Christchurch Boys’ High School had a golden opportunity with 15 seconds remaining to steal a late victory, but had to settle for a 2-2 draw with defending champions Timaru Boys’ High School last night at Nga Puna Wai in Secondary School Premier (SSP) action.
Boys High blew the game open in the second quarter with two well taken goals, George Roberts-Hubers and Charlie Swan putting them ahead at the halftime break. Spurred on by a stirring halftime speech by master coach Ben Grant, Timaru fought their way back into the match with a third quarter goal to Sean Rhodes.
Timaru evened the match with 10 minutes remaining through a Ryan Caldwell stroke, but it was Boys High who almost walked away with the three points after a goal mouth scramble in the final seconds found it’s way to an unmarked player on the post who was unable to convert. Timaru drop their first points of the season but retain the Connetics Shield.
Boys High coach Simon Yorston could see the good and the bad in the result. “It’s disappointing to blow a two goal lead, but the boys put in a pretty good performance and are improving each week. We put the boys through some tough fitness yards this week, the chemistry is pretty good and glad to earn a point tonight.”
Rangi Ruru Girls School regained possession of the Connetics Shield in commanding fashion, demolishing St. Andrew’s College 10-0. The shield is a familiar sight at Rangi Ruru matches, with last week the first and only match since it was introduced in 2017 that hasn’t involved them. Based on their opening two matches, it could be in for another long stint with the blue and gold army.
Zach Waite may have set a new SSP record scoring after 12 seconds, as St. Andrew’s College scored a goal each quarter to ease to a comfortable 4-0 victory over Shirley Boys. Shirley were expected to put up more of a fight, but couldn’t match their opponents.
Villa Maria College put in spirited display, controlling their match against St. Margaret’s College to come away with a 3-0 victory. Christchurch Girls kept their second consecutive clean sheet, with a 4-0 win against Burnside.
Six first half goals put Christ’s College in a commanding position, as they eventually beat Burnside 7-1.
Christchurch BHS 2 (George Roberts-Hubers, Charlie Swan), Timaru BHS 2 (Sean Rhodes, Ryan Caldwell)
St. Andrew’s College 4 (Zach Waite, Omri Kepes, Luke Slee, Jock Rollinson), Shirley BHS 0
Christ’s College 6 (Tim Seeto 3, Ollie King 2, Kyle Houston, Henry Mossman), Burnside HS 1
Villa Maria College 3 (Keeley Hughes, Annabel Connell, Amellia Barrett), St. Margaret’s College 0
Rangi Ruru GS 10 (Katie Bond 3, Arabelle McGuckin 2, Tessa Reid 2, Fran Williamson 2, Annabelle Schneideman), St. Andrew’s College 0
Christchurch GHS 4 (Emily Bowden, Gracie Ansell, Bella Stephenson, Maggie Martin), Burnside HS 0