Hockey The 1st XI defended its Premiership title, with a 4–1 win over Timaru Boys’ High School in the SPL final. Three stunning goals in the second quarter (two to Finn McCormack- Young and one to James Griffin) proved to be the difference. Timaru put a lot of pressure on College in the second half but College held the opposition out and managed to score one more goal (Tim Seeto) on full-time to take its 5th title in 10 years. It was an impressive playoff run for the team who qualified 5th after round-robin play and then beat St Andrew’s College in the quarter-finals, 2–0, top seed CBHS, 1-0, in the semi-final and Timaru to win the premiership. In three play-off matches, the team only conceded one goal and scored seven at the other end.
Seven College teams competed in the local Metro competition over the winter. The 2nd XV was competitive in its grade and played well against the top sides. The team was due to play in the semi-finals before the competition was cancelled because of Covid-19. This year, College had two U75kg teams in a new grade. The College Black side lost its top-four semi-final, while the White team won its Plate semi-final and went on to share the trophy, with the final not being played. The U15A side was in the same position, having to also share its trophy. The team had some great wins over CBHS, St Bede’s College and St Thomas during the season, and an historic 40–21 win over OBHS U15 in the annual exchange. The 14A and B sides both made the semi-finals of their respective competitions before they were cancelled.
Kyle Houston. After going through pool play unbeaten, the team faced Otago in the semi-final, winning 2–1 to advance to the national final. Heavy rain on finals day meant the match changed venues to St Paul’s Collegiate. The Canterbury team played a strong match but was unable to match North Harbour, which went on to win 2-0, and the silver medal came to Canterbury. Three other College teams were able to play their final matches in either 3rd/4th play-offs or finals after the lockdown. The 3rd XI made its Division 3 final, which was a great turnaround having only won one game last year. It defeated the top seed in the semi-final through the committed, positive and great team play, on show all season. However, the team was unable to repeat the result in the final, losing 5–-2 to CBHS Blue. The 2nd XI lost 2–1 tothe Cashmere 1st XI to finish 4th in the Division 1 championship after missing a chance to play a semi-final, while the Colts won 3–1 against the Shirley Boys’ High School 2nd XI to finish 3rd in their grade.
The Canterbury U18A hockey team travelled to Hamilton for
nationals this year, with four College hockey players in the team – Liam Alexander, Hamish Newstead, Alex Lloyd and Tim Seeto, plus Old Boy
Christ’s College Canterbury
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