The St Johns College Sports Institutes continue to evolve with each year group and the participants and college are beginning to reap the rewards of the vision and hard work that goes into delivering quality sports programmes.
BASKETBALL INSTITUTE: It has been a great year of development and success for our basketball institute. A before school session has tested the commitment of players and they have all stood up to meeting the challenge. This year’s institute players have been the most committed yet which in turn has seen the greatest improvement and development on and off the court. A definite highlight was seeing the junior institute players be so comfortable when challenged within the senior team and a senior boy’s format. The development team finishing runners up in the Central Zone div 2 was another.Coach Whitten continues to give his time and enthusiasm for the game and it is showing in the boys play and learning.
CANOE POLO: The Canoe Polo institute continued to develop boys who worked hard and were driven to perform. Albert Parker was the sole year 9 and not only did he become the team mascot he was an example of hard work for all players. Players were continually challenged to perform at a higher level and with 8 players making NZ teams over the last 2 years it showed that their commitment and hard work was being recognised. Silver medals at HBSS regional and NZSS National Championships were the icing on the cake.
CRICKET: Tony Hutchins has joined the institute coaching team this year and bought with him enthusiasm and an extensive coaching background. Boys have continued to work on fundamentals and technique and are continually showing an improved performance. Past institute players have continued to develop and have been selected in HB teams and Central Districts training squads.
FOOTBALL: Bill Robertson has continued to work with an enthusiastic hard-working bunch of footballers. Frost and wet weather rarely made an impact on these boys as the started sessions at 8am. The skill set of players and the perception and understanding of the game has continued to grow. Players have made representative teams at both Hawkes Bay and Federation levels with several players making smooth transition into playing 1st X1 football as year 10s.
RUGBY: Mr Melloy returned to coach the rugby institute alongside Mr McBride. The boys worked hard to develop fitness, fundamental skill sets and technique, game perception and understanding. This years’ 1st XV reaped the rewards of previous institutes with sound coaching allowing the boys the skills and attitudes to compete with other big schools and programmes.
INSTITUTE FAREWELL: The institutes have grown within the college and been driven in many ways by Mr Melloy. With his departure this year it will be challenging to fill his boots in not only a coaching role but also in an administrative and future perspective. We thank him for his hard work and contribution to support our top junior athletes and sports programmes