They left it late, but St. Bede’s College can lock the Connetics Shield away for the summer after a scintillating 3-all draw with Timaru Boys last night in Ashburton, cementing them in top spot heading into next week’s semi-finals.
Not for the first time this season, George Baker was the hero for Bede’s, firing home a penalty corner right on full-time to send the vocal Bede’s contingent into raptures.
The Boys in red started hot, with Baker putting Bede’s ahead early in the first half, slotting home two penalty corners. Although Timaru weren’t going to lie down, and fought back to draw level before taking the lead just before halftime.
The second half was even more intense, the match played at a frantic pace but without the goal fest of the opening 30 minutes. With three minutes remaining, Bede’s went for broke and removed their keeper, and were rewarded with a penalty corner with only 30 seconds remaining.
Up stepped Baker, and as they say, the rest is history!
St. Bede’s will now await their semi-final opponents, with the winner of tomorrow’s showdown between Christ’s College and Christchurch Boys High determining the fourth qualifier.
Christ’s have appeared in the last four finals, winning back to back in 2016 and 2017. They also went down to St. Andrew’s College in last year’s final by way of penalty shootout so will be gunning to keep their finals hopes intact.
Boys High missed out on the top four in 2018, and only a win tomorrow night can get them to leapfrog College on the table and into the semi-finals.
Timaru Boys are now locked in to play second placed St. Andrew’s College, who play Burnside High tomorrow night in a match that won’t have a bearing on either teams table position.
A top of the table clash headlines the girls final round, with league leaders Rangi Ruru taking on St. Margaret’s College. They are both already locked into their finishing positions, but the Connetics Shield will be on the line for the final time, as Rangi look to complete their second consecutive unbeaten regular season.
St. Margaret’s seem to have found some form over the past few weeks and will be looking to rectify the earlier result this season where Rangi ran away 5-2 victors.
Christchurch Girls (third) and Villa Maria (fourth) are also locked into the top four, so they’ll be out to build some confidence against St. Andrew’s College and Burnside High before next week’s semi-finals.
Friday 9 August
5.00pm Christ’s College vs Christchurch Boys HS
5.10pm Rangi Ruru GS vs St. Margaret’s College
6.30pm Burnside HS vs St. Andrew’s College
6.40pm Burnside HS vs Villa Maria College
8.10pm Christchurch GHS vs St. Andrew’s College
Main Image: Geoff Soper