King’s opened the match at a furious pace, dominating possession and territory without giving the defending champions time to settle. Their dominance was rewarded in the twenty-first minute when Arthur Rasmussen neatly deflected a pass from his brother Max into the net to open the scoring. In the second half, Daneel Ovtcharenko grabbed the second when he deflected home at a penalty corner in the 38th minute. As Hamilton fought hard to get back into the game in the closing minutes, the King’s defence was solid to hold Hamilton at bay.
It was an excellent team display but the Boys’ Hockey First XI needs to produce another top performance in its Rankin semi-final on Friday against St Andrew’s College (affectionately known as StAc) from Christchurch who they meet at 5.45pm on Friday at Lloyd Elsmore Park in Pakuranga. We wish them all the best.
The Rankin Cup is New Zealand Hockey’s top-ranking schoolboys’ tournament.