With a large part of Day 1 lost to inclement weather, King’s was out to ensure they could initially secure 1st innings points before pressing for an unlikely victory. A good fight by Mount Albert Grammar School (MAGS) put paid to the outright win as they were dismissed for 172 runs in 66 overs, using up valuable time.
There was a moment of panic in the King’s run-chase when the home team slipped to 137 for 4, two wickets falling in successive overs – one being an unnecessary run-out from a misfield. Charles Bevin steadied the ship and with Oliver Williamson overhauled the MAGS score in the 49th over. Tight bowling by the visitors ensured that an outright victory was impossible. The innings was finally declared in the 66th over at 262 for 8.
Standouts for King's
With the bat:
Charles Bevin 51
Callum Douglas 45
Tristan Payle 46
With the ball:
Hamish McLean took 4 wickets for 47 in 18 overs.
Charles Bevin took 2 wickets for 15 in 7 overs.
Congratulations to Fergus Connolly who won the 2014 Open Strokeplay Championship. Fergus finished with an outstanding 2-under par round of 70 to take out the trophy.
William Eady, who led after the first round with an excellent 75, finished in second place and Manaaki McColl was placed third.
This is the fourth year in a row that Fergus has won the King’s College Open Strokeplay title – a very impressive record.
On Saturday 25 October at the Lake Pupuke Regatta, all of the King’s rowers gave their best and the results achieved were very encouraging.
King’s achieved 20 podium finishes from the 30 races entered, comprising:
• 6 first places.
• 5 second places.
• 9 third places.
The highlights were:
• The dominant display by the Under-16s in winning Division 1 of the Mens' Under-16 Eight.
• The blistering finish of the girls in the Womens' Under-18 2x, storming home to 2nd place, just behind the winners.
• The gutsy win of the boys in Division 2 of the Mens' Under-18 2x, holding off a fast-finishing St Kentigern College crew, and their exciting 2nd place in the Mens' Under-18 4x.
• The professionalism and maturity displayed by all of the Under-15 novices, who acquitted themselves superbly in their first ‘real’ regatta.
The King’s College Junior Touch team comprehensively won their first game of the season against Auckland Seventh Day Adventist, winning by 7 tries to 1.
With several new players to the game it was always going to be a messy start, but some well taken individual opportunities combined with some good passing really took the opposition apart.
Benjamin Broughton scored on the first King’s play with an outside break and showing too much pace. Xela Pathan scored two on the evening, one a fine effort diving into the corner.
Big attacking contributors included Joshua Numanga who always looked dangerous with the ball, Lukan Paitai-Tuiatua, Lukas Halls and Kiamana Keepa.
Some length of the field runs just stopped short of tries with Millenium Sanerivi being run down after 50 metres and Oliver McDougall very nearly scoring after an electric 30m burst and beating numerous players.
Overall a solid start!