20 May 2021

Thursday 20 May 2021

The Boys' First XI Hockey had a bid for the Challenge Shield when they faced a powerful Auckland Grammar side on Wednesday night.

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New coach, Niall Denham

Under the tutelage of new coach, Niall Denham, the boys entered the match coming off of two convincing wins over Macleans College (9-0) and Pukekohe High School (6-3) to kick off the season.

The teams saw a very even first half, with King's having the greater share of circle entries. A penalty corner on the 20th minute saw Grammar take a one-point lead through the rest of the half, however.

The second half began with King's playing their best hockey yet, controlling possession and again having numerous circle entries.

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However, Grammar capitalised on the chances they created and scored an additional two goals nearing the end of the match, winning 3-0 and successfully defending the shield for another year.

Despite the unfavourable result, manager Mark Johnston notes that it was a "good test as to where the team is at and a learning experience for a lot of players", boding well for the rest of the hockey season.