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Thursday, September 19th, 2019 in News.

The Anchor AIMS Games is a sporting championship which gives Year 7 & 8 students an opportunity to compete as individuals or in a team against the best of their age in 23 different sports.
This year the AIMS Games were held from the 9 th – 13th September. John Paul College had over 70 students participating in various events.

AIMS SWIMMING Congratulations to both Liam Reinders and Karolina Joyce for their success at the recent AIMS Games Swimming events held in Tauranga. Liam won two silver medals, and Karolina won three golds and a silver !!

AIMS MOUNTAIN BIKING Congratulations to our Mountain Bike team who participated in the inaugural Mountain Bike event at AIMS Games this year. The results were: Year 7 Boys – Craig Carter 35th Year 7 Girls – Rhianna Lonsdale 17th Year 8 Girls – Emma Hickson 7th

AIMS WATERPOLO In seven weeks JPC had to put together and train a competitive team to take on the best around New Zealand. The biggest threat normally comes from Auckland and Bay of Plenty.

A week before AIMS games the team was part of a tournament for BOP teams competing at AIMS games. The team had a winning attitude that saw JPC beat: Tauranga Intermediate, Aquinas College, Otumoetai Intermediate, Papamoa College, and a draw against Mount Maunganui Intermediate.

The team also had 5 swimmers competing at AIMS swim events Monday and Tuesday. So this required a bit of juggling with help from some other students from another code, to give us the required 6 players, or we had to default.
This tested our resolve and we made it to top 16 out of 32, now to make top 8. With a full JPC team, they went thru 2 wins 1 lost and made the top 4. Unfortunately we lost in our semi-final, which meant we had to play for a Bronze medal.

Northcross Intermediate was playing us for the second time. The last game they had a 4 goal advantage by half time, but we came back and won 7 – 6, in quarter finals. The aim in the Bronze match was not to let them get on top early. By the third quarter we had a 3 goal lead, which they cut back to 1 at full time, Score 7 – 6 to JPC.

AIMS 6-ASIDE GIRLS HOCKEY Congratulations to the girls’ 6 aside AIMS team. A 4th placing in the newly introduced girls’ 6 aside competition for 2019! Our AIMS Hockey team played Girls 6-aside.

Their attitude, effort and conduct on and off the field was superb. We had some tough battles and ended up first in our pool. In the quarter finals the girls had a convincing win gaining them a spot in the top 4.

We narrowly missed out in the bronze medal match and ended up 4th. A huge thank you to Barbara Northey (TIC Hockey), Mathew Grey our umpire, and all the parent help. A special thank you to Ruth Lauder and Jo Dudson who opened their home to us as they have done for several years for AIMS teams. We were very blessed.