McDs Week One Recap

Catch up on all the results from week one, plus our picks for week two

Week One of our McDonald’s Thomson and Whelan Competitions is now in the books, with St. Andrew’s winning both of our game of the weeks.

On the girls’ side, Rangi Ruru struggled with Charlotte Whitakker, as she went 11/16 from the field to lead all scorers with 26 points, while also getting points from Te Rina Cooper and Billie Watson (13 each). Rangi Ruru had a lot more modern style of game as they attempted 16 three points shots, to zero for StAC. Rangi Ruru’s lack of height this year proved their undoing, despite Connie Taylor (18), Sophia Harrison (11) and Bailey Chamberlain (10) all reaching double figures in a 72-61 win for St. Andrew’s


On the boys side, an exciting game eventuated between StAC and Christchurch Boys’ High, with both teams launching shots from the perimeter, and probing inside whenever the opportunity presented itself. It was St. Andrew’s who hit a key go ahead three in the dying seconds to walk out with a 77-76 win, despite only hitting on 25% of their three point shots (to CBHS’s much more impressive 33%).


Kaiapoi showed why they were picked highly in the Whelan Preseason poll, easily taking care of the Middleton Grange Gators 75-58. Sinead McConchie (23) and Helen Matthews (22) showing their class, while newcomer to the school Alida Pohatu-Barnes added 10. Sofia Kennedy and Katie Jo van den Bogaert both had 14 for the Gators.


The Shirley Boys’ Spartans and Gators treated the large crowd to a superb display of shot-making, with Jared Burnett (37) exploiting the midrange gaps in Shirley’s defence. Gator Ben Carlile-Smith had 19 as well. For Shirley, it was their twin towers of Joel Jeffrey (25) and Josh Thomson (22) who were too classy around the basket for the smaller Gators defenders.

Rangiora Girls’ retained the Phil Burns Cup after a comprehensive 85-49 win over Cashmere, while the Cashmere boys are holding on to the Dowson Cup, due to their 90-70 win over Rangiora.


Week One Results

Whelan Division II

Papanui 60-34 Te Pā o Rākaihautū

Avonside 94-40 Burnside

St. Margaret’s 67-47 Villa Maria

Lincoln 73-59 Ellesmere


Whelan Division I

Kaiapoi 75-58 Middleton Grange

Christchurch Girls’ 78-55 Ashburton

Rangiora 85-49 Cashmere

St. Andrew’s 72-61 Rangi Ruru


Thomson Division II

St. Thomas 127-48 Lincoln

Papanui 102-69 Hornby

Ellesmere 51-38 Kaiapoi

Cathedral 85-65 Linwood

Riccarton 88-51 Rangiora New Life


Thomson Division I

Cashmere Boys Basketball 90-70 Rangiora

St. Andrew’s 77-76 Christchurch Boys’

Shirley Boys’ 76-73 Middleton Grange

Christ’s College 74-56 Burnside


Picks last week: Whelan 5/8; Thomson 7/9




Week Two Games (Tuesday 15 May unless otherwise noted). Picks are underlined:

Whelan Division II

  • (Monday 14 May) 5:30pm Hillmorton @ St. Margaret’s
  • 5:15pm Te Pā o Rākaihautū @ Burnside (hosted at St. Bede’s)
  • 5:15pm Papanui @ Marian (hosted at Cathedral)
  • 5:15pm Avonside @ Lincoln
  • 5:15pm Ellesmere @ Villa Maria

Whelan Division I

  • 5:15pm Ashburton @ Cashmere
  • 5:15pm Rangi Ruru @ Christchurch Girls’ (Game of the Week)
  • 5:15pm Rangiora @ Middleton Grange (Phil Burns Cup Challenge)
  • 5:15pm Kaiapoi @ St. Andrew’s


Thomson Division II

  • 7pm Papanui @ Cathedral
  • 7pm Kaiapoi @ Lincoln
  • 7pm Ashburton @ Linwood
  • 7pm Hornby @ Rangiora New Life (hosted at Rangiora)
  • 7pm Ellesmere @ Riccarton

Thomson Division I

  • 7pm Burnside @ St. Bede’s
  • 7pm Hillmorton @ Cashmere (Dowson Cup Challenge)
  • 7pm Christ’s College @ Christchurch Boys’
  • 7pm Rangiora @ Middleton Grange
  • 7pm Shirley Boys’ @ St. Andrew’s (Game of the Week)
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