16th June 2017
On Friday 19 May ten Waihi boys participated in the Timaru/Oamaru Chess Power Regional Tournament hosted at Mountainview High School. This is one of a series of tournaments around the country held as qualifiers for the National Interschools Finals to be held in Hamilton this October. Just one team qualifies from each area with the top four players from each school counting as their school’s representatives.
Waihi finished in clear first place ahead of Roncallli College (2nd) and Mountainview High School (3rd). The team was lead by Lachie Short (Year 7) with 6 wins from his 7 games, ably backed up by Luke Skinner (Year 6), Oscar Todhunter (Year 8) and Mitchell Bowmar (Year 8) all on 5/7.
Good performances and great efforts too from other Waihi boys: Sam Wilson, Harry Schmack and Scott Gregan, all 4.5/7; Josh Mills 4/7; Charlie Burdon 3/7; and Ben Pawsey 1/7.
Individually, Lachie got the Silver medal and was the top Intermediate aged player, pipped for the overall title by Reese Miller from Roncalli College who scored a perfect 7/7. Luke, in his first tournament for Waihi, finished in 4th place and was the top placed Junior, whilst Oscar and Mitchell were 5th and 6th respectively on tie-break.
In addition to qualifying as the Timaru/Oamaru region team to go through to the Nationals, all four boys performances earn them an invitation to the Champions Trophy Individual National Finals held on the same weekend in Hamilton. Awesome performance boys!!
Oscar Todhunter, Luke Skinner, Mitchell Bowmar and Lachie Short