Polo Two College teams played at the South Island tournament at Rangiora on Sunday 25 March. Playing in the B grade, the B team had six teams in their pool. With wins against St Margaret’s College A and Rangi Ruru Girls’ School A, and after all the teams’ points were added, College played in the final against Rangi Ruru, and won 1–0. Winston Hutchinson was named MVP of the grade.
team agreed the match was great preparation for the New Zealand secondary schools’ national championships, held in Wellington from Wednesday 21–Friday 23 March. In attendance for the first time, the boys played superbly. On the first day of competition, College beat Hutt Valley High School 12–0, then lost to Rathkeale College 5–7, and drew with St Thomas of Canterbury College 4–4. Needing two wins to qualify for the quarter- final, the boys pulled out all the stops and delivered. They beat defending champions St Patrick’s College, Wellington, 3–2 in an epic encounter and then beat Mt Albert Grammar School 6–3. Unfortunately they lost 1–4 to Middleton Grange in the quarter- final, but bounced back and won their final playoff game 4–3 against a strong Wellington College – claiming 5th overall. College futsal team: Sam Whittaker (captain), Jake Tacon, Daniel Metherell, Caleb Palmer, Caleb Manson, Charlie Cameron, Jamie Barr, Charles Lord, Rheon Salt, Harry Dufton.
In the A grade, the A team were up against a tough line up. It was great to see one of the American players who hosted College in Maui, Hawaii, playing in the tournament. Apart from College, all other teams were combination teams of top players. College’s first game was a 2–0 win over Christchurch Boys’ High School combined. Next, they lost 2–0 to USA combined and then won 2–0 against Kaikoura. As all teams in the grade had one loss, it went to a goal count to decide the winner. College came out on top,
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