The winter season of 2020 will be remembered for the impact of Covid-19. The season began by training in their family bubbles during Level 4 lockdown; then when back at school, the initial training allowed for bubbles of only 10. Eventually in Level 2, teams were allowed to train together and prepare for the upcoming season. For many codes the winter season got underway during June and initially at Level 1, games were played and spectators enjoyed seeing community sport once again. With a move back to Level 2, sporting matches continued but with restricted spectators and in some cases no spectators, a situation which was to run until the end of the season for many groups. A late change back to Level 1 in September allowed for some premier winter sporting finals to occur with a full crowd in attendance. National school tournaments were not held due
to the pandemic but a number of sporting codes were still able to compete in regional and South Island tournaments which replaced the usual national events. Despite the uncertainty at times, College enjoyed a good deal of success across a number of codes and at different age grades. Basketball The Senior A basketball team created history this year by winning the Thomson Trophy for the first time in College history. The season saw the top grade divided into two pools with College unbeaten after pool play, and then entered the top six. In the round College lost narrowly to St Andrew’s College and Shirley Boys’ but still qualified for playoffs. In the playoffs, College beat St Bede’s 76–72 in the semi-final and then put on their best performance of the season to defeat St Andrew’s
During the holidays the team then played a South Island invitational tournament which saw the team have wins over Nelson College and St Andrew’s and two double overtime losses to Waitaki Boys’ High School and Otago Boys’ High School. Despite the losses, the team still qualified for the tournament final where they faced Otago Boys’ again. They were not to be denied this time around and came away with an 89–77 win and another tournament victory to end the season. Saturday basketball at College continues to grow with five teams competing this season in the CBA competition. The Senior A team played in the U23 grade and learnt a lot about playing against older, more experienced players. Two teams in the U17 Middle grade saw the Black team reach the semi- finals after a competitive season, with the White team finishing further down the table. At U15 level, College had two teams this year with the Black side improving
113–94 to win the Thompson trophy. In this match Hunter Adam was named finals MVP.
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