What if we had a Halberg award for the best College sports team during the year. Who would win?
Normally in school sport it is relatively easy to find the top team within a code, but can you pick who has achieved more, when comparing codes?
Sacred Heart First XI Boys Football - Won the National title for the third time in four years, defeating Saint Kentigern College on penalties in the final. A dramatic save by Henry Evans earned Sacred Heart College the spoils after they rallied from a goal down in regulation time. Sacred Heart didn't concede a goal on their way to the final. Sacred Heart also won the Auckland title for a third straight year, dropping only a single game and preserving a clean sheet in seven out of 14 games.
St. Paul's Collegiate First XI Boys Hockey - The balance of power has shifted in Waikato hockey. Hamilton BHS were Rankin Cup champions in 2013 and 2014, but St. Paul's changed the pecking order amongst the Waikato schools in 2016 with an outstanding season. St. Paul's won the Pitu Shield, Midlands intercity competition and Matt Allen trophy en route to the Rankin Cup final where they scored a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory over Wairarapa College in the decider. St. Paul's scored 42 goals in seven games at the Rankin Cup.
Mount Albert Grammar School First XV Boys Rugby - Mount Albert Grammar School won the National Top Four for the third time edging, the previously unbeaten Hastings Boys’ High School 14-13 in the final. MAGS won 18 out of 19 games in 2016, capturing their 23rd Auckland title and scoring a Top Four record 41-0 victory over South Island Champions Southland BHS in the semi-finals. MAGS scored a four try bonus point in 9 out of 11 1A round robin games this season.
Rangitoto College Boys Basketball - Successfully defended their National title in a thriller against Palmerston North BHS. Down by a point with only a handful of seconds left Cameron Stone hit a 30-foot three-pointer to win the game in the most dramatic fashion. Rangitoto had led the final by 25 points at halftime, but were nearly stunned by a rousing comeback. Rangitoto stumbled to Rosmini College in the Auckland final, but beat Rosmini at Nationals and also captured the Zone 1 title thrashing Auckland GS by more than 20 points in the decider.
Christ's College Boys Rowing Eight - Christ’s College ended Hamilton Boys’ High School’s three year grip on the Maadi Cup with a narrow victory at Lake Twizel. It was the first time since 2012 Christ's had won the Maadi Cup and ended a run of second place finishes. Cameron Smith, Rowan Taylor, Oscar Acland and Angus Gray were also members of the four's crew which captured the Springbok Shield.
Rangitoto College Boys Water Polo – Rangitoto College won their fourth National title after rallying from 6-4 down in the last quarter to beat Saint Kentigern College. Rangitoto didn't win the fiercely competitive and unpredictable Auckland competition, but three goals by Jack Brotherton in the National final and superior composure when it really counted was telling.
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