12 Jul 2021

Monday 12 July 2021

Last week the Boys’ First XI hockey beat Takapuna Grammar School 3-2 at the new North Harbour Hockey facility.

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Playing in perfect conditions the team made hard work of this game as on paper this should have been a more convincing win. It wasn’t until the fourth minute of the third quarter that King’s got on the scoreboard with a Tom Lindberg (Year 12, Greenbank) deflection from a Achindra Molamore (Year 13, Averill) reverse stick shot. This sparked life into the King’s team and in the following minute Tom Lindberg got a second goal and the gaps were now opening up in the midfield. However late in the third quarter Takapuna got a goal back from a penalty corner to make it 2-1. Karl Wallace (Year 12, Parnell) restored the two goal buffer from a penalty corner but again King’s let Takapuna into the game by conceding another goal with 5 minutes left on the clock. The team held on to secure the 3 points which leaves them third on the Supercity competition with 3 games to play.

Overall not the best performance by the team but you do have these sort of games when things don’t go as planned. However a good learning experience as we approach Rankin Cup (National Tournament) in Week 5 of next term.

Mark Johnston
First XI Manager