Winter Sport

Played in Terms 2 and 3.

sport winter1


This is one of the largest sporting codes in our school. Netball is available for all years and abilities, from those wanting to play high level in the Premier team or those just starting out.

Our Premier team is consistently in the top Premier Grade in Auckland with our Senior A, 10A and 9A teams in the top of their respective grades.

We are fortunate enough to have some great coaches from the community to assist with creating competitive teams from our college.

Our top netball teams are entered into various tournaments during the year including the Auckland Netball Pre-Season Tournament and the Combined Point’s Tournament held later in the year.

Our Premier netball team also attends the Upper North Island Secondary Schools (UNISS) Tournament during the winter tournament week in September in which they have always been in the A or B grade.

We have the ability to put forward players recognized as top performers to trial for their respective age group representative teams. As a developing college of netball, we have had great successes with students representing provincial teams.

Botany Downs Secondary College also offers students Umpire Theory and Coaching Modules through Auckland Netball and Netball Northern Zone.


Rugby at Botany Downs Secondary College has flourished since fledgling steps in 2004 with one team of mixed weight boys playing in the Fifth Grade Competition. After ten years the rugby programme boosts 8 teams and as many Auckland titles as any school in Auckland over recent seasons.

While some schools field few teams, at BDSC we provide a place for every boy who wishes to play the “great game”. It is testimony to the high calibre of coaching and the standards set by the college that so many championships are won despite 30% of our players taking up rugby for the first time since starting at BDSC.

Fielding an U15 team, 4th Grade and 2nd XV, the infrastructure is in place to provide a consistent flow of quality players through to our premier team.

In 2013, 20 players were nominated for Auckland representative teams and to undergo a rigorous selection process.

Yet another highlight has been to have 5 ex-students from BDSC in the Pakuranga URFC team who were Auckland U21 Champions in 2012. Their returning to college to present awards at our annual prize giving was inspiring and enlightening as they described their rugby grounding as comparable to those boys from more traditionally famous institutions. The respect and pride Ben, Dave, Mark, John Pierre and Brandon have for BDSC should encourage young players and give them faith in the quality of the BDSC rugby programme.

There are numerous stars in the making, but the focus is “making good men" and 2012 captain Tone Ng Shiu demonstrates these qualities as he made the Pakuranga premiers in his first year out of college but still helps out with coaching at college each week despite his heavy schedule.

BDSC rugby has turned heads, demanded respect and our teams have demonstrated the values that our community can be immensely proud.


Botany Downs Secondary College has a number of squash teams that competitively compete against other Auckland teams. With consistent top finishes in each year group we are a college to beat.

Although we do not have our own facilities, we have formed a great partnership with the Howick Squash club that allows us to practice twice a week.

We also enter squash teams into the New Zealand Secondary Schools Tournament held every year in different regions over New Zealand.


We have a number of students interested in Gymnastics, Aerobics, and Trampolining. They compete in a one day tournament held in Auckland. From there, our top performers are eligible to compete at the National Tournament held in Term 3.

Many of the students belong to clubs and we give them the opportunity to represent the college in their selected sport.


With eight football teams in the college it is easy to see that football is one of Botany’s popular sports.

Our 1st XI Girls play in the Auckland Premier Grade, the top competition in Auckland and qualify for the National Football Tournament every year.

Our 1st XI Boys team play in the A2 Premier Championship division and also attend the National Football Tournament during the winter sports tournament week.

Our top Junior girls and boys team play in the Junior Premier Grades with 4 boys feeder teams also being available.

The large number of teams caters for varying abilities and ages and assistance from coaches in the community offers great development opportunities for our players.
sport winter2


We love basketball here at Botany Downs Secondary College. Trials at the beginning of the year bring many students hoping to make the grade and selection in a college team, sometimes there are 40-50 players vying for 10 spots on a team.

We take steps every year to make our Basketball programme better and stronger. The students are great to coach, reliable and committed. We believe in playing hard and playing ‘team basketball’ where we encourage students to play basketball that exceeds the sum of the players' individual talents. At Botany we also believe that Basketball can teach students about life, none more so than in reacting to the outcomes of games, we like the simple wisdom of ‘humble in victory and gracious in defeat’ as a timeless principle and model for coming to terms with the ups and downs of competitive sport.

We have teams in all competitive leagues; U15 Boys and Girls, U17 Boys and Girls and U19 Boys and Girls (our U19 Boys play in Open Grade).

Table Tennis

A sport that has become very popular since its addition to our sports co-curricular programme in 2011. Participation rate has been on the rise with the assistance of the Auckland Table Tennis coaching staff coordinating training

Our Premier teams have had great success competing in the Auckland Interschool Competition and Greater Auckland Tournament.

Snow Sports

Botany offers the opportunity for experienced skiers and snowboarders to attend the Smith Optics Snow Competition held at SnowPlanet at the end of Term 2 and the Ski and Snowboard Competition held at Turoa, Mt Ruapehu in Term 3.

We also have a Beginner/Intermediate Ski & Board group set up which encourages those interested in either skiing or snowboarding to give it ago.


Badminton is another one of our very popular sporting codes in the college with large numbers of students turning up to trials every year. We compete in the A and C Grade at the Eastern School Competition held at the Lloyd Elsmore Badminton hall Friday after college. We have been consistent in achieving or finishing top three for either grades.  


A new sport to the college we are wanting to be one of the only East Auckland colleges to offer lacrosse as a competitive sport.

Lacrosse is played on weekdays after college with the Girls and Boys Tournament held in Auckland in August.

Tough Guy and Gal Challenge

Although directly not run through the college, the Tough Guy and Gal Challenge is an event held at Woodhill which consists of running through obstacles and mud. There is a 6km and 12km course available and is a great, fun day out.