Last week the winter season started in earnest for a lot of sports, with many teams playing their first competition rounds. Whilst it is very early days, there were some promising performances.
Without our last year’s top player, Raymond Ke, this year's Premier team is less competitive. Our top player and captain for this year, Alexander Qu, led the way with a 31-25 victory. Vincent Chen, number 2 player, also won his singles match. The team played Auckland Grammar School and drew 3-3 but lost on countback.
The A team secured an easy 6-0 win over Auckland Grammar School, with the best result from Euwin Tan who won 21-9. This great start to the season would certainly boost the players’ confidence. At the same time, some of their weaknesses were exposed and need to be worked on to improve their games.
Last Saturday, the Boys' First XI Football team played their first match in the Auckland Premier league. It was a very tough assignment up against Sacred Heart College, the current Auckland Premier and National Championship team. The game started in the worst possible fashion with King’s conceding a goal within two minutes. Following that early mistake however King’s managed to compete for the next 20 minutes. Unfortunately, too many lapses in concentration and soft turnovers of possession allowed Sacred Heart to capitalise and score easy goals. The second half was similar with long passages of good defence punctuated by needless errors. The game finished at a 7-0 loss but the team learnt a lot and now know the level that will be required to be competitive.
Last Wednesday, a hat-trick from Daneel Ovtcharenko helped the Boys' First XI Hockey team to a convincing 8-0 victory over Sancta Maria College. There were also two goals each from Arthur Rasmussen and Zander Fraser.
Last Thursday, the Girls' First XI Hockey team lost a close home game 2-1 to St Cuthbert’s College. King’s got off to a great start by scoring early through a well-taken goal from Stephanie Tan, but St Cuthbert’s equalised just before half-time. Despite King’s playing the better hockey in the second half, St Cuthbert’s added a second goal to win the match.
There were strong performances from 5A and 5B, with both teams posting 50+ point victories. Special mention to Tristan Payle, playing in the 5A side, who scored an impressive 27 individual points.
The squash teams had two excellent wins last week. The Senior team played Macleans College and won three games to one with Alex Simon playing particularly well at #2.
The Juniors played against Saint Kentigern College and absolutely demolished their opponents 4-0. Zack Buckley, in his first-ever game of competitive squash, won 53-18.
Year 9 student Ben O'Regan beat Saint Kentigern number 1 52-22, which is a fantastic result.