McDs Week Two Recap

Our second round of High School games are now in the books – read the recap, and look ahead to our Week Three picks

Week Two of our McDonald’s Thomson and Whelan Competitions is all completed, with some fantastic support evident for the school basketball teams across the region.

Our two matchups selected for Game of the Week did not leave anybody disappointed – Christchurch Girls’ just fell to Rangi Ruru in overtime, while St. Andrew’s won by a solitary point in their matchup with Shirley Boys’.


Rangiora and the Middleton Grange Gators had a double header involving both genders, and the Whelan game – with the Phil Burns Cup on the line – was a back and forth affair. No team lead by more than six points at any stage of the game, and the score was tied or changed hands 29 times throughout! Gators’ Katie Jo Van den Bogaert (23p) and Sofia Kennedy (17p) converted some tough buckets in the closing stages of the game to help gators leave with a 71-67 win. Rangiora was paced by the trio of Jemma Hughes (11p) Elsie McRobb (11p) and Holly Monopoli (10p).


The Avonside Lady Eagles did not give themselves any favours – ceding a large first half lead to Lincoln, but turned the defensive clamps on in the second half, as Samantha McCrone was the only player to approach double figures for the hosts (9p). Molly Cockburn and Megan Shannon both had 17 apiece in the 65-37 win for Avonside.

On the boys’ side, Kaiapoi was similarly too strong for Lincoln, with four players hitting double figures for the visitors: Kam Currey (22p), Ross Divall (16p), Arjun Bisht (13p) and Ryan Sangster (11p). Lincoln had some tremendous numbers, but struggled for points outside of their top four scorers: Cody Wareham (20p), Kyle Koster (19p), Jamie Atkinson (11p), Jonathan Allan (10p).

The Gators boys also hosted Rangiora, and made the visitors struggle to get any points – holding them to only eight in the first quarter. Rangiora did close the gap to only eight points after three quarters largely on the back of Jack Exeter’s 27p and Lachie MacFarlane’s 14p, but could not get closer than this, falling 82-69. Ah Li Fenika (19p) led the way for Middleton, with Ben Carlile-Smith (17p), Jarred Burnett (15p) and Harry Roth (12p) all reaching double figures as well.

The Cashmere Boys team was not troubled by the newcomers to Division I from Hillmorton, as they held on to the Dowson Cup with a comprehensive 125-57 win. St. Bede’s gave Burnside all they could handle, with Caleb Conyers hitting 7/12 from behind the arc as part of his 36 points. Tom Hughes scored 18 himself, only to just fall short 88-84.


Week Two Results

Whelan Division II

St. Margaret’s 70-24 Hillmorton

Avonside 65-37 Lincoln

Papanui 50-44 Marian

Ellesmere 51-50 Villa Maria

Burnside 56-52 Te Pā o Rākaihautū


Whelan Division I

Rangi Ruru 68-65 Christchurch Girls’ (overtime)

Middleton 71-67 Rangiora

Ashburton 94-63 Cashmere

St. Andrew’s 60-49 Kaiapoi


Thomson Division II

Papanui 86-78 Cathedral

Ashburton 73-62 Linwood

Kaiapoi 96-63 Lincoln

Hornby 85-79 Rangiora New Life

Riccarton 79-64 Ellesmere


Thomson Division I

Burnside 88-84 St. Bede’s

St. Andrew’s 80-79 Shirley

Middleton 82-69 Rangiora

Cashmere 125-57 Hillmorton

Christchurch Boys’ 74-52 Christ’s



Picks last week: Whelan 7/9; Thomson 8/10

Year to date: Whelan 12/15; Thomson 15/19




Week Two Games (Tuesday 22 May unless otherwise noted). Picks are underlined:

Whelan Division II

  • (Monday 21 May) 5:30pm Burnside @ St. Margaret’s
  • (Monday 21 May) 6:30pm Marian @ Hillmorton (deferred from week one)
  • 5:15pm Papanui @ Ellesmere
  • 5:15pm Lincoln @ Villa Maria
  • 5:15pm Marian @ Avonside
  • 7pm Te Pā o Rākaihautū vs Hillmorton (hosted at Avonside)

Whelan Division I

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


Thomson Division II

  • 7pm St. Thomas @ Hornby
  • 7pm Papanui @ Ellesmere
  • 7pm Rangiora New Life @ Ashburton
  • 7pm Lincoln @ Linwood
  • (Deferred) Riccarton @ Kaiapoi

Thomson Division I

  • 5:15pm Cashmere @ Shirley (Dowson Cup Challenge)
  • 7pm Christchurch Boys’ @ Burnside
  • 7pm Christ’s College @ Hillmorton (Game of the Week)
  • 7pm St. Bede’s @ Rangiora
  • (Thursday 24 May) 5pm St. Andrew’s @ Middleton Grange
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