South Island Volleyball Championships
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Aoraki Secondary Schools Senior Volleyball Championships
Held on 10 March 2015 (photos below)
Roncalli Junior South Island Volleyball Team 2014
Emily Gilchrist, Jemma Gormack, Grace Piddington, Neave O’Driscoll, Jemma Giles, Issy Mckeown, Taylah Marshall and Grace McCoy.
We wish Mr Jones (coach), Mrs Piddington (parent help) and the team of girls all the very best as they prepare for the South Island Junior Volleyball Championships which starts in Invercargill next week (24-27 November). Well done to the girls, parents and supporters who have helped fundraise over the past few months to assist with tournament costs.
Aoraki Secondary Schools Junior Volleyball Championship
The Aoraki Secondary Schools Volleyball Champs were played on Friday 7 November. Nine teams contested the girls grade and Roncalli finished in 3rd place after narrowly missing out on the final losing to Ashburton in the semi final. results -
Roncalli vs Opihi - Ronc won 25-9, 25-19;
Roncalli vs Craighead Red - Ronc won 25-5, 25-21;
semi final - Roncalli vs Ashburton - Ashburton won 28-26, 25-17;
3rd vs 4th playoff - Roncalli vs Timaru Girls High School - Roncalli won 25-7, 25-17;
Friday Night Secondary Schools Volleyball
Congratulations to the Roncalli junior girls volleyball team who finished 2nd in the junior girls Secondary Schools final played last Friday night.  They played a hard fought battle against TGHS, Roncalli lost the first set 25-3 but came back in the second to win 25-23.  The deciding set to 15 was point for point and both teams had the opportunity to take the win.  TGHS won the title narrowly 16-14.  Well done girls on a great achievement and a huge thank you to Mr Jones for his guidance and support throughout the season.
Aoraki Secondary Schools Volleyball Championship 2014
South Island Junior Volleyball Championships – 2013

The South Island Junior Volleyball Championships was held in Christchurch 26 – 28 November 2013.

Roncalli College was represented with a girls’ team for the first time, going into the tournament with no seeding they competed in the division 3 grade competition.
The team did exceptionally well going through their pool play unbeaten and qualified to the semi-final.  On day one they beat Lincoln HS 9B 2-1 and Bayfield HS 9A 2-1.  On day 2 they beat TGHS 9A 2-1 and Riccarton HS B 2-0.

The semi-final on day three was against Riccarton HS Year 9, the first set was a hard fought tense battle, Roncalli narrowly losing 27-25, Riccarton dominated the 2nd set 25-11 and took the win in two sets.  Roncalli finished a well-deserved 3rd= with Bayfield High School, Papanui High School won the division 3 final.
A huge thank you to coach, Bob Katene and Brenda Braddick who travelled as team manager.

Roncalli Junior Girls South Island Girls Volleyball Team:-
Sonnie Katene, Jaymee Cannell, Kate Braddick, Hannah Watson, Issy McKeown, Jemma Giles, Abbey Woods and Jaimi-Lee Kiernan

see the report in the Timaru Herald -

Aoraki Secondary Schools Junior Volleyball Championships
The Aoraki Secondary Schools Junior Volleyball Championships was held on Friday 8 November at the SBS Events Centre.  Roncalli was represented with two teams in the girls grade. The year 10 team was coached by Bob Katene and the year 9 team by Mr Jones.  Both teams played some great volleyball throughout the day and showed heaps of potential.  The teams were in different pools but came up against each other in a cross-over quarter final game. They won a set each before going into the 3rd deciding set to see who would play the semi-final match. Both teams played hard out serves to each other with some bodies going on the line showing heaps of commitment. The year ten team came out eventual winners but not after a hard fought battle to the end by the year 9 girls.  Up against Craighead in the semi-final, Roncalli Yr10 dominated winning in 2 sets before facing a strong team from Ashbuton College in the final who they had lost to earlier in the day.  Losing the first set gave the Roncalli girls more determination to win the 2nd set so they still had a chance of the title.  They set up some good play to take the lead from the start and never looked like losing. The 3rd deciding set played to 15, Ashburton was too strong and Roncalli seemed to be under a lot of pressure and nerves kicked in, they played the best they could but eventually Ashburton took the title.  Finishing runners-up was a fantastic achievement and a great boost before the team heads off to the South Island Secondary Schools Junior Volleyball Tournament at the end of the month.

The year 9 team were awarded the 'fairest team' award, this was well deserved from a team of very dedicated and committed players. Sonnie Katene and Hannah Watson were named in the tournament team which was great recognition for their hard work throughout the day.

Thank you to Mr Jones and Bob Katene for their continuous support and encouragement coaching girls volleyball at Roncalli College.
Year 10 Team –
Sonnie Katene, Kate Braddick, Ruby Harper, Jaymee Cannell, Hannah Watson, Abbey Woods, Isabelli Faha, Jaimi-Lee Kiernan;
Year 9 Team –
Molly Richardson, Isobel McKeown, Grace Piddington, Naeve O’Driscoll, Jemma Gormack, Jemma Giles, Kai Tongitakasem.

Volleyball at Roncalli College was resurrected in 2012 with a number of Year 9 and 10 Girls entering in the local Aoraki Friday night league and the Junior Blue team finishing a very creditable 4th when competing in the Aoraki Junior Championships Tournament.
2013 was a building year with more players seeking to play volleyball in the Senior Competition during term 1 where the Roncalli Boys Team were the winners of the Friday night league. These boys had played some volleyball through Year 11 PE and built around the skill and experience of Vincent Laumoli and Vai Leopoamo showed some devastating hitting to sweep all-comers aside. The Senior Girls team was mostly made up of Year 10 and 11 students and showed an increasing amount of game sense against opposition 2-3 years their senior.
Term 4 has seen a change in the competition with the Senior and Junior competitions (previously only in Terms 1 and 4 respectively) being combined so that players are not having to wait for a year before they can play. As a result, Roncalli has 5 girls’ teams playing in the Aoraki Volleyball Association Friday night competition in Term 4 as the College builds depth.
This increasing knowledge and experience has paid dividends with the Year 9 Girls team receiving the Fairest Team award and finishing 7th in the recent Aoraki Secondary Schools Junior Championships after only four weeks of volleyball and two competition games. They met the Junior Premier Girls team made up of year 10 players in the quarter finals in an incredible tense local derby, with the Junior Premier team winning 16-14 in the final set. This pressure situation put them in good stead as the Junior Premier Girls continued all the way to the final, fighting back in the second set after losing the first, but eventually being narrowly beaten by Ashburton College. Recognition of this outstanding performance came in the form of Sonnie Katene and Hannah Watson being selected in the Aoraki Tournament Team. Finishing runners-up was a fantastic achievement and a great boost before the team heads off to the Junior South Island Championships in Christchurch 25 – 28 November.  This is a first for a Roncalli girls’ volleyball team and they will travel under the guidance of Mr Bob Katene. We wish them all the very best and thank the number of local businesses who have given sponsorship to assist with tournament costs.
South Island Junior Volleyball Squad  - Sonnie Katene, Kate Braddick, Jaymee Cannell, Hannah Watson, Abbey Woods, Isabelli Faha, Jaimi-Lee Kiernan, Isobel McKeown & Jemma Giles.
A huge thank you must go to Mrs Cannell and Miss Zandbergen for all their support and especially Mr Bob Katene and Mr Wilson for joining the volleyball coaching staff as our playing numbers increase.
Mr Jones - TIC Volleyball
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