An extra time goal in the First XI football broke a 0-0 deadlock and gave Wellington College the win in the match and was also the difference in the exchange in the wet at St Pat's Silverstream today.
Wellington College also won the First V basketball 76-51 but St Pat's Silverstream beat Wellington College 46-0 in the First XV rugby.
A last minute goal to Harry Cook earned Wellington College a dramatic 1-0 victory over St Patrick’s College, Silverstream in the 18th annual traditional fixture.
In referee's time, Wellington won a corner on the right side and Cook managed to soar high above the pack and header the ball past the keeper for a memorable winner.
Despite the heavy surface, it was an entertaining spectacle as both schools looked to play positively and proceedings generally flowed from end to end.
Wellington College midfielder Stefan Cordwell was instrumental in the Wellington success, replacing Ollie Petersen as captain. Head prefect Petersen was forced to leave the field with a hip injury midway through the first half.
Silverstream was denied goals three times for offside play while Tommy Joe-McIndoe and Jack Ritchie went within inches of scoring - both firing wide left. Ryan Blair and Ben Taylor caused trouble on the wings for Silverstream, but Wellington’s defense was composed and resolute.
Wellington beat Silverstream 3-1 in an earlier Trevor Rigby Cup grading fixture. The expanded eight-team Trevor Rigby Cup kicks off on Saturday with Wellington College and St Pats Silverstream featuring.
Traditional Football Head to Head
Wellington College Won: 8
St Patrick’s College, Silverstream Won: 7
St Patrick's College, Silverstream has retained the Ken Gray Memorial Trophy by trouncing Wellington College 46-0 in muddy, soggy conditions.
Silverstream's margin of victory is the largest in the annual traditional fixture which stretches back to 1931.
The host's power and athleticism up front was overwhelming for the visitors, struggling in size and confidence. Silverstream's superiority was best illustrated by their third try. Prop Chris Hemi breached the first line of defence prior to barreling the fullback like an angry bull on the loose in Pamplona. Hemi's burst ended marginally short of the line, but wing Fritz Raysi wouldn't be stopped from the next phase.
Silverstream led 27-0 at halftime and the pack was responsible for five of the eight tries. In addition to Hemi, flanker Iona Apineru and lock Neyla Masima played with authority and flair and were both rewarded on the scoresheet.
Silverstream shifted first-five Sam Clark to fullback allowing Riley Forbes (the leading points scorer in Premier I last season) a chance to run the cutter. Both boys were heavily involved and used their quick instincts to cross the chalk.
Wellington only managed one clean break in the entire match. Second-five Caleb Robson burst from his own 22, stumbling at halfway.
Wellington hooker Ridge Studd and No.8 Flynn Crampton can hold their heads high. Studd has already played at least three positions this season, starting at openside flanker before shifting into the front row and finishing this encounter in the midfield. Crampton is a whole-hearted performer.
Silverstream's biggest win before today was 34-0 in 1934. Wellington's biggest win is 43-5 in 1992. It’s the first time since 2000, Wellington has been held scoreless in the traditional and they only lost that affair 7-0. Wellington beat Silverstream 16-0 in 1999.
Silverstream improves to 3-0 in the Wellington premiership and hosts Rongotai College next Wednesday. Rongotai faces a stiff assignment on Saturday when they tussle with unbeaten St Pat's Town.
Wellington College has to front next Tuesday against UC Championship leaders Christchurch Boys’ High School.
Traditional Rugby Head to Head Played: 87
Silverstream Won: 48
Wellington Won: 32
Wellington College won the basketball 76-51, reversing a loss from a fortnight ago. The game didn’t count for Pohlen Cup points which continues for both teams on Friday night. Silverstream battles Aotea College and Wellington jousts with Hutt Valley High School.
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