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Brittany Fowler
Brittany Fowler

Brittany Fowler Shirley Falloon spoke to Brittany at Ashburton's A&P Show. What impressed me SO much about this young woman was her quiet confidence and resolve.  Brittany attended College  [ ... ]

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Lois Sparrow
Lois Sparrow

Being a first-day pupil at the College in 1970 saw Lois as roll monitor which, although that roll was no problem, it was finding her way around the "huge college" to the office that she found "petrify [ ... ]

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Neil Keenan
Neil Keenan

Most dedicated staff member' for past pupil Neil Keenan must surely go to the College caretaker in the late 80s who went 'above and beyond' holding Neil's and mates' ciggies in his pocket to avoid cer [ ... ]

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Juliet Hooper (nee Scales)
Juliet Hooper (nee Scales)

A  reflection from Juliet Hooper We caught up with Juliet at the A&P Show recently.  She had a look at our photo boards and although she didn't find any of herself, she did recognise a  [ ... ]

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Rangiora Exchange - 2004
Rangiora Exchange - 2004

Peter Mee. Photo suppliedAshburton College's Peter Mee keeps the ball at his feet during his side's 3-2 loss to Rangiora High School during yesterday's exchange between the two schools. Consistency th [ ... ]

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The history of Ashburton College is comparatively short when viewed next to the histories of other Canterbury secondary schools. However, in the half century since Ashburton College’s inception in 1965, thousands of students, teachers, parents and other supporters have shaped Ashburton College into the highly successful co-educational school it is today.

Although it may seem that Ashburton College is the school that was and, always has been Ashburton’s sole secondary school. Those that attended Ashburton College in the early days know that Ashburton College was hard fought for and rose out of the ashes of Ashburton’s two former schools; Ashburton High School and Hakatere College (formerly Ashburton Technical School).

Thus the Latin maxim underneath the College insignia, the Phoenix, chosen by Dr. Ronald Baker –

‘Resurgamus’: “Let us go forward”, or “Rise”.

  • Combined XV over-run after brave fight

    Mid Canterbury Combined 1st XV Isi Ula 2020 webMid Canterbury Combined 1st XV captain Isi Ula worms his way through a gap during Saturday’s UC Championship encounter with Christ’s College. Photo Heather MackenzieA late burst by Christ’s College put to bed Mid Canterbury Combined’s resistance in the UC Championship at the weekend.

    Christ’s completed a resounding 54-5 win when their wing Sean Rutherford-Bradford snagged a second half hat-trick which inflated the scoreboard at Ashburton College.

    Up until this point, the young Combined outfit, who are still without some key troops, competed hard and managed to rebuff the threats of the Reuben Thorne-coached Christ’s College side for significant periods.

    However once Christ’s began emptying their bench in the second spell, Combined’s resolve eventually cracked with the Christchurch school running in eight tries in total.

    The fixture was originally slated to have been played at Christ’s home ground, however it is understood it was moved to AshColl following heavy rain in Christchurch last week.

    Combined enjoyed the better start as the home team utilised their big ball runners during the initial stages of the game.

    There was early joy for the home team when star custodian Charlie Brown, lurking near the contact area, swindled a try following an attacking Mid Canterbury feed.

    It would be the only cheer for Combined on the scoreboard as Christ’s proceeded to command possession courtesy of a clinical display from their pack.

    Christ’s crossed the chalk in the 12th minute when play was sent down the blindside following a lineout drive with wing Matt Durant sailing to the corner untouched.

    Christ’s extended their lead a few minutes later when captain Fletcher Anderson peeled away from a maul to run 20 metres to the line.

    Lock Fiti Sa then finished off another raid deep in Combined territory, using his size to brush off would-be tacklers who had spent a large portion of the half defending, to charge to the line.

    Although College had raced out to 21-5, they were guilty of trying to force the issue through handling errors and a lack of fluency.

    When they did get their hands on the ball, Mid Canterbury made several spirited stabs into College territory, however a lack of support and ruck speed usually rubbed out these opportunities.

    Probably the biggest delight for the AshColl faithful came via a crunching tackle in midfield by Otto Markeo on Christ’s fullback Sam Idiens which brought the house down.

    The buzz would be short-lived though, as College landed another blow before halftime when loosehead Olly Ryan crashed over in the corner – the visitors again exploiting the five-metre channels.

    A 28-5 lead at halftime stretched to 35-5 early in the second half when a relentless lineout drive marched Combined onto their line resulting in a try for hooker Jack Jones.

    The encounter descended into a scrappy affair for most of the second half as Combined diffused several of Christ’s counters.

    Combined also lost No. 8 Pasi Hala to injury midway through the second half.

    However Christ’s finally clicked into gear thanks to their bench, with Rutherford-Bradford finishing off three chances late, one of them a superbly-taken kick and chase.

    Christ’s 50-point haul included a deft goalkicking display by Nic Shearer, with the young first five boasting a success rate of more than 87 per cent in this year’s UC Championship.

    The Mid Canterbury boys are back home again this weekend where they face Rangiora High School.

    By Adam Burns © The Ashburton Guardian - 6 July 2020