming Champion Brearna Crawford has been selected for the Swimming New Zealand Team to compete at the 2017 Georgina Hope Foundation Australian Age Swimming Championships in Brisbane in April.

Only 30 swimmers aged 13-18 were selected from across New Zealand. Brearna, 14, has won multiple gold medals in New Zealand events, and last year won two of New Zealand's five Gold medals at the Australian State Championships in Canberra, helping the New Zealand team to 4th place overall.

The Year 10 student is a member of the MAGS Aquatic Academy and Swim Club, led by former Olympic swimmer Mr Paul Kent.

Athletics: Haul of places at Central West Zones

MAGS athletes claimed 19 1st places, 22 2nds and 20 3rds at the Central-West Zone Championships held at Trusts Stadium on Tuesday, 28 February.

All three top places in the Intermediate Girls 3000m were won by MAGS - Mia Gordon was 1st, Hannah Houghton 2nd and Holly Bannister 3rd. Six of our eight relay teams won their races, qualifying them for the AKSS Championships on 21 March. Places were gained in a variety of track and field events, by boys and girls of all age groups.

70 students represented MAGS against those from 27 other schools. 31 have so far qualified to compete at the AKSS Championships, with more possible.

Triathlon: Medals at AKSS Championships

MAGS' Intermediate Girls Triathlon team came 2nd at the AKSS Championships held at Maraetai in East Auckland on Wednesday, 1 March.

Jen Blakely, Lili Tse and Ella Speight each raced one leg of the course - a 500m swim, 10km bike and 4km run - completed in a time of 54m 36s.

MAGS' Senior Boys team of Oliver Ng, Gabriel Dean and Lachie Douglas came 3rd after completing a 750m swim, 15km bike and 5km run in a time of 59m 25s.

We also had placings of 4th, 5th and 6th at the event, in which 18 schools competed.

MAGS Athletics Day 2017

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Six new records were set at the biggest ever MAGS Athletics Day at Mt Smart Stadium on Wednesday, 22 August.

In Senior Girls, Grace Jale set a new 800m record with a time of 2.27.91, while Paige Witehira (left) set a new Javelin record with a throw of 33.70m. In Intermediate Girls, Mia Gordon set two new records in the 1500m and the 3000m with times of 5.25.84 and 11.19.38 respectively. In Junior Boys, Luke Clements set a new 3000m record of 10.44.00; and in Junior Girls, Sylvia Brunt set a new Shot Put record with a throw of 11.30m.

More than 350 students took part in a wide range of track and field events, some socially, some as serious competitors.

Points were collected for placings, and at the end of the day the following students were named Champions in their divisions:

Senior Girls Champion
Grace Jale and Maddy Gordon (joint winners)
Senior Boys Champion
James King
Intermediate Girls Champion
Kalisi Longopoa
Intermediate Boys Champion
Dylan Moon
Junior Girls Champion
Latonya Lole
Junior Boys Champion
Raniera Newport

The above winners will have their trophies presented to them in assembly.

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Records tumble at MAGS Swimming Sports

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A record nine records were broken at the annual school Swimming Sports, held at the Mt Albert Aquatic Centre on Wednesday, 14 February.

Year 10 swimmer Brearna Crawford set four new records, George Smith set three, and Bede Aitu and Mia Gordon each set a new best time. George, Bede and Mia are all in Year 11. Brearna broke two of her own records in the Junior Girls 50m and 100m Breaststroke, then went on to set new times in the 50m Butterfly and 100m Individual Medley. George set new records in the Intermediate Boys 50m Freestyle and 50m and 100m Butterfly. Bede gained a record in the IB 100m Individual Medley, and Mia in the Intermediate Girls 100m Breaststroke.

Head of the MAGS' Aquatic Academy, Mr Paul Kent, thanked parents, staff and students who helped on the day

Softball: New Zealand selections

Max Earley

Nerida Elson

Brock Evans

Taine Slaughter
Four MAGS Softball players have been selected to represent New Zealand in Under 17 Emerging Sox Squads.

Max Earley, Brock Evans and Taine Slaughter are in the boys' squad, and Nerida Elson is in the girls'. They will all attend training camps ahead of a tour of Australia in 2018.

At Under 15 level, Oscar Clark, Jack Olson, and Ryan Earley (pictured left) were in the North Island Under 15 team that beat the South Island team 2-1.

The boys will find out soon if they have made the NZ Under 15 Squad.

Rowing: Gold and Bronze at AKSS Championships

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MAGS' Rowing squad came away with two Golds and a Bronze at the 2016-17 Auckland Championships, known as the Head of the Harbour, at Lake Pupuke, on Saturday, 11 February.

Held in windy but fine conditions, the Boys Under 16 Four and Boys Under 15 Four won Gold, the Boys Under 16 Eight won Bronze, and several other crews were not far off the podium in fourth place. The squad continues training ahead of the North Island Secondary School Championships at Lake Karapiro in March.

Football: International coach for Girls First XI

MAGS' four-time National Champion First XI Girls Football team has a new coach for 2017 - international player and coach Mr Rudy Mozr.

Mr Mozr (right) will work with Director of Football Mr Peter Smith in coaching the team through the Auckland League, Auckland Knock-Out Cup and NZSS Championships. The team has also won the League and Knock-Out Cup for the past three years.

Originally from the Czech Republic, Mr Mozr competed in the Czech Youth League and in the Australian National League playing for Queensland. He came to New Zealand two years ago to run the Football for Children academy, while also playing for Eastern Suburbs in the team that won the Northern Premier League and the Chatham Cup. He has coached in all three countries, and in Auckland coaches at Eastern Suburbs and for the Auckland Federation Talent Centre.

At the age of 26 Mr Mozr has nearly attained the UEFA A License, one of the highest coaching qualifications in the world.

"I'm looking forward to taking MAGS' talented players and lifting them to another level," says Mr Mozr, who will also work with Mr Smith on development pathways for younger players aiming for the First XI.

Mr Smith says the school is fortunate to have secured the services of a coach with Mr Mozr's experience and qualifications. "It's exciting for our girl footballers to be able to benefit from Rudy's knowledge and experience."

Gold medal in NZSS Athletics Road Race

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MAGS' Junior Girls Road Race team won Gold at the NZSS Athletics Championships on Saturday, 3 December.

Pictured above from left, Theane van Zyl, Holly Bannister and Hannah Houghton competed in the 4000m team event at Moir Park in Massey. The girls placed 11th, 14th and 16th, and when their places and times were combined they were awarded 1st place.

The girls competed against teams from 18 other schools from around New Zealand. New Plymouth Girls High School won Silver and Wanganui Collegiate claimed Bronze.

In other results, Paige Witehira won Silver in the Senior Girls Javelin with a personal best of 39.67m, and Kalisi Longopoa won Silver in the Junior Girls 80m Hurdles in a time of 12.24 seconds.

Five winners in Auckland Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards




Mountain Biking


All Rounder




Underwater Hockey

Five MAGS students were named the best in Auckland in their chosen sports at the College Sport Auckland's Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards held at Eden Park on Saturday, 26 November.

Jacqui Hand won for Football, James Kirkham for Mountain Biking, Caitlin Pritchard in the demanding All Rounder category, First XV Captain Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa for Rugby and Angus Scahill for Underwater Hockey. Waimana was also a finalist for the overall Young Sportsman of the Year award.

Jacqui, Caitlin, Waimana and Angus are all part of New Zealand Champion teams for MAGS, and James won the AKSS Mountainbiking and NZSS Multi-Sport titles this year. Jacqui, Caitlin, Waimana and Angus have also represented New Zealand in international competitions.

MAGS had 15 finalists across 12 codes at this year's awards, among the most of any school.

15 finalists in Auckland Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards

Georgia Carter

Caleb Clarke

Katene Clarke

Nerida Elson

Jacqui Hand

Finn Hollingworth
Underwater Hockey

Grace Jale

James Kirkham
Mountain Biking

Harley Maynard

Caitlin Pritchard

Sharne Pupuki-Robati

Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa

Julia Robinson
Student Coach

Angus Scahill
Underwater Hockey

Elle Temu

Mount Albert Grammar School sportsmen and women are once again dominating the finals of College Sport Auckland's Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards.

MAGS has 15 finalists across 12 codes, with the winners to be announced on Saturday, 26 November, at a function at Eden Park.

Last year we had 17 finalists across 11 codes, with eight winning their categories and NZ softball player Cole Evans named overall Young Sportsman of the Year.

FIFA girls finish World Cup on a high

Five of the six MAGS girls started in the match against Mexico: Nicole Mettam (front far left), Samantha Tawharu (front, second from left), Malia Steinmetz (front, fourth from left), Jacqui Hand and Grace Jale (back, first and second from left). 'Alosi Bloomfield played in the following two games (below left).
The six MAGS' girls representing New Zealand at the FIFA Under 17 Women's World Cup in Jordan finished their campaign with a historic 5-0 win over the host country. Our own Samantha Tawharu scored two of the goals.

Despite losing their opening pool matches against Mexico 0-5 and Spain 0-2, the squad was thrilled with their win against Jordan - only the second for a FIFA NZ Under 17 Women’s World Cup team, the first being in 2008, and the 5-0 outcome is New Zealand’s biggest ever win at any FIFA World Cup.

Read the NZ Football story on the team's 5-0 win here

Four MAGS girls have been selected for the NZ U20 squad to compete at the FIFA U20 World Cup in Papua New Guinea from 13 November to 3 December.

Pictured above from left are Jacqui Hand, Grace Jale, Malia Steinmetz and Jade Parris, who completed Year 13 at MAGS last year.

Xterra team wins Auckland competition

From left, Teacher in Charge Ms Shelley Mackinlay-Milne, Holly Chaafe, Hannah Houghton, Hannah Zwalue, Alex Thompson, Liam Thompson, Holly Bannister, James Butler, Jack Cavanagh
The MAGS' Distance Running Squad has beaten 26 other teams to win the Auckland Xterra Trail series.

The series was made up of seven race events, from May to October, in locations such as Woodhill Forest and the Hunua Ranges, over distances ranging from 6km to 12km through terrain featuring steep hills, rivers, mud and sand.

MAGS held off a strong challenge from Glendowie College, Kaipara College and the University of Auckland to finish the series more than 20 minutes ahead of second place. The team was made up of eight current students, three Albertians and a handful of MAGS teachers and parents. A number of individual students won overall places in the various race distances:

Hannah Houghton - 1st U20 6km; Liam Thompson – 1st U20 12km; Holly Bannister – 2nd U20 6km; Holly Chaafe – 3rd U20 6km; Jack Cavanagh – 3rd U20 6km
The Xterra organisers said "Magnificent MAGS showed real depth. Their top two runners were away for the school holidays yet they still pulled out another perfect score in the final race in the Hunua Ranges. Congratulations you guys - what an inspirational team!”

Australian and New Zealand Gold medals for Brearna Crawford

MAGS swimmer Brearna Crawford continues to prove her remarkable talent, winning two Gold medals at the Australian State Championships and nine Golds at the NZ Short Course Championships.

The 13-year-old Year 9 student and member of the MAGS Aquatic Academy and Swim Club set two New Zealand records and five Auckland age group records along the way.

Swimming New Zealand coach Mr Gary Hurring said Brearna led the way for the New Zealand team competing at the 2016 Australian State Championships in Canberra from 23-25 September. She won two of the team's five Gold medals, helping New Zealand to 4th place overall. Brearna won the 50m and 200m Breaststroke, and claimed Silver in the 100m Breaststroke.

"The Australian meet is an essential competition at the base of our high performance swimmer pathway," said Mr Hurring.

Brearna returned to New Zealand to compete in the national short course championships at the Sir Owen G Glenn National Aquatic Centre on the North Shore. She won 9 Golds in Breaststroke, Butterfly, Freestyle and Individual Medley events. She set new NZ and Auckland records in the 200m Breaststroke and 100m Individual Medley.

Aquatic Academy Director and former Olympic breaststroke swimmer Mr Paul Kent said Brearna had "put her hand up as a future sporting star for New Zealand." Read more ...

MAGS Rugby players help NZSS teams win Trans-Tasman Series

MAGS Captain Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa took the field for NZSS against Fiji, along with Rob Cobb and Caleb Clarke.

Read the story on Niven Longopoa and the MAGS players here

Both NZSS Rugby teams won all their games against Australia and Fiji in the last week of the holidays, helped by five members from Mount Albert Grammar.

MAGS Captain Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa, Caleb Clarke, Robert Cobb and Paul Roache were selected for the NZSS team, while Niven Longopoa played for the Barbarians.

In the first games on Monday, 3 October, hosted by MAGS, the Barbarians beat Australia 28-17, followed by an NZSS victory over a feisty Fiji side 45-19, including a try by Caleb Clarke.

On Saturday, 8 October, the two sides swapped opponents at Auckland Grammar School. NZSS beat Australia 32-22 and the Barbarians defeated Fiji 46-20.

Gold, Silver and Bronze at NISS Snowboarding

Holly Curran on her way to Gold in the NISS Boardercross event. Photos by Liz Brooker

MAGS' Girls Snowboarding team came 2nd overall at the North Island Secondary Schools Snowboarding Championships held at Turoa in the last week of Term 3.

Year 13 student Holly Curran won Gold in the Boardercross event, in which four to six snowboarders race down a course that includes cambered turns, jumps, and steep and flat sections designed to challenge the riders' ability to stay in control while maintaining maximum speed.

Maddison Hargreaves, also in Year 13, won Bronze in the Slopestyle event (right), in which athletes ski or snowboard a course that includes obstacles such as rails and jumps, scoring points for height and quality of tricks. Maddison also came 6th in the Dual Slalom.

The other team members were Zoe Hargreaves, Bridget Hartley, Ria Shon and Sophie Johnson-Chung.

Five rugby players chosen for NZSS teams






Five members of MAGS' national champion First XV have been selected for the NZSS Rugby team and NZSS Barbarians - the most of any school.

MAGS Captain Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa, Caleb Clarke, Robert Cobb and Paul Roache will play for the NZSS team; Niven Longopoa is in the Barbarians.

The two teams will play Australia and Fiji at MAGS on Monday, 3 October, and at Auckland Grammar School on Saturday, 8 October.

Monday, 3 October, at MAGS
1.10pm: NZSS Barbarians v Australia Schools
2.50pm: NZSS v Fiji Schools

Saturday, 8 October, at Auckland Grammar
NZSS Barbarians v Fiji Schools
NZSS v Australia Schools

Ski team's best ever result

The MAGS Ski Team travelled to Turoa for the North Island Secondary School Ski Championships from 12-14 September.

The weather played its part for the first day of competition but day two resulted in cold and misty conditions. MAGS A team earned MAGS their best result in recent memory with a very creditable 12th place out of 129 teams. The B team placed mid field after the two days of competition.

For the second year running Isaac Munro was the fastest MAGS individual over the two days, followed closely by Jordan Pickering.

All skiers represented the school well and showed strong commitment to the MAGS way. The team will be looking for further improvement next year as skiing at MAGS is looking promising and on the rise. The only student leaving MAGS this year is Quentin Kontze who has been a part of the MAGS ski team for the past three years; we wish him all the best for the future.

Big thanks to the course assistants Ms Janette McLeod and Mr Sam Pickering along with Leanne Pickering and Stephen Kara for accompanying and helping the team.

New Zealand team selections follow Tournament Week wins













Twelve members of MAGS' national champion football and rugby teams have been selected for New Zealand squads.

Six of the girls who helped the First XI Football team to their fourth New Zealand title in a row have been selected for the New Zealand Under 17 squad to compete at the Under 17 World Cup in Jordan from 30 September to 21 October.

'Alosi Bloomfield, Jacqui Hand, Grace Jale, Nicole Mettam, Malia Steinmetz and Samantha Tawharu were part of the same NZ Under 17 team which qualified New Zealand for the World Cup by winning the Oceania Championship in Rarotonga in January. The girls also went on a warm-up tour of China with the squad in July.

On Sunday, 4 September, MAGS' First XV won the New Zealand Championship after beating Hastings Boys High School 14-13 in the final at Palmerston North. Six members of the team were later selected for the NZSS Development Squad, the most of any school.

Caleb Clarke, Robert Cobb, Niven Longopoa, Michael Palmer, Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa and Paul Roache will join 47 other players from around New Zealand at a Development Camp at AUT Millennium Institute in Mairangi Bay from 23-25 September.

Following this camp selectors will name the 2016 New Zealand Schools and New Zealand Schools Barbarians sides to play Australia and Fiji Schools next month.

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Winter Tournament Week 2016

New Zealand titles and Gold medals at Tournament Week 2016

Mount Albert Grammar School athletes had a remarkable Winter Tournament Week, with a haul of national championships and gold medals:

First XV Rugby: New Zealand Champions
Report and photos here

First XI Girls Football: New Zealand Champions for the 4th consecutive year
Report and photo here

Premier Netball: Upper North Island Champions for the 10th year in a row
Report and photo here

Hockey: Premier Boys win NZ Second Division Mayhill Cup, re-enter First Division for 2017
Report and photos here

Underwater Hockey: Premier Boys - New Zealand Champions

Cycling: Prudence Fowler - NZ Under 14 Individual Cycling: 3 Gold medals and 1 Silver
Report and photo here


More than 200 students represented MAGS in 12 North Island or National Championships across eight sporting codes during Winter Tournament Week from 29 August-4 September.

Latest Results
Basketball - Boys
North Shore Events Centre
31 Aug-3 Sept
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v Whangarei, won 107-30
7th place
Basketball - Girls
North Shore Events Centre
31 Aug-3 Sept
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v Massey, won 82-42
5th place
Cycling - Prudence Fowler
Mount Wellington
3-4 Sept
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3 Gold medals
1 Silver medal
Football - Boys
Gordon Spratt Reserve, Papamoa
29 Aug-2 Sept
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v Tauranga, lost 0-3
Football - Girls
Saxton Fields, Nelson
29 Aug-2 Sept
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Final v St Peter's Cambridge
won 6-0

Hockey - Boys
Rosa Birch Park, Pukekohe
29 Aug-2 Sept
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Final v Kristin
won 6-1

Hockey - Girls
Park Island, Napier
29 Aug-2 Sept
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v Tawa, won 2-0
11th place
Papakura Netball Centre
29 Aug-2 Sept
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Final v St Kentigern
won 23-22

Rugby First XV
Sport and Rugby Institute, Palmerston North
1-4 Sept
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Final v Hastings Boys
won 14-13

Rugby U15
Moire Park, Massey
29 Aug-3 Sept
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v St Patrick's, won 29-0
11th place
Rugby League
Bruce Pulman Park, Auckland
29 Aug-2 Sept
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v Otahuhu, won 24-14
11th place
Underwater Hockey
Wellington Aquatic Centre
1-4 Sept
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Senior: Final v Nelson, won 4-3
Junior: v St Patrick's, lost 0-9

MAGS wins Auckland 1A Rugby Championship

Saturday, 20 August, at Eden Park

MAGS wins 15-13

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Read the NZ Herald story here

For the first time in six years, Mount Albert Grammar School has won the prestigious Auckland 1A Rugby Championship, defeating Sacred Heart College 15-13 in a tense final at Eden Park on Saturday, 20 August.

Isaiah Papali'i was named Man of the Match after scoring a try and putting up some fearsome defence. Captain Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa scored our other try.

The game was tightly fought and saw MAGS trailing for at least half the match. But their overall dominance in territory, possession, ongoing attack and solid defence saw them prevail. A late attempt at a runaway try by Sacred Heart was closed down by Niven Longopoa, who also kicked well throughout the game.

First XI Girls Football wins APC Knockout Cup

MAGS' First XI Girls Football team made it three in a row when they won the APC Knockout Cup at Seddon Fields on Wednesday, 17 August, beating Saint Kentigern College 5-0.

The team also won the trophy in 2014 and 2015. In July this year they won the Auckland League for the eighth year in a row when they beat Long Bay College 2-0.

The girls are now preparing to defend their New Zealand title at the National Tournament in September. They have won the NZSS championship for the past three years.

Sports update: 12 August, 2016

Orienteering: Team selected for World Championships

MAGS' Junior Boys Orienteering Team has been selected to represent New Zealand at the World Championships in Italy next year after our best ever results at the NZSS Championships held in the Waikato during the July holidays.

The other highlight was Year 11 student Liam Thompson winning a Silver medal in the Intermediate Boys Individual Sprint event.

MAGS teams competed against more than 400 secondary school orienteers from around the country in the three disciplines of Campus Sprint, Individual Long Distance and 3-person Relay, held in Cambridge and Wharepapa South. Best individual placings ranged from 4th to 9th, while in the teams divisions, our Premier Boys came 3rd, Boys came 4th, and Girls came 6th.

The Junior Boys who contributed to the World Championship selection were Thomas Brendolise, Adam Bateman, Daniel Carroll, Mitchel Cooper, Aidan Skinner, Luca Eastwood and Luc-Aime Meurillon.

Lacrosse: Premier Girls win Auckland Championship

MAGS' Premier Girls Lacrosse team reversed the result of last year's Auckland league final when they beat Epsom Girls Grammar School 10-9 on Thursday, 4 August.

In a thrilling game that was locked at 9-9 after extra time, Georgia Houston scored the winning 'golden goal' for MAGS to win the title for 2016.

The girls are now aiming for the same success at the AKSS One Day Tournament on Wednesday, 17 August, and at the NZSS Championships in Cambridge from 20-21 August.

Gymsports: NZSS wins for MAGS students

MAGS students stood atop the podium for four events at the NZSS Gymsports Championships held on 30-31 July in Papakura.

Pictured are James Dougal, who won the Elite Men's Trampoline, and Kate Nicholson, who won the Elite Women's.

Sarah Sherlock won the Level 6 Apparatus and All Around Gymnastics medals. Jessica Roscherr came first in the International AG1 Aerobics category.

James, Kate and fellow MAGS trampolinist Madison McQuoid have all qualified for the NZ Gymsports Trampoline Nationals to be held in Invercargill in September. They have also been selected to represent New Zealand at the Indo-Pacific championships, being hosted by New Zealand in Napier later this year.

Softball: Nerida Elson tours with NZ Junior White Sox

Premier Softball player Nerida Elson was selected the NZ Under 19 Junior White Sox earlier this year and toured with the team to play in the Hawaiian Invitational Tournament in the July holidays.

Although New Zealand did not win any games, the tournament was valuable experience, and Nerida held her own pitching against some of the best young batters in the world.

MAGS-Saint Kentigern Sports Exchange 2016

Headmasters Mr Steve Cole, left, and Mr Patrick Drumm with the Captains who led their teams so well.
Match photos here

The annual Sports Day between MAGS and Saint Kentigern College on Saturday, 6 August, showed how evenly matched the schools are, with each school taking a trophy at the end of the games.

MAGS' Premier Boys' Basketball team won 67-66, Premier Girls Basketball won 83-33, Boys First XI Football lost 1-2, Girls First XI Football won 2-0, Premier Netball lost 36-37, and First XV Rugby lost 3-8.

This meant that the schools shared the overall Burden-Cole Cup, while Saint Kentigern took home the Jubilee Cup for rugby. The games were this year held at Mount Albert Grammar.

Every game was well played with great sportsmanship shown both on the field, and at the two functions held at School House.

MAGS Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm and Mr Steve Cole of Saint Kentigern paid tribute to the players, coaches, organisers and parents for their commitment to their teams, and continuing a great sporting tradition between the two schools.

MAGS athletes profiled in media

Netball: MAGS girls on Sky Sport

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2015 Head Girl and Premier Captain Holly Fowler, and star goal shoot Maia Wilson, featured in a story on Sky Sport’s Netball Zone programme, screened after the ANZ Championship semi-final on Monday, 25 July.

Both girls went straight from Year 13 at MAGS to contracts with ANZ teams – Holly with the Northern Mystics and Maia with the Central Pulse.

Sky Sport brought them back to MAGS to reminisce about helping the school win four NZSS championships in a row, and to meet the Year 9 and 10 girls in this year’s Netball Academy. Head of Netball Ms Paula Smith was also interviewed for the programme.

Rugby: Blues players in the press

The eight First XV players selected for the Auckland Blues Under 18 squad are featured in today’s Central Leader and on the website.

Fairfax reporter Mr Hugh Collins visited the boys at training this week and interviewed Vice Captain Caleb Clarke, and Head of Rugby Mr Geoff Moon about the team’s unbeaten season so far, and the value of the boys attending the Blues Under 18 programme during the school holidays.

Sports update: 29 July, 2016

Underwater Hockey: Trans-Tasman medals

MAGS Underwater Hockey Premier team members Nathan Brown, Angus Scahill and Nick Sykes won Gold in the Trans-Tasman Under 18 series held in Hobart during the holidays.

Fellow MAGS players Finn Hollingworth and Liam Quinlan won Silver, and Olivia Houston, who was the Girls Premier Captain last year, won Silver with the NZ Women’s Under 18 team.

Albertians Danyon Kemp (at right) and Liam Robertson (centre) coach the MAGS Boys and Girls teams respectively, and they won Gold as players in the NZ Under 23 team. With them was fellow Albertian Nick Houston, who has also helped MAGS Underwater Hockey as a coach in the past.

Rugby League: New Zealand selections

Preston Riki

Iloa Ma'afu Roberts

Uenuku Malesala
Three MAGS rugby league players have been selected for Kiwi teams. Preston Riki, who played in the First XIII last year, and Iloa Ma’afu Roberts will train with the Under 18 squad, while Uenuku Malesala has been selected for the Under 17 team.

Swimming: New Zealand and Auckland medals
From left, Eva Williams, Sinead Kelly, George Smith, Bede Aitu, Brearna Crawford, Vasilina Shipilova

MAGS students Brearna Crawford, George Smith and Sinead Kelly won New Zealand Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the Auckland Winter Swimming Championships held at West Wave from 22-24 July, which saw swimmers compete from around the country. Fellow students Eva Williams, Bede Aitu and Vasilina Shipilova also won a clutch of Auckland medals.

Brearna (Year 9) won New Zealand Gold in the 50m, 100m, and 200m Breaststroke, Silver in the 100m, 200m, and 400m Individual Medley, and Bronze in the 100m Butterfly. She was also the Auckland winner of each event. George (Year 10) won New Zealand Gold in the 50m and 100m Butterfly and 100m and 200m Freestyle, and Silver in the 100m Individual Medley and 50m Freestyle. He also won the Auckland races of each event. Sinead (Year 10) won Bronze in the 100m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke, also coming 1st, 2nd and 3rd in a range of Auckland races.

Eva, Bede and Vasilina, all in Year 10, claimed 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings in Auckland races, and all were in the top 7 nationally. Joseph Nathan and Fia Jones also competed and achieved personal best times.

MAGS swimmers are now preparing for the Auckland Secondary School Individual Championships on Sunday, 31 July.

Golf: Students contribute to Auckland win

MAGS Golf players Archie Gothard (Year 9) and Daniela Jeremic (Year 10) were selected for the Auckland Development Team which won against a Taranaki side during the school holidays.

The match was played at the Ngamotu Golf Course in New Plymouth, and comprised two rounds of stroke play and two rounds of match play.

Head of Golf Mr Max Jeremic said both students played extremely well as part of the 12-person team. Earlier this year Archie was selected for the Auckland Under 16 squad which won the Battle of the Bridge tournament against North Habour, and Daniela was selected for an Auckland Junior Development team.

Sports update: 22 July, 2016

Football: Six MAGS girls represent New Zealand in China

The New Zealand Under 17 Women's Football team that competed in China during the school holidays contained no fewer than six members of MAGS national champion First XI team.

Pictured from left, Nicole Mettam, Malia Steinmetz, Jacqui Hand, 'Alosi Bloomfield, Grace Jale and Samantha Tawharu joined the squad for a warm-up tournament ahead of the Under 17 World Cup in Jordan in September.

While the team did not win any of their games against China, Canada and Japan, the tour was great experience, and the girls were chuffed that Jacqui scored the a goal against Japan, the current Under 17 World Champions.

Rugby: 15 players selected for Blues Development Squads

A total of 15 MAGS rugby players were selected for the Auckland Blues Under 17 and Under 18 Development squads which underwent training camps over the school holidays.

Eight MAGS boys were chosen for the Under 18 squad, the most of any school. They were Thomas Barlow, Caleb Clarke, Rob Cobb, Niven Longopoa, Michael Palmer, Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa, Paul Roache and Salyn Tonu'u. They took part in a five-day camp at MAGS and the Blues High Performance Centre at Cornwall Park.

MAGS' Head of Rugby, Mr Geoff Moon, said the boys were fully integrated with the Blues team to give them a taste of life as a professional player. They received coaching from Tana Umaga, position-specific advice from Blues players, and education in technique, tactics, mental skills, nutrition, and the responsibilities of being a professional athlete in areas such as social media.

At the end of the week they played the Chiefs Under 18 Development team, winning 30-6.

Seven MAGS players were chosen for the Blues Under 17 squad - Jack Casey-Pickering, Noah Foster, John Latu, Harley Maynard, Patrick Pati, Roderick Puafisi and Oliver Shepherd. They attended a one-day training session on July 15.

Cycling: Prudence Fowler wins 6 races at NISS

Year 9 student Prudence Fowler made a clean sweep of all the races she entered at the NISS Cycling Championships in Cambridge from 9-11 July.

Prudence won the 26.6km Road Race, the Road Criterium, the 750m Track Derby, the Track Elimination, the 4000m Track Points Race and the 3000m Track Scratch Race.

She is now hoping to represent MAGS at the NZSS Championships in Palmerston North in September.

Sports update: 8 July, 2016

Netball: MAGS on Sky Sport

Mount Albert Grammar's national championship-winning Netball programme will be profiled on Sky TV through the eyes of two of our 2015 stars, Premier Captain Holly Fowler (pictured centre) and goal shoot Maia Wilson (left).

Both girls went straight from Year 13 to contracts with ANZ Championship teams - Holly to the Northern Mystics and Maia to the Central Pulse. The Mystics still have a chance of making the semi-finals in this year's competition, while Maia is the top Kiwi goal shoot among the NZ teams with an score average of 92.2%.

Sky Sport brought Holly and Maia back to MAGS on Wednesday, 6 July, to reunite with Head of Netball Ms Paula Smith, and take the Year 9 and 10 girls of the Netball Academy for a training session. They were interviewed about their time playing for MAGS, and Ms Smith spoke about what makes the school's programme so successful. MAGS has won the NZSS Championship for the past four years, and produces numerous ANZ and NZ age group representatives.

The story will screen as part of the Netball Zone programme following the ANZ semi-final screening on Monday, 25 July. A link to the story will also be distributed via this newsletter and the school website as soon as it is available.

Trampolining: Bronze medal at World Cup for Kate Nicholson

Year 13 student Kate Nicholson won Bronze in the Synchronised Trampoline event at a World Cup event held in Brescia, Italy, in June.

Kate also made the final of the Individual event and came 5th.

She is now preparing to represent MAGS at the NZSS Championships later this month.

Diving: NZ Gold and Silver for Chloe Bennett-Griffiths

Year 13 student Chloe Bennett-Griffiths competed at the NZ Diving Championships in Auckland from 1-3 July , winning Gold in the 3 metre inter-age event and Silver in the 1 metre inter-age. Chloe is now preparing to represent New Zealand at the Australian School Games in Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, in late August.

This will be Chloe's second trip to Australia for Diving NZ - in April she competed in the Australian Age Group Championships in Sydney, coming 11th in both the above categories out of 25 and 30 competitors respectively.

Sports update: 1 July, 2016

Trampolining: Australian Silver medal for Madison McQuoid

In addition to her win of the Gold medal in the Elite Women's Trampoline at the AKSS Gymsports Championships on June 22, Year 12 student Madison McQuoid and her Synchronised Trampolining partner won Silver at the Australian National Championships in Melbourne from May 29-June 3. Madison normally competes in the Junior International division, but made the podium in the Senior competition.

Cheerleading: Good start for MAGS team
The MAGS Cheerleading team had a good start to their season, coming 2nd in the Level 1 division of the Eutopia competition at the North Shore Events Centre on Saturday, 25 June.

Cricket: Follow the Boys First XI Tour of Europe
MAGS' Boys First XI Cricket team has begun a three week tour of England, Belgium and France. They will train at Lords, play 10 games in England, three in Belgium and one in Paris. They will also visit historic sites, including war graves at Ypers and Passchendaele, and perform a wreath-laying ceremony at the Menin Gate. Accompanying them is MAGS Head of Cricket Mr Tony Sail, coach Mr Brett Sorrenson and manager Mr Paul Donnell.

The boys won their first match this week against Royal Hospital School in Suffolk (below), bowling out the opposition for 111 after scoring 122/8.

Click here for their schedule and to follow their results

Sports update: 24 June, 2016

Gymsports: Gold for Sarah Sherlock and Madison McQuoid

At the ARGOS 2016 Senior Artistic Gymnastics Championship in Tauranga on 18-19 June, Year 10 student Sarah Sherlock won Gold in the Step 8 level of Women's Artistic Gymnastics, Gold on the beam and Bronze on the floor.

Gymnasts from 22 clubs around the top half of the North Island competed. Sarah's results qualify her for the National Championships in Invercargill in September.

At the AKSS Championships held in Papakura on Wednesday, 22 June, Year 12 student Madison McQuoid won Gold in the Elite Women's Trampoline.

Snowboarding: Gold for Holly Curran

Year 13 student Holly Curran won the Slalom event at the AKSS Snowboarding Championships at Snowplanet on Monday, 13 June.

Mackay Jamieson and Kahukura Cleave also competed. The group is now preparing for the NISS Championships at Turoa skifield in September.

Xterra: Great start in Auckland winter series

The MAGS Xterra Trail Running team is at the top of the table after the first two races in the 7km AKSS winter series.

In Race 1 at Riverhead Forest on 29 May, MAGS tied up the top 3 places with Hannah Houghton 1st, Holly Bannister 2nd and Holly Chaafe 3rd. In Race 2 at Shakespear Regional Park on 19 June, Holly Bannister came 1st and Holly Chaafe 3rd.

The other five team members had placings from 5th to 16th across the two races. Next up is Totara Park on 10 July.

Underwater Hockey boys win Regional Championship

MAGS' Premier Boys Underwater Hockey team defended their title when they won the Northern Regional Tournament in Tauranga on 11-12 June.

The boys were up against 10 teams and had only one goal scored against them through the tournament. They won the final against Glendowie College 6-1.

Coached by Albertians Logan and Danyon Kemp, the team is now looking forward to competing at the NZSS Championships in Wellington in September.

MAGS also had a Senior Open B and a Premier Girls team at the regional tournament, who finished 7th and 6th respectively. A total of 17 MAGS students were selected for the Auckland squad, which will compete against other provinces in December, also in Wellington.

Sports update: 10 June, 2016

Georgia Carter helps NZ Lacrosse team to international win

Prefect and Premier Lacrosse team member Georgia Carter helped the New Zealand senior women's team, the NZBlax, to a win in the Footscray Lacrosse International Classic in Melbourne from 4-7 June.

The competition included teams representing Hong Kong, the USA College team and the team from the Footscray Club in Melbourne.

New Zealand won the final against the US team 8-7.

Georgia (pictured second from left, second from top) was also selected for the Blax in 2015 to tour the United States, and for the NZ Under 19 team which came 5th at the Under 19 World Championships in Scotland. In December she was named top girl lacrosse player in the ASB Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards.

She will resume training with the NZ squad through winter with the aim of regaining selection for the NZBlax to compete in the World Cup in England in 2017.

Georgia is still playing for the MAGS Premier Girls Lacrosse team, which is currently leading the 2016 Auckland competition.

James Kirkham wins NZSS Multisport Championship

Prefect and top mountain biker James Kirkham entered the NZSS Multisport Championship in Rotorua for the first time "to test myself", and ended up winning.

The 25km event held on and around the Blue Lake on Sunday, 5 June, comprised a 4.5km paddle, a 15km mountain bike ride and a 5.5km trail run home to the finish.

James says he'd done little kayaking in the past, and only climbed into the boat he was using the day before. He finished five minutes behind off the water, but the AKSS Mountain Biking Champion made up the time on his bike and started the run in the lead. James, also a strong runner who came third in the recent MAGS Cross Country race, held on to first place during the run through the redwood forest, to win the event.

He admits he was a little surprised to win on his first outing, but multisport has now piqued his interest and he would like to challenge himself to more events in the future.

Read the College Sport Media story here

Sports update: 3 June, 2016

Year 10 Netball wins North Harbour Tournament

Following the Premier team's win of their grade two weeks earlier, MAGS' Year 10 team also won their section of the North Harbour Tournament in convincing style.

Played at the AMI Netball Centre in Takapuna on Thursday, 26 May, the MAGS team had an unbeaten run to the final. After winning against Massey 19-10, Carmel 27-6 and Takapuna 39-8, they came up against Westlake Girls final, winning 20-8 to take the title.

MAGS Head of Netball Miss Paula Smith was pleased with the players' attitude and maturity, and also their ability to execute skills under pressure.

Archer Emily Cavell wins medals for New Zealand

Year 13 student Emily Cavell won Silver and Bronze medals when she represented New Zealand at the Oceania Youth Archery Championships in Tonga from 8-16 April.

In her division, the Cadet Women's Recurve, she won Silver for the WA1440 round. She won Bronze in the Individual Matchplay.

"It was my first international competition, and the best experience of my life. I made heaps of friends from different countries who love archery as much as I do," said Emily.

She is now aiming to qualify for the World Youth Archery Championships in Argentina in 2017.

Basketball girls selected for NZ Under 16 team

Moanekah Va'ai (left) and Sharne Pupuke-Robati have been selected for the NZ Girls Basketball Under 16 team. They will travel to Australia later this month for a Trans-Tasman Tournament.

Both girls play for MAGS Under 17 and Premier Basketball teams.

Sports update: May 20, 2016

Georgia Carter selected for NZ Lacrosse team

Prefect and Premier Lacrosse team member Georgia Carter has been selected for the top New Zealand team, the NZBlax.

Georgia (back row, far right) will travel to Melbourne with the team on 3 June to compete in the Australian National Championships. As well as playing against Australian state sides, New Zealand will also play England, Hong Kong, Japanese University and the USA College team.

Year 10 students helps NZ Tag side to victory

Moanekah Va'ai represented New Zealand in the Under 21 Womens Tag team that competed in the Trans Tasman series on April 1-3.

The New Zealand team won three of the five game series, taking the overall win. Moanekah, who is still only in Year 10, was the youngest in the team.

Netball: Premier team wins North Harbour Tournament

MAGS' Premier Netball team were victorious at the 2016 Netball North Harbour Secondary Schools Tournament, held at the AMI Netball Centre in Takapuna on Tuesday, 17 May.

Coach Ms Paula Smith said the tournament was an opportunity for the team to execute their skills and principles of play in a performance environment. "The Premiers had only two games prior to this and it was great to try out new combinations and consolidate a starting seven," said Ms Smith.

MAGS was unbeaten through the day, winning against Massey High School 49-15, Carmel College 32-18 and Long Bay College 35-18 before claiming the final against Westlake Girls High School 34-22. Read more ...

Sports update: May 13, 2016

Rowing: New Zealand selections

Carl Pracey and Jonathan Winter, who completed four seasons rowing for MAGS last year, have been selected for the NZ Junior squad to compete at the World Rowing Juniors Championships in Rotterdam in the Netherlands in August.

Carl (front row, second from right) will be lead rower of the New Zealand Eight, and Jonathan (right) is going in a Pair and may also feature in the Eight. Jonathan rowed at the Junior Worlds in Rio last year in the Four with fellow MAGS rower Fergus McSwiney.

Both Carl and Jonathan helped their MAGS crews win a number of medals at Head of the Harbour Auckland Championships and the North Island Championships as they progressed through the age groups, and in their final season helped take their Under 18 Pairs, Four and Eight to the A Finals at Maadi. Jonathan won Silver at Maadi in the Pair with Fergus McSwiney.

Athletics: New Zealand selection and Auckland award

Symone Tafuna'i

Latonya Lole
Symone Tafuna'i, the MAGS Athletics Girls' Captain last year who won a number of medals in 100m and 200m running during her time with us, has been selected for the NZ Under 20 4x100m team to compete at the World Under 20 Athletics Championships. They will be held in Poland in July.

Latonya Lole, a Year 9 student who is MAGS Junior Athletics Champion this year, was named Auckland Athletics Junior Sportswoman of the Year at the organisation's awards on Monday, 9 May. Latonya excels in 100m and 200m running, as well as discus, shot put and long jump.

Orienteering: Top School trophy at Relay Champs

Four MAGS teams achieved Top 5 finishes at the AKSS Orienteering Relay Champs at Ambury Regional Park on 14 April, to take out the overall Top School trophy on points.

The Junior Boys B team of Daniel Carroll, Mitchell Cooper and Aidan Skinner pulled off a thrilling 3rd that was agonisingly close to 2nd – a 1 second margin after more than an hour of racing. MAGS Junior Boys A team (Adam Bateman, Seth Dean and Thomas Brendolise) followed soon after to take 4th.

In Intermediate Boys it was Bronze again for MAGS (Jonty de Pledge, Liam Grozev and Liam Thompson), while the Senior Girls A team of Theresa Boyd, Rosa Henderson and Lara Middlebrook took 4th place.

Sports update: May 6, 2016

Netball: MAGS girls star in ANZ and NZ rep teams

Elle Temu

Holly Fowler

Maia Wilson

Jamie-Lee Price

Erikana Pedersen

Nadia Loveday

Meretini Fuimaono

Rebekah Roache

Tera-Maria Amani

Caitlin Dowden

MAGS Netball continues to be a source of talent for national teams, as a number of our girls star in ANZ Championship sides and New Zealand age-group teams.

Year 13 student Elle Temu has been selected for the NZ Secondary Schools team, which on Sunday, May 1, played the MAGS Premier team at MAGS in what was a pre-season preparation game for both sides. MAGS has won the NZSS Championship for the past four consecutive years so is the best competition available for the NZSS side. Click here for the match report

2015 Premier Captain Holly Fowler and top shooter Maia Wilson have taken up contracts with the Northern Mystics and Central Pulse respectively. Holly made an early impact in the ANZ pre-season tournament, starting as Goal Defence for the first two Mystics games and playing a key role in this week's win against the Adelaide Thunderbirds. Maia is now the starting Goal Shoot for the Pulse and is already the number 1 ranked NZ shooter in the ANZ Championship with a success rate of 93.6%.

Other Albertian netballers continuing in the ANZ competition are Jamie-Lee Price (Magic), Erikana Pedersen (Tactix) and Nadia Loveday (Mystics).

The Beko National League is the feeder competition to the ANZ. The Northern Team includes Meretini Fuimaono, Rebekah Roache and Tera-Maria Amani, while the Mainland Team features Caitlin Dowden.

Part of Netball NZ's National Development Squad are Jamie–Lee Price and Erikana Pedersen, and four Albertian girls help make up the NZ Under 21 team - Maia Wilson, Holly Fowler, Jamie-Lee Price and Caitlin Dowden.

MAGS wishes our girls all the best and will be watching their progress in great support.

Lacrosse: Four girls in winning NZ Under 23 team

The NZ Lacrosse Under 23 team travelled to Melbourne over ANZAC weekend to play the annual commemorative ANZAC match in Melbourne. On the team were MAGS Premier team members, from left, Georgia Houston, Ruby Johnston, Rachel Adams and Nerida Elson.

Warm-up club games were won 12-2 and 16-3, before the main event on Anzac Day against the Australian Under 23 team. New Zealand won 14-2.

Underwater Hockey: Five selected for NZ Under 18 team

Premier Underwater Hockey team members, from left, Finn Hollingworth, Nicholas Sykes, Liam Quinlan, Nathan Browne and Angus Scahill have been selected for the NZ Under 18 team.

They will travel to Hobart in July to compete in the Trans-Tasman Tournament.

Swimming: Medals at National Championships

MAGS swimmers took away a haul of medals at the National Age Group Championships in in Wellington from 18-22 April.

Year 9 student Brearna Crawford won seven medals, Year 10 student George Smith won five, and Year 12 Katherine Grozev completed the takings with a Bronze in the 50m backstroke.

Brearna won Silver in the 200m breaststroke and Bronze in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, 100m butterfly, 200m and 400m individual medley, and as part of the 4x 100m medley relay.

George won Gold in the 100m butterfly, Silver in the 100m freestyle, and Bronze in the 50m and 200m butterfly and 50m freestyle.

MAGS wins Silver at NISS Orienteering Championships

The MAGS orienteering team achieved its best ever results at the NISS Orienteering Championships in Hawkes Bay over the holidays, holding off last year’s champions Havelock North High School for 2nd place overall in the Top Schools points competition. More than 360 orienteers from 61 schools from all over the North Island took part in the three-day competition. In the relay event, our Junior Boys A team of Adam Bateman, Mitchell Cooper and Daniel Carroll earned Bronze. Click here for photos and the event report

Following the team's success, five members were selected for the Auckland Regional Schools Team, from left, Liam Thompson, Theresa Boyd, Liam Grozev, Adam Bateman and Jonty De Pledge.

The Auckland team will contest the Regional Challenge Trophy against other New Zealand regional teams at a three-day forest orienteering competition at Queens Birthday Weekend. Australian teams will also be competing, and the event will act as trials for the NZSS team to compete in the Southern Cross Trophy in Australia in September.

Basketball boys back in the Premier league

MAGS top Boys Basketball team will move up from the Senior Open to the Premier grade this season after a strong performance at the qualification tournament, held at Saint Kentigern College from 29 April-1 May.

The competition was made up of the top teams from the Open grade and two teams from the Premier grade facing relegation. MAGS won every game, beating Mt Roskill Grammar 92-54, Massey High School 112-45, Alfriston College 68-36, Pakuranga College 80-63 and finally Saint Kentigern College 87-43. Read more ...

MAGS Rugby kicks off season with series of wins

A win of the Blues 10s Secondary School Tournament for the second year in a row, and two wins from three matches against Knox Grammar School from Sydney, has marked a successful start to the 2016 season for MAGS Rugby.

The Blues 10s Tournament was held at North Harbour Stadium on Saturday, 2 April. The competition attracted 27 schools this year, a significant increase from the inaugural competition in 2015.

The boys' semifinals and final were played on the main field as a lead-up to the Super Rugby match between the Blues and the Jaguares.

Mount Albert Grammar were too strong for a plucky Westlake Boys High School in the boys' final, bagging five tries to one to win 29-7.

MAGS was also dominant in the lead up to the final, with scores of 40-0 against Pukekohe, 49-0 against Avondale, 24-5 against Rangitoto, 50-0 against Aorere, and 31-0 in the semi-final against Sacred Heart.

On Tuesday, 19 April, MAGS hosted Knox Grammar School during their annual pre-season camp in Auckland.

Matches between the Under 16, Second XV and First XV teams were played on Tuesday, 19 April, at Western Springs, home of the Ponsonby Rugby Club. Knox won the Under 16 game 22-10, while MAGS won the Second XV game 29-19 and the First XV match 22-19.

Great support for both sides added to the day's atmosphere, and an after-match function was held at the Ponsonby Rugby Clubrooms.

Click here for match reports and more photos

Gold medal for surf lifesavers

MAGS students Molly Brittenden and Benjamin Gregory won Gold in the Under 14 Mixed Relay at Oceans' 16, the Under 14 National Surf Lifesaving Championship.

The four day event was held at Mount Maunganui in March. Almost 900 competitors from around New Zealand competed at one of NZ Surf Lifesaving's biggest events.

Benjamin, who is in Year 10, and Molly, Year 9, both belong to the Piha Suf Lifesaving Club. This will be their final year as junior club members as they work to complete their training to become Piha Lifeguards.

This is the fourth year running that the Piha Mixed Relay team has medalled, having earned three Silvers over the past three years. This year, with the additional coaching of Steve Erkkila, the team was able to win Gold.

Four other MAGS students, Niamh Brittenden, Emily Cameron, Meadow Simpson and Amy Barker, also competed at the championships.

New Zealand Championship titles at Summer Tournament Week 2016

New Zealand Champion titles for our Premier Boys Softball and Girls' Futsal teams capped off an outstanding 2016 Summer Tournament Week for MAGS athletes.

The boys won the national title for the fourth consecutive year, and the girls for the third.


MAGS has nine athletes selected to represent Auckland at the North Island Championships held at Mt Smart Stadium from 2-3 April. Kalisi Longopoa won two North Island titles - the Intermediate Girls 80m hurdles in a smart time of 12.14s, and was the lead-off runner for the winning Auckland 4x 100m relay team. Paige Witehira, who came third in the Intermediate Girls Javelin, and a number of other MAGS athletes achieved top 10 placings.

Canoe Polo

MAGS' Girls team came 2nd in the Second Division of the NZSS Championships played in Palmerston North from 8-10 April.


MAGS' defending champion Girls' team scored 76 goals and conceded only 5 on their way to their third New Zealand title in a row. Played in Wellington from 5-6 April, were unbeaten ahead of the Final against Wellington Girls College, which MAGS won 5-0.

For the first time this year we also fielded a Boys' team, who came third after winning the play-off against Otago Boys High School 4-3.


Year 10 student Adam Bateman won a Silver medal in the Junior Boys grade of the AKSS Orienteering Sprint Championships, held at University of Auckland Epsom Campus and Massey University Albany Campus on Saturday 9 April.

Theresa Boyd made top 5 in Senior Girls, with a number of other MAGS orienteers in the top 10 of their grades.


MAGS took 23 athletes to the NZSS Maadi Cup, this year held in Twizel in the South Island from 1-9 April. We achieved two A Finals and four B Finals in what has been a rebuilding year for the squad. Head Boy Tom Butler and fellow rower Cole Brann did well to make the top 8 in the prestigious Under 18 Pair, our Under 15 Boys Four also made an A Final, and the Under 15 Girls Four won their B Final and achieved the 5th best time overall.


Chasing the New Zealand title for the fourth consecutive year, our Premier Boys lost only one game on the way to the NZSS Final against Waimea Boys College, which they won 4-3. Played in Hastings from 4-8 April, the boys won most games in convincing fashion, including scores of 13-3 against Tawa College and 15-0 against Wanganui High School.

The Premier Girls won the Second Division of the North Island Championships after beating Aorere College 11-0 at Prince Edward Park in Papakura.


Our Mixed Doubles team came 3rd at the NZSS Championships played in Wellington from 4-7 April.


Year 9 student Prudence Fowler came 3rd in the Junior Girls grade of the NZSS Triathlon Championships, held in Queenstown from 6-8 April. She also gained Bronze in the Open Water section of the event.


MAGS' Premier Boys team came 13th in Division One, and our Premier Girls came 6th in Division Two, at the North Island Championships played at various Auckland pools from 2-4 April.

Premier Softball Boys are 5x champions

MAGS' Premier Boys Softball team made it five in a row when they won the Auckland Central Zone Championship on Monday, 14 March, beating Auckland Grammar 2-0 at the May Road pitch.

The boys were unbeaten in the Central Division League; pool play included big wins over Dilworth (23-0), Papatoetoe (14-1) and Rutherford (12-0).

Crossover play for the semi-final against Green Bay High School saw a much tighter game, resulting in a 2-0 win for MAGS. The final was another tough match, but MAGS prevailed to retain their title.

Thanks to staff member Ms Kelly Johnston for taking on the role of scorer, and a huge thanks for the parental support on game days.

The team is very fortunate to have the continuity of Mr Stu Kinghorn coaching.

The team is now preparing to once again win the New Zealand title, for the fourth consecutive year, at the National Tournament in Hastings in April.

Swimmers win Gold, Silver and Bronze

Year 10 swimmer Bede Aitu won an outstanding 12 medals at the Swimming New Zealand Division 2 Championships in Invercargill from 9-12 March.

Bede won 7 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze in invidual events, a Silver medal with his Club relay team, and a Gold and a Bronze in Auckland Regional relay teams. He has qualified for the Division 1 National Age Groups Championships in Wellington in April.

Year 11 student Liam Grozev, last year's Junior Victor Ludorum, also starred, winning 2 Silver and 2 Bronze medals.

At the Auckland Swimming Open Championship from 3-6 March, MAGS' 2016 Senior Girls' Swimming Champion Katherine Grozev won Silver in the 50m backstroke and Junior Girls Champion Brearna Crawford won Bronze in the 50m breaststroke. The Auckland Open is for swimmers aged from 13-20+.

Canoe Polo girls win Northern Region Tournament

On their way to the NZSS Tournament are, from left, Maddison Hargreaves, Sophia Hogg, Madison McGregor (Captain), Claire Norbitt and Tara Falconer

MAGS' Girls Canoe Polo team won the Northern Region Secondary Schools Tournament in Hamilton on March 19.


v Waikato Diocesan: won 11-1
v Te Puke HS: won 7-3
Final v Te Puke HS: won 6-3

Their win secured a place in the Senior Girls Second Division at the NZSS Tournament to be held in Palmerston North from April 7-9.

MAGS dominates at Central-Western Zone Athletics Championships

9 March, Mt Smart Stadium

The highlight of the Zone championship meeting was a new Greater Auckland Record for Paige Witehira in the Intermediate Girls javelin. Paige threw a personal best distance of 36.93m to add over 3m to the record. She also won the triple jump so will be contesting those two events at the upcoming Greater Auckland Championships.

At this stage 40 MAGS athletes have qualified for the Greater Auckland meeting, which will be held at Mt Smart on Wednesday, 23 March. To qualify directly for the meeting, athletes needed to place in the top 3 in their events. MAGS was the dominant school from this zone with 28 of our athletes winning their events.

We also won 5 relay events, with the Boys' teams winning all of their races, the Junior, Intermediate and Senior 4x 100m as well as the Open 4x 400m relay. Girls' teams placed first in the Intermediate 4x 100m and Open 4x 400m, with the Junior Girls' team finishing second.

The most successful Junioir Girl was Theane Van Zyl (above right), who won both the 800m and 1500m races. In the Junior Boys grade Christopher U’Ren showed great versatility winning both the 300m and 800m events, both by a good margin. At Intermediate level Kalisi Longopoa won two events, the 100m and 80m hurdles as well as qualifying in the discus. On the Boys side, Dylan Moon also won two events, the high jump and 100m hurdles.

The best Senior athletes were Matt Brenan, Caleb Clarke and Niven Longopoa. Matt won both the 3000m and 800m, good preparation for the tougher competition he will face at the regional level. Caleb looked sharp in winning the 100m and 200m sprint double. Niven (below) was dominant in his specialist events, winning both the 110m hurdles and long jump with strong performances.

School Swimming Sports 2016

Photo essay here

Three new records were set and another equalled by talented new Year 9 student Brearna Crawford at the annual MAGS Swimming Sports on Tuesday, 16 February, at the Mt Albert Aquatic Centre.

Brearna set new records for the 25m and 50 Breastroke and 25m Butterfly, and equalled the school record for 100m Breaststroke.

At the end of racing this year's Swimming Champions were named: Junior Girls: Brearna Crawford; Junior Boys: Jesse Tu'inukuafe; Intermediate Girls: Sinead Kelly; Intermediate Boys: Bede Aitu and Flynn Oberdries; Senior Girls: Katherine Grozev; Senior Boys: Yinhu Cui. They will receive their trophies at assembly on Monday, 22 February.

The Junior Form Class Relay was one by 9CVT (Y9 Girls), 9MKE (Y9 Boys), 10MKN (Y10 Girls) and 10SCF (Y10 Boys).

A highlight was the Prefects v Teachers Kickboard Relay, won by the team of Head Girl Leilani Ioelu after much spirited cheering from students.

Full results here

Mystics Albertians train at MAGS

Three former MAGS netballers returned to the school gym with their team, the Northern Mystics, on Monday, 15 February.

Pictured above from left, Silver Fern Maria Tutaia, Nadia Loveday and 2015 MAGS Netball Captain Holly Fowler ran through a training session with their team mates as they prepare for an ANZ Championship pre-season tournament on 18-20 March.

The Mystics will return to MAGS for pre-game training sessions through the ANZ season. Mount Albert Grammar has been the reigning New Zealand Secondary School Netball Champion for the past four years.

Olympic football star visits MAGS First XI

American Olympic footballer Lori Lindsey spent time with MAGS' NZ Champion Girls' First XI during a visit to New Zealand as a sports envoy for the United States Consulate.

Ms Lindsey observed the girls during a training session with MAGS' Director of Football, Mr Peter Smith, and then sat down with the team to share stories from her international career, and answer questions. She is pictured left with Mr Smith and Girls' Captain Caitlin Pritchard.

Ms Lindsey represented the United States on the World Cup and Olympic stage, and spent 13 years as a professional player - one of only four players to have played in all three US professional women's soccer leagues. She is now a personal trainer and coach in Washington DC.

She talked to the MAGS players about the structure of professional football in the States, including gaining access through university scholarships.

"I come from Indianapolis, which is not a big football centre, so I had to work extra hard to prove myself and stay on top," said Ms Lindsey. "Perseverance and self-belief were key to my success - you can reach your goals if you're prepared to give it your all and stick at it."

Last year Mount Albert Grammar's First XI Girls' Football team became the first girls' team to win three consecutive New Zealand Championships. In January five of the girls helped the NZ U17 team qualify for the FIFA U17 World Cup to be played in Jordan in September.

Melbourne Storm train at MAGS

Andrew Blowers with First XV Captain Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa (right) and Vice-Captains Caleb Clarke (left) and Isaiah Papali'i.

Students were able to watch the Melbourne Storm training session during interval.
Albertian All Black Andrew Blowers brought the Melbourne Storm to MAGS for a training session on Friday, 5 February, ahead of the NRL Auckland Nines.

Students were able to watch the team train during interval, and Mr Blowers met with MAGS First XV Captain Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa and Vice-Captains Caleb Clarke and Isaiah Papali'i. The Storm will visit MAGS to train ahead of each of their NRL games against the Warriors this season. In return, Mr Blowers and the Storm coaches will host MAGS' Director of Rugby and Sports Academies, Mr Geoff Moon (left), when he takes a group of the school's coaches to Melbourne later this year.

Mr Blowers attended Mount Albert Grammar from 1988-1992, where he played in the First XV and First XIII. He went on to play for the All Blacks from 1996-1999. Following contracts with English rugby clubs Northampton and Bristol, Mr Blowers spent time in the United States gaining qualifications in adult education and life coaching. He has worked for the Storm for the past three seasons as Player Welfare Manager, helping support young players when they move to Melbourne from their home towns and providing pathways for them to gain work or tertiary qualifications.

"We have an amazing culture at the Storm - we believe if our players are settled off the field they will play well on it, and we not only want them to be good players, but also good men. Community engagement is an important part of that."

Mr Blowers had his players sign a Storm shirt which was presented to Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm (above). It will be auctioned to raise funds for a sports trip.

"It's very generous for the school to open its grounds to us," said Mr Blowers. "MAGS is very close to my heart and it's an honour and a privilege to bring my team here. We're looking forward to returning throughout the season."

MAGS girls help NZ team qualify for World Cup

Five members of MAGS' First XI Football team helped the New Zealand Under 17 team win the Oceania Championship in Rarotonga, qualifying the team for the 2016 FIFA U17 World Cup in Jordan in September.

Pictured above from left, Nicole Mettam, Malia Steinmetz, 'Alosi Bloomfield, Jacqui Hand and Samantha Tawharu were part of the New Zealand team which beat Papua New Guinea 8-0 in the Oceania final on Sunday, 24 January, with Jacqui scoring her second hat trick of the tournament.

The team didn't concede a goal in any of their matches, beating Fiji 11-0, Tonga 13-0, New Caledonia 12-0 and Samoa 11-0.

NZ U17 Coach Mr Gareth Turnbull said he was proud of the way the girls handled themselves at the tournament. "We're now looking forward to the next stage of our journey.”

All five girls will return to MAGS this year as the First XI makes a bid to win the NZSS Championship for a record fourth consecutive season.

Holiday sports update

Many of MAGS' young sportsmen and women stayed busy over the summer holidays, keeping our school's name at the forefront of competitions around the New Zealand and achieving podium success. Some have been selected to represent New Zealand in international competitions:

Archery:Year 13 student Emily Cavell won two Gold medals at the Archery NZ National Championships in January - one for the Target event (shooting a Recurve bow) and one for the Field event (shooting a barebow). Emily also competed at the Auckland District Archery Association's Target Championships where she won Gold in the Cadet Women's Recurve. She has qualified for the Oceania Youth Archery Championships tol be held in Tonga in April.

Cycling: Year 9 student Prudence Fowler won Gold in three events at the Auckland Track Cycling Championships on 31 January - the U15 500 Time Trial, the U15 Derby and the U15 Scratch Race. Prudence was selected to represent Auckland at the National Track Cycling Championships in Invercargill in March.

Ice hockey: Year 11 student Oliver Curtis flies to Norway on Sunday, 7 February, to compete at the Youth Winter Olympics in the ice hockey individual skills event. This is an individual event where the competitors compete in six ice hockey skills disciplines ranging from skating skills and speed to puck handling and shooting accuracy. All events are timed. Oliver won the New Zealand event to gain qualification to compete in Finland last July against the top players from 57 nations. He finished in the top 16, qualifying him for the Olympics. Since July he has been training on average two hours a day nearly every day and sometimes as much as four hours a day. His father Mr Wayne Curtis says that Oliver's ability has improved immensely due to his dedication to training. "We are quietly confident of a high finish."

Orienteering: MAGS Orienteering Captain Theresa Boyd has been selected for the Northern Regional Junior Squad (age 16-23), part of the High Performance programme of Orienteering New Zealand.

Rowing: Two three-day regattas at Lake Karapiro near Cambridge in December and January saw MAGS' 55 boy and girl rowers represent the school in all age groups and a variety of boats. We made eight finals at the December regatta, and 10 in January, against school and club crews from all over the North Island. A highlight was the 3rd placing for the U15 Boys Four of Fraser Lewins, Lewis Brown, Anton Waldmann and Lachlan Pearce, with coxswain Isaac Young-Montgomerie. The squad is now preparing for the AKSS Championships, called the Head of the Harbour, at Lake Pupuke on 13 February.

Softball: Year 12 students Nerida Elson and Maia Lupton both played for the Auckland U17 Softball team at the New Zealand Championships, helping the team to 3rd place. Nerida has been selected for the New Zealand Junior White Sox Team (U19) to travel to Hawaii in July.

Meanwhile, Brock Evans (Y10) and Max Early (Y11) helped the Auckland U15 team to runner-up position at their New Zealand Championships. Both were named in the Tournament Team, with Max named Catcher of the Tournament and selected for the NZ U15 team to play in Australia later this year.

Tennis: In December Year 12 student Te Kani Williams won the Auckland 16s Tournament and the NZ Maori Open Mens' Tournament. In January he helped the Auckland 16s team win Silver at the National 16s Team event, and then came 3rd equal in the New Zealand 16s Individual Championships.

MAGS wins international netball tournament for record third year

The MAGS girls with one of the Singapore teams after winning the tournament.

The MAGS U15 Netball team made history at the International Youth Sports Challenge in Singapore by becoming the only school to have won it three times.

MAGS won the final 35-28 against Westfield Sports School from New South Wales. During the tournament they also won against the South African Secondary School Champions and runners up, Malaysia's top secondary school team, and the top two sides from the Singapore Sports School.

To top off MAGS' success, Waiana Jones (left) was named Mid-Court Player of the Tournament.

Head of Netball Ms Paula Smith said that for the final, her team of Year 9 and 10 players learned from their earlier encounter with the New South Wales side, in which they lost 32-34. From the final's first whistle, MAGS claimed control, at times pulling away to a 10 goal lead.

"This was a real test of the girls' mental ability as well as their physical skills. The team stuck to the game plan in a physical match and were patient, with clinical finishing."

Ms Smith said the International Challenge, which MAGS also won in 2011 and 2014, is a tough tournament and exposes the girls to different styles of netball and new pressures - it is now considered an essential part of the netball development programme at MAGS.

"The other goal of travelling to the tournament is to grow these young women as people. They embrace Singapore culture by eating the food of that country, learning about its culture and rules, and visiting its sights. They also learn to deal with playing in a different climate, and disciplines such as budgeting money and using public transport."

MAGS' tournament results were: v Westfield Sports School New South Wales: lost 32-34; v Bulkjit Jakals Sports School Malaysia: won 44-13; v Singapore Sports School 1: won 49-17; v Singapore Sports School 2: won 46-10; v HTS Middleburg South Africa 2: won 36-26; v Menlo Park South Africa: won 34-26; v CHIJ Toa Payoh: won 49-11; Final v Westfield Sports School: won 35-28

MAGS top sporting school in Auckland at ASB Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards

Cole Evans with his Supreme Boys' winner's trophy, pictured with Supreme Girls' winner Bryony Botha of Rangitoto College

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Mount Albert Grammar School cemented its position as the top sporting school in Auckland at the ASB Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards, held at the Logan Campbell Centre on Saturday, 28 November.

Cole Evans was named Young Sportsman of the Year, after also claiming the award for top Male Softball Player.

Cole was this year selected for the New Zealand Black Sox, and in June helped them win the Silver medal at the World Championships in Canada. He was also Captain of MAGS' three-time New Zealand Champion Premier Softball team, and named MVP at three national tournaments in 2015.

Out of a record 17 finalists from 11 sporting codes, MAGS' athletes won seven other categories in addition to Cole's: Best All-Rounder: Caitlin Pritchard; Best Male Cricket player: Aniket Parikh; Best Male Athletics Champion: Niven Longopoa; Best Female Athletics Champion: Symone Tafuna’i; Best Male Rower: Fergus McSwiney; Best Lacrosse player: Georgia Carter; Best Netball player: Maia Wilson.

Our total of eight category awards was more than any other school in Auckland, with Cole's overall title the icing on the cake.

Headmaster Mr Dale Burden, who attended the awards ceremony with Director of Sport Mr David Long, congratulated all MAGS' finalists.

"To have so many winners, and the top male sportsman, is a great reflection on our sports programme. All the finalists are a credit to Mount Albert Grammar School, their coaches and their families, who we also thank for their support."

Top All-Rounder
Caitlin Pritchard

Top Male Cricketer
Aniket Parikh

Top Male Athletics Champion
Niven Longopoa

Top Female Athletics Champion
Symone Tafuna'i

Top Male Rower
Fergus McSwiney

Top Lacrosse Player
Georgia Carter

Top Netball Player
Maia Wilson

Peter Smith is MAGS' new Director of Football

Waikato Bay of Plenty Football Development Officer Mr Peter Smith is the new Director of Football at Mount Albert Grammar School.

Mr Smith will move from Tauranga to Auckland to take up the appointment, starting at the beginning of Term 1, 2016.

Originally from Scotland, Mr Smith has spent the past 10 years in New Zealand and the past eight years with Waikato Bay of Plenty Football as Development Manager, Head Coach of its Youth Squad and, since 2013, Head Coach of its ASB National Premiership squad. He was also the NZ Football National Talent Centre coach from 2010-2013.

In Scotland Mr Smith started his working life as a firefighter, which he says instilled qualities of discipline and commitment that he took with him when he later followed his passion for football to become a professional coach. He spent four years at Dundee United Football Club preparing high performing youth players for potential selection for top teams.

"I'm very excited about bringing my experience to work at the top school in New Zealand," says Mr Smith. "Mount Albert Grammar has a proud and well-recognised sporting history, and I'm looking forward to building on that legacy."

He will oversee all of MAGS' football programme, including the Year 9 and 10 boys' and girls' Football Academies, and the 22 teams the school fields each season, from Premier to social grades.

He says he will focus on developing the depth in MAGS' football programme so that each boy and girl has the opportunity to fulfil their potential, "whether that's playing for the First XI or for a social team."

Mr Smith aims to visit MAGS before the end of the year to meet some of the players and staff he will work with from Term 1.

Prestigious cricket scholarship for First XI Captain

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First XI Boys Cricket Captain Aniket Parikh is the inaugural recipient of the Cornwall Cricket Club Crowe Family Scholarship.

The Scholarship was established this year in recognition of the Crowe family and their contribution to cricket and the Cornwall Cricket Club. Its purpose is to support an outstanding all-rounder to study at the University of Auckland, play cricket for the Cornwall Cricket Club and to contribute to both the club and the wider community.

Aniket plans to study Engineering at Auckland University from next year, and the Scholarship will contribute up to $15,000 towards his fees.

As a cricketer he is a remarkable all-rounder - his top run score is 130, his top bowling figure 7/41. He received all three of MAGS' top Cricket prizes at the Sports Awards this year for batting, bowling and as an all-rounder, and is a finalist in the ASB Auckland Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards, to be announced on 28 November. He has been in the First XI since Year 10, Captain this year, and in the Auckland U19 team for the past two years.

MAGS' Director of Cricket, Mr Tony Sail, says Aniket plays in the true spirit of cricket, with honesty and integrity.

"His training ethic is second to none, and he manages his time to give his best to both his sport and his studies. As an off-spin bowler he is advanced for his years, and stands a good chance of making the New Zealand U19 team this year."

Aniket says it is a huge honour to receive the Scholarship, particularly as the inaugural recipient. "It will be a big financial help at university, and also support my cricket. My dream is to play for the Black Caps one day."

Grace Jale selected for Football Ferns

Photo courtesy of the NZ Herald

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She may be only 16 years old and in the middle of sitting her first NCEA exams, but that hasn't stopped New Zealand football selectors from choosing Grace Jale for the Football Ferns to tour Brazil.

The talented midfielder helped MAGS' First XI Girls to their third consecutive New Zealand title this year, was selected for the NZ U17 side and went on to help the NZ U20 side qualify for the 2016 U20 World Cup to be held in Papua New Guinea.

The Year 11 student will travel with the Football Ferns to Brazil for two matches on November 28 and December 1 as part of the team's build up to try to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Head Coach Tony Readings says he has monitored Grace's development through the NZ Football pathway programme, and now is the time to give her a shot with the top team.

“Grace possesses the attacking qualities we are looking to improve in the squad and this a great opportunity to continue her development," says Mr Readings.

Four MAGS girls to trial for Silver Ferns

Maia Wilson

Maria Tutaia

Erikana Pedersen

Jamie-Lee Price
Among the 25 athletes selected by Netball New Zealand to trial for the Silver Ferns and National Development Squad are four current or former MAGS players.

Year 13 student Maia Wilson has made the trial squad for the second year in a row. She will be up against Albertians Maria Tutaia (now with the Northern Mystics),Erikana Pedersen (Mainland Tactix) and Jamie-Lee Price (WBOP Magic).

Maia, who helped MAGS' Premier Netball team to their fourth consecutive New Zealand title this year, will take up a contract with the Wellington-based Central Pulse next year.

Trials will take place in Auckland from 7 December, and the 2016 Silver Ferns Squad and National Development Squad announced on Thursday, 10 December.

Senior and Under 15 Sevens teams win Auckland Championships

The Senior team after winning their competition

The Under 15 team were also unbeaten

MAGS' Under 15 Sevens team will join their Senior counterparts at the national Condor Sevens in December after they also won their tournament, held at Waitemata Rugby Club on Wednesday, 4 November.

Like the Senior team, the Under 15s were undefeated all day and won the final 24-17 against De La Salle College.

On 23 October, the Senior Boys Sevens picked up their fifth Auckland title in seven years when they beat Kelston Boys High School 27-7 at Marist Rugby Club.

Our Girls team came runners up to Otahuhu College in their final, 10-15, also qualifying them for the national championships.

Senior Boys and Girls' tournament report here

Under 15 photo essay here

Sports Awards 2015

Headmaster Mr Dale Burden and guest speaker Mr Rob Nichol with Victrix Ludorum Caitlin Pritchard and Victor Ludorum Niven Longopoa.
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Caitlin Pritchard and Niven Longopoa received Mount Albert Grammar School's top sports awards at the annual Prizegiving Dinner on Tuesday, 20 October at Alexandra Park.

This is the second year in a row Caitlin has been named Victrix Ludorum for her outstanding achievements in football, touch and swimming. Not only has she helped win New Zealand titles for the school, but also been part of winning Auckland and New Zealand Secondary School teams.

Victor Ludorum Niven Longopoa has excelled in rugby and athletics, being part of a number of winning MAGS, regional and age group rugby teams, and in athletics winning Auckland and North Island titles and representing Tonga at the World Youth Athletics Games in Columbia earlier this year.

The Headmaster's Cup for Team of the Year was won by the Premier Boys Softball team, which has won the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championship three years in a row, and in the Girls category was jointly shared by the Premier Netball team and First XI Girls' Football team, both of which made a clean sweep of their regional and national tournaments with Netball winning the New Zealand title for the fourth year in a row and Football for the third.

The Boys' and Girls' awards for Outstanding Achievement Sport were once again won by Cole Evans (left) and Maia Wilson (right, with Head of Netball Ms Te Aroha Keenan) for the second year in a row. Cole is Captain of MAGS' Premier Boys Softball team, and in June was selected for the New Zealand Black Sox, helping them win the Silver medal at the World Championships in Canada. Maia was this year selected for the New Zealand A Netball squad, one step away from the Silver Ferns.

The guest speaker at the Prizegiving was Mr Rob Nichol, CEO of the NZ Rugby Players Association, who talked to the students about the importance of continuing to develop as well-rounded young people, about making good decisions in social situations and on social media to preserve their reputation, and to not hesitate in seeking advice and guidance to make the most of their careers, sporting or otherwise.

17 MAGS finalists in Auckland sports awards

Caitlin Pritchard

Niven Longopoa

Symone Tafuna'i

Aniket Parikh

Deven Jackson

Grace Jale

Georgia Carter

James Kirkham
Mountain Biking

Holly Fowler

Maia Wilson

Fergus McSwiney

Jonathan Winter

Auzzie Tuwhangai
Rugby League

Caleb Clarke
Rugby Union

Seth Bourgeois

Cole Evans

Chelsea Rees

An outstanding total of 17 MAGS' athletes from 11 sporting codes have made the finals of the ASB Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards for 2015, with our Victrix Ludorum, Caitlin Pritchard, also in the running for All-Rounder of the Year.

The winners will be announced on Saturday, 28 November, at a ceremony at the Logan Campbell Centre.

The MAGS finalists are:

All-Rounder: Caitlin Pritchard

Athletics: Niven Longopoa, Symone Tafuna'i

Cricket: Aniket Parikh

Football - Girls: Deven Jackson, Grace Jale

Lacrosse: Georgia Carter

Mountain Biking: James Kirkham

Netball: Holly Fowler, Maia Wilson

Rowing: Fergus McSwiney, Jonathan Winter

Rugby League: Auzzie Tuwhangai

Rugby Union: Caleb Clarke

Softball: Seth Bourgeois, Cole Evans

Yachting: Chelsea Rees

Chelsea Rees selected for New Zealand sailing team

Year 13 student Chelsea Rees (pictured at left) will represent New Zealand at the ISAF Youth Worlds Sailing Championships in Malaysia in December.

Regarded as the "Olympics" of Under 19 sailing, Chelsea and her sailing partner Kerensa Jennings will compete in the 420 class. They will prepare through a heavy training schedule run by Yachting New Zealand, which includes taking part in the ISAF Sail Melbourne Regatta in November.

Earlier this year the pair travelled to Japan for the 420 Worlds Regatta, and recently won the 420 girls' section of both Yachting New Zealand's Youth World Trials and the Winter Champs Regatta held off the North Shore over the October holidays.

MAGS rugby players help Auckland team to victory

MAGS players for Auckland, from left, Niven Longopoa, Charles Napa'a, Mateialona Halaholo, Sayln Tonu'u, Paul Roache, Chris Lu'au (Captain) and Ezekiel Lindenmuth.

No less than seven players from Mount Albert Grammar School helped the Auckland Under 18 Secondary Schools Rugby team to a 40-10 win over Wellington during the October holidays.

MAGS player Chris Lu'au was named Captain of the Auckland team, and Mateialona Halaholo scored two tries. It was the first time in 15 years that an Auckland-Wellington clash had been held.

The other MAGS selections were Ezekiel Lindenmuth, Charles Napa'a, Sayln Tonu'u, Paul Roache and Niven Longopoa.

North Island Gold for snowboarders

The MAGS Girls Snowboarding team won Gold at the NISS Snowboarding Championships at Turoa from 21-23 September.

The team is made up of Holly Curran, Maddison Hargreaves, Bridget Hartley and Olivia Stewart.

Holly also won Gold in the Dual Slalom.

New Zealand Netball Champions for record 4th consecutive year

MAGS' Premier Netball team made it four in a row when they beat Saint Kentigern College 41-35 in the final of the NZSS Championships in Ashburton on Friday, 9 October.

No other school has won the national title more than two consecutive times. The win tops a season which saw the team also take out the National College Netball Championship, and the Auckland and Upper North Island titles.

Co-coach Ms Te Aroha Keenan (pictured left with Captain Holly Fowler) said the game was "intense", with the team two goals down after the first quarter, and the score 16-16 at half time.

"But the girls believed in each other and pulled through. Our theme for the week was the legacy we wanted to leave behind, and the girls lived up to that."

The MAGS team was unbeaten through the four day NZSS competition, winning against Baradene 43-10, Roncalli 58-11, Manukura 53-24, Epsom Girls Grammar 48-9, Wellington Girls 50-22 and in the semi-final against Wellington East Girls, 44-27.

Named in the Tournament Team were Captain Holly Fowler, Maia Wilson, Caitlin Dowden and Elle Temu.

Headmaster Mr Dale Burden, who spent the week in Ashburton supporting the team, said four national titles in a row was testament to the outstanding coaching programme at MAGS.

The winning season is a great send off for Ms Keenan, who is heading to England to take up a two-year contract as Head Coach of Team Northumbria in the English Super League, and Coach of the University of Northumbria Netball team in the British University Netball Competition. Read more ...

Holly will begin a contract with the Northern Mystics after completing her Level 3 studies at MAGS. Goal shoot Maia Wilson will head to Wellington and a contract with the Pulse.

Lacrosse boys are Auckland Champions

MAGS Premier Boys' Lacrosse team won the Auckland Championship when they beat Westlake Boys High School 9-5 on the last day of term, Friday, 25 September.

MAGS comes top in Lydiard Challenge for third consecutive year

MAGS runners, from left, Andrew Battley, Rebekah van Dort, James Stacey, Martin Lyon, Aidan Deakin, Jen Blakeley, Holly Chaafe, Milly Bayfield and Alex Thompson.

MAGS once again dominated the Arthur Lydiard Challenge Cup long distance race, held in West Auckland on Saturday, 12 September.

For the third consecutive year we won both the Boys' and Girls' Team trophies after our runners took most of the top placings in the 10km races. The event, a fundraiser for the Legend Charitable Trust, has special significance for MAGS as Arthur Lydiard is an old boy of the school, and went on to train fellow Albertian Peter Snell, helping him achieve his Olympic gold medals.

The Senior Girls team took out the Girls Team title after Rebekah van Dort, Jen Blakely, Alex Thompson and Abbey Lissaman claimed the first four places respectively. Rebekah also won the Girls' Individual title.

The Senior Boys also won their Team trophy after Andrew Battley came 2nd, Martin Lyon 3rd, Aidan Deakin 5th and James Stacey 7th.

Impressive running in the Junior division saw Holly Bannister, Holly Chaafe and Milly Bayfield follow each other home with Holly Bannister taking an excellent 2nd place. Junior boy Ben Gregory also came 2nd in his division.

The races were run over part of the Waitakeres course on which Arthur Lydiard trained his gold medal winning athletes.

Students selected for NZ rugby and football teams

Students selected for NZ rugby and football teams

Caleb Clarke

Samuel Slade

Grace Jale

Jade Parris
Four MAGS students have been named in New Zealand representative teams - First XV players Caleb Clarke and Samuel Slade have made the New Zealand Secondary Schools Rugby team, while Grace Jale and Jade Parris have been selected for the NZ U20 Women's Football side.

Caleb and Samuel played a New Zealand Barbarians team made up of other high school players in Palmerston North on Saturday, 19 September, and are now in Brisbane to take on the Australian Schools team.

Grace and Jade will travel to Tonga with the NZ U20 side to compete in the Oceania Tournament from 1-10 October, where the team aims to qualify for the 2016 U20 World Cup in Papua New Guinea.

Football girls make NZSS history; Premier Netball wins UNISS for 9th consecutive year

Mount Albert Grammar's First XI Girls' Football team has become the first girls' team to win three consecutive New Zealand Championships after beating St Peter's Cambridge 2-0 in the final in Taupo on Friday, 4 September.

This once again secures a triple crown for the MAGS team, having also won the Auckland league and Auckland Knock-Out Cup, as they did in 2014.

Headmaster Mr Dale Burden was in Taupo to watch the girls do battle with the Cambridge school for the second year in a row, and again emerge victorious.

"I couldn't be more proud of this team - they are magnificent ambassadors for MAGS both on and off the field," said Mr Burden.

The result was a great send-off for coach Mr Paul Marshall, who leaves for a new role in Singapore this month, and for six team members - Captain Rebekah van Dort, Madeleine Cooper, Deven Jackson, Bella Kingi, Nicole Lawrence and Jade Parris.

"The team were simply magnificent all week, and saved their best for last," said Mr Mashall, completing a second unbeaten season.

An hour after the football girls' win, the MAGS Premier Netball team secured the Upper North Island Secondary Schools Championship for a stunning 9th year in a row, beating Saint Kentigern College 42-32 in Hamilton.

Named in the Tournament Team were Captain Holly Fowler, Maia Wilson, Alanis Toia-Tigafua and Caitlin Dowden. Holly was named Defender of the Tournament, and Maia Shooter of the Tournament and Most Valuable Player.

Earlier in the day The U15 Rugby Colts came runners-up in New Zealand after facing Wesley College in their final in Dunedin, with the score finishing at 13-18 in favour of the opposition.

Overall MAGS has enjoyed an outstanding Tournament Week in 2015, with some events still to run over the weekend. Earlier this week the Junior Girls Basketball team won the Upper North Island Championship in Rotorua when they beat Rangitoto College 82-51 in their final.

In addition to the four finals, we achieved semi-final berths in Boys' Football (finishing 4th), Rugby League (3rd) and Boys' and Girls' Premier Basketball, the latter two of which were due to be played on Friday night.

In other sports news,Year 12 student James Kirkham has won the AKSS Mountain Biking Championships U20 Boys title, while Year 11 rider Isobel Welsford-Ackroyd came 2nd in the U17 Girls. The competition took place at four venues across the Auckland region.

Winter Tournament Week

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Latest results

Basketball Junior Boys
Basketball Prem Boys
Basketball Junior Girls
Basketball Premier Girls
v Northcote: drew 84-84
9th place
v Auckland Grammar: lost 56-79
4th place
Final v Rangitoto: won 82-51
Upper North Island Champions
v Auckland Girls Grammar: lost 60-64
4th place
Football Boys First XI
Football Girls First XI
Hockey Boys First XI
Hockey Girls First XI
v Macleans: lost 0-2
4th place
Final v St Peter's Cambridge: won 2-0
New Zealand Champions
3rd consecutive year

v Hutt International: won 1-0
v Avondale: lost 0-1
14th place
Premier Netball
Rugby U15 Colts
Rugby League First XIII

Final v Saint Kentigern, won 42-32
UNISS Champions
9th consecutive year
Final v Wesley: lost 13-18
2nd place
v Tamaki: won 24-10
3rd place

Underwater Hockey
Senior Open A

v Glendowie: won 4-0
3rd place
Underwater Hockey
Senior Girls B

v Queen Margaret: won 6-0
9th place
Underwater Hockey
Junior Open A

lost 0-4
6th place

Canoe Polo team wins Auckland Championship for 6th consecutive year

MAGS' Senior Canoe Polo team won the Auckland Championship for the 6th year in a row when they beat Long Bay College 3-2 in the final on Wednesday, 2 September.

The team, made up of Year 11-13 students, is, from left, is Captain Ravid Aharon, Madison McGregor, Fergus Lees, Nicholas Martin, Seth Gordon and Joseph McNamara.

Teacher in charge Mr Henry Ludlam said the team remained calm under pressure, and although they went into the final in second place on paper, "they played like champions".

Mr Ludlam thanked the team's coach Mr Andrew Candy, and New Zealand representative Ms Jess Nugteren of the women's Black Paddles team who assisted.

Sports teams win Auckland Championships

Girls First XI Football

Premier Netball

Girls Junior A Football

Boys Senior Open Basketball

MAGS' sports teams are having a winning end to the Auckland season. On Wednesday, 19 August, our top girls' Football and Netball teams each defeated Saint Kentigern College in their Auckland finals - the First XI Football team won the APC Knockout Cup 7-0, and the Premier Netball team won the AKSS Championship 40-34.

On the same day the Senior A Netball team also defeated Saint Kentigern 22-20 to win their final, the Girls Junior A Football beat St Cuthbert's College 2-0 to win their division, and our two Girls Second XI teams beat Auckland Girls Grammar and Epsom Girls Grammar 7-0 and 8-1 respectively to come first in their leagues.

Last Friday, 14 August, the Boys Senior Open Basketball team beat Dilworth School 58-51 to win their Championship. Earlier the Boys U17A Basketball team beat Auckland Grammar 36-29 to win their league, the Girls U15 Basketball team won 41-13 over Diocesan School in their final, and the Girls U17A beat Parnell College 73-9 to win their division.

A number of other MAGS teams compete in Auckland semi-finals and finals over the next two weeks before Winter Tournament national championships begin on Monday, 31 August.

MAGS swimmers medal at NZ Short Course Championships

Three swimmers from Mount Albert Grammar School won medals at the 2015 New Zealand Swimming Short Course Championships, held at the Sir Owen Glenn Aquatic Centre in Mairangi Bay on Saturday, 15 August.

In the 13-year age group Sinead Kelly won Silver in the 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke and 200m freestyle, and Bronze in the 100m medley.

Katherine Grozev won Silver in the 16-year 100m backstroke. Both girls were selected for the New Zealand age group development training camp during the October school holidays.

Flynn Oberdries won Silver in the 15-year 4x 200m freestyle relay.

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Georgia Carter helps NZ team to 5th place at World Cup

MAGS Premier Girls' Lacrosse Captain Georgia Carter, pictured front row, third from right, has returned from the U19 Women's World Lacrosse Championships in Scotland, where she helped raise the New Zealand team's ranking from 11th to 5th. This is the best result a New Zealand team has achieved at a world tournament.

Georgia was named Player of the Day in the team's match against Korea, which New Zealand won 20-1.

She is now back as Captain of MAGS' Premier Girls team as they prepare for the NZSS Championships in Hamilton from 22-23 August, having come runner up in the AKSS Champs on 14 August.

Georgia has played in the MAGS Premier team for the past three years, helping them win the New Zealand Championship in 2013 and come runner-up last year.

Holly Fowler and Maia Wilson sign with ANZ Championship teams

MAGS' Head Girl and Premier Netball Captain Holly Fowler will join fellow Albertians Maria Tutaia and Nadia Loveday at the Northern Mystics in 2016.

They will face star goal shoot Maia Wilson, who has signed with the Central Pulse in Wellington, and Albertians Erikana Pedersen in the Mainland Tactix and Jamie-Lee Price in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic.

Both Holly and Maia, who are in Year 13, were in the Northern Zone U23 team which won the NZ Netball U23 Championship last month. Holly has been in the NZSS team for the past four seasons, two as Captain, and Maia for the past three. They have also been in the Silver Ferns development squad, with Maia invited to trial this year.

Mystics coach Debbie Fuller said Holly impressed in the U23 competition with her "ability to consistently take ball off opposition through reading play ahead of the intercept and having the athleticism to execute."

Maia chose netball over basketball for next year, having also been offered a basketball scholarship to the University of Idaho.

Oliver Curtis off to Norway for Youth Winter Olympics

Year 10 student Oliver Curtis will represent New Zealand in ice hockey skills at the Youth Winter Olympics in Norway next February.

Oliver won a national competition in Christchurch during the school holidays, qualifying him for the New Zealand team. The Youth Winter Olympics take place in Lillehammar, Norway, from 12-21 February, 2016.

Ice hockey skills is an event that pits individuals against each other over six disciplines, including speed skating, puck handling, agility and shooting skills.

Football girls make it 7 in a row

Photo essay here

MAGS' National Champion Girls' Football team won the Auckland League for the seventh year in a row when they beat Takapuna Grammar 2-1 at MAGS on Wednesday, 1 July. Match report here

The girls are now preparing for the 2015 Auckland Knock Out Cup competition, a title they also won last year.

Exciting games mark Burden Cole Cup Tournament

The Captains of each of the teams at the conclusion of the Tournament, from left, Claudia Stewart (SK Girls Basketball), Isabella Richards (SK Girls Football), Liam Williams (SK Boys Football), Rebekah van Dort (MAGS Girls Football), Holly Fowler (MAGS Netball), Amorangi Malesala (SK Netball), Dalton Papaili (SK Rugby), Maddison Wyllie-Papali'i (MAGS Boys Basketball), Thomas Kirkland (MAGS Boys Football), Rhyannon Poto (MAGS Girls Basketball), Charles Napa'a (MAGS Rugby) and James Barrett (SK Boys Basketball).
Photo essays here

Goal for goal battles on the football field and one-point margins on the netball court were examples of the thrilling games played in the annual Burden Cole Cup Tournament between MAGS and Saint Kentigern College on Saturday, 27 June.

It was Saint Kentigern's turn to host MAGS this year, and it became their turn to claim the Burden Cole Cup for the overall Tournament win after MAGS secured it in 2014. Saint Kentigern retained the Jubilee Trophy for Rugby.

For the first time this year Boys and Girls Basketball was added to the programme. Results for the six matches were: Boys Basketball: St Kent's won 70-61, Girls Basketball: MAGS won 87-66; Boys Football: Draw 3-3; Girls Football: MAGS won 3-1; Netball: St Kent's won 29-28; Rugby: St Kent's won 17-10.

MAGS' Director of Sport Mr David Long said the evenly matched teams made for exciting matches. The Boys' Football teams went goal for goal, finishing with a 3-3 draw; the Girls' Football teams were 1-1 at half time until MAGS scored with two goals in the final 10 minutes; MAGS' Premier Netball team could not quite replicate their recent College Netball win over Saint Kentigern, losing this time by just one goal; and MAGS' First XV were one of the toughest opponents that Saint Kentigern have met in some time, with MAGS ahead at half time.

Mr Long said great sportsmanship was displayed throughout the day by all teams, and MAGS athletes were a credit to the school.

Chelsea Rees to represent New Zealand and 420 World Sailing Championships

Year 13 student Chelsea Rees (seen at front in photo) has been selected by Yachting New Zealand to compete at the 420 World Sailing Championship in Karatsu, Japan, in July.

After a successful season, Chelsea and her sailing partner Kerensa Jennings gained selection after placing 3rd overall in the Sail Auckland ISAF Regatta in March, and two weeks later finishing 5th at the week-long NZ 420 Nationals Championship at Lyttelton near Christchurch. They have consistently placed as New Zealand’s top female youth team in the 420 class boat.

Since April, Chelsea and Kerensa have been under a rigorous training schedule as part of Yachting New Zealand’s High Performance Youth Programme.

At the World Championships, the girls will be competing against about 80 female teams representing the top 20 sailing nations.

To help them raise the funds needed to go to this important event, Chelsea’s parents have established a Give-A-Little website where you can pledge your support at

Northern Region win for Underwater Hockey team

MAGS' Senior Open Underwater Hockey team won Gold at the Northern Regional Championships, held at Westwave in Henderson from 12-14 June.

The team of Year 12 and 13 students had to win every game in the nine-match round robin to earn a spot in the final. They won against teams from all over the top half of the North Island, and competed against Mahurangi College for Gold. MAGS won 4-3 in extra time.

The team is made up of Nathan Browne, Leo Enright-Meiklejohn, Finn Hollingworth, Olivia Houston, Tyler Jerrom, William Moore, Liam Quinlan, James Rutledge and Angus Scahill. All were selected for the Auckland squad, as well as fellow MAGS students Lewis Macdonald, Aidan Cullen, Nicholas Sykes, Rebecca Cole and Natasha Baxendale. In all, MAGS fielded four teams in the Regional Championships.

Teacher in charge of Underwater Hockey, Ms Sandra Kemp, thanked the winning team's coaches, MAGS old boys Logan and Danyon Kemp, and Manager Ricky Rutledge. Thanks also to the coaches of the other MAGS teams, and to parents for their support.

MAGS wins College Netball Championship for fourth consecutive year

Photo essay here

Mount Albert Grammar School maintained its unbeaten record in the national College Netball Championship for the fourth year in a row after defeating Saint Kentigern College 43-32 in the final at Trusts Arena in Henderson on Monday, 1 June.

To top off the event, MAGS defender Elle Temu was named Player of the Grand Final.

MAGS Captain Holly Fowler said she could not be more proud of her team. "To win convincingly in a final like this is awesome."

Commentators complimented Elle and goal shoot Maia Wilson, who achieved 95% accuracy, for having "particularly fine performances."

Ms Paula Smith, co-coach with Ms Te Aroha Keenan, said the girls "stuck to the game plan for 70% of the time, which shows there is still room for improvement. Watch out New Zealand Secondary Schools," she added, referring to the other national competition later in the season.

MAGS has not lost a match in the College Netball competition since it started in 2012.

MAGS players scoop awards at Trans-Tasman Tournament

NZSS Netball Captain Holly Fowler was named Best Defender and Most Valuable Player of the Trans-Tasman Under 19 Netball Tournament held in Rotorua from 26-28 May. Maia Wilson was named Best Goal Shoot.

Holly and Maia were joined by fellow MAGS players Alanis Toia-Tigafua and Caitlin Dowden in the NZSS team, which played Aotearoa Maori and two Australian teams. The NZSS team came runner-up by one goal, after winning the tournament last year when Holly was also Captain while still in Year 12.

Maia finished the tournament with the highest shooting accuracy at 93.2 per cent, and scored 30 more goals than her nearest rival.

MAGS' Director of Netball Ms Te Aroha Keenan was appointed to coach the other New Zealand team taking part in the tournament, Aotearoa Maori, which won one of their games against NZSS and another against one of the Australian teams.

Maia Wilson and Albertians selected to trial for Silver Ferns

Maia Wilson

Jamie-Lee Price

Nadia Loveday
Three MAGS girls have been selected to trial for the Silver Ferns - Maia Wilson, who is still only 17 and in Year 13, and Albertians Jamie-Lee Price and Nadia Loveday.

Jamie-Lee is now playing for the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic, and Nadia for the Northern Mystics.

Thirty players from around the country have been selected for trials, which will take place from 29 June-2 July, when the World Cup team will be announced.

Junior Girls Cross Country team second in Auckland

On Thursday 36 athletes from Mount Albert Grammar School competed in the Auckland Cross-Country Championships held at Pukekohe.

Despite the terrible conditions, several athletes produced strong performances. Billie Taylor, Lili Tse, Rebekah Van Dort, Amelia Jack and Grace Jale all managed top 20 placings in what were large fields.

The performance of the day came from the Junior Girls six-person team of Billie Taylor, Lili Tse, Holly Bannister, Hannah Houghton, Katjana Grgicevich and Holly Chaafe, who came 2nd in their grade.

Georgia Carter selected for New Zealand Lacrosse team

Georgia Carter, front row, third from right, with her New Zealand U19 team.

MAGS Premier Girls' Lacrosse Captain Georgia Carter has been selected for the New Zealand Under 19 Lacrosse team.

The Year 12 student will travel to Edinburgh in July to compete in the U19 Women's World Lacrosse Championships.

Georgia has played in the MAGS Premier team for the past three years, helping them win the New Zealand Championship in 2013 and come runner-up last year.

Football boys qualify for Manchester Cup Pacific Finals

Four MAGS students are part of the Onehunga Sports Under 15 Football team which has qualified for the Pacific Finals of the Manchester United Premier Cup, to be held in Sydney from 18-21 June.

Pictured above from left, Solomon Granger, Matthew Hunter, Dane Oram and Leon van den Hoven helped Onehunga Sports to a 5-1 win over Oratia United in the final of the qualifying tournament, with Leon scoring one of the goals.

The boys are now focused on doing well at the Pacific finals in Sydney, where a place at the Under 15 World Finals in Manchester is up for grabs.

Football girls selected for NZ Under 17 team

Seven members of MAGS' National Champion First XI Girls' Football team have been selected for the New Zealand Under 17 squad.

Pictured above from left, Alosi Bloomfield, Jacqui Hand, Grace Jale, Nicole Mettam, Malia Steinmetz and Samantha Tawharu will attend a training camp with the rest of the squad from 5-10 July.

This camp is in preparation for the Under 17 World Cup, to be held in Jordan in 2016.

Football girls selected for Pathway to Podium

First XI footballers Jacqui Hand, Nicole Mettam and Grace Jale have gained selection for the New Zealand Pathway to Podium Programme.

Pathway to Podium is a nationwide athlete development programme run by Sport New Zealand, High Performance Sport New Zealand and regional sporting organisations. It identifies aspiring athletes from a range of sports, each with the potential to become a future winner for New Zealand. The programme helps them be better prepared for the demanding high performance system. The MAGS girls were identified by New Zealand Football as an ideal candidates.

It is anticipated that each athlete will be involved in the programme for two years. The services provided over this time include nutrition, strength and conditioning and performance psychology. The girls start with the programme on 24 May, accessing its services between their studies and playing for the school.

The girls' selection follows their performance with the New Zealand Football’s National Women’s League Under 18 Team at the end of 2014, and in the build up to selection for the New Zealand Women’s Under 17 Team to travel to the World Cup in 2016 in Jordan.

Junior teams make clean sweep of North Harbour Tournament

Year 9 photo essay here

Year 10 photo essay here

MAGS' Year 9 and Year 10 netball teams each won their grades after winning every game at the North Harbour Tournament at the AMI Netball Centre in Northcote on Tuesday, 26 May.

The Year 9 Junior team's scores were: v Long Bay, won 42-7; v Massey, won 32-9; v Westlake Girls, won 20-14; v Rangitoto, won 27-9; v Kaipara, won 35-7, Final v Saint Kentigern, won 25-16

The Year 10 Intermediate team's scores were: v EGGS, won 23-13; v Kristin, won 36-4; v Massey, won 27-9; v Long Bay, won 30-11, Final v Westlake Girls, won 17-13

Tournament report here

Five MAGS football girls chosen for NZSS team to tour Thailand

Deven Jackson

Leah Mettam

Jade Parris

Caitlin Pritchard

Rebekah Van Dort
MAGS' National Champion First XI Girls' Football team has contributed five members to the NZSS team that will tour Thailand in July.

Deven Jackson, Leah Mettam, Jade Parris, Caitlin Pritchard and Rebekah Van Dort will play four games against the Thai National Women's team and the Premier League Women's team between 12-20 July. MAGS was the only school to have more than one player selected.

All the girls were part of the First XI that last year won all three major competitions, including the National Championship for the second consecutive year, scoring 114 goals with nil conceded.

Softballers selected for Junior Black Sox

Premier Softball players Seth Bourgeois and Marshall Maynard have been selected for the New Zealand Junior Black Sox Team to compete in the European Super Cup in Prague, Czech Republic, from August 24-29.

The opportunity is considered a pathway to develop talented players on the international stage and help prepare the team for the World Championships in Midland, Michigan, USA, in 2016.

Seth and Marshall are part of the the MAGS Premier Boys Softball team that has won the New Zealand Championships for the past three years. At the 2014 and 2015 New Zealand Championships Seth was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament, and Top Pitcher.

Rowers selected for NZ Juniors team bound for Rio

MAGS rowers Jonathan Winter and Fergus McSwiney have been selected for the Rowing New Zealand Juniors squad and will compete at the World Junior Rowing Championships on the Olympic course in Rio de Janiero in August.

In the U18 Pair Jonathan and Fergus won Gold in the Auckland and North Island Championships this season, and Silver at the Maadi Cup National Championships. They were then invited to trial for the Juniors squad, which is a direct pathway to eventually be considered for selection for the top New Zealand rowing crews.

At the World Junior Championships Jonathan and Fergus will form half of the New Zealand Four - MAGS was the only school to have more than one rower selected for the U18 Junior crews.

They will spend the second half of Term 2 boarding near Cambridge so they can continue their Year 13 studies between training at Lake Karapiro.

Netball New Zealand selects MAGS players for rep teams

Holly Fowler

Maia Wilson

Alanis Toia-Tigafua

Caitlin Dowden

Elle Temu

Meretini Fuimaono

Nadia Loveday

Erikana Pedersen

Chiara Semple

Five MAGS Premier Netball players and four Albertians were named in representative teams announced on Tuesday, 21 April.

Head Girl and Premier Captain Holly Fowler has been selected for the New Zealand Secondary Schools team and the U21 National Development Squad. She will be joined in the NZSS team by Maia Wilson, Alanis Toia-Tigafua and Caitlin Dowden. With four out of the 12 NZSS players, MAGS has contributed the most of any school to the national team.

Alanis, Caitlin and Elle Temu have also been selected for the Pathway to Podium run by Netball New Zealand and High Performance Sport New Zealand to help prepare talented athletes for the high performance system. They will receive support and guidance in areas of performance planning, training, mental skills, strength and conditioning and nutrition.

Also with Holly in the U21 squad are Albertian netballers Meretini Fuimaono, Nadia Loveday (currently playing for the Northern Mystics), Erikana Pedersen (now playing for the Mainland Tactix) and Chiara Semple.

Tournament week success

MAGS' U18 Boys' Eight back in the Maadi Cup Final

The NZ Champion Girls' Futsal team

Maadi Cup photo essay here

MAGS' Rowing, Softball and Futsal teams all achieved national success at their championship events during Summer Tournament week from March 23-28.

In rowing, the Boys U18 Eight gained a place in the prestigious Maadi Cup final for the first time in 53 years, in only our sixth season back in competition. MAGS won the Maadi Cup eight times during our rowing heyday in the 1940s-60s - the last time we won it was 1961, and the last time we were in the A Final was 1962. Our Girls U17 Eight became the first ever MAGS girls Eight to make an A Final, as girls did not attend the school during rowing's earlier era.

Congratulations also to Jonathan Winter and Fergus McSwiney, pictured with coach Josh Schmidt, who won Silver in the Boys U18 Pair. Their second placing guarantees them a trial for the New Zealand Juniors Squad. MAGS was the only school to secure places in the three elite boys' A Finals – the U18 Pair, Four and Eight.

Rowers Carl Pracey and Maria Markovich, and coxswain Dylan Dodds, have also been invited by Rowing NZ to trial for the North Island squad. And to top off the week, our U15 Boys Eight and Four also gained A Final spots, boding well for the squad's future success. In total MAGS gained places in six A Finals, our highest so far.

Congratulations to the Girls First XI Futsal team on becoming New Zealand Champions for the third year in a row. The team, which is made up of First XI football players, was unbeaten at the tournament and dominated each opposition team during their six games, scoring a total of 52 goals with only two in reply. The were victorious against Cashmere High School in the final with a score of 14-1.

Congratulations also to the Premier Boys Softball team, also New Zealand Champions for the third successive year after overcoming St Patrick's Silverstream 3-2 in a tight final. They played 11 games in five days and were defeated only once during the tournament. Named in two Tournament Teams were Cole Evans, Seth Bourgeois, Harley Maynard, Ethan Jardine-Ngauamo, Marshall Maynard, Cameron Sutton and coach Stu Kinghorn. Cole was named Top Catcher, and Seth picked up the Top Pitcher and Most Valuable Player awards.

MAGS was also represented at the North Island Water Polo Championships in Auckland, in which the girls came second in Division 2 and the boys fifth in the Division 1 Plate.

At the NISS Athletics Championships at Mt Smart, MAGS won five Gold medals, four Silver and one Bronze. Niven Longopoa won the Senior Boys 110m Hurdles, 300m Hurdles and the Long Jump. His sister Kalisi won the Junior Girls 70m Hurdles, and Dylan Moon won the Junior Boys 80m Hurdles. Gaining Silver medals were Symone Tafuna'i in the Senior Girls 100m and 200m, Dylan Moon in the Triple Jump and Ally Toutaiolepo in the Senior Girls High Jump. Dylan Moon also won Bronze in the High Jump.

After winning the 8-a-side Plate Tournament last year, MAGS' First XI Girls' Cricket team returned to the 11-a-side NZCT Cup Tournament for 2015, played at Keith Hay Park in Mt Roskill. MAGS placed 6th overall, a result which didn’t fully reflect how well the team played, particularly our three Year 9 students who were playing in a Premier competition. A highlight was a hat trick of wickets claimed by Year 12 student Ella Neighbours against Diocesan. A rare feat to achieve once, it was the second time Ella had claimed a hat trick for MAGS, having previously taken an even more impressive double hat trick (four wickets in consecutive balls and, in her case, all clean bowled) in the same tournament in 2013. This year's follow up was an exceptional achievement for a very talented cricketer
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MAGS wins Blues 10s Rugby Tournament

Mount Albert Grammar School won the inaugural Blues 10s rugby tournament at North Harbour Stadium on Saturday, 7 March, defeating Kings College 31-0 in the final.

Fifteen schools from around Auckland took part in the tournament. The semi-final and final were broadcast live on Sky TV's Rugby Channel as the curtain-raiser to the Super 15 game between the Blues and the Lions.

MAGS' Director of Rugby Mr Geoff Moon said the team played some attractive rugby for such an early stage in the season. "The team was well organised and it was pleasing to see the fitness levels so good so early," said Mr Moon.

The team was captained by Charles Napa’a. Two young players who made their debut at top level, Noah Foster and James Strickland, performed with distinction.

Mr Moon also noted that it was good to see key players Lona Holaholo , Chris Lu’au and Geronimo Doyle playing with confidence so early in the season.

Tournament results: Round 1: Mags 31 Tangaroa 0, Round 2: Mags 37 Rangitoto 7, Round 3: Mags 29 Rosmini 7, Semi-final: Mags 31 Otahuhu 5, Final: Mags 31 Kings 0

Rowers claim Gold at North Island Championships

Fergus McSwiney and Jonathan Winter claimed the John Symes Cup for the second consecutive year when they decisively won the elite U18 Pairs event at the NISS Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro from March 6-8.

The MAGS pair once again won by clear water, a month after winning Gold at the Auckland Championships. Fergus and Jonathan now have their sights set on Gold at the New Zealand Secondary School Rowing Championships, known as the Maadi Cup, back at Lake Karapiro from March 23-28.

In all, 15 MAGS crews made finals, from Novice to U18 level, boys and girls. Two other boys' pairs made the U18 final, and to claim three of the eight top spots in this elite event was an indication of our dominance in sweep events.

MAGSROW's patron, Mr Kerry Ashby, Albertian, Empire Games silver medalist and former MAGS rowing coach, passed away on March 3. Race commentators made reference to his place in New Zealand rowing, and in re-establishing rowing at MAGS, a number of times during the regatta, and our rowers were conscious of honouring his memory on and off the water.

The squad is now preparing for the New Zealand Championships, known as the Maadi Cup, back at Lake Karapiro from March 23-28.

Softball girls win tournament

Back row from left: Caprice Taylor, Margaret Clark, Taylor Chongnee, Aleisha Twigden, Trinity Aitken, Maia Montheith. Front row: Alexis Hickey, Nerida Elson, Emily Goddard, Topeora Anneff, Kalisha Moore, Samantha Tawharu. Absent: Losana Tuiletufuga

MAGS' Premier Girls Softball team has won the Auckland Secondary Schools Division One One Day Tournament.

On Tuesday, 17 March, the girls played five games undefeated against various Auckland secondary schools. They scored a total of 47 runs, letting in only 2 throughout the day. The girls played the Final on Tuesday, 24 February against Alfriston College and won 5-1.

The team is now looking forward to continuing their performance in the Auckland Senior Central Zone Competition.

Sailors excel in first regatta

MAGS' first ever crew to compete in the NZSS Harken Regatta surpised other competitors by coming second in the second division Silver Fleet on the Waitemata Harbour from 20-22 February.

The crew was led by accomplished sailor Chelsea Rees and included fellow Year 13 students Nathan Rhodes-Hasler, Milan Bonkovich and Edwin Stanton.

The 19 secondary schools taking part sailed on the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s Elliot 7 boats.

Click here for a report on the crew's races

Australian cricketer Mitchell Johnson visits MAGS

MAGS' First XI and Colts cricket teams enjoyed a bonus at their training session on Monday, 23 February, when Australian fast bowler Mr Mitchell Johnson turned up at the nets.

Mr Johnson was filming a promotional video for Australia's Fox Sports channel in the lead up to the World Cup match against New Zealand on Saturday, 28 February. The crew needed some cricket nets to film Mr Mitchell bowling into, and asked MAGS if they could use the school's in return for a donation to the Sports Department.

Mr Johnson and the crew spent about two hours at the nets, watched by the young cricketers and their coaches, Director of Cricket Mr Tony Sail and Colts coach Mr Brett Sorrenson.

After the filming Mr Johnson posed for photos with the boys, and signed a cricket ball thanking MAGS for hosting him and the crew.

Gold, silver and bronze at Auckland Rowing Championships

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Two gold medals, one silver and three bronze for Mount Albert Grammar rowers were highlights at the Head of the Harbour Auckland Championships at Lake Pupuke on Saturday, 14 February.

Gold was won by the U18 Boys’ Pair of Fergus McSwiney and Jonathan Winter, defending their win of the Premier event last year with an assured row that saw them finish two boatlengths ahead of their nearest rival.

The Under-15 Girls’ Four also won Gold. Laura Francis, Ella Goddard, Hannah Fale and Rosemary Tatupu, coxed by Bradley Shelton, showed terrific spirit in coming from a boatlength behind to storm home for the win.

Silver was claimed by the Under-17 Girls’ Four of Laura Bradley, Kate Wislang, Maria Markovich and Amy Hirst, coxed by Bradley Shelton, after a strong race that saw them cross the line within a canvas of the winner.

Bronze medals were won by the Under-18 Boys’ Four and Under-17 Boys’ Four, who later came together to win Bronze in the blue ribbon event, the Under-18 Boys’ Eight. The Eight is Carl Pracey, Jonathan Winter, Fergus McSwiney, Cole Brann, Tom Butler, Damon Trumper, Pierre Fladgate, Matt Smith and cox Dylan Dodds.

Two crews of Boys Under-15 Fours also came first and second in the second division race, boding well for the future. Other second division placings came from two other Boys’ Under 18 Pairs, and Kieran McLean in the Under-17 Single.

MAGS Director of Rowing, Will Maling, thanked his coaching team for continuing the development of the MAGS Row programme. Training continues as we prepare for the North Island Championships at Lake Karapiro from March 6-8. To find out more about MAGS Row visit

Futsal girls win College League

MAGS' Junior Girls' Futsal team has won the inaugural College Futsal League run by Auckland Football.

The Under 15 team, pictured with coach Mr Tim Ragg, was selected from the Junior A and Junior B Girl's Football teams as a way of developing a depth of quality players to move up the grades in coming years. The team played a series of games through Term 4 against Selwyn College, Glendowie College, Baradene College, Epsom Girls Grammar and Diocesan School for Girls.

With the MAGS Girls' Premier team holding the title of National Champions, the MAGS Junior Futsal team were favourites to win this series, and the girls lived up to that expectation. They beat Baradene in the semi-final, facing Dio in the final. In what everyone expected to be a tight match, the MAGS girls came out firing and pushed the score out to 5-0 until nearly full time. The final score was 5-1.

The series was a great effort from the girls, especially Kristiaan Welch who stepped up to be goalkeeper in the tougher games, including both semi-final and final. Great attack skills were shown by both Tayla O'Brien and Emma Fletcher, while Alex Ragg and Kate Butler were the rocks of the defence. Both Victoria Marsh and Ella Edwards also made huge steps forward in their development.

Alex Ragg helps Auckland team win Queensland tournament
MAGS Junior Futsal defender Alex Ragg (pictured below holding trophy) was part of a futsal team representing the Auckland Football Federation that won a Queensland club tournament in January.

AFF East City sent the 15th Grade Girls side to the Craig Foster Cup, where they beat a North Brisbane team stacked full of Queensland reps to lift the trophy 1-0.

The triumphant side was drawn largely from players who star in football for AFF member club Eastern Suburbs at age group level. In August they will travel to Orlando, Florida, to compete at the Women's Futsal World Championships.

Three MAGS footballers help NZ U17 team win spot at World Cup

Ben Mata and Billy Jones (flanking goalie Michael Woud) and Sarpreet Singh (front row, far left) all played a part in New Zealand's championship win. Photo: Oceania Football

Billy Jones, Max Mata and Sarpreet Singh played key roles in helping the New Zealand Under 17 Boys' Football team beat 10 others from the Oceania Group to secure a berth at the FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile in October.

The final of the Oceania tournament came down to a penalty shootout between New Zealand and Tahiti on Tuesday, 27 January at the Pago Park Soccer Stadium in American Samoa. The game was drawn 1-1 after 90 minutes, but goalie Michael Woud's save of the first Tahitian penalty kick sealed New Zealand's 5-4 win.

Billy and Ben both converted their penalties. They and Sarpreet all made the field during the final, having all played their part in New Zealand's progression through the earlier rounds and the semi-final.

Coach Jose Figueira said the final, played in torrential rain, was a tremendously intense affair which he felt his side deserved to take out.

“I think that shows the character of the boys under an immense amount of pressure. We kept our nerve... all the way to the final, where times were tough they battled through. They showed unbelievable bravery and it was team effort from the boys."

Billy's father, Mr Peter Jones, says the NZ U17 squad will regroup to train leading up to the World Cup in October, and may also be sent on a tour for match experience during a holiday break.

Billy has also been selected as one of two New Zealand U17 members of an international invitation team to play at the Al Kaas U17 Cup tournament in Qatar from 5-15 February. The academy-linked tournament is played each year, and features young representatives from the top football clubs in the world. Logan Rogerson from Hamilton, who scored New Zealand's only goal in the Oceania final, is the other New Zealand selection.

Click here to read the Football NZ reports from the Oceania Championship

Mixed Touch team wins New Zealand Championship

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MAGS Mixed Touch team has won the NZSS 2014 Mixed Touch Championship, beating Wanganui High School 4-3 in the final.

Teacher in charge Mr Richie Folomu said the final score was indicative of MAGS’ dominance - they won six out of eight games on the way to the final. This is the first Senior Mixed title won by MAGS.

The tournament was played at Bruce Pullman Park in Papakura from 12-14 December. MAGS Vice Captain Devantae Toparea was selected for the Tournament Team. Other teams members were Paul Roach (Captain), Hawaiiki Annadale, Geronimo Doyle, Mase Parsons, Henry Tetini, Casey Smith, Paige Smith, Kenzel Faaofo, Alanis Toia, Laihaina Toparea, Charlotte Pritchard, Atlanta Bassett and Joshlyn Munokea.

The Girls' team also competed well, finishing fourth in New Zealand. Photo essay here

Seven medals for MAGS at NZSS Athletics Championships

MAGS athletes came home with a seven medal haul from the NZSS Athletics Championships held at Cooks Gardens in Whanganui from 6-7 December.

The Senior Boys' Athletics Champion, Year 13 student Aaron Booth, showed his all-round skills as a decathlete, producing a personal best height in the Senior Boys' High Jump clearing 2.02m to win a silver medal, then collecting two bronze medals in the Senior Boys' Long Jump and Javelin. Aaron was unlucky not to pick up another medal in the Open Boys' 300m Hurdles when he finished in fourth place.

Aaron was beaten in the Long Jump by Year 12 student Niven Longopoa, who finished second jumping 6.79m. Niven was also just out of the medals in the 110m Hurdles, finishing 4th behind team-mate Aaron Booth.

Year 12 student Symone Tafuna'i had an excellent meeting, picking up two silver medals in the Senior Girls' 100m and 200m in her first year competing in the Senior Girls' grade.

The final medallist was Girls' Athletics Captain, Celine Pearn, who finished in third place in the Open Girls' 300m hurdles event.

At the conclusion of the meeting Aaron Booth and Symone Tafuna'i were named in the NZSS Athletic team. Aaron was also awarded the Brent Newdick Cup for the best multi-event athlete of the meet.

MAGS wins inaugural Athletics Challenge Cup

Mount Albert Grammar School won the inaugural Auckland Secondary Schools Challenge Cup held over four weekends in conjunction with Auckland Centre Athletics meetings.

The cup was awarded to the school that accumulated the most points, based on the place that each athlete achieved in their individual events.Thirty-eight schools from across Auckland competed for the cup. MAGS led from round 2 to win ahead of Auckland Grammar and St Kentigern College.

Teacher in charge Mr Brent Booker said the competition has served as a build-up for the National Championships being held in Wanganui on December 6-7. Two MAGS athletes achieved performances that rank them highly leading into Nationals. Symone Tafuna’i ran personal bests in the 100m and 200m to currently rank second in both events in New Zealand. Niven Longopoa also currently ranks second in New Zealand in the long jump and is highly ranked in the 110m hurdles.

Other athletes that competed for MAGS in the Challenge Cup were: Kodi Barlow, Kilian Segers, Celine Pearn, Aaron Booth, Sean Donald, Tyrone Frances, Janelle Kara and Lexi Kiriwi.

Three MAGS students top of their sports in Auckland

Cole Evans, Deven Jackson and Maia Wilson were each named the best players in their respective sports at the ASB College Sport Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards, held at Eden Park on Thursday, 20 November.

Cole was part of the New Zealand Junior Black Sox Softball team that won the Silver medal at the Junior Men's World Series in Canada in July - the first podium finish for the New Zealand Junior team since 1997. He was also a member of the MAGS Premier Softball team that won the Auckland and New Zealand championships for the second year in a row.

Deven was one of three MAGS First XI Girls' Football players selected for the New Zealand Under 17 team that travelled to Costa Rica for the U17 World Cup in Term 1. The First XI went on to win the Auckland championship, the Auckland Knock Out Cup and the New Zealand championship for the second year in a row, all without conceding a goal.

Maia has been selected for the Silver Ferns accelerate squad, and played in the New Zealand A team against England in October. She helped the NZSS team win the International Schoolgirls Netball Challenge in Australia for the third year in a row, and is a goal shoot for the MAGS Premier team which won the New Zealand championship for a record third year in a row.

Ten MAGS' athletes from seven sporting codes made the finals of the Awards. The other finalists were Bella Kingi (Girls' Football), Katie Budgen and Georgia Carter (Girls' Lacrosse), Holly Fowler (Netball), Jonathan Winter (Rowing), Mattais Heimuli (Rugby League) and Matthew Downes (Wrestling).

Ten MAGS finalists in ASB Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards

Deven Jackson

Bella Kingi

Katie Budgen

Georgia Carter

Holly Fowler

Maia Wilson

Jonathan Winter

Mattais Heimuli

Cole Evans

Matthew Downes

Ten MAGS' athletes from seven sporting codes have made the finals of the ASB Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards for 2014.

The winners of each code, and the overall boy and girl winners, will be announced at a dinner on Thursday, 20 November, at Eden Park.

The MAGS finalists are:

Football - Girls: Deven Jackson and Bella Kingi

Lacrosse - Girls: Katie Budgen and Georgia Carter

Netball: Holly Fowler and Maia Wilson

Rowing: Jonathan Winter

Rugby League: Mattais Heimuli

Softball: Cole Evans

Wrestling: Matthew Downes

MAGS congratulates our nominees and wishes them well for the awards.

MAGS Boys' and Girls' Sevens teams qualify for National Condor 7s Championship

MAGS' Girls' Sevens team won Auckland Schools' competition at Marist Rugby Club on Friday, 24 October, beating Otahuhu College 17-12 in the final.

The Boys' team came runner-up to the same school, 10-21.

Their placings qualify both teams for the National Condor 7s Championship, to be played from 29-30 November at Kelston Boys' High School.

Girls' photos here

Boys' photos here

Tournament report here

MAGS wins NZSS Netball title for record third consecutive year

MAGS' Premier Netball team overcame St Margaret's College from Christchurch 41-26 in the final to win the New Zealand Secondary Schools' Netball Championship for a record third year in a row.

MAGS convincingly won every game during the four-day tournament in Palmerston North from 7-10 October, adding the 2014 national championship to the Upper North Island title and Combined Points Tournament win in Auckland earlier this season.

Co-coach Ms Te Aroha Keenan said "We didn't defend the title, we won it. We lost six girls after the final last season, but have still come back to win this year. I put that down to our talent identification, our development programme, our planning, and teaching the girls to not just be good netballers but good people. Then everything else comes up to the standard we want."

Ms Keenan's co-coach Ms Paula Smith said: "It was a great team effort. The girls and their families have been superb."

Headmaster Dale Burden was in Palmerston North with the team through their campaign. "This was the seventh year in a row the Premier team has made the national final, our fourth championship win since 2010 and the third in a row. This is an outstanding effort and testimony to the quality of the players, great coaching and managing and wonderful support from parents. This is a great team and most importantly they epitomise the positive culture and everything that MAGS stands for. I am so very proud of them."

The team's scores through the tournament were: vs South Otago High School - won 50-14, vs Auckland Girls' Grammar - won 44-19, vs Palmerston North Girls' - won 44-22, vs Wellington East Girls' - won 45-24, vs St Kentigern - won 42-30, vs St Mary's - won 46-32, Final vs St Margaret's (Christchurch) - won 41-26

Four MAGS players were selected for the NZSS Tournament team - Captain Holly Fowler, Chiara Semple, Maia Wilson and Alanis Toia.

MAGS netballers selected for NZ squads

Read the NZ Herald story here

Jamie-Lee Price has been called in to the Fast5 Ferns to replace injured Captain Casey Kopua.

Jamie-Lee, who finished her studies at MAGS last year and now has a contract with the Waikato Magic, trialled for the Silver Ferns last month and was placed in the Accelerate Squad, one step away from national selection.

She is now about to make that step in the six-nation Fast5 Netball World Series, to be held at Vector Arena on 8-9 November.

Meanwhile, Year 12 student Maia Wilson, who was also named in the Accelerate Squad, made the New Zealand A team with Jamie-Lee to play against England in Rotorua on 28 October and Palmerston North on the 31st.

To cap off MAGS' selection success, five of the eight players named in the NZ U21 team are MAGS current or former students - current Captain Holly Fowler, her Premier team-mate Chiara Semple, and former students Meretini Fuimaono, Erikana Pedersen and Nadia Loveday.

MAGS rowers win against Queensland schools

Five MAGS rowers came home with gold, silver and bronze medals after competing with an Auckland squad in the Queensland Schools Rowing Championships in Bundaberg.

Pictured from left, Maria Markovich, Jonathan Winter, Carl Pracey, Fergus McSwiney, Matthew Smith and coach Josh Schmidt were selected for the Auckland Rowing Light Blues squad to compete in Queensland at the end of Term 3. Sixty four schools from all over Queensland took part.

The boys formed half of the Auckland Eight, coached by Mr Schmidt, which won gold. They then won gold in the Four, and silver and bronze in Pairs.

Maria won silver in the Girls' Double, bronze in the Eight and bronze in the Quad.

Canoe Polo wins Auckland Championship for fifth consecutive year

Holding the Auckland trophy for the fifth time are, from left, Jack Mabus, Liam Hughes (Captain), Marshall Norbitt, Joshua Bougen, Kailash Uchiyama Cawte and Alexander Hunt.

MAGS' Premier Canoe Polo continued its winning run, clinching the Auckland Championship 5-2 over Long Bay College on Wednesday, 23 September.

This is the fifth year in a row the team has won the championship under the guidance of coach Mr Andrew Candy and teacher in charge Mr Henry Ludlam.

This is the third year the current team has come out on top. They are Captain Liam Hughes, Marshall Norbitt, Joshua Bougen, Alexander Hunt, Jack Mabus and Kailash Uchiyama Cawte.

MAGS rugby league players in NZ18s Tests

Three MAGS students were selected for the NZ Rugby League 18s team that played two "Tests" at the NZRL National Youth Tournament in Rotorua over the school holidays.

Prefect Mattais Heimuli, Reuben Porter and Connor Purcell lined up with other star high school performers from all over the country, against the Taurahere Kiwis, a side made up of NZ-eligible players from New South Wales.

Although the NZ 18s lost both Tests at Puketawhero Park, 18-20 and 10-30, they acquitted themselves well, with Connor scoring a try in the first match.

All three boys now have contracts with NRL clubs' U20 teams. Reuben is one year through a two year contract with the Sydney Roosters and has been commuting between Auckland and Sydney this year while completing his final year at MAGS. Connor has a contract with the Canberra Raiders U20 squad, and Mattais is with the Warriors U20 squad.

Snowboarding team wins gold and silver

The MAGS Snowboarding team surprised many other schools with closer links to Mt Ruapehu's skifields by taking out three top awards at the North Island Championships from September 22-24.

The Girls' Team came top out of 46 schools with points accumulated across the three events - the Giant Slalom, Border Cross speed race, and Slope Style event where they show off jumps and aerial spins. The MAGS girls were Olivia Stewart, Brooke Hansen, Maddison Hargreaves and Bridget Hartley.

In the Boys' and Girls' competitions, Eric Munro (above) won Gold in the Giant Slalom, and Olivia Stewart (left) won Silver in the Slope Style.

Teacher in charge Mr Matthew Huang said 11 students competed and were to be commended for their results considering none had any formal coaching.

"Other schools that regularly win all the events, such as Ruapehu College and Trident High School in Whakatane, have coaches for their ski and snowboard teams. Our students won with raw talent developed just from weekends at the mountain, and the odd trip to Snowplanet," said Mr Huang.

Following a blizzard on Monday, September 22, which closed the mountain and compressed the championships into two days, the snowboarders enjoyed perfect conditions, with clear skies and powder snow.

Jamie-Lee Price and Maia Wilson selected for NZ Netball Accelerate Squad

Two of MAGS' star netballers - Jamie-Lee Price (left) and Maia Wilson - have been selected for New Zealand's Netball's Accelerate Squad, and are one step away from making the Silver Ferns.

Jamie-Lee, 18, completed her studies at MAGS last year, and is now part way through a contract with the Waikato Magic. She spent last week trialling for the Silver Fern squad.

Maia Wilson is in Year 12 and still only 16. As a goal shoot for the Premier Netball team, she helped secure the Upper North Island Secondary Schools' title for the eighth year in a row during Tournament Week.

Also a talented basketball player, Maia was one of eight new caps selected for the New Zealand Tall Ferns for their trip to China in August. Earlier this year she travelled to China with the Junior Tall Ferns.

Jamie-Lee and Maia are two of only seven players selected for the NZ Netball Accelerate Squad. MAGS' Director of Netball, Ms Te Aroha Keenan, a former Silver Fern, says the girls will train alongside the Silver Ferns and have access to all the support networks afforded the top team, including nutrition and education support.

Their next step would be selection for the Silver Ferns.

Champion football girls on Campbell Live and Radio Live

Click here to watch the programme

MAGS' National Champion girls' football team and coach Paul Marshall were interviewed on Campbell Live on Friday, 12 September, about their "Immaculate Season".

The team won the Auckland League, the Auckland Knock Out Cup and defended the National title, all without conceding a goal. The team scored 114 goals this season, with nil against.

Campbell Live reporters Tristram Clayton and Anna Burns-Francis spoke with Captain Rivalina Fuimaono, Coach Paul Marshall, and had a fun "penalty shootout" with the MAGS team.

Tristram Clayton said the team was "arguably the greatest football team New Zealand has ever produced."

Coach Paul Marshall was also interviewed on Radio Live on Sunday, 14 September. Click here to listen to the interview, which starts just after 3pm on the "7 Day Catch Up" list of audio recordings.

Tournament Week highlights

* Football girls achieve the "Immaculate Season"
* Netballers win UNISS for eighth year in a row
* Rugby Colts and Lacrosse runners-up

MAGS' First XI Girls' Football team defended their New Zealand title in Taupo in Friday, 5 September, winning 2-0 in the final against St Peter's School from Cambridge.

The win cappeed off the "Immaculate Season" that coach Mr Paul Marshall was aiming for - to win the Auckland League, the Auckland Knock Out Cup and defend the National title, all without conceding a goal. The team scored 114 goals this season, with nil against.

Headmaster Mr Dale Burden was in Taupo to see the team secure the trophy for the second year running, with goals by Samantha Tawharu in the second minute, and Jacqueline Hand in the 22nd.

Mr Marshall said the girls were dominant against every team throughout the week-long national tournament.

"This team is just at a different level - they're phenomenal," said Mr Marshall.

Premier Netball team wins UNISS for eighth consecutive year

MAGS Premier Netball turned the tables on Saint Kentigern College following their loss to that school in the Auckland championship, overpowering them 42-31 in the Upper North Island tournament at Te Pai Centre in Henderson on Friday, 5 September.

Co-coaches Ms Te Aroha Keenan and Ms Paula Smith were delighted to claim the trophy for the eighth year in a row.

In addition, MAGS players Chiara Semple, Alanis Toia, France Bloomfield, Caitlin Dowden and Holly Fowler were named in the Tournament Team, and Holly was named Player of the Tournament.

Ms Keenan said the team was beset with a stomach bug during the week, "so they showed great mental toughness to come through and win every game."

"All 12 players should be commended for their efforts - they all played their part," said Ms Smith.

The team got away to a strong start and remained at least 9 points in front of the opposition throughout the match.

Rugby Colts denied in the last minute

MAGS' Under 15 Rugby Colts team exceeded expectations in reaching the final of the national tournament in Palmerston North on Friday, 5 September, but could not hold out a determined Hamilton Boys' side.

MAGS was leading 26-13 in the second half, but Hamilton Boys' found another gear, clawed back the score, and then scored a try in the last minute to win 26-27.

While disappointing, coach Mr Geoff Moon said the team had a great week and were fine ambassadors for MAGS. It was an honour that Centre and the week's Captain, Caleb Clarke, was named Player of the Tournament.

Long distance runners dominate Lydiard Challenge Cup

MAGS winning teams, from left, Andrew Battley, Martin Lyon, Liam Grozev, Rebekah Van Dort, Dillyn Ward, Nicole Lawrence and Elizabeth Lyon.

MAGS once again dominated the Arthur Lydiard Challenge Cup long distance race, held in West Auckland on Saturday, 13 September.

For the second consecutive year we won both the Boys' and Girls' Team trophies after our runners took most of the top placings in the 10km races. The event, a fundraiser for the Legend Charitable Trust, has special significance for MAGS as Arthur Lydiard is an old boy of the school, and went on to train fellow Albertian Peter Snell, helping him achieve his Olympic gold medals.

The Senior Girls team took out the Girls Team title by claiming the first four places - Rebekah Van Dort came first, Dillyn Ward second, Elizabeth Lyon third and Nicole Lawrence fourth.

The Senior Boys also won their Team trophy after Andrew Battley came first, Martin Lyon third, Liam Grozev fourth and Thomas Coupe fifth. Special mention must be made of Liam who was asked on the morning of the event to step up from the 5km race to the Senior 10km race to replace a late withdrawal.

The races were run over part of the Waitakeres course on which Arthur Lydiard trained his gold medal winning athletes.

Underwater Hockey team win Northern and Auckland titles

MAGS' Junior Open Underwater Hockey team finished a successful season winning both the Northern Region and the Auckland titles.

They went through the Auckland competition undefeated, and Leo Enright-Meiklejohn was named Outstanding Player in Auckland. The majority of the boys made the Auckland Under-18 squad.

At the New Zealand championships in Rotorua from 6-7 September the team finished a commendable fourth after losing the final 3-4 in extra time. Leo Enright-Meiklejohn and Finn Hollingworth both were named in the Junior National Tournament team.

In the Auckland competition Mount Albert Grammar was Runner-up School of the Year, Marshall Norbitt was named Outstanding Senior Player of the Year in Auckland, and Celia Patterson won the Dave Mason Memorial Trophy for Sportsmanship in Auckland.

The Most Valuable Players players for MAGS were named as Marshall Norbitt and Brittany Jamieson.

First XI girls add Auckland Knock Out Cup to title haul

MAGS' national champion girls' football team are well placed to defend their title in two weeks time after adding the Auckland Knock Out Cup to their Auckland league championship win last month.

The team triumphed over Saint Kentigern College 1-0 at Seddon Fields on Wednesday, 20 August, in the Knock Out Cup Final.

On 2 July they secured the AKSS championship for the sixth year in a row.

Even more remarkably, the First XI have not conceded a goal all season. They have so far scored 83 goals, with nil against them.

Coach Paul Marshall says the girls' superior tactical knowledge and strong team bond are parts of their winning formula. They are now looking forward to this year's NZSS championship in Taupo from 1 September.

Cup final match report here

Photos here

Lacrosse team runner-up in New Zealand

MAGS' young Premier Lacrosse team did extremely well to come runner-up in New Zealand, despite the loss of 10 Year 13 players who won the National title with the team in 2013.

Held at Fowlds Park in Mt Albert on 23-24 August, MAGS got through the first day winning 5-3 against Diocesan and 10-4 against St Peter's (Cambridge), with a 1-10 loss to Cambridge High School. This secured them a place in the semi-final on the Sunday. They beat Epsom Girls Grammar School 7-5 to once again face Cambridge High School in the final.

The MAGS girls fought hard and although they lost 4-8, this team of young players, some of whom had not played lacrosse before this year, have plenty to build on for the future.

Thanks to coaches Olivia Hext and Vladimir Boikov, team captain Katie Budgen, teacher in charge Helen Prangnell for managing the team and being at every game, and to all the parents for their help and support.

More photos here

Softball players win Silver at World Series

Year 12 student Cole Evans and Albertians Callum Elson and Bradley Bennett were part of the Junior Black Sox Softball team that won the Silver medal at the Junior Men's World Series in Canada in July.

It was the first podium finish for the New Zealand Junior team since 1997.

Callum's mother Mrs Carol Elson said the boys represented New Zealand with skill and commitment.

"The boys were amazing to watch - they played themselves into the final so well," said Mrs Elson.

On their way to the final the New Zealanders won over the United States, Denmark, Canada, Japan, the Czech Republic, Singapore, Mexico and Argentina. They played Argentina in the final, losing 9-0, but were delighted with their overall performance.

Callum Elson and Cole Evans

Bradley Bennett

Jamie-Lee Price to trial for Silver Ferns

Star MAGS netballer Jamie-Lee Price has been selected to trial for the Silver Ferns.

Jamie-Lee, 18, completed Year 13 last year, and has just finished her first season with the Waikato Magic.

As Captain of the MAGS Premier Netball team in 2013, she led the girls to a successful defence of the National Secondary Schools Championship title.

She is one of 26 players from around the country chosen to take part in the Silver Fern trials in Auckland from 15 September.

From there a wider Silver Ferns squad will be named on 19 September, and also the team of 12 players to contest the Constellation Cup against Australia in October.

Netball teams make clean sweep of Auckland tournament

MAGS' netballers stamped their authority on the Auckland competition by winning all three grades in the 2014 Combined Points Tournament at the Auckland Netball Centre on Wednesday, 6 August.

The Year 9 and 10 teams both faced Westlake Girls High School in their finals, while the Premier team played Saint Kentigern for the second time this week after beating them 39-32 in the MAGS vs Saint Kentigern annual sports day on Saturday, 2 August.

Event report and photos here

Rugby league players named in top team

Mattais Heimuli (left) and Connor Purcell have been named among the top 13 rugby league players in Auckland.

The Year 13 students attended Auckland Rugby League's end of season awards for Premier high school players, held at Alexandra Park on Wednesday, 20 August. Mattais, a loose forward, and Connor, a prop, were named in the CRL Premier XIII Merit Team of the Year.

Mattais has already been accepted into the Junior Warriors, and is hoping for games next year. At the end of this year Connor is going to Australia to trial for the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Both are members of MAGS' First XIII, which reached the semi-finals of the Auckland competition this year. The boys are now looking forward to the NZSS championship in South Auckland from September 1, when they hope to better the runner-up spot the team claimed last year.

Cheerleaders win competition

MAGS' cheerleading team were crowned Grand Champions at the Schools Spectacular Cheerleading Competition on Sunday, 17 August.

Held at the ASB Stadium in Kohimarama, the MAGS girls won their division and then the overall competition ahead of about 40 teams from other schools from around the North Island.

Led by coach Ms Michelle Williams (pictured), and teacher in charge Ms Carissa Calvert, the 14-member team includes girls ranging from Years 9 to 13.

Ms Williams said they had been practicing their routine since February, and should be very proud of their success.

Maia Wilson selected for NZ Tall Ferns

Maia Wilson selected for NZ Tall Ferns

MAGS Premier Netball goal shoot Maia Wilson will travel to China later this month as one of eight new caps with the New Zealand Tall Ferns.

Maia, who is in Year 12 and still only 16, has already been to China with the Junior Tall Ferns earlier this year.

In the four-nation tournament from 19-30 August, the Tall Ferns will play six games against an American All Star team, China and a Slovenian side.

Although Maia's sporting focus at MAGS is netball, she plays club basketball for the Waitakere West Lady Rangers.

MAGS inaugural winner of Burden-Cole Cup

The eight captains who led their teams so well, from left, Rivalina Fuimaono (MAGS Girls' Football), Amorangi Malesala (St Kent's Netball), Dylan Lam (MAGS Rugby), Sam Nock (St Kent's Rugby), Holly Fowler (MAGS Netball), Nikita Lieshout (St Kent's Girls' Football), Dylan Bracey (MAGS Boys' Football) and Daniel McLean (St Kent's Boys' Football).

The annual Sports Day between MAGS and Saint Kentigern College was a great success on Saturday, 2 August, with each school taking a trophy at the end of the games.

MAGS' First XI Girls' Football team won 3-0, MAGS Premier Netball team won 39-32, the First XI Boys' Football was a 2-2 draw, and Saint Kentigern won the First XV rugby 20-0. This meant that Saint Kentigern took home the Jubilee Cup for rugby, while MAGS claimed the Burden-Cole Cup as the overall winner on the day. The games were this year held at Mount Albert Grammar.

Every game was well played with great sportsmanship shown both on the field, and at the two functions held at School House.

MAGS Headmaster Mr Dale Burden and Mr Steve Cole of Saint Kentigern paid tribute to the players, coaches, organisers and parents for their commitment to their teams, and the developing of a great sporting tradition between the two schools.

More netball photos here

More boys' football photos here

More girls' football photos here

More rugby photos here

First XI Football Girls win sixth Auckland title

Our victorious First XI, pictured with team manager Chrissy van Dort (left) physio Natalie Brunger and acting coach John van Dort.

MAGS' national champion First XI girls' football team has won the Auckland Secondary Schools' Championship for the sixth year in a row, this year without conceding a goal.

The breakdown of the team's astounding record of 67 goals for, 0 against affirms their domination of the Auckland competition: 2-0 vs Onehunga, 5-0 vs Diocesan, 11-0 vs St Mary's, 9-0 vs Avondale, 10-0 vs Botany, 4-0 vs St Kentigern, 11-0 vs Massey, 7-0 vs Westlake, 1-0 vs Rangitoto, 2-0 vs EGGS, 5-0 vs Takapuna.

Coach Paul Marshall, currently in Brazil watching the World Cup, said before he left that most of the girls have played together for three years, "and are an amazing team ... more tactically astute that their opposition."

Three members of the team were selected for the NZ U17 team that competed at the U17 World Cup in Costa Rica last term - Jade Parris, Bella Kingi and Deven Jackson - and five head to Australia this weekend as part of the NZ U16 team - Jacqui Hand, Alosi Bloomfield, Nicole Mettam, Grace Jale and Samantha Tawharu.

Next term the team aims to take out the Knock Out Cup competition, before defending their title at the national championships.

Matthew Downes selected for Youth Olympics in China

Year 12 student Matthew Downes has won three gold medals at the Oceania Wrestling Championships in American Samoa. This qualifies him to be the New Zealand and Oceania representative at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, in August this year.

Matthew then went on to win two out of three matches against American wrestlers at the Downunder International Wrestling Event held at the North Shore Events Centre on the 4-5 July.

Matthew was selected for the New Zealand Secondary School Wrestling team after being ranked first in his weight and age category at the National Secondary School Wrestling Championships earlier this year.

The New Zealand team competed against wrestlers from the USA and Australia in the Downunder event. Wrestling in the USA is the fourth largest college sport and the USA is one of the top Olympic wrestling nations. More than 100 USA wrestlers competed in the individual events in Auckland, and the USA fielded several teams in the Team event.

Matthew won two of his three matches against USA wrestlers. In the Teams event The New Zealand team came fifth after four of the USA teams, followed by two other USA teams and Australia.

The tournament was a great success and provided valuable experience for the New Zealand wrestlers against tough opposition.

Oliver Sail given international accolade

Photo courtesy of Photosport

Former MAGS student Oliver Sail was named Goalkeeper of the Tournament following his performance for the NZ U20 Football team in the Panda Cup International tournament in China.

Between tight losses to China and Croatia, Oliver helped his side hold five-time FIFA U20 World Cup champions Brazil to a scoreless draw.

Oliver, 18, finished his schooling at MAGS in 2013 and now plays for Central United in Auckland. He told the NZ Football website that it was special to receive the accolade beside other international players also receiving MVP awards.

Oliver said after performing at a high level, the team is building confidence towards the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand next year.

Junior All Whites coach Darren Bazeley had nothing but praise for Oliver.

"With Ollie working as part of a very resolute team performance we were able to keep one of the best teams in the world scoreless over 90 minutes, and when you consider Brazil put four goals past both China and Croatia, it puts that effort into context.

"If he can consistently produce performances like the ones in China, I'm sure we will be watching the start of a long international career."

Silver Fern Laura Langman visits netballers

Silver Ferns Vice-Captain Laura Langman visited MAGS on Friday, 6 June, to give some tips and inspiration to our top netballers.

MAGS' Director of Netball and a former Silver Fern, Ms Te Aroha Keenan, coached Ms Langman in the NZ Under-20 squad in the mid-2000s. Ms Keenan asked the star midcourt player to visit our national champion squad.Ms Langman offered advice on training habits, goal-setting and the attitude required to become and stay a champion. She also impressed on the girls the importance of their studies, and to retain balance in their lives.

She will soon join former MAGS student Maria Tutaia in the Silver Fern squad to travel to Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games.

MAGS students selected for NZ baseball team

Cameron Sutton (pictured at left) and Ayrton Laird have been selected for the NZ U15 Baseball squad to travel to Mexico for the U15 World Championships in August.

Cameron, Y11, and Ayrton, Y10, both play club baseball and Ayrton also plays for the MAGS team which retained its Auckland title this season. Both boys were also part of the MAGS Premier Softball team which retained their national title in March.

Ayrton (pictured below in NZ and MAGS uniforms) has played baseball for about six years and specialises in second base. Cameron took up the sport after his elder brother, Year 13 student Andrew Sutton, got him interested in it. He plays centre-field.

The boys will travel with the NZ squad to Arizona for a three-day training camp, and then on to Mexico for the championships, where they will play about 10 games over two weeks.

Terrence King runner-up in Auckland lawn bowls

Year 10 student Terrence King has come runner-up in the AKSS Lawn Bowls Singles Competition.

Terrence was up against about 22 other students from across Auckand, and missed out on first place by only one point.

He began playing the sport with his father about a year ago, and plays at the Otahuhu Railway Bowling Club.

"It's interesting playing with other people - there are all ages there, including teenagers," says Terrence.

Terrence has also been selected for an Auckland representative team through his club.

Gold medals for weightlifter

Congratulations to Year 11 student Isaiah Papalii, who came home from the Oceania Power Lifting Championships in New Caledonia with two gold medals.

Isaiah won the Youth (U17) 94kg+ division, and the Junior (U20) 105kg division with a 107kg snatch and a 125kg clean and jerk.

Isaiah, who is still only 15 years old, is also a member of MAGS' First XV.


Reuben Porter signed to Sydney Roosters

First XIII second rower Reuben Porter is having a busy season, flying back and forth to Australia to fulfill a contract with the Sydney Roosters.

Reuben has a two year contract with the club, and began playing in its U18 team this year. They have already won their first competition, beating Penrith 34-30 in the final. He is aiming to make the U20 team and eventually the premier NRL squad, though has drawn the line at playing for Australia.

"I've pledged to New Zealand rugby league - it would be a dream to play in the Kiwis one day," says Reuben.

Reuben was scouted by the Roosters at a New Zealand tournament last year, and began his contract with the club in January. The club pays for his flights to Sydney and back each weekend, and for his accommodation with a Kiwi family. Once the Year 13 student has completed his Level 3 exams this year, he'll move to Sydney to live for the remainder of his contract. The Roosters will pay for him to study at a university of his choice in Sydney.

He's still enjoying playing with the MAGS First XIII each week, and has been able to share some training tips from his sessions with the Roosters.

I love playing for the school, and love the game," says Reuben. "If it helps me get an education too, that's even better."

Jade Parris selected for national athlete development programme

Jade Parris (left) after scoring the winning goal for MAGS at the 2013 New Zealand Secondary School Football Championships.

Star footballer Jade Parris (seen at left above) has been selected for a New Zealand athlete development programme called Pathway to Podium.

Aimed at young athletes who have the potential to one day be winners for their country, the programme helps prepare them for life as high performance athletes.

Jade represented New Zealand at the U17 World Cup in Costa Rica this year, and is a member of MAGS First XI that won the NZ Secondary Schools championship in 2013. Jade scored the winning goal in the 1-0 final.

Alex Baumann of High Performance Sport New Zealand said the transition from high school to high performance sport can be tough, "but the Pathway to Podium programme will provide athletes with both education and skills so they can make the step up."

The athletes will receive early education in areas such as nutrition, performance psychology, athlete life advice and strength and conditioning training. They'll also receive a bundle of services specifically tailored to them, and gain access to top facilities.

Auckland Sport administers the programme in the region on behalf of Sport New Zealand and High Performance Sport New Zealand. There are currently 45 athletes in the Auckland programme, including six women footballers. The athletes' coaches are involved in their players' development, and also given training.

Jade was invited to the regional launch of the programme at AUT Millenium on Friday, 30 May, hosted by the Minister of Sport and Recreation, Mr Murray McCully.

Sport New Zealand chief executive Peter Miskimmin said "The beauty of this programme is it brings high performance support to local kids in their communities. Talent is everywhere, so no matter where an athlete is from, they'll be given support at a stage in their development that can really help them gain their entry ticket to one day competing for New Zealand on the world stage."

MAGS claims third NZ College Netball crown

The Premier Netball team won their third straight NZ College Netball title at Trusts Arena in Auckland on Monday, 26 May, defeating Auckland Girls' Grammar in the final 37-26.

The defending champions dominated across the court. MAGS captain Holly Fowler, who was named player of the match for her performances in the defensive circle and at centre, was delighted with the win after a "tough week" where seven of the squad had been involved in the International Schoolgirls Netball Challenge in Adelaide.

"We still had to come out here and do our job on court and I'm really proud of the girls for doing that."

Their links on court showed early on and co-coach Ms Te Aroha Keenan believed it was telling in the final result.

"We've got some players that have played quite a lot together and I think that was evident through the court in that first half," she said. "I was glad they came out today and fought hard."

Read the full Netball New Zealand match report here

* Four members of the Premier team were in the NZ Secondary Schools team which last week won the International Schoolgirls Netball Challenge in Adelaide for the third year in a row, beating School Sport Australia 39-30 in the final. Captain Holly Fowler led the team, while shooters Maia Wilson and Chiara Semple each netted goals with 92 per cent accuracy. Alanis Toia was also part of the squad.

NZSS were the only side to remain unbeaten through the tournament, which included nine pool matches, a semi-final and the final.

Junior netball team wins North Harbour tournament

MAGS' Year 9 netball team won every game on the way to taking out the North Harbour Netball Tournament in May.

In pool play MAGS beat both Long Bay College and Carmel College by 20 goals. Teacher in charge Ms Haana Bovaird said these games were a good opportunity for the girls to try some new combinations and set plays.

The team then moved on to the top four draw where they were pushed by Westlake Girls High School, but managed to hold their composure in the second half and came away with the two goal win.

The team then played Orewa College and Massey High School where the girls produced two outstanding games, winning them both by a large margin.

Overall the team had a outstanding first tournament, which has set them up well for the season ahead.

The team's winning scores were as follows:

29-9 vs Carmel College
25-4 vs Long Bay College
16-14 vs Westlake Girls High School
26-11 Vs Orewa College
30-9 vs Massey High School

Historic medal win at Maadi Cup 2014

Back on the Maadi podium for MAGS were, at right, Maria Markovich, Kate Wislang and their coach Sarah Wolff. They won bronze in the Girls' Under 16 Double.

MAGS' first Maadi medal in nearly 30 years, a Top 10 placing for the first Boys' Under 18 Eight to be boated in the same length of time, and invitations to trial for New Zealand and North Island squads were highlights of a successful 2014 Maadi Cup campaign by MAGS Row.

Held at Lake Ruataniwha near Twizel in South Canterbury from March 24-30, this year's event saw Kate Wislang and Maria Markovich make history when they won bronze in the Girls' Under 16 Double - our first Maadi medal since the sport was restarted at the school five years ago. It was also the first ever Maadi medal won by a MAGS' girl crew, as girls did not attend the school the last time its rowers took the national podium. To make their win even more historic, Kate's great grandfather was in the army corp that brought the Maadi Cup home to New Zealand from Egypt after World War II. It became the trophy awarded to the winning Under 18 Boys' Eight, and the adopted name of the national championships.

Our Under 18 Eight then won their B final in convincing style to earn an elite Under 18 Top 10 Badge. They led from the start and won in clear water, by over a boat length, with a beautiful display of rowing that was worthy of any championship crew.

To top off this success, Fergus McSwiney and Jonathan Winter have been invited to trial for the New Zealand Junior Squad, while Matthew Smith, Carl Pracy, Evander Tangiiti, Dylan Dodds, Marnina Hyland and Kate Wislang have been invited to trial for the North Island Squad. These are steps on the pathway to one day rowing for New Zealand; Fergus and Jonathan have essentially skipped the North Island step and gone straight to Juniors. Their invitations are a huge achievement, and a great vote of confidence in MAGS Row's coaching programme. More ...

Summer tournament wrap

Softball: The Boys' Premier tam defended their National title in Christchurch, beating St Patrick's College of Wellington 8-0 in the final.

The round-robin tournament required 11 games to reach the trophy match. Seth Bourgeois was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament, and Top Pitcher. David Hutchinson was named Top Catcher; Cole Evans, Ethan Ngauamo, Jonathan Cantle and Captain Andrew Sutton were named in the Tournament Team; and Stu Kinghorn was named Tournament Team Coach.

Futsal: The Girls' team (right) defended their National title in Wellington, convincingly winning every game and scoring 8-0 against Havelock North High School in the final.

Cricket: The Girls' First XI (below) won the NZCT seven a-side Plate competition at Keith Hay Park. They competed against four other teams, and, unbeaten, went on to win the final against Botany Downs College.

Canoe Polo: Our Senior team competed at the NZSS Championships in Fieldingand came 6th in Division 1.

Water Polo: The Boys' and Girls' Senior teams competed at the North Island Secondary Schools' tournament at pools around Auckland. The boys came 10th in Division 1 and the girls came 7th in Division 2.

Mixed and Girls' Touch teams through to Nationals

MAGS' Girls' and Mixed Touch teams both qualified for the National Championships at the NZSS Regional Competition in Auckland on 22 March.

In pool play, both teams went through the round robin games undefeated. The Mixed Team won their semi-final against Macleans College with a convincing 8-2 victory. In the final, they narrowly lost 6-5 to Alfriston College, finishing in second place, which qualifies them for Nationals.

The Girls' team won the competition so also go on to Nationals, which are held in December.

Girls' First XI wins Plate

The MAGS Girls' First XI won the NZCT Cricket Girls' Plate Tournament held at Keith Hay Park in March.

Their opponents were Lynfield College, Botany Downs School and Kelston Girls High School.

They remained unbeaten in all their matches, posting 162/1 against Kelston who were all out for 42; Botany Downs School made 18 all out in reply to MAGS 104/4; and Lynfield College were all out for 23 before MAGS made 24 for the loss of 1 wicket.

This placed them against Botany Downs in the final. MAGS elected to bowl first, bowling out Botany Downs for a total of 10 runs. They made the required 11 runs in less than two overs.

More photos here

MAGS girls at U17 World Cup

Two of MAGS' star football players represented New Zealand at the FIFA Under 17 Women's World Cup in Costa Rica.

Jade Parris (top right) helped the side to a 1-1 draw with Paraguay on Monday, 17 March, and also played on Thursday, 20 March, in a 3-0 loss to Spain. Bella Kingi joined Jade on the pitch in the final match against Japan on Monday, 24 March, which New Zealand lost 3-0.

Deven Jackson was also selected for the side but had to withdraw due to injury.

All three girls were in the First XI which won the NZ Secondary Schools Championship last year. 

Elias Goodhue invited to All Black Sevens training camp

Elias Goodhue, at centre with ball, and Blake Hohaia, back row third from right, were selected for the 2013 Condor Sevens Tournament Team.

Elias Goodhue, MAGS' Head Boy in 2013 and a star rugby player, had the chance to display his skills before All Black Sevens coach Sir Gordon Tietjiens in March.

Elias was one of three members of the Wider Training Squad invited to attend the All Black Sevens training camp at Mt Maunganui ahead of the IRB Tokyo and Hong Kong Sevens. He and Blake Hohaia were both selected for the Tournament Team at the end of the 2013 Condor Sevens Championship, and Elias's performance for his home province of Northland in the Bayleys National Sevens in January prompted the invitation from Sir Gordon. More ...

Gold, silver and bronze at North Island Rowing Championships

U18 Pair Jonathan Winter and Fergus McSwiney, with coach Josh Schmidt, won MAGS' first gold medal at the North Island Championships for nearly 30 years.

MAGS Row's first North Island gold medal since the 1970s and the first ever medal for a girls' crew were highlights of a success-laden weekend at the North Island Secondary Schools Rowing Championships from March 7-9.

Jonathan Winter and Fergus McSwiney claimed a decisive victory in the Under 18 Boys' Pair early on finals day. Later, Kate Wislang and Maria Markovich, pictured with coach Sarah Wolff, brought MAGS Row girls into the record books with a bronze medal in the U16 Girls' Double.

In between, Jonathan and Fergus joined Matthew Smith, Carl Pracey and coxswain Dylan Dodds to win silver in the U17 Boys' Four, and a bronze medal was won by the Novice Boys' Four of Tom Butler, Jack Morrison, Cole Brann, Damon Trumper and coxswain Bradley Shelton.

In all, MAGS Row crews fought their way into 12 A finals. Success ranged from our Novice to our Senior crews, boys and girls. Our Senior Eight earned starts in the finals of the three blue ribbon events, the U18 Pair, U18 Four and U18 Eight. More ...

Photo report here

Senior Mixed Touch are Central Zone Champions

MAGS' Senior Mixed Touch team became Central Zone Champions on Tuesday, 18 March, after beating last years champion's Western Springs 7-2.  This had not been achieved for the last few years. 

The team went through the competition undefeated with a total of 47 trys for and only 7 against. 

The team now looks forward to the NZSS Regional tournament on Saturday, 22 March, at Moire Park, with hopes of qualifying for the nationals in December.

MAGS defends Auckland softball title

The Premier Softball team beat Auckland Grammar 3-0 in extra time to defend their Auckland Secondary Schools title at Warren Freer Park on Tuesday, 25 February.

The score was tied at 0-0 at the end of normal time. The game pushed on to 11 innings before drew first blood, with three batters making it home.

Auckland Grammar had no answer when it was their turn to bat, and the final was won 3-0 by MAGS.

Most Valuable Player was pitcher Seth Bourgeois (right), who claimed 26 strike outs from 33 batters. More photos here

Sports champions recognised

MAGS' Athletics and Swimming champions or 2014 were presented with their trophies in assemblies. Congratulations to the students for their dedication to training, and resulting success.

MAGS Athletics Champions for 2014 are, from left, Niven Longopoa (Intermediate Boys), Jacqueline Hand (Intermediate Girls), Waimana Reidlinger-Kapa (Intermediate Field Cup, shared with Niven Longopoa), Celine Pearn (Senior Girls Champion, Senior Girls Sprint Champion), Bernard Togiatomai (Senior Shot and Discus), Aaron Booth (Senior Boys Champion, Senior Boys Sprint Champion, Open Field Champion, 400m Champion), Sean Donald (800m Champion, 1500 Champion, Open Distance Champion), Rebakah van Dort (Molly Swanson Distance Cup), Karl Pearn (Junior Boys Champion), Malia Longopoa (Junior Girls Champion, Junior Girls Field Champion). Absent: Jack Morrison (Junior Boys Field Champion).
MAGS Swimming Champions for 2014 are, from left, Katherine Grozev (Intermediate Girls), Tyler Jerrom (Senior Boys), Kadin Bullen (Junior Boys), Charlotte Pritchard (Senior Girls), and Syliva Louis-Marie (Junior Girls). Absent is Intermediate Boys Champion Yinhu Cui.

Records tumble at school Athletics Sports

Twelve new records were made at the 2014 School Athletics Championships at Trusts Stadium in Waitakere on Tuesday, 18 February.

Two athletes broke multiple records - Rebekah Van Dort (above, in green singlet) showed her dominance in the Senior Girls' long distance events, breaking the 800m, 1500m and 3000m records. She will receive the Molly Swanson Distance Cup. Niven Longopoa (below) broke the 100m hurdles and the 400m records in the Intermediate Boys' grade. 

The other new records were set in a variety of track and field events and outstanding performances were seen throughout the day. To compete for the champion cup in each age group, athletes were required to choose five track and field events in which to earn points. The age group champions for 2014 are: Senior Boys: Aaron Booth; Senior Girls: Celine Pearn; Intermediate Boys: Niven Longopoa; Intermediate Girls: Jacqueline Hand; Junior Boys: Karl Pearn; Junior Girls: Malia Longopoa.

The full list of new records and results is here
More photos here

Rowing success at Head of the Harbour

MAGS Row's three Under 18 Boys' Pairs took out first, second and third places at the Head of the Harbour Auckland Championships at Lake Pupuke on Saturday, 15 February.

This rare clean sweep of a Premier event was a highlight in a day when the MAGS colours featured frequently in the placings.

Other wins were secured by Girls' U16 Double Scull rowers Victoria Peri and Abigail Marshall (below), and the Boys' U18 Novice Four of Jack Morrison, Cole Brann, Tom Butler, Damon Trumper and coxswain Joseph McNamara.

Of the U18 Pairs, Jonathan Winter and Fergus Cruickshank-McSwiney claimed first place, Carl Pracey and Matthew Smith were second, while Todd Martin and Evander Tangiiti wrapped up the top three places for MAGS.

They later joined Jed Bradley, Dallas Marshall and coxswain Dylan Dodds to come third in the blue ribbon event - the Boys U18 Eight. This was the first year since 1986 that MAGS has boated an U18 Eight, and to gain a place at the Head of the Harbour is a credit to their intense training, led by coach Josh Schmidt (pictured above) and MAGS Director of Rowing, Will Maling. The weekend got off to a great start at the Westlake Junior Regatta the previous day, when the Girls' U15 Eight won their event. More ...

Swimming Sports 2014

Four records were broken and one equalled at MAGS' annual Swimming Sports Day on Tuesday, 11 February.

Yinhu Cui broke three records and equalled one, while Swimming Captain Charlotte Pritchard sealed the other new record.

Yinhu is the new record holder of the Intermediate Boys' 200m Freestyle (2.01.70), 25m Backstroke (13.91) and 100m Individual Medley (1.05.74). He also equalled the record for the 100m Freestyle event (55.56).

Charlotte created a new record in the Senior Girls' 100m Butterfly (1.06.25).

Many other swimmers came close to other records and we are now anticipating the Central/East Zone competition at Diocesan School Aquatic Centre on Thursday, 27 February.

More photos from the MAGS Swimming Sports here

Click here to download a pdf of results. This table details the records broken or equalled.

Event New Record Previous Record
100m Butterfly
Charlotte Pritchard
1.06.25 previous record held by Grace Marriner-Duncan 2009 1.06.37
100m Freestyle Yinhu Cui 55.56 previous record held by Timothy Van der Kraay 2000 55.56
200m Freestyle Yinhu Cui 2.01.70 previous record held by Jordan Quintal 2008 2.03.30
25m Backstroke Yinhu Cui 13.91 previous record held by Tea Williams 2010 14.00
100m Individual Medley  Yinhu Cui 1.05.74  previous record held by Devon Seymour  2003 1.06.74

Thank you to our parent Paul Jerrom and all the teachers and students who helped.

MAGS netball star visits Year 9 Academy

Jamie-Lee Price, the Premier Netball captain who led her team to National Championships in 2012 and 2013, took time out from training with the Waikato Magic to visit this year's Year 9 Netball Academy.

Jamie's former coach and Academy Director Ms Te Aroha Keenan says it was the girls' first training session, "but they were keen to impress with Jamie looking on".

"The girls showed skill and a keeness to listen and learn which will hold them in good stead for their first year at MAGS," says Ms Keenan.

Jamie came dressed in one of her Magic tops and gave each of the girls a souvenir of a Magic wristband bearing her name.

MAGS softballers selected for national team

Callum Elson on the home plate

Shortstop Cole Evans

Bradley Bennett in the outfield

Softball New Zealand has selected two former MAGS students and one current student as members of the Junior Black Sox team to contend the World Series in Canada in July.

Bradley Bennett, Callum Elson and Cole Evans are part of a 17-strong squad to be coached by Thomas Makea and Jarrad Martin. They team will play in the Dean Schick tournament in Auckland in February, then head to Vancouver at the end of June for warm up games before the World Championships start in July. For more information see

MAGS tennis player runner-up at Nationals

MAGS student Te Kani Williams returned to the tennis court after a lengthy injury layoff to come runner up in the Under 14 national championships in Auckland in January.

Te Kani, seeded eighth, played second seed Finn Reynolds in the final, pushing him to 7-5 in the first set. The second set was won 6-0. Te Kani had earlier beaten the top seed in the quarter final.

Te Kani is pictured at centre, with winner Finn Reynolds and Tennis New Zealand CEO Steve Johns.

Gold, silver and bronze at National Athletics Championships

Year 11 student Niven Longopoa was a star performer at the NZSS Athletics Championships, claiming three medals, including a gold.

Niven won the Junior Boys long jump with a new personal best of 6.54m.  He also ran a personal best time of 13.70s to come second in the 100m hurdles. His third medal came running the anchor leg for the Senior Boys in the 4x 100m relay, in which they came third.

Two other athletes claimed multiple medals at the championships, held at Porritt Stadium in Hamilton on 7-8 December. Symone Tafuna'i (Y11) placed second in the Junior Girls 100m, clocking 12.48s, and ran in the 4x 100m relay team which won silver.  Cameron Emerson (Y13) won a silver medal in the Senior triple jump with a jump of 13.52m, and ran the third leg of the 4x 100m relay in which the team came third.

The MAGS Junior Girls 4 x 100m relay team which won silver consisted of five athletes as Felicity Te Ahuru-Kakahi hurt her leg running in the heat and was unable to run in the final.  The team for the final was Kodi Barlow, Symone Tafuna'i, Paige Witehira and Jacqueline Hand.  They ran a fast 50.91s, just missing the gold by 0.08s.

The Senior Boys 4 x 100m relay team also used five runners, with thrower Bernard Togiatomai running in the heats only.  The team for the final was Kilian Segers, Aaron Booth, Cameron Emerson and Niven Longopoa. They claimed the bronze medal with a fast time of 44.73s. More photos coming.

Girls' Touch wins National Championship

MAGS' Senior Girls' Touch team defended their national title in convincing style at Bruce Pulman Park in Papakura on 8 December. A further honour was Destiny Grace (pictured with the ball) being named as Most Valuable Player among all the competing teams.

The MAGS team, coached by Mr Junior Fiu, was unbeaten through the three-day tournament and won the final 3-1 over St Kentigern College.

Team manager Mr Api Taulapiu said the composure and experience of the team shone through as they won games by up to 14 points.

"Most members of this team have played together for five years so they know each other's game," said Mr Taulapiu. "They were professional, took control and showed how good they were both on offence and defence."

Four members of the team were only in Year 10 this year, indicating the depth of the squad and its further promise for next season.

Five MAGS players were named in the Tournament team: Destiny Grace, Jamie-Lee Price, Sade Rihari, Danielle Pone and Ashi Ponini.

More photos here

Junior Touch teams are Auckland champions

The victorious MAGS boys' and girls' Junior Touch teams with, from far left, Bernadette Pone (girls' manager), George Pritchard (centre, girls' coach) Charlotte Pritchard (front left, girls' assistant coach), Danielle Pone (front right, boys' manager) and Henry Tetini (far right, boys' coach).

Both boys' and girls Junior Touch teams once again came out winners at the AKSS Junior Touch Championship on 3 December at Bruce Pulman Park in Papakura, defending the titles they won last year.

The boys won their final 4-3 against Mangere College, and the girls won 7-0 over Waitakere College.

In the final, captain Paul Roache and Henry Tetini displayed great leadership and the team made it difficult for Mangere to touch down. MAGS played inclusively, setting plays and scoring under pressure. Special mention goes to Henry Tetini who was awarded Most Valuable Player.

The girls continued their outstanding performance from the Central Zone competition, winning every game by at least 6 points. 

The girls' results were reinforced by having scored 99 tries this season, and conceded only 7, demonstrating amazing attack play and stellar defence. Full report here

MAGS First XI add Two Day Championship to season haul

For the first time in 35 years MAGS First XI cricket team secured the Auckland Two Day Championship on Saturday, 23 November. This trophy will be added to the One Day Championship and the Knock Out Cup won earlier in the year.

The Two Day Championship ended on points after a tense play-off in two matches on Saturday. Amit Dhadwal (pictured at left with his twin brother Aditya) scored a heroic 114 not out but even this was not enough to secure MAGS an outright win. The team had to wait for the outcome of a game between two other schools that went down to the last ball. Match summary here. Full match report coming.

Sports girls are top in Auckland

Congratulations to Amelia Scharting (far left) Jamie-Lee Price and Destiny Grace, named top girls in Auckland in their respective sports at the ASB College Sport Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards.

Amelia was captain of the Premier Girls' Lacrosse team, which won the Auckland and national championships. She was selected for the New Zealand Women's Lacrosse Team (the NZBlax) and competed with them at the World Cup in Oshawa, Canada.

Jamie-Lee was captain of the unbeaten Premier Netball team which won all six competitions in which they played, including the national championship. She was named in the NZSS team, has been selected for the Netball New Zealand Under 21 Development Squad, and has a contract with the Waikato Magic next year.

Destiny was this year the captain of the MAGS Premier Girls' Touch team - AKSS Premier champions and NZSS Champions (in December 2012). She was selected in the NZSS Tournament team and is a member of the New Zealand U19 Touch team.

Congratulations also to MAGS' other finalists in the awards: Aditya and Amit Dhadwal (cricket), Monty Patterson (Football), Jade Parris (Football), Briar Tippett (Lacrosse), Holly Fowler (Netball), Nathaniel Roache (Rugby League), Callum Elson and David Hutchinson (Softball) and Destiny Grace (also nominated as top All Rounder for her other success in athletics and netball).

Softball boys win Central League

MAGS has won the Secondary Schools Central Junior Boys' Softball League after beating Massey High School 7-1 in the final at May Road on 25 November.

Captain Harley Maynard pitched aggressively throughout the game, backed up by catcher Tait Pierson. The team got in behind the duo to help bring home the win with their competent batting and enthusiastic fielding ability. 

The boys thanked coach Stu Kinghorn and his assistants Jacob Hafford and Cole Evans for their fantastic coaching and mentoring. They also thanked their parents and supporters, including teacher Mr Elliot Moka, for cheering them on around the diamond.

Further congratulations go to MAGS players selected for the Auckland Under 15 Boys' team to play at Nationals in Wellington in January - Harley Maynard, Sharn Ashford, Toby Bourgeois, David Jardine-Ngauamo, Cameron Sutton, Zeyvien Ward and Blake Wardrobe.

But next we have the One Day Tournament, to be played at North Harbour on 4 December.

All White drops in on his old coach

Jeremy Christie took time out after playing two games against Mexico to visit his high school coach Kevin Fallon.

Jeremy was captain of MAGS' First XI in 1999 when they were dubbed "The Invincibles" for winning every game they played, including the national final.

The midfielder went straight from school to play for Barnsley in England, and credits Kevin's coaching for preparing him for life as a professional footballer.

"I was only 16 but the transition was pretty seamless, because Kevin had us training and behaving like professionals already," says Jeremy. "He is by far the best coach in New Zealand and everyone I know who's been coached by him only has good things to say."

Jeremy was one of five MAGS old boys selected for the All Whites squad that played Mexico at the Azteca Stadium and in Wellington. The others were his 1999 team mates Tony Lochhead and Rory Fallon, plus Chris James and Storm Roux. 

"There is a camaraderie between MAGS boys when we play together - the five of us had our picture taken at the stadium and we all get along well."

Despite the All Whites losses, Jeremy says it was a fantastic experience to play Mexico at both locations.

"The Azteca Stadium seats 100,000 people and the noise is incredible. We had to use hand signals to communicate," he says.

Jeremy, who boarded at School House, is having a holiday back home in Whangarei before flying back to his current home in Orlando, Florida. He plays for a club there and is engaged to an American woman. He doesn't know when he'll make it back to New Zealand, but said he would drop back into MAGS, and catch up with his old coach, the next time he was in town.

MAGS wins inaugural Under 15 Sevens Tournament

On 20 November MAGS won the first Auckland Under 15 Sevens Tournament, held at Liston Park in Ellerslie.

The team was well lead by inspirational captain Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa. All the players in this team were either in the year 9 or year 10 Rugby Academy.

The day's results were:

vs Rutherford High School: Won 62-0
vs Tangaroa College: Drew 10-10
Vs Otahuhu College: Won 24-7
Vs Mount Roskill Grammar: Won 34-5
Final vs Tangaroa College (who beat Kelston in their semi-final): Won 17-5

The squad of 14 players were: Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa (c), Isaiah Papalii, Salyn Tonu'u, Paul Roache, Keepa Wiki, Caleb Clarke, Reagan Mitchelson, Tyrone Francis, Jesse Amiatu, Uala Salia, Patrick Pati, Viliame Tufunga, Charles Dunn, Issac Lulia.

Young batsman makes the news with a score of 219

Year 9 student Katene Clarke appeared on TV One Sport news in November after scoring 219 runs in a one-day game against Liston College.

Katene's incredible innings took place at MAGS on 11 November. The 14-year-old's performance, which included 22 fours and 6 sixes, helped MAGS to a final score of 348/6 in the 40-over match. Liston College was all out for 92; two of their wickets fell to Katene's bowling.

The win secured MAGS a place in the top eight Auckland schools for the NZ Community Trust Year 9 Knock-Out Cup Auckland finals.

Katene has been playing cricket for about 10 years and is in MAGS' Second XI. His previous personal best was 106. On 23 November he scored another century against Kristin School's First XI.

Hat trick for Year 10 bowler

Logan Sowter completed a rare feat in cricket on 16 November, bagging a hat trick of three wickets in one game.

The Year 10 bowler is in the Junior A team that played Sacred Heart at their home ground in a one-day game of 30 overs a side. Logan's total was 6 overs for 3 wickets and 32 runs.

Two of his wickets were caught behind by Ethan Duffin, the other was caught in the field by Jordan Teina.

Although MAGS did not win the game (coming in at 119 all out vs Sacred Heart's 121-4) Logan's hat trick was the highlight of the day.

MAGS' former football stars selected for All Whites

TV One Sport visited the school on 5 November to interview Soccer Academy Director Kevin Fallon about the latest All Whites' selection. Among the players were five former students of Mount Albert Grammar and members of Mr Fallon's academy - Tony Lochhead, Jeremy Christie, Rory Fallon, Chris James and Storm Roux. 

Read Kevin Fallon's blog here about the big challenge his former players faced as they prepared to play Mexico. 

Netballers selected for national squads

Premier netball team members Jamie-Lee Price and Meretini Fuimaono (pictured above) have been selected for the Netball New Zealand Under 21 Development Squad.

The Year 13 students are among 11 elite players selected, only five of whom are still at secondary school. MAGS' Premier netball co-coach Ms TeAroha Keenan says their selection is an amazing achievement for such young players, and a credit also to Mount Albert Grammar's netball programme.

Netball New Zealand has also invited six MAGS players to attend its 2013 National Development Camp being held from 13-17 December at St Peter's School in Cambridge. They are Year 12 student Chiara Semple, Year 11 students Holly Fowler, Maia Wilson and Alanis Toia, and Year 10 students France Bloomfield and Elle Temu.

Ms Keenan says this is the biggest number of students invited from one school. Of the 13 girls who won this year's secondary schools national title, seven will continue at school next year and six of them are among the Development Camp group. Attending camp will be players and umpires from across New Zealand as Netball NZ looks to provide a "best on best" environment with its Performance coaches, High Performance Sport NZ and Netball NZ staff working alongside, guiding and supporting the athletes' development through the week.

Links to more info at Netball NZ are here and here

2013 Sports Awards

Irae Simone and Destiny Grace were awarded MAGS top sports prizes at the Sports Dinner on Tuesday, 22 October.

They are pictured here with Albertian and All Black Steven Luatua, who presented the MAGS Black Caps earlier in the evening, rugby coach Geoff Moon, who gave the event's keynote speech, and Headmaster Dale Burden.

Victor Ludorum Irae Simone attained his award for achievements in athletics, rugby, rugby league, rugby sevens and volleyball.

Victrix Ludorum Destiny Grace was awarded for her success in athletics, touch rugby and netball.

The Team of the Year was the Premier Netball team, who defended their National title at the end of an unbeaten season in which they won every major competition. A moving haka was presented to the girls by a group of fathers and uncles.

The award for Outstanding Achievement in Girls' Sport was shared by New Zealand representative lacrosse players Amelia Scharting and Briar Tippett.

Outstanding Achievement in Boys' Sport went to First XI footballer Monty Patterson, who was selected for the New Zealand A team to play Jordan at North Harbour Stadium, and who is currently competing in the Under 17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

Full story, awards and photos here

First XV tour of the Cook Islands

The First XV finished their season with a week-long tour of the Cook Islands during the holidays.

They won all three games they played - 63-0, 28-0 and 27-5 - but coach Geoff Moon says the trip was less about scorelines than sharing cultural, school and sporting ties. Three players in the team have Cook Islands family lineage - O'Neal Rongo, Ethan Thompson and Michael Kelly.

The team were treated like celebrities, with media reports on their arrival and their games, and 500-stong crowds gathering to watch them play.

Of particular significance was the inaugural match for the William Kati Heather Memorial Trophy, created by the Cook Islands Rugby Union to honour the sportsman and chief, and to strengthen ties with MAGS on the rugby field and in education. Mr Heather's great grandson, O'Neal Rongo, is in the MAGS First XV, and his grandson Benjamin Heather is in the Cook Islands' Resident Under-19 team which played MAGS for the trophy. MAGS won 27-5. More ...

Premier netball team defends national title

MAGS' Premier Netball team has won the New Zealand Secondary Schools' Netball Championship for the second year in a row, beating St Mary's College from Wellington 41-23 at the Auckland Netball Centre.

The team, coached by Ms Paula Smith and Ms TeAroha Keenan, continued its two year winning streak in convincing style. While the first quarter finished with a close scoreline, MAGS' slick and commanding play saw them take off from the second quarter.

Five MAGS players were chosen for the Tournament Team: Jamie-Lee Price, Maia Wilson, Chiara Semple, Meretini Fuimaono and Holly Fowler.

Goal shoot Maia Wilson finished the tournament with the highest shooting stats of any player in the tournament, successful with more than 92 percent of attempts at goal. Fellow shooter Meretini Fuimaono was also in the top six overall.

Ms Keenan said the tournament was tougher than the convincing scorelines suggested, and that St Mary's was a good team. "But we are very good," said Ms Keenan. "We played hard and fast and were tough when we needed to be." More ...

Watch Netball NZ's video of the game here
Match report here
Final photos here
More photos here

MAGS footballers in NZ U17 World Cup team

MAGS footballers Monty Patterson and Oliver Sail were selected for the NZ Under 17 side to compete in the World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in October.

The Young All Whites were in a tough pool against Uruguay, Cote d'Ivoire and Italy, and although they didn't win any games, the experience was invaluable.

New Zealand qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup UAE 2013 by winning the OFC U-17 Championship in Vanuatu in April, winning all five of their games. Monty, an attacker, and Oliver, a goalkeeper, played a key role in that success.

The 52-match FIFA U17 World Cup UAE 2013 was played between 17 October and 8 November in the six host cities of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Sharjah and Al Ain.

Canoe Polo teams top in Auckland

MAGS' Senior and Junior Canoe Polo teams both won their Auckland Secondary School Championships, both defeating Long Bay College in their finals.

The Junior team won 6-3 and the Seniors won 4-2 in finals played at Northcote College in October. This is the fourth year in a row MAGS has won the Senior competition; it is the first time a Junior league has been run.

Canoe polo is a mixed-team sport, with five players on the water at any one time. Our Junior team of seven was made up of four girls and three boys, and the Senior team of eight has one girl member. The Senior team also plays for the Auckland Canoe Polo Club, and this year won the New Zealand C Grade Championship.

Lydiard winners receive awards

The individual and team winners with legendary long distance runner Mr Bill Baillie.
Back row from left: Lewis MacKinnon, James Stacey, Andrew Battley, Sean Donald, Ghan Satjipanon.
Front row from left: Elizabeth Lyon, Sophie Cooper, Mr Baillie, Rebekah Van Dort, Nicole Lawrence.

The long distance runners who dominated the 10km event of the Arthur Lydiard Challenge Cup received their medals and trophies at a ceremony on 27 September.

Held at the Trusts Stadium in West Auckland, the top school teams heard an inspiring talk by long distance running legend Bill Baillie before being presented with their awards.

MAGS girls won the top five placings in their 10km event, and the boys won four of the top five.

In the girls event Rebekah Van Dort was first, Elizabeth Lyon second, Nicole Lawrence third, Emma Donald fourth and Sophie Cooper fifth.

The boys race saw MAGS' Sean Donald cross the line first, James Stacey second, Andrew Battley fourth and Milan Bonkovich fifth.

MAGS also won the boys and girls team events.

In all, 17 MAGS students entered the challenge. The course covered part of the route in the Waitakeres around which Arthur Lydiard trained his gold medal athletes. The event has special significance for the school as Arthur Lydiard studied here. He then went on to train fellow old boy Peter Snell, helping him achieve his Olympic gold medals.

The event was a fundraiser for the Legend Charitable Trust.

Joshua Goodhue selected for NZ Secondary Schools Rugby First XV

MAGS First XV captain Joshua Goodhue has been selected as lock for the New Zealand Secondary Schools rugby team.

Joshua is now in Sydney to play tests against Fiji, Australia A and Australia.

Joshua will then rejoin the MAGS' First XV in the Cook Islands for a three-game sport and cultural tour.

First XV coach Mr Geoff Moon says Joshua's national selection was expected and deserved.

"No one who has worked closely with Josh is surprised," says Mr Moon. "He is like a young Richie McCaw bright, brave and courageous. He has the work ethic of a sportsman destined to do well, and this is a great reward for a young man who always puts the team before himself."

Joshua has spent three years in the First XV and Mr Moon says it is fitting that he should finish his secondary school career as a schoolboy international.

"He is proof that if you work hard in the classroom and on the field, and continually strive to be better than you were yesterday, you can achieve great things.

"Joshua has never been overseas, but within two weeks he'll have played in Australia and the Cook Islands. That's what sport can do."

Joshua and his twin brother Elias, who is also in the First XV, come from Kawakawa in the Bay of Islands and have boarded at the school from Year 10.

"Everything Josh and Elias do is values based," says Mr Moon. "Every decision they make is based on what is right. Josh has set the benchmark now for next year's team, and for the youngsters in the year 9 and 10 Academy. His selection for the national secondary schools team has been the highlight of the season."

Reuben Porter selected for national rugby league sides

Year 12 rugby league player, and a member of MAGS First XIII, has been selected for the New Zealand U16 Residents Rugby League team, and the New Zealand U17 Maori Rugby League team.

The U16 team will play the Queensland Academy of Sport in Whangarei on Monday, 30 September, and in Papakura on Thursday, 3 October.
The U17 Maori Rugby League team will travel to Australia to compete in a tournament in Brisbane from October 23-30.

Earlier this year Reuben was also selected for the New Zealand Basketball U18 3x3 side which competed in Sydney in January. He is also a member of the New Zealand U17 side which competed in China in June.

MAGS runner-up in Knockout Cup

MAGS bowed out of the Knockout Cup at Bill McKinlay Park in Panmure on Saturday, 14 September, losing 3-0 to Westlake Boys High School.

Match report here

Kevin Fallon's blog about the game, and the national championship in which we came fourth, here

Photo report here.

Girls football First XI win national championship

MAGS' First XI girls football team turned the tables on Rangitoto College in Nelson on Friday 6 September to win the national championship 1-0. Jade Parris scored the winning goal from a penalty late in the match.

The game was a replay of the Auckland Knockout Cup last month which Rangitoto won, but in this encounter MAGS came out the victors.

Coach Paul Marshall said the girls were "magic". "They followed the game plan to an absolute T and pulled off an outstanding victory."

Mr Marshall said there was not much between the two sides, but MAGS got better as the game went on.

"We were brilliant out of possession and won the ball back every time, setting the platform for the win," he said. "We created some very good scoring opportunities, and eventually got a decisive penalty."

The team won every game they played through the week, proving they were the best team in the competition. Most Valuable Player of the tournament was Jacqui Hand. "All our work through the season, all the fundraising and team building dinners lead to a perfect ending," said Mr Marshall.

Premier netball team wins Upper North Island competition

In a replay of the Auckland Secondary Schools final, MAGS beat Baradene 36-19 to take out the Upper North Island Secondary Schools Championship in Auckland on Friday, 6 September for the seventh year in a row.

Maia Wilson, Jamie-Lee Price, Holly Fowler and Chiara Semple were later named in the Tournament team. Captain Jamie-Lee Price was named Mid-Courter of the Tournament.

Over the five day tournament at the Howick Pakuranga Netball Centre, MAGS won all 10 games they played. Co-coach TeAroha Keenan says the team's dominance was underlined in the final, which they won convincingly.

"But we're not expecting that going into the New Zealand Secondary Schools final," says Ms Keenan. "We will be challenged; there are a lot of little things we need to tidy up before then."

She and co-coach Paula Smith are looking forward to the girls having four weeks of dedicated training with the Premier team. Two positions in the 10-person squad are up for grabs as they will be retrial led.

To wrap up the northern season, MAGS was also named the Auckland Secondary Schools Champion of Champions due to the proportion of success among the teams they fielded. Out of 20 MAGS teams, nine won their grades and three were runners-up.

Ms Keenan puts the depth of success of MAGS netball down to the requirement placed on senior players to coach junior teams.

"The top players get the good stuff from their coaches, and then pass it on to the juniors. They have up to date knowledge and tactical nous gained fresh from top competition."

She named two student coaches who are particularly dedicated to this role Holly Fowler, still only in year 11, and Shekynah Clarke (year 13), daughter of former All Black Eroni Clarke.

"They really care about their teams. They coach them alone and turn up to every training, and stay as long as is needed. They provide a great example of how to give back."

Rugby league First XIII make final; win awards

MAGS' First XIII rugby league team was unable to claim the national secondary schools title on Friday, 6 September, bowing out 18-24 to Kelston Boys High School.

But they left the competition knowing they made it all the way to the final or the first time. And five members of the MAGS First XIII were named in the Team of Merit at the New Zealand Rugby League Secondary Schools Awards at Mt Smart Stadium on Thursday, 5 September. Irae Simone received the Vodafone Warriors Best Back Award.

The five players picked for the Team of Merit were Brody Lam, John Tapueluelu, Irae Simone, Nathaniel Roache and Connor Purcell.

Speakers during the evening included Mayor of Auckland Len Brown, Vic Tamati from Its Not OK!, Warriors players Ben Henry and Glen Fishiiahi, Dain Guttenbeil and Tony Iro from the NZRL and Wallace Haumaha from NZ Police.

All the speakers focused on a common theme, asking the players to take what they were learning in their roles as team members and players and applying this to their lives. Key words and phrases used by many of the speakers included discipline, courage, respect, leadership, making good choices, building good relationships with their team mates, visitors from the other schools, and their wider community. Mt Albert Grammar captain Nathaniel Roache put it most succinctly when he said Good players make good people and good people better players which earned him applause from group.

Three championships in one weekend

A national title for girls' lacrosse and Auckland titles for netball and boys' soccer made for a golden weekend for MAGS sport on August 24-25.

The Premier Girls' lacrosse team beat Cambridge High School 8-3 to win the national title.

The team won all five pool games on Saturday and early Sunday, playing their last one in torrential rain from the thunderstorm that passed over the top of the country that morning.

They saw off Epsom Girls' Grammar in the semi-final. MAGS had only narrowly beaten Cambridge High in their pool game, coming from 3-5 down to snatch three goals in the last three minutes, but in the final found an extra gear and secured a decisive victory. More ...

MAGS' Premier Netball team made it five in a row on Saturday when they won the Auckland Secondary Schools Championship at the Auckland Netball Centre, beating Baradene 46-28.

The Premier team has won 334 games in the past five years and lost only four. Last year they won all six competitions they entered, including the nationals.

Also on Saturday, the Senior A team successfully defended their title with a one-sided match against St Kentigern, winning 45-21. More ..

And in football, the First XI boys' team, having already won the Auckland league on points, wrapped up the competition with a 3-1 over Westlake. This is the 38th time MAGS has won the Beswick Shield since it was first presented in 1927.

Scott Doney scored in the first half and converted a penalty to bring up his 22nd goal of the season. MAGS' other point was an own-goal. See the full match report and photos here

Distinction in rhythmic gymnastics

Four MAGS students competed in rhythmic gymnastics at the National Gymsports Championships on 10 August. Each achieved at a high level.

Ruth Lever Y13 3rd place International Grade
Kate Nicholson Y10 4th place in Elite Grade
Meghan Cotton Y11 5th place in A Grade
Sophie Cooper Y9 - 2nd place in 6th Grade

Ruth Lever has qualified to represent Auckland at the national championships in Napier in October.

Four MAGS Rowers selected in the AKSS Light Blue Squad

At the completion of the 2012-2013 rowing season a squad of 28 boys from twelve different Auckland Schools were selected for the Light Blue Squad Auckland Winter training programme. The squad has been meeting at different rowing clubs over the winter, completing five-hour training days on several Sundays. It is from this squad of 28 that the final eight boys have been selected to travel to Australia.

Yesterday the trials for the Light Blue Squad to travel to represent Auckland Secondary Schools in the Queensland State Schools regatta were held. Mount Albert Grammar has over half the boat, with the following four boys selected: Sam Perry, Todd Martin, Evander Tangiiti and Jonathan Winter.

To get half the boat from one school is an absolutely amazing achievement. The boys will travel to Australia on Friday 20 September and be competing at Bucca Weir in Bundaberg, Queensland.

Summer Sport Photographs

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Fuji Xerox Ltd and Photolife Ltd visited our school last term and took the 2013 Summer Sport photographs. Summer Sport photographs are now available for purchase at

You will need to log in using the Username and Password that we e-mailed you last month for the Class Photographs. If you haven't already accepted the Terms and Conditions then you will be prompted to read and accept the Terms and Conditions. Once you have accepted the Terms and Conditions you can easily work your way around the website. Begin by typing your child's surname in the search facility, on the left, and your child's group photos will show. From here you can click on the photo and order any of the available options. Once you have selected your photos, go to your Basket to view or edit. Follow the prompts for payment.

Your order will be delivered to your delivery address, which you give them, within 15 working days.

Any questions or queries, please contact Fuji Xerox directly at or me.

Kind regards
D Long
Director of Sport

Junior Black Soxs Named

Bradley Bennett, Callum Elson and Cooper Hutchinson have been selected for the NZ Junior Black Sox training squad with the final team to be named early 2014 ahead of the Junior World Softball Series.

Well done to these boys and their hard work has paid off.

Visiting Japanese School plays two Rugby Fixtures

On Saturday, 3 August, Mount Albert Grammar School welcomed a visiting school from Japan, Josho Gakeun High School, who played two games on the MAGS No. 1 rugby field.

They have two teams in their touring party: Under 15 and First XV.
A presentation on behalf of our school was made to the Josho Gaukeun High School team management, between the two games, by co-coach of the MAGS U15 Colts team, Eroni Clarke, who can speak Japanese.

The results were:
Josho Gakeun Under 15 Colts 17 vs MAGS Under 15 Colts 56
Josho Gakeun 1st XV 5 vs MAGS 2nd XV 39

Aaron Booth wins Gold at the Oceania Combined Events Youth Octathlon in Tahiti

Congratulations to Senior Boys Athletics Champion, Aaron Booth, who has returned home with a gold medal following the Oceania Combined Events Championships, which were held in conjunction with the Oceania Area Championships from 5-7 June in Tahiti.

Aaron competed in the Under 18 Youth Octathlon and won seven of his eight events scoring a personal best total of 5231 points. He had an outstanding meeting recording personal bests in: shot put, long jump and javelin. His first equal height of 1.91m in the high jump was his highest scoring event earning him an impressive 723 points for the event.

His results were (Points earned for each event in brackets):

100m 1st 12.15 (622) 400m 1st 54.38 (624) 1000m 1st 2:59.27 (671) 110m Hurdles 2nd 15.57 (670)
High Jump 1st = 1.91m (723) Long Jump 1st 6.32m (657) Shot Put 1st 13.01m (668) Javelin 1st 50.49m (596)

Aaron finished 745 points ahead of his nearest rival, which was a tremendous effort over the two days of competition, especially in an out-of-season competition.

MAGS wins the inaugural Jubilee Cup Day Competition

On Saturday 18 May, Mount Albert Grammar School and St Kentigern College went head to head to contest the Jubilee Cup for 2013.

St Kentigern College are the current holders of the Jubilee Cup, which was presented for the first time in 2012 during the MAGS 90th Jubilee celebrations, following their victory in the 1st XV Rugby encounter.

This year, the two headmasters decided to involve four premier sports teams, making this special inter-school fixture for the coveted Jubilee Cup a more prestigious event.

Mount Albert Grammar School secured the Jubilee Cup with two wins and two draws. Congratulations to all our teams involved and to the enthusiastic support from the MAGS community.

Pictured above is Headmaster Burden with the captains of the four teams, Josh Goodhue (rugby), Cameron Sinclair (Football), Parehuia MacKay (Football), Jamie-Lee Price (Netball)

Team Opponent Result
MAGS Football Girls' 1st XI
(Current Auckland Provincial Champions)
St Kentigern College Win 7-0 Photos, Match Report
MAGS Netball Premiers
(Current New Zealand Champions)
St Kentigern College Win 40-16 Match Report
MAGS Football Boys' 1st XI
(Current New Zealand Champions)
St Kentigern College Draw 1-1 Photos, Match Report
MAGS Rugby First XV St Kentigern College
(Current World First XV Champions)
Draw 9-9 Photos, Match Report

Auckland Secondary Schools Bowls Championships

Congratulations to Year 13 student Cole Moir, who has progressed through to the Quarter-finals of the Auckland Secondary Schools Bowls Singles Championships, which will be held at the Remuera Bowling Club on Monday 10 June.

This is the first time MAGS has entered this competition in recent history.

Recent Sports News

Pictured below is Monty Patterson with his Golden Ball trophy which he won as a member of the NZ Under17 Football team competing in the FIFA qualifying tournament. The team won and will now go to the World Cup in Dubai later in the year.

The annual school cross country races were held last week. More...

Monty Patterson

Rowing: Two Silvers at the North Island Secondary School Championships

The NISSC Regatta was held last weekend at Lake Karapiro. Pictured above areUnder-18 single sculler GraysonDauphin and coach Ged Campbell with their silver medals, and the winner and third place-getter of the event at the North Island champs. Regatta Report and Video Highlights on YouTube

More Results To see just the results for Mount Albert Grammar School, please select the school before clicking onto Get Result


Erikana Pedersen, co-captain of the Premier Netball team and NZSS champions 2012, is now playing for the LG Mystics and NZU21's takes session with the MAGS Year 9 Netball Academy. Netball Academy Page

New Zealand Representatives

Cameron Sinclair and Cameron Hogg, both members of the MAGS 1st XI Boys Football team have been selected in the 17 player National U19 Secondary School Representative Team to tour Ireland and the United Kingdom in April and May of this year. Congratulations to these boys on their fantastic achievement.

Albertians Erikana Pedersen & Nadia Loveday, who were both in the 2012 Premier Netball team, have been named in NZU21 team for the World Championships in Glasgow in August 2013.

National Football Representation

Cameron Sinclair (left) and Cameron Hogg (right) are currently on tour with the the Under 19 New Zealand Secondary School Boys Team tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland. You can follow their progress through this website