Winter Sport


Winter sport season typically runs from the beginning of term two until mid term three.  Team trials and training takes place in term one.  We hold high expectations for players at school and on the field. Our values are teamwork, commitment, respect, leadership and having fun. 

We can not offer sport without the support of our school community and highly appreciate everyone who gives up their time to coach, manage, transport and support our atheletes from the sideline.

As you can imagine the cost involved in sport is huge!  Especially transport, as most of our teams must travel out of town to compete.   We do apply for funding to help cover costs, teams do an enourmous amount of fundraising for tournaments and we are lucky to have some generous sponsorship from local businesses each year.   We welcome new sponsors or generous donations anytime, just get in touch with the school if you are interested in finacially supporting our sports programmes. 

To keep up to date with sports news follow our Ōpōtiki College Sport Facebook Page


Basketball

Ōpōtiki College Basketball competes in the Eastern Bay of Plenty Competition.  Games are played on Friday evenings at the Whakatāne War Memorial Hall.  We offer junior and senior teams for both boys and girls.  In 2018 some of our teams attended the Regional Tip Off Tournament during Term 1 in Rotorua and our Premiere Boys and Girls attended Zonals in Term three during winter tournament week also in Rotorua.


Hockey

The Ōpōtiki College Hockey has a mixed gender team that plays in the local secondary school competition at Horizon Stadium in Whakatāne on Wednesday afternoons.  Players really enjoy the social competitive aspect of this sport.  The team is not only mixed gender but mixed ages as well which, makes for a very diverse and fun team to be part of.


Rugby Union

Ōpōtiki College Rugby competes in the Bay of Plenty Secondary Schools Rugby Union Competition during the winter sport season which starts in term two and ends in the middle of term three. Games are on Saturdays for the boys and on Wednesday after school for the girls.  In 2018 we had 1st XV Boys and Girls teams as well as an U14 Boys team.


Netball

Ōpōtiki College netball teams travel each Saturday to Whakatāne to compete in the Whakatāne Netball Competition.  Games are played at the Nita Shannon Netball Complex.  Junior teams generally compete in the Collegiate Grade which caters for Years 9 to 13, whilst senior teams compete as high as the Premier Grade.  In 2018 the College had four teams.  The Premier Team typically enters the Upper North Island Secondary Schools (UNISS) Netball Competition which is run during winter tournament week.  


Football

Ōpōtiki College Football has a girls team that competes in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.  The team plays on Saturdays at home or they may travel to Whakatāne, Kawerau and Edgecumbe.  In 2018 the girls won the EBOP competition coached by Vonda Ellen and supported by team manager Stephanie Wanoa.


Indoor bowls

This sport has had some interest in recent years.  In 2018 we had two students compete at the regional and national tournaments.  This is a great sport to complement lawn bowls that is played in the summer during term one.