McDs Week Three Recap

The cream is starting to rise to the top in our High School competitions

We’re almost a quarter of the way through the McDonald’s Thomson and Whelan Seasons, and are starting to see the contenders separate themselves from pretenders.

Avonside looks like they will again be competing for the Whelan Division II title this year, after another big win. This time over Marian College 106-42. Megan Shannon was unstoppable with 25p, and had three other players join her in double figures for the Lady Eagles (Bella Digby 17p; Daisy Shrimpton 15p; Brooklyn Pouwhare 10p). Mckenzie Hansen led the charge for Marian with 18p, but lacked enough support.


Middleton Grange hosted St. Andrew’s, and managed an upset win after the Gators built a 30-23 half-time lead. Katie Jo Van den Bogaert had 23p, Annabel Lapworth 13p, Sofia Kennedy 11p and Fia Lai Kong 10p for MG. To be fair for St. Andrew’s, they were missing their leading scorer, Charlotte Whittaker, from the active roster so will feel confident going forward. Billie Watson (17p) and Milly Nesbit (15p) were the leading scorers for the vistors. The win allows Middleton Grange to retain the Phil Burns Cup for at least another week after a 63-54 win.

Middleton Grange and St. Andrew’s also matched up in the Thomson Trophy, and the Gators again had an upset win – this time by a much larger 89-58 margin. NZ U17 Representatives Mac Stoddard (21p) and Sam Jenkins (16p) had solid offensive showings (including two big dunks from Stoddard – see our plays of the week video!) but struggled to contain the well-oiled Gators side. Ben Carlile-Smith (25p) answered with his own big dunk, and Jarred Burnett (25p) and Ah Li Fenika (18p) also scored well for the Gators.


Cashmere retained the Dowson Cup with a tight 73-62 win over Shirley, while Christ’s College had an extremely close 75-70 win over Hillmorton in the Thomson Game of the Week.



Week Three Results

Whelan Division II

Hillmorton 55-48 Marian (deferred from week one)

St. Margaret’s 62-30 Burnside

Avonside 106-42 Marian

Ellesmere 71-46 Papanui

Lincoln 50-49 Villa Maria

Hillmorton 86-26 Te Pā o Rākaihautū


Whelan Division I

Middleton Grange 63-54 St. Andrew’s

Christchurch Girls’ 82-71 Rangiora

Rangi Ruru 88-58 Ashburton


Thomson Division II

Ashburton 89-55 Rangiora New Life

Linwood 106-66 Lincoln

Papanui 84-74 Ellesmere

St. Thomas 110-64 Hornby


Thomson Division I

Cashmere 73-62 Shirley

Christ’s 75-70 Hillmorton

Burnside 76-67 Christchurch Boys’

Rangiora 97-61 St. Bede’s

Middleton Grange 89-58 St. Andrew’s


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

Year to date: Whelan 19/24; Thomson 20/28


Week Two Games (Tuesday 29 May unless otherwise noted). Picks are underlined:

Whelan Division II

  • (Monday 28 May) 5:30pm Papanui @ St. Margaret’s
  • 5:15pm Te Pā o Rākaihautū @ Avonside
  • 5:15pm Ellesmere @ Marian (hosted at Cathedral)
  • 5:15pm Hillmorton @ Lincoln
  • 5:15pm Burnside @ Villa Maria

Whelan Division I

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

Thomson Division II

  • 5:15pm Kaiapoi @ St. Thomas
  • 7pm Ellesmere @ Cathedral
  • 7pm Linwood @ Rangiora New Life (hosted at Mega)
  • 7pm Hornby @ Lincoln
  • 7:30pm Ashburton @ Papanui

Thomson Division I

  • 5:15pm Hillmorton @ Shirley Boys’
  • 7pm Christ’s College @ St. Bede’s (Game of the Week)
  • 7pm Burnside @ Middleton Grange
  • 7pm Rangiora @ St. Andrew’s
  • (Rams Curtain Raiser on June 8) Cashmere vs Christchurch Boys’ (Dowson Cup Challenge)
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