“The winter season of 2020 will be remembered for the impact that Covid-19 had on it.” This was the opening line in last year’s magazine and once again the pandemic has had a major impact on this year’s winter sporting season. For all winter codes, the season got under way in April and continued throughout Term 2 and the beginning of Term 3, with many sports about to head into play-off and final matches in local competition. A nationwide lockdown in late August-early September meant that all national school tournaments were not held and many local seasons were not able to finish. Post-lockdown, some codes and grades were able to complete matches, while others were not.
Despite the uncertainty, College enjoyed a good deal of success across several codes and in different age grades. Football Last year, the College 1st XI had its most successful season in the local Premiership, but it went better this year. With just one loss – the final to St Bede’s College (2–1) – the 1st XI team can be proud of its efforts. The team was unbeaten in 12 games, conceding a mere six goals all season to top the league. It won the Connetics Shield in week one and defended the shield 10 times to retain it for the summer. After the final, the 1st XI was awarded the Mainland Referees’ Jubilee Cup for the team of the year in terms of fair play, sportsmanship and performance. As runner-up in the 1st XI Premier Schools Competition, it recorded the best finish by any College team ever in that contest. A truly remarkable season.
Daniel Metherell (1st XI captain) was recently selected in the U19 NZ Secondary Schools’ squad. He is one of three players from the South Island in the 25-man squad. The football club enjoyed another successful season, with eight other teams competing midweek or on Saturdays. The Ravens XI won the midweek Senior Division 1 competition, defeating the Hillmorton 1st XI in the final, 4–1, while the Junior XI defeated the St Thomas Junoir XI to claim 3rd place in the Junior Division 1. Both these matches were played at the end of Term 3, after the nationwide lockdown. Seven other College football teams competed well over the season, with some thrilling matches and great goals.
Unfortunately, these leagues were cancelled and could not be completed.
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