On Saturday Auckland Grammar School hosts King’s College in the much hyped Cooper-Greenbank First XV rugby fixture.
Jack Seton will be part of the 500 strong ‘Augusta Army’ cheering on the Grammar boys. The Year 13 led group spend lunchtime practicing chants for the big game and are hoping their chorus of support can inspire a similar outcome to that of the Birchall Shield hockey final recently.
Auckland Grammar School won the Auckland hockey championship for the third year in a row defeating King’s College on their turf 1-0. David Bates scored the winning goal. Two years ago against the same opposition, and at the same venue, his older brother Johnny Bates scored the winner. Seton, who plays in goal, captures the drama of Bates’ winning strike.
“There wasn’t long left and we won the ball in defence. We advanced it forward and got the ball into the circle. The ball pinged around a few times in between sticks and then fell for David who blasted it into goal.”
It’s a sweet feeling beating King’s in any code.” Seton continued.
Hockey might not generate the same fanfare as rugby, but it’s a well-supported code with home games well attended and a history of 23 Rankin Cup titles to be proud of. Last year Grammar was on target to perhaps add to that tally, but came unstuck in controversial fashion in the first round of elimination.
“We played Wairarapa College and were ahead 3-1. We had a couple of calls that went against us and had two players carded. Wairarapa levelled to send the game into extra time and then won it. We won every game except that one, it really hurt.” Seton laments.
Grammar had 21 players carded in seven games. Maintaining composure under pressure has been a big area of focus in 2017.
“We lost our cool a lot last year. We need to control our emotions better when calls go against us.” Seton believes.
When focused, Grammar was hard to topple. In the Super City competition featuring the top four Auckland and North Shore schools, Grammar beat Kristin College 6-1 in the final last year to capture the crown. In their first meeting in 2017, Grammar emulated that score.
“We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but we have a pretty good team and have started well.” Seton cautious.
Seton has been a rep level player since the age of 10. He began in the field, but was forced to retreat into goal to make one side and laughs, “once you’ve played in goal, there is no going back.”
Seton has won three Auckland titles with Grammar and has became a sturdy shot stopper much like his father John Seton who was a Black Stick goalie.
In 2018 Jack intends to study law and commerce at Victoria University in Wellington.
There was a seismic shift in the balance of power of Hamilton hockey last year. St. Paul's Collegiate were the Rankin Cup champions while Hamilton Boys' High School, winners the last two years previously, finished in 13th place.
Hamilton player Brad Coxon attempts to explain what changed.
"We lost a lot of key players and struggled to recover from that. Last year was a rebuilding year, but we didn't perform as well as we would have liked. We learned a lot though and will be better for it."
At the recent ANZAC hockey festival at St. Paul's Collegiate there was already evidence Hamilton is better for their 2016 adversity. Of the 14 teams that competed in the pre-season tourney, Hamilton was the only side to win all five games.
Three of the four Rankin Cup semi-finalists were present, including runners up Wairarapa College who Hamilton beat 4-1 in their opening game.
Coxon broke a stalemate ten minutes into the second-half and added another goal in the resounding triumph.
"They didn't seem as organised as the Auckland teams. Their attack was a lot more instinctive and when we pressured them we got on top with some good hockey." Coxon says.
Hamilton thumped King's College 5-0, but St. Kentigern College proved to be a tough Auckland opponent.
"We started real slow and fell behind a goal. It was a close game, but we came back late and won 2-1. Matt Deller and Cameron Steffot got the goals. St. Kent's were a structured team, they will be tough to beat." Coxon believes.
Wellington College is another side Coxon has earmarked for greater things.
"We beat Wellington 2-0, but they have only lost one player from last year and were quite tough. I expect they will be even better by the end of the season."
Coxon is in his second year in the First XI. He plays either inner or centre midfield.
He is been mentored by Hamilton coaches Steve Smith and Richard Petherick, who played 98 tests for the Black Sticks.
In the summer Coxon plays premier tennis.
Turf laying, marathon marshalling and after school jobs are just some of the ways members of the Westlake Boys’ High School First XI hockey team fundraised for their recent European tour.
The epic nine-game trip has climaxed with Westlake visiting the Netherlands, Belgium and France in addition to assembling a strong squad for the 2017 domestic season.
Westlake split their teams into Under-18 and 16 groups and Netesh Sukha was the captain of the former team.
“The style of hockey was very different in Europe. The Dutch teams like to hold on to possession and build patiently rather than being assertive and going forward straight away like we do in New Zealand.” Sukha reveals.
Greater caution might have helped Westlake in the WFHC tournament featuring teams from South Africa, Holland, Australia and England.
“We only won one game, but had three draws and three losses, the biggest of which was only 1-3. The English team won the tournament, but we did beat the Aussies.” Sukha recalls.
In addition to the WFHC tourney Westlake played two Dutch teams in Rotterdam and beat Hellevoetsluis 3-2.
“We learned a lot about the style of hockey we want to play. The younger guys developed a lot and it was really competitive.” Sukha acclaims.
Sukha identifies Year 11 Sam Shotter in defence, goal keeper Callum Grassick and attacker Charl Ullrich as players to watch for Westlake this season.
Sukha himself plays in the midfield and is a North Harbour A Under-18 rep. He was a member of the Westlake team that won the Rankin Cup in 2015.
Sukha is weary of Rosmini College, Auckland Grammar School and St. Kentigern College, hinting they will have strong teams in 2017.
“There are a lot of good teams, but I am really excited about this group. The culture is great and the talent is deep.” Sukha enthuses.
Learning about the sacrifice of war and foreign cultures was another benefit of the tour.
On ANZAC day an early start in France was followed by a border crossing for a Dawn Service at Buttes new British Cemetary, Zonnebeke. A short bus ride to Ypres was then taken for a wreath laying service at Menin Gate before a final service at the New Zealand memorial in Messines.
“It was a huge experience for us to see just how big the war was and understand the horrible suffering that happened. Seeing European hockey in front of huge, loud crowds was the opposite experience. It’s given all the boys something to aspire to.” Sukha concludes.
The hockey season will be in full swing at St. Paul’s Collegiate in Hamilton next week when the defending Rankin Cup champions host the ANZAC festival of hockey.
Featuring 14 of New Zealand’s leading hockey schools, the tourney is strictly pre-season and features five games for each side over the course of three days with many of the teams not likely to face each other during the course of their respective competitive seasons.
The tournament features a replay of the Rankin Cup final between St. Paul’s Collegiate and Wairarapa College and also boasts St. Andrew’s College, a top four Rankin side, Wellington Champions, Wellington College, Auckland Champions Westlake BHS and India Cup Champions, Palmerston North BHS.
The draw is listed below.
8:00-8:55am: King’s College v Tauranga Boys’ College
9:00-9:55am: Hamilton BHS v Wairarapa College
10:00-10:55am: Napier BHS v St. Paul’s Collegiate
11:00-11:55am: Hastings BHS v St. Andrew’s College
12:00-12:55pm: Palmerston BHS v St. Kentigern College
1:00-1:55pm: New Plymouth BHS v Wellington College
2:00-2:55pm: Tauranga BC v Whangarei BHS
3:00-3:55pm: King’s College v Hamilton BHS
4:00-4:55pm: St. Paul’s Collegiate v Wairarapa College
5:00-5:55pm: Napier BHS v St. Andrew’s College
6:00-6:55pm: St. Kentigern College v Hastings BHS
7:00-7:55pm: Whangarei BHS v Wellington College
8:00-8:55pm: Palmerston North BHS v New Plymouth BHS
Day Two – Wednesday April 27
8:00-8:55pm: St. Kentigern College v Hamilton BHS
9:00-9:55pm: Hastings BHS v Whangarei BHS
10:00-1055pm: Tauranga Boys’ College v St. Andrew’s College
11:00-11:55pm: St. Paul’s Collegiate v Palmerston North BHS
12:00-12:55pm: New Plymouth BHS v King’s College
1:00-1:55pm: Napier BHS v Wairarapa College
2:00-2:55pm: Hamilton BHS v Wellington College
3:00-3:55pm: Hastings BHS v Tauranga BC
4:00-4:55pm: St. Kentigern College v Wairarapa College
5:00-5:55pm: King’s College v St. Paul’s Collegiate
6:00-6:55pm: St. Andrew’s College v New Plymouth BHS
7:00-7:55pm: Wairarapa College v Palmerston North BHS
8:00-8:55pm: Napier BHS v Wellington College
Day Three: April 28
8:00-8:55am: St. Paul’s Collegiate v St. Andrew’s College
9:00-9:55am: Hastings BHS v King’s College
10:00-10:55am: Whangarei BHS v Palmerston North BHS
11:00-11:55am: Wairarapa College v New Plymouth BHS
12:00-12:55pm: Hamilton BHS v Napier BHS
1:00-1:55pm: Tauranga BC v Wellington College
2:00-2:55pm: St. Paul’s Collegiate v St. Kentigern College
“I used to take my athletics pretty seriously, but hockey has taken over. It’s pretty much a year round sport now.” Malachi Buschl says.
The head prefect at King’s High School in Dunedin is a New Zealand Under-19 representative and 2017 is a busy year.
“I was named in the New Zealand squad to take on Pakistan in April. I am really looking forward to that series,” Buschl enthuses.
Buschl was first selected for New Zealand in late 2015 and in January 2016 toured Australia to compete in a quadrangular series.
“That was a lot of fun to experience hockey at a higher level than I had before. The results didn’t go as well as we wanted, but I learned a lot from that tour.” Buschl reflects.
The valuable lessons attained across the Tasman carried into King’s 2016 season. Buschl was a key ingredient in the schools’ most successful year ever. King’s was unbeaten in the local competition and finished seventh at the Rankin Cup. Buschl’s ability to distribute accurately, defend resolutely and led from centre mid field was vital.
“We had no real stars in our team last year, but everybody worked hard and bonded. We were a class above the local competition and perhaps needed harder challenges throughout the year to maintain our edge.” Buschl recalls.
King’s was unbeaten in their group games at the Rankin Cup. They beat Rathkeale College (6-0), Timaru BHS (6-2), St. Kentigern College 2-0 and held 2015 championships Westlake BHS to a 1-1 draw. In the quarter-final, King’s was toppled 2-0 by Rangitoto College.
“A top eight finish was good for us, but we would like to have made the top four. I guess there is a bit of a vendetta for us this year.” Buschl says.
Buschl believes King’s best performance in 2016 was the 6-0 demolition of Christchurch BHS in the playoff for seventh.
“We played a real high standard of hockey in that game. I don’t think were as strong as last year, but if we really apply ourselves I think we can improve quickly and surprise ourselves.” Buschl insists.
King’s have nine returning players, but many of the 2016 starters have departed. However a strong work ethic and the ability to surprise has been a regular theme in Buschl’s sporting life. He started playing hockey in Year 7 when he filled in for his sister’s team. He discovered an instant enjoyment for the sport and quickly made rep sides which only further fuelled the fire. He says his greatest experience so far was finishing third with the Southern team at the 2016 National Under-21 tournament.
“The National Under-21 tournament was a really enjoyable experience. The team had a great culture with a great bunch of southern blokes. We were last the year before to so the results were a huge improvement for us.”
In addition to hockey Buschl is a keen geography student. He is a reserve for the New Zealand International Geography Olympiad team who will travel to Belgrade to compete in the International Geography Olympiad. Buschl wrote an outstanding essay about Serbia to become a contender for that trip.
It’s clear Buschl is a good southern lad going places.
The New Zealand Under 21 Men have opened with a 1-0 victory over Japan at the Junior World Cup in Lucknow.
It was a tight encounter which saw both sides create plenty of scoring opportunities, with Ollie Logan delivering the game winner with a 55th minute penalty corner drag flick.
Kiwi goalkeeper Thomas Mallon had an outstanding game and alongside his back four, kept a clean sheet under huge pressure from Japan who had nine penalty corners but were stopped every time.
The result sees New Zealand take away three points with two games to play in the pool phase with only the top two moving through to the quarter finals.
Man of the Match Logan said it was pleasing to open the tournament with a win.
“It’s great to come away with maximum points from our opening game. We came in with a lot of information on Japan, we knew what we needed to do and came away with a result which is great for us.
“We’ve got some very good flickers in the team so to be able to play my part and put one into the net was a really good feeling.”
The New Zealand Under 21s are back in action in their second game at the Junior World Cup when they take on Germany on Saturday at 1:30am (NZ time), with live coverage on SKY Sport.
NEW ZEALAND 1: (Ollie Logan)
It's been a big year for New Zealand's up and coming hockey players, with some high quality action at the NZSS Secondary School and age-grade representative tournaments throughout New Zealand. Five players that have impressed College Sport Media are below:
Reuben Andrews (St. Paul's Collegiate) - St. Paul's Collegiate won the Rankin Cup for the first time and in the final against Wairarapa College Andrews was a hero. Down 3-2, Andrews had to score with the last penalty corner and duly delivered to extend the game. Andrews scored a leading 15 goals at the Rankin Cup to finish the season with 66 goals in 29 games. He played 144 games for St. Paul's Collegiate First XI and scored 138 goals. He has been a National age group representative and impressed with his inspirational leadership.
Maddie Wotton (Villa Maria) - The Villa Maria First XI won the Federation Cup for the first time this year and Wotton was an integral part of the success. She scored 10 goals at the Nationals and her all-around excellence drove her teammates to further excellence. Wotton is in the New Zealand system and regularly appears for the Canterbury U18 and U21 sides. She also scored four goals for her senior club side Marist in a 7-3 victory over Southern United, a performance that caught the attention of the Christchurch Press.
Gus Wakeling (Wairarapa College) - The Junior Black Sticks midfielder was an outstanding leader for Wairarapa College guiding his team to the Rankin Cup final where they were beaten 4-3 in extra time by St. Paul's Collegiate. Wakeling boasts an-all round game regularly scoring goals and creating several with his superior running and passing. He is also a resolute defender.
Hattie Jones (Kristin School) - The youngest member of the NZ Junior team, Jones at the age of 17 is one of the most accomplished age group defenders in the country. Jones’ outstanding play saw her nominated for an Auckland Secondary Schools sports award. Jones regularly competes above her age and was a regular starter for North Harbour who finished second in the National Hockey League.
Bella Greig - The Iona College first XI went undefeated at the Hockey NZ Chica Gilmer national tournament in Pukekohe in 2015 to be promoted to the national first division. Greig was the leading goal scorer, putting 10 in the back of the net at that tourney. This year Greig proved she belonged in the top flight by scoring a tournament leading 17 goals at the Federation Cup. The 15-year-old accounted for over half of her team's goals and the next leading scorer netted 11. Greig is a regular in the Hawke’s Bay reps and may soon push for National honours.
Congratulations to the Junior Men and Women Black Sticks for their selection for the 2016/2017 representative season.
Garrick DU TOIT
Te Hiraka CHASE
Matthew VAN AARDT
Like the Rankin Cup the girls Federation Cup hockey in Auckland produced ample excitement. A Jessie Anderson goal in extra time gave Christchurch's Villa Maria College their first national secondary schools title. Villa Maria beat Auckland's St Cuthbert's College 2-1 in the final in on Saturday, with Anderson's winner coming in the second period of golden goal extra time, when the drop off rule reduced each team to seven players.
Earlier, Maddie Wotton gave Villa Maria a 1-0 lead in the first half, before St Cuthbert's equalised.
The win also gave Villa Maria the Pat Barwick Shield, which St Cuthbert's won off Villa Maria in their third and fourth playoff match a year ago.
Villa Maria only lost one game all season and beat St Margaret's College in the Christchurch schools premier league final this season. Villa Maria scored 29 goals in the Federation Cup. Maddie Wotton with 10 goals was Villa Maria's top goal scorer in the tournament. There were 32 teams competing and 112 matches played.
Villa Maria Results
Top Goal Scorers
Winter Tournament Week girls’ hockey tournaments. Eleven schools won hockey silverware in Winter Tournament Week, these trophies and winners were:
Federation Cup: Villa Maria College
Marie Fry Trophy: Hamilton Girls’ High School
Chica Gilmer Trophy: Baradene College
Jenny Hair Cup: Samuel Marsden College
Audrey Timlin Memorial: Waimea College
Eveline Hankers Memorial: Mahurangi College
Kate Trolove Cup: Orewa College
Jenny McDonald Cup: Cromwell College
Mary Clinton Cup: Taupo-nui-a-tia College
Rosemary O’Brien Cup: Feilding High School
Chris Arthur Cup: Rangi Ruru Girls Second XI
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"We kept on trying hard. We never gave up. I was 70/30 confident I could score, but you never know," Reuben Andrews recalls of the moments prior to his last-play penalty corner goal to level the Rankin Cup final between St. Paul's Collegiate and Wairarapa College on Saturday.
Andrews had to score to extend the match and duly delivered in an eventual St. Paul's victory.
December 14, 2012, Whitehall School closes its gates. The primary school 40 minutes south-east of Cambridge has a roll of 17 students. Andrews is a former pupil and recalls hockey was the only choice of sport.
"I started playing in Year 5 in five-a-side games. We weren't big enough to have a rugby team," he laughs.
Andrews made quick progress. At St. Peter's Cambridge he played representatively at the Hatch and Collier U13 tournament and there was a clamour for his college services.
"The coach of the rep side was a teacher at St Paul's so he convinced me to come to St Paul’s. It was an easy decision really because a lot of my mates were going there," Andrews recalls.
Andrews debuted for the First XI in Year 9, but success was initially hard to come by. Hamilton Boys' High School was the powerhouse hockey school in the Waikato, winning the Rankin Cup in 2013 and 2014.
"For a while there was a perception if you were any good at hockey you had to go to Hamilton Boys.’ They had exceptional sides, all the big names in New Zealand Secondary School hockey. We lacked belief, but once we gained experience and started to get more competitive things changed. Our coaches Craig Hardman and Matt Rees-Gibbs have been amazing," Andrews says.
In 2015 St Paul's beat Hamilton to claim the Waikato Secondary Schools title for the first time in several seasons and finished fourth at the Rankin Cup. Andrews scored 56 goals in 32 games during the year and was selected for the Junior Black Sticks.
St. Paul's won the Pitu Shield, Midlands intercity competition and Matt Allen trophy en route to the Rankin Cup. Reaching the quarter final was a breeze, but the quarter-final against Wellington College required more than good fortune to be won. Andrews explained what happened.
"Wellington College was a really tough game. With about five minutes to go we scored a goal which shouldn't have been allowed. I watched the video afterwards and the ball was lifted into the circle and hit the body of one of our players. It should have been called a dangerous ball, but the referee said play on and we got a goal. We were lucky. I felt for Wellington College."
In the semi-finals Rangitoto College was afforded no mercy and were dispatched 5-2.
By contrast St. Paul's stared the final in shaky fashion. What was said at halftime?
"It wasn't the greatest first half. We struggled to get our game plan into action. Our coaches were really calm at the break. They told us to be patient and do the things we had been doing all year and the result would look after itself," Andrews reflects.
St. Paul's pushed ahead 2-1 with Andrew's scoring twice. Wairarapa responded to reclaim the lead 3-2.
"It was an amazing game of hockey. Wairarapa were such a great side. They kept on pushing. We had to hold our nerve. The boys get on so well and that was such a big part of this success," Andrews says.
Andrews scored a leading 15 goals at the Rankin Cup to finish the season with 66 goals in 29 games. He played 144 games for St. Paul's Collegiate First XI and scored 138 goals.
"It's been an incredible season. I will most likely remain in the Midlands program which is strong and study business at Waikato University. I might seek a scholarship elsewhere because hockey in New Zealand is not very lucrative, but I would love to go to the Olympics one day. I love the game," Andrews enthuses.
Andrews’s parents run a farm and butchery in Cambridge. In the summer Andrews plays First XI cricket and enjoys golf. He plans to study in 2017.
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