Year 7 Girls

On Wednesday 15 March, nine Year 7 girls competed in the SEZ Girls' Softball competition. The team consisted of Milly Belcher, Lydia Anderson, Bella Lonie, Ella Harris, Olivia Taylor, Katie Oliver, Isabella Hintze, Mia Petfore and Mackenzie Bray.

 

We had a challenging start to the day with our first game against Sir Edmund Hillary resulting in a loss of 11-2. However, this only motivated us to do better for our next two games, the first being against Howick Intermediate. We had a great comeback, winning this game 17-3. Our next game was against Farm Cove and we had another successful game, winning 19-5. This put us second on the table. In the finals we played Sir Edmund Hillary again and the girls showed a massive improvement, with a final score of 10-6, just missing out on first.

 

I would like to acknowledge and thank the girls for showing amazing sportsmanship and pushing themselves to be better after each game. You motivated and encouraged each other, and represented Somerville so well. I am extremely proud of you all.

Reported by: Ms Fran Viljoen

 

Year 8 Girls

An awesome day out with the Somerville Intermediate Year 8 Girls Softball team on the 14th March - the team was made up of the following girls Maria Carr, Jasmine Vroegop, Hana Sotutu, Diana Lister, TMax Jones, Kaitlyn Wade, Teagan Lemafe, Diza Arora, Lucy Peterson, Kelsey King, Aimee Jupp and Danielle Curlett. We had 3 awesome pool games winning 8-2 against Redoubt North, 12-9 against BBI, and 14-3 against Farm Cove. In the finals we were up against Ferguson Intermediate and had a fantastic game winning 15-3! A SUPER day had by all! Big thank you to all the parents and family who came to help out and support the girls!

Reported by: Mrs Jessica Clayton

 

Year 7 Boys

On 17 March, the Year 7 Boys' Softball Team played at the South Eastern Zone Championship led by experienced captain, Jayden Whittle, and vice captain, Brandon Tierney. The lads relished playing their local rivals and with killer instincts, worked as a team! We were lucky to have Jayden's dad on the sideline, Mr Whittle, the local premier team coach, who shared his expertise with the boys on the day!

After smashing the ball around the park they won 4 out of 5 games, taking them through to the final against Farm Cove Intermediate, the only team they had previously lost to. Jayden Whittle pitched up a storm and got the first 2 players out with 3 strikes! Moments later a double play - a star catch was made by newcomer to the game, Ryan McKenzie, catching the batter out and with lightning pace, he fielded the ball to base 2 player, Joshua Gagiano, tagging the Farm Cove player. Out on 2!

 

With the final score being 4-0 to Somerville, we won the competition and are the South Eastern Zone Champions! It was a proud moment for us all, especially Ms Wilson, first time selecting and coaching a softball team. Watch this space next year - Year 8 here we come!

Reported by: Ms Nicola Wilson

 

Year 8 Boys

After losing the first game to a very strong and skilled team from Sir Edmund Hillary, our Year 8 Boys Softball team picked themselves up to win the next 4 games, in convincing fashion. Farm Cove, Redoubt North, Ferguson Intermediate and Sancta Maria were all outplayed in both the field and batting.

 

Playing for 3rd place, the boys faced Farm Cove again. With 3 Auckland representative players, including the pitcher and backstop, Farm Cove was a very talented, experienced and well drilled team. Their pitcher, who we were able to score runs off in round 2, was outstanding and made life very difficult for our batters. After battling against the odds, our team succumbed to the intense pressure and lost the final game, placing us 4th.

 

Throughout the tournament, our Year 8 Boys Softball team exhibited outstanding tenacity, skills and sportsmanship; characteristics to be celebrated and to be proud of. Thank you to the parents who supported our team, your encouragement was much appreciated.

 

A huge thanks to the team. You made our school, community and your coach very proud!

Reported by: Mr Paul Knight