20 Jun 2024

Thursday 20 June 2024

The Boys Hockey First XI put in their best performance of the season to date when they defeated Westlake Boys High School 2-0.

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Boys First XI Hockey 2 - 0 Westlake Boys High School

The Boys Hockey First XI put in their best performance of the season to date when they defeated Westlake Boys High School 2-0 last night at home, courtesy of two opportunist efforts from Tim Hamilton (Year 13, Marsden). The victory puts the team top of the table at the end of the first round and maintains their unbeaten record. It was an outstanding team effort and will give the team considerable encouragement for the rest of the season.

In a tense and tough opening quarter, both teams went at each other hammer and tongs and Westlake dominated possession and territory but the King’s defence, inspired by Jono Webster (Year 13, School) and Tom Migounoff (Year 13, St John's), stood resolute and kept the opposition at bay. Goalkeeper Harry Gordon (Year 13, Marsden) pulled off some good saves and the teams were goalless at the end of the first quarter.

King’s broke the deadlock in the 26th minute through striker Hamilton. Ed Michelson (Year 11, Marsden) won a tackle on the halfway line and his early release gave Scott Illerbrun (Year 13, School) time to thread a superb pass through to Oli Stewart (Year 10, Marsden) on the right wing. Stewart showed some magic to dribble into the circle and pass to Hamilton whose initial shot was saved. Stewart pounced on the rebound and fired a follow-up shot which was again saved by the keeper before Hamilton fired King’s 1-0 ahead. It was a just reward for the King’s team which has weathered the early Westlake onslaught but had created more chances than their opponents.

In the second half, both teams again threw everything at each other, but King’s was the more patient and resolute and added a second in the 44th minute. Charlie Middleton (Year 11, Averill) showed the benefit of getting the ball into the circle when he fired a reverse stick cross into the danger area. Hamilton pounced on a Westlake mistake to slot the ball home for King’s second and decisive goal. It was Hamilton’s tenth goal of the season.

Westlake are a strong side and will be formidable opponents when the teams meet in the second round on the Shore.

Next week, the team plays St Peter’s College at home in the first match of the second round of the Auckland Super City competition. The game will be played on either Tuesday or Wednesday evening (to be confirmed).