MAGS Premier Boys’ Lacrosse team made the final of the 2017 AKSS Championship, and put up a valiant fight against favourites Rosmini College at Rosmini’s home ground on Friday, September 29.

Although Rosmini prevailed 8-10, MAGS pushed them hard and for a while were ahead.

As the game began Rosmini was quick to take the lead, and by half time the score was 6-4 in their favour.

However, MAGS did not the opposition get the better of them and fought back to be 8-6 ahead at the end of the third quarter. This drew respect from the large crowd and the Rosmini team, and gave MAGS a glimpse of victory. 

At the beginning of the fourth quarter Rosmini were beginning to panic, which drew a time out from their coach.

He calmed his boys down and reminded them to play their own game, which on the restart of the quarter was exactly what they did. There was a spate of goal for goal exchanges before Rosmini took charge with some dominant moves, catching the MAGS defence off-guard. Rosmini edged ahead to take the match 8-10.

Team manager Mr Neil Harrison said the match was a physical encounter which the boys enjoyed.

“MAGS can hold their heads high – it was a true team effort with each member taking responsibility for their role and backing their team-mates with positive comments under some trying situations. 

 “The MAGS boys earned respect from the opposition, who said after the game that MAGS was the toughest team they have played all year.”

Mr Harrison thanked the coaches, who did an outstanding job preparing the boys, some who were new to the game this year.

Four members of MAGS’ Premier Lacrosse team have been selected for the New Zealand Under 19 Festival Squad.

Pictured above from left, Georgia Carter, Georgia Houston, Rachel Adams and Reese Jacques will travel to England in July 2017 for the Senior Women’s World Lacrosse Tournament.

The team with their coaches, Albertians Katie Budgen and Vlad Boikov, and Manager Ms Sandra Kemp.

19-21 August, in Cambridge

MAGS comes 3rd

Once again Epsom Girls Grammar School upset our ambitions, beating us by 1 point in the semi-final to take that game 4-5.

This forced us into the 3rd-4th playoff against Hillcrest High School. We had lost an earlier game against them 5-6, but this time fought hard and came away with a 10-7 win.

Other matches over the weekend resulted in a 14-5 win over Avondale College, and a 7-5 win over Sacred Heart Hamilton.

This was the team’s final game of the season. We farewell our Year 13 players – Alicia Kennedy, Ruby Johnston, Rachel Adams, Kalisha Moore, Georgia Carter (Captain) and Jess MacFarlane. Thanks to them for helping grow Lacrosse at MAGS during their time with us. Special thanks to Georgia Carter’s mum Kim for all her support, photos and website reports over the past five years.

Congratulations to all players on their success this season, and huge thanks to the coaches, manager Ms Sandra Kemp, and the parents who made it all possible.

Wednesday, 17 August, at College Rifles
MAGS comes 2nd

The One Day Tournament saw the tables turned from the Auckland League final when Epsom Girls Grammar School beat MAGS by 1 point in the final to win 6-7.

MAGS had made it to the final unbeaten – defeating Whangaparaoa 10-0, Mt Roskill 5-1 and Westlake 3-1. In the Semi-Final we won 6-2 over Avondale.

The girls fought hard to the final whistle, with the winning goal coming in the last seconds.

They look forward to the NZSS Championships this weekend – 19-21 August in Cambridge.

Thursday, 4 August, at EGGS
MAGS wins 10-9

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.