Cricket Over the summer break, there were several cricket tours by different College teams. The top Colts team travelled to Hamilton for the Vettori Shield at St Paul’s Collegiate School. The College team played some very competitive cricket during the week with wins over Hutt International Boys’ School and King’s College, and then a narrow loss to eventual tournament winners Westlake Boys High School. In the play-off match for 3rd, College was chasing 134 against Otago Boys’ High School and, in a tight final over, finished with a tie. In January, a group of cricketers travelled to Queenstown for an annual festival, enjoying a couple of days of cricket before the weather turned from summer to winter, bringing unseasonal snow. Unfortunately, this meant a premature end to the week-long tournament. A senior group of cricketers visited Auckland in a trip to replace the annual Trans-Tasman tournament.
Our two teams enjoyed matches against hosts King’s, Takapuna Grammar School, Auckland Grammar School and St Paul’s Collegiate. There were good wins and a couple of losses, but all players had the opportunity for some tough cricket to prepare for the season ahead. This term the College Colts cricket team qualified for the junior nationals for the first time. The team won an earlier regional over Waimea College and a regional final win over St Andrew’s College to earn their place. College started the week well, beating John McGlashan College to claim the unofficial South Island title, before wins over St Patrick’s College, Silverstream, and Tauranga Boys College. In its fourth match, College lost an agonisingly close match to Napier Boys’ High School, who scored the winning run from the last ball of the match with only one wicket remaining. In its last match, the team lost to eventual winners Auckland Grammar, but can be proud of finishing 3rd.
In Saturday cricket, we enjoyed good success. The 1st XI finished 2nd in the two day competition and 2nd in the midweek T20 competition, the 2nd XI was 3rd, while the Development XI won its grade after defeating Sydenham in the final match. In the Colts grade, the Black and White sides won their pools before heading into top four, while the Year 10 and Year 9A sides each won all but two of their matches during the term. In the annual Whanganui Collegiate School match, College dominated from the start and went on to a comfortable win. Mountain Biking In the Canterbury Interschool Championships, College had a large number of boys competing in the sport section (non-championship). In this event, Albie Roberts won his age grade, while Nathan Cranstone was 3rd in the same race. In the championship races, Fergus McCone was 6th in U13, Seamus Hickey 8th in U15 and George Rookes 3rd in the U16 grade.
College Issue 40 2021
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