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Sports News 21 March

SMC has been awarded Outstanding Female Engagement Initiative by the 2024 Community Cricket Awards! With more than 100 girls participating in cricket across our College, a girl's cricket journey at SMC can begin from Year 1 and continue well into adulthood, with our students supported by a number of White Fern and Canterbury Old Girls.

In addition to this national recognition, deservedly presented to cricket convenor and champion Amanda Hardy at an award ceremony attended by her and Executive Principal Diana Patchett, some recent highlights include:

The selection of Sophie Gibb and Lexie Boon, Year 10,  into a South Island U15 Invitational Cricket team traveling to Dubai to participate in the R66t Dubai Cup, with Amanda Hardy appointed the team's manager.

An annual fixture at The Willows against Otago Girls' School where we retained the Amy Satterthwaite-Suzie Bates Trophy, alumnae of our respective schools.

The annual capping of our 1st XI players – most recently Lily Young, Ciara Hartland and Maya Young.

Well done to all our staff and our girls for their support for the game.

Term 1 Summer sports are winding up, well done to the Senior A Water Polo Team winning the A Grade Girls competition this term, they are competing in the SISS Water Polo Champs this week and building for NZSS Champs in Hamilton next month. Touch Rugby concludes this week with the Senior A and Year 7 & 8 teams competing. 

Well done to everyone who participated in a summer sport this term.

We are now gearing up for Winter Sport trials, check the trial document attached for all trial dates and times. 

Good luck to everyone competing at Summer Tournament week across NZ, we know you will give it your all and we look forward to celebrating the achievements.

NZSS Tennis Cup Teams, Wellington 

NZSS Volleyball Champs, Palmerston North

AON Maadi Cup - Twizel

SISS Touch Champs - Christchurch

SISS Water Polo Champs - Christchurch

Satellite Volleyball Champs - Christchurch


Emma Crawford attended the NZ Cycling Track National Champs this month in Cambridge. Emma didn’t have the best leadup to the event after suffering a crash off her bike, “Not a great lead up to Nationals after crashing and hurting my shoulder keeping me off the bike for 2 weeks. But I have learnt a lot and I'm really happy with the results”. 

Emma won 3 National Titles in her age category in the Elimination, Scratch and Team Sprint events as well as a silver and a bronze medal.  Emma’s resilience and attitude to get back up and keep going is something to be really proud of and is a great example to share with other SMC students. Awesome work Emma.


Student Coaching


Surf Life Saving

Congratulations to Indy Gibson and Meg Thyne who competed at the NZ Surf Life Saving Champs in Mt Maunganui last weekend. Indy had some great results achieving

U17 Women's beach sprint 2nd in NZ

U17 Women’s beach flags 1st in NZ



Congratulations to the junior swimmers who competed at the ISSA Zone Swimming champs earlier this month.  Results are listed below;

Year 8

Kathy Gai: 1st Open 100m IM, 1st Open 100m Freestyle, 1st 50m Breaststroke

Gemma Scott: 2nd Open 100m IM, 2nd 50m Freestyle, 3rd Year 7&8 50m Butterfly

You You Tang: 2nd 50m Breaststroke, 2nd Year 7&8 50m Butterfly, 3rd 50m Freestyle

Sienna O’Connell: 2nd 50m Backstroke

Relay 1st: Kathy, You You, Gemma, Scarlett Doig

Year 7

Lyla O’Sullivan: 1st Open 100m Backstroke, 2nd 50m Freestyle, 1st 50m Backstroke

Grace Wallace: 2nd 50m Breaststroke

Relay 1st: Lyla, Caitlin Cooper, Alexis Robertson, Tara Bates

Year 6

Penny O’Sullivan: 1st year 5&6 50m Butterfly, 1st 50m Freestyle, 2nd 50m Backstroke

Amelia O’Connell: 1st 50m Backstroke, 2nd 50m Breaststroke, 3rd 50m Freestyle

Inka Somerville-Smith: 2nd year 5&6 50m Butterfly, 3rd 50m Breaststroke

Relay 1st Penny, Amelia, Inka, Charlotte Robertson

Year 5

Relay 2nd: Olivia Guan, Tania Liu, Yijia Han, Millie East

Best wishes to the following students who will represent SMC at the Canterbury Primary School Swimming Champs next week.

Kathy Gai, Gemma Scott, You You Tang, Sienna O’Connell, Scarlett Doig, Lyla O’Sullivan, Grace Wallace, Penny O’Sullivan, Amelia O’Connell, Inka Somerville-Smith, Alexis Robertson, Sophia Foley, Charlotte Robertson.



Last month, SMC entered two Tennis Cup teams into the South Island Secondary Schools Tennis tournament in Christchurch. 

The girls played exceptionally well and came away with outstanding results. The SMC A Cup team (Aliyah Daly, Lucy Young, Sophia Amyes) placed 1st, and the SMC B Cup team (Maddi Brown, Margo Dalling, Nevaeh Shand) placed 3rd. Some very high quality tennis was displayed over the course of the 2 days, while great sportsmanship and support was constantly shown.


The Canterbury Secondary Schools Volleyball champs were held on 8 - 10 March. Congratulations to the Senior Green team who won the Division 2 Final. The Senior A and Senior Blue teams both won Bronze in their divisions. Congratulations also to Annie Francis, Lulu Inglis and Julia Mitchell for being named in the tournament team.











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