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Education: Westlake Boys High School

Education: Westlake Boys High School

 Westlake Old Boy Returns With Tongan Footballers

The Tonga U13 and U15 National FA Academy football teams paid a visit to Westlake in late September with their tour leader, Westlake old boy and former 1st XV player, Pau Likiliki. With the help of funding from FIFA and the Tongan government, the visiting footballers arrived in Auckland to play against Westlake’s third and fourth form Football Institute teams.

Tour party members enjoyed a short tour of the schoolgrounds before receiving some playing gear donated by school families and staff. The boys were clearly excited and grateful for the kind gifts and their beaming smiles displayed their appreciation. A short walk down the road to Westlake Girls football turf proved interesting when the Tongan boys revealed that they had never crossed a road using traffic lights before.

The Westlake lads won both matches however the biggest cheer from the many spectators on the sideline came when the Tongan team scored an excellent second goal against the U15 side. It was a fitting end to their endeavour and determination from the start of the match.

The conclusion of the game brought many handshakes, photographs and then some impressive Haka displays from both the Westlake players and supporters and Tongan boys respectively. 

The afternoon concluded after a Tongan feast, impressively prepared by the Pasifika Parent Komiti.

This special sporting fixture highlighted the value and experiences that school sport provides to all who partake in it. 

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Westlake Double National Champs In Racket Sports

Westlake Boys Premier Table Tennis and Badminton teams travelled away to their respective National Secondary Schools Winter Tournaments last month and both teams returned triumphant as National Champions.

Both teams strode a solid path to their finals against Auckland Grammar School. In the case of the Premier Table Tennis team, consisting of Victor Pollett, Wilfred Lan, Roger Wang and Victor Ma the championship win, impressively, represented their third consecutive national title. After going ahead four games to one in the final there was no need to play out the remaining matches.

The Premier Badminton team of Niccolo Tagle, Oscar Guo, Callum Harfield, Jowis Lau and Ben Lie came through their tournament unbeaten, and didn’t drop a set in any of the matches. In the final against the top seeds the team physio provided essential support that enabled the team to defend their 2013 title. 

by Channel Magazine

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