Stall-outs, lay-outs and greatests – action packed school league finals!
The boys and girls divisions of the 2013 Auckland Secondary School Indoor Ultimate League took place during the first seven weeks of term 3. Once again the number of teams competing swelled to a new record of 23 entries across the two divisions. New to this year’s league were Birkenhead College, Epsom Girls’ Grammar and Massey High School.
With a lot of close games throughout the league, finals night proved to be a highly competitive evening. The final of the Girls Division between Avondale College and Epsom Girls’ Grammar finished a close 6-4 to Avondale College, with incredible defence from both teams throughout the game forcing stall-outs and high pressure throws. The victory to Avondale College gave them double glory as they claimed both the 2013 Outdoor League and 2013 Indoor League titles. To top off a great season Avondale also took home the spirit prize for the Indoor League – Girls Division.
In another close contest, Alice from Epsom Girls’ Grammar won female MVP of the league.
In the boy’s final – a classic north-vs-south-of-the-bridge battle was contested between Auckland Grammar and Westlake Boys High School. AGS were clean and clinical as always, but the new look zone from WBHS threw them off their rhythm. With the clock ticking down, Jasper Linde of WBHS had a big layout block to get Westlake a break back after being down by two. Then with scores tied up on full time, Billy Armstrong of Westlake Boys performed a greatest to Ryan ‘Panda’ Greaves, busted to the zone and caught the blade pass for the win on universe point. Finals ultimate doesn’t get any better than that!
Last year’s defending champions, Pakuranga College did not go home empty handed, with Pakuranga Poseidon winning team spirit, and Jordan Tan of Pakuranga College awarded male MVP for the league.
Final league standings and team MVPs are listed below.
What’s next on the schools calendar?
The new “Four Friday Friendlies” series starts in term 4. These organised school “pick-up” games will be hosted at Pakuranga College, Green Bay College, Northcote College and Auckland Grammar School from 4.00pm – 6.00pm on Fridays – 22nd and 29th November and 6th and 13th December. It will be completely FREE to attend and are open to any school students so come along even if your school doesn’t have a team. New players are welcome, so bring your friends along and introduce them to the ultimate sport!
Sunday 8 December – Auckland Regional Youth Development Day. This event is for any level of player from new to experienced, under 19 years of age. Come along for a day of coaching from some of Auckland and New Zealand’s top players and coaches. Skills sessions, games, prizes… plus the opportunity to be selected for the New Zealand U19 National Talent Development Camp in 2014. More details coming soon.
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|FINAL STANDINGS – GIRLS|
|Spirit Prize||Avondale College|
|FINAL STANDINGS – BOYS|
|1||Westlake Boys High School 1||Harry|
|2||Auckland Grammar School 1||Ben|
|4||Avondale College 1||Masaki|
|5||Massey High 1||Yinsei|
|7||Auckland Grammar School 2||Lu Shien|
|8||Westlake Boys High School 2||Julian|
|12||Westlake Boys High School 3||Ian|
|13||Massey High 2||Mark|
|14||Avondale College 2||Andrew|
|15||Auckland Grammar Juniors||John|
|Overall MVP||Jordan Tan|
|Spirit Prize||Pakuranga Poseidon|