Monday, 5 September 2011

From The Newsletter

With all the rugby that has, and will be, going on it is easy to forget that there is a lot of other good sporting stuff happening as well. The following is a report from Coach Ricky Green on the 1st XI's recent Tournament Week. We note that they are well supported by a number of old boys - well done all.

This year the 1st XI Football team took 16 students to the national tournament in Napier. With an inexperienced team we qualified 2nd in our region beating Wanganui High and drawing against New Plymouth Boys’. We were looking to qualify from our pool first or second to reach the Lotto Bowl tournament
for the first time in 3 years. 

First up we played Christchurch boys and were playing well until an unfortunate penalty decision was given against us. This disrupted our momentum, causing us to lose 2-0. The second game against Hutt International was a must win game. We made some strategical changes and played them off the park winning 3-0.
The third and final game was against Westlake Boys. This is the team that defeated us last year. We played extremely well and drew 1-1 after they
scored a late equalizer. This draw meant we qualified 2nd and had to play against St Peters (Cambridge) the 13th seeded team. 

The boys played well but ended up losing 2-0. Next up we played Kelston Boys. This was probably our hardest match. The boys played outstandingly in the second half but just couldn’t put the ball in the net, with the Kelston keeper making some outstanding saves and we lost 1-0. Next up we played St Andrews from Christchurch and dominated the match winning 4-1. The last game was against Marlborough Boys; unfortunately we lost 4-3. 

Overall the boys performed to the best of their ability throughout the week and I
was extremely proud of them finishing 22nd in New Zealand, our highest finish since 2008. I would like to thank Mary Reive, Steve Brailsford and Sandra
Smith for all the work they put in throughout the week. Thanks also to Mr Asi for his diligence with the fund raising and pre-tournament organisation. I would like to thank Greg Hareb and Central Finance for their generous contribution this year, and the past five years. I would also like to thank Peter Melody from Pak ‘N’ Save for supplying the drinks on tour and his generous contribution to our fund raising effort. Finally a big thanks to Budget Rental Car and Hareb/Deken Motors for supplying the transportation for the week. 

Next year’s tournament is in Nelson so we look forward to hopefully qualifying for
this tournament in 2012.

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