Burnside High School claimed their first win in the Canterbury Secondary School Premier (SSP) competition on Friday night, as their girls team picked up a well deserved 5-1 win over St. Andrew’s College.
Having performed well across the opening three games without reward, Burnside finally finished on the right side of the scoreboard, which sees them jump into fifth on the table, and equal on points with fourth placed St. Margaret’s.
Captain Payton Anderson was on fire in front of goal, scoring four times, two coming from penalty corners and two from the field. Charlotte Lambie added a fifth for Burnside as they sealed an emphatic victory.
Christ’s College continue to lead the boys competition, overcoming a resilient Timaru Boys side to finish the weekend as the only unbeaten team in the competition, increasing their lead to five points and holders of the Connetics Shield once again.
The first half was a see-sawing battle, Timaru Boys having slightly more opportunities but Hamish Newstead was impressive for College in goal. Christ’s dominated the third quarter, and went ahead through Liam Adams, who was celebrating his 50th match for the side. A second goal with 10 minutes remaining to Tim Seeto after the initial shot from Adams, doubled the College lead, and they held out in the final moments to secure a gritty win.
College, the inaugural holders of the Connetics Shield after winning the 2017 title, reclaim it from Timaru who they lost in only their third shield defence of 2018.
St. Andrew’s College were put to the test against Burnside in the first half before five answered goals in the second propelled them to a 7-1 victory, while St. Bede’s College missed the services of Charlie Morrison as they went down 3-1 to Shirley Boys in a surprising result which now sees five teams separated by only four points.
Rangi Ruru and Christchurch Girls extended their lead at the top of the girls ladder, scoring five and six goals respectively in beating Villa Maria and St. Margaret’s.
Christ’s College 2 (Liam Adams, Tim Seeto), Timaru BHS 0
Shirley BHS 3 (Hamish Church, Josh Cooper, Shahid Ali), St. Bede’s College 1 (George Baker)
St. Andrew’s College 7 (Omri Kepes 2, Adam Redway, Jakarta Klebert, Rhys Marshall, Henry Crump, Jake Jackways), Burnside HS 1
Rangi Ruru GS 5 (Emily Jackson 2, Hayley McKellow,, Annabelle Schneideman, Tessa Reid), Villa Maria College 0
Christchurch GHS 6 (Emily Bowden 2, Salma Mohammad 2, Gracie Ansell, Jessie Workman), St. Margaret’s College 0
Burnside HS 5 (Payton Andreson 4, Charlotte Lambie), St. Andrew’s College 1 (Holly Gilray)