31 Mar 2015

Tuesday 31 March 2015

From Thursday, 26 March our Boys' First Team competed in four days of the North Island Secondary Schools' Championships, achieving their goal of automatic qualification for the Nationals.

The boys had a very tough draw, with three games on Friday needing a minimum of two victories to give them a chance to get through to the top eight.

King's started off with a heavy loss to eventual winners Sacred Heart College then beat the Sacred Heart 2nd Team in their second match by 11 to 8, with a good performance and Jordan Lane leading the goal scorers. Two hours after the conclusion of this match King's was back in the pool facing St Bernards, and while the team trailed through much of the match our boys did manage to get their noses in front early in the fourth quarter to lead 11 – 10. However, the bigger St Bernards boys were fresher and scored the last three goals of the encounter to take the match by 13 – 11.

Next King's played a strong Green Bay side and lead early on after some nice attacking work by Jake Parker Allen and Connor Tomoana.  They again faded in the last quarter and the final result was a 6 – 7 loss.

This put King's into the plate round and from then on the play started to go their way. King's managed to come from behind to beat a very rough Mount Albert Grammar School team by 6 – 5.  This was a polished defensive performance with goalkeeper Ben Goodwin proving the difference at several key moments in the game. Later on Saturday night King's played St Peters' College and came away with a 9 – 7 win and the College's most complete performance of the tournament.

In Sunday's play-off for 11th and 12th King's played great defence and performed well on attack with the highlight being Alastair Nisbett scoring with time up on the clock to complete a hat-trick to help us to a comfortable 7 – 1 win over Long Bay College.

Overall the tournament was a successful one for King's, with 4 wins from 7 games and achieved the aim of automatic qualification for the national championships in Wellington in two weeks' time.