What a week we had at the AIMS Games 2017!

Fourteen medals won but, more importantly than that, we have had one hundred and fifty-eight students who have had the time of their lives, proudly representing our school, both on and off the field. To see thirty plus Somerville students whole-heartedly support our girls' Futsal team in their final on Friday, for me, epitomised the tremendous team spirit that ran throughout the whole team for the entire week.

 

The teachers, coaches and managers were magnificent in the way they cared for, encouraged, coached and, sometimes, scolded the teams. The number of parents who came to Tauranga throughout the week to support was again superb and we thank you for making such efforts.

It is hard to single out individuals but Niall Vincer's Indoor Bowls singles win meant that we have kept our winning streak alive – it's now three consecutive years that we have won the singles. The other three boys competed strongly, with Samuel Warren getting through to the top eight of over three hundred bowlers. Full credit must go to Graeme and Noeline Wilson for their selfless work and dedication to our Indoor Bowls programme.

 

Our Badminton and Table Tennis teams were responsible for nine of our fourteen medals, so that was a great effort from those two teams. The team's gold was due to the excellent play of Daniel Yang, Harry Shi, Shenae Suh and Katarina Ung. Daniel finished as runner up in the singles competition as well. The Table Tennis golds were won by Annie Chen and Amelia Loh in the girls' doubles and Annie Chen and Hao Sha in the mixed doubles. The final members of the team, Zaara Umrigar and Nick Tweedale finished first in the Tier One aspect of the mixed doubles competition.

Our Futsal teams, particularly the girls team, did us all proud. Their second place finish was unexpected but it just goes to show what a never say die attitude will do. The boys finished sixth in a highly skilful event.

 

Our netball girls finished in sixth place out of over one hundred schools entered – we have never finished higher than that, in what is one of the most competitive sports. That was a truly magnificent effort by the girls. They were skilful in their play and they played the game in the right way – hard but totally fair!

 

Boys and girls football results did not go the way we anticipated but both teams played really attractive, attacking football all week. Both teams ended up winning their respective Plate competitions which says a lot about their spirit and quality. Pitch conditions made it hard to play the type of football they wanted to, but they adapted wonderfully.

 

The Hockey team really gelled as a team and had some very good games over the course of the week. They finished the week in fifteenth place.

 

Laura Wesseling and Daniel Cieplinski both won two silver medals at the pool but unfortunately these medals are not counted towards our final medal tally – a fact that always irks me every year.

Our competitors in the other events like Cross Country, Hip Hop, Cheerleading, BMX, Golf, Tennis, Squash and Multisport all tried their very best, which is all we can ask of them.

 

Finally, to our parents. Thanks for your messages of support via Facebook pages, phone and email. It was heartening to our competitors to feel all that support coming from home.

 

MEDAL TABLE
Gold 4:
Table Tennis girls and mixed doubles / Badminton team / Niall Vincer.
Silver 7:
Table Tennis girls and boys team and girls and boys doubles / Daniel Yang / Aerobics team / Futsal girls.
Bronze 3: Table Tennis mixed doubles / Badminton boys and girls doubles.