Education: Rosmini College
Rosmini 1st XV Tours the South
As part of the schools 50th Jubilee, during the second week of the July Holidays the Rosmini College rugby 1st XV headed off to the South Island. Two matches were planned – one against St Bedes in Christchurch who were celebrating their 100th Jubilee, and a second against Kavanagh College in Dunedin.
The team, coaches and management set off a little late after a fog delay at Auckland Airport, but arrived in time to visit and have dinner at the Antarctic Center near the airport. The next morning after a gritty South Island Breakfast the team headed to St Bedes grounds in Papanui. It was a beautiful setting on a frosty sunny morning with the traditional old buildings back-dropping the grounds. The game was played at a fierce pace and although the Rosmini boys contested most of the way, a couple of late trys left the score at 36 -17. Our guys were impressed with the intensity and commitment of the Christchurch team.
After a social catch-up and a BBQ we set off for a tour through the CBD RED Zone. This was educational and really an eye opener in terms of appreciating the extent of damage to the old city and what the locals have been through.
The bus then headed off for a trip through the central part of the island to spend our second night in Tekapo. For some of the guys this was a one off opportunity to appreciate the magnificent scenery and grandeur of the lakes and mountains. Early next morning having spent a quiet night in at the Tekapo Lodge, we set off for Queenstown through the Lindis Pass and Kawaura gorge along the banks of the Clutha River. Lunch was waiting in Arrowtown, the weather was still sunny though crisp and the team waited in anticipation of a ride that afternoon on the Shotover Jet - which was later enjoyed by all – great fun ! This was followed by a few hours off to relax, explore and have dinner in Queenstown.
Next day we continued towards Dunedin stopping for a training run and BBQ at the historic Clyde-Earnscleugh Rugby Football Club made famous being the spawning ground of the infamous O’Reilly Gang. After management sampled a small ‘Sam Neil Pinot Noir’ we were on the move again to a game of curling in Naseby. A pre-training session had the lads primed to play their first game on the ice which was certainly more challenging than it initially looks, some struggling to lance the stone anywhere near the right direction.
Our Kavanagh School billeting families hosted the team that night in Dunedin then had them at the grounds on the coast near St Kilda ready to go for the game the next morning. The conditions were wet, cold and windy and a feisty start by Kavanagh got our guys stirred up. Rosmini finished the game with a convincing 40-7 win played in a great spirit. Following the game the team spectated a match being played by 3 Rosmini old boys at the “uni” oval, a fantastic venue, then headed off to trek the world’s steepest street. Hosted again by Kavanagh that night we closed out an awesome experience of Southern hospitality.
Next morning we headed on our way to the airport via a tour of the impressive new Forsyth Bar Stadium. The trip was a great experience for all and will hopefully be a memory the boys will always appreciate. We thank St Bedes and Kavanagh for their generous hospitality.
Four Rosmini basketballers in national squads
For most schools to have a student selected to national age grade basketball team is a great achievement. Rosmini College has the distinction of having four players in the two squads. Derone Raukawa and Matt Lacey have been selected to the Junior TallBlacks (NZ U19s), while Steven Robertson and Tohi Smith-Milner are members of the NZ U18s squad.
Both Derone and Matt are outstanding players who have brought their skills to Rosmini College in the hopes of helping the team to repeat as national champions, filling the void left from departing players Anamata Haku (also in the Junior Tall Blacks squad) and last year’s captain Elliot Bryers.
Derone has injected flair and showmanship into the Rosmini game, with his high octane offense and knack for finding ways to the basket that seem impossible. Matt has proven to be a true floor leader, with a calm demeanour which belies his underlying desire to be successful. He has shown on more than one occasion his amazing shooting touch.
Both students of the school have fit well into the Rosmini College community, quickly acclimatising to the new environment and showing that they are definitely talents to watch for in the future.
Steven and Tohi are two starters who were part of the National champion squad of 2011, both vital members of the team.
Steven’s play is relentless, a player that can do it all and attacks the basket with speed and determination, while also playing defence holding the school record for steals in a game.
Tohi is one of the most promising players in NZ, a big man with the skills of a guard, Tohi can score, rebound, pass and play defence. Tohi holds the school records for rebounds and blocked shots in a game and was also a member of the NBL championship winning Auckland Pirates. It seems hard to believe that Tohi still has another year at Rosmini College with the list of achievements that he has achieved, but it is something that the Rosmini College basketball community is very happy with.
The contribution that these students have made to the basketball programme at the school has been phenomenal and shows that the future of basketball at Rosmini College looks bright.