The King’s First XI hockey team booked a place in the SuperCity Final with a controlled 3-0 win over Rangitoto College.
The wet conditions made it difficult to play a fast game and it took both sides the first few minutes to get used to the slow ball speed on the turf. However after the initial exchanges, King’s started to control possession and territory. They created plenty of chances but at times shots were ill-directed although the goalkeeper pulled off some fine saves.
In the 15th minute King’s broke the deadlock with a fine move which started at right half through Daniel Bayly whose fast, accurate pass was neatly deflected by Mitchell Murray to Scott Johnston who beat the Rangitoto defender to set up a goal for Max Rasmussen. King’s continued to dominate possession and penetrating runs by Hayden Waetford and Daniel Easton started to open up the Rangitoto defence. King’s went into the break 1-0 up.
Two minutes into the second half King’s went further ahead. A high press from the strikers saw a turnover and the ball found Oliver Paterson on the edge of the circle whose reverse stick shot was deflected neatly into the goal by Max Rasmussen for his second of the night.
Rangitoto did threaten the King’s goal but Max Ruffell was up to the task, making a couple of good saves at crucial times. King’s got their third with just a couple of minutes left when Jordan van Riele’s reverse stick pass up the left found Max Rasmussen in a lot of space. He proceeded to draw a defender and pass to Zander Fraser who beat the outcoming keeper at the top of the circle and walked the ball into the goal.
A comfortable win in trying conditions. Good games from Daniel Bayly and Shaan Kesha with Max Ruffell called upon to make some important saves.
Next Wednesday 27 August the First XI will play the SuperCity Final against Westlake Boys’ High School at King’s College at 6.00pm.
All support will be appreciated. There will also be an after-match function in the Old Collegians' Pavilion with the presentation of medals and the Cup.