When William Sharp lead the Timaru Boys High School 1st XI out to play the Wakanui Senior Men recently, late replacements after Christchurch Boys defaulted, he became the highest capped player in the schools history, playing his 143rd match. He overtook teammate Duncan Rollinson who had only recently broken the previous record but had fallen ill which allowed Sharp to catch up and then surpass him.
The duo debuted for the side back in 2014, something Sharp hasn’t forgotten. “Becoming the highest capped was a real privilege for myself and something I’ll hopefully treasure, but between Duncan and myself, we have been together since year 9 and playing all these games alongside him means a lot to me and is definitely an accomplishment we have done together”.
Sharp also captained the side in 2018, where they exceeded many outsiders expectations with a seventh placing at the national Rankin Cup tournament, but not Sharps “Going to tournament last year, we knew it would be tough with the pool we had but we always had the belief we could get to the top eight and it’s pretty special for us to do so.”
After a frustrating start to the SSP competition, with both Christchurch Boys and Burnside struggling to field teams and having to call on local Ashburton sides as late replacements, they are raring to go and take on Christ’s College this evening, a side they beat early in last season to claim the Connetics Shield.
They managed to hold onto the shield for a while, before relinquishing it to current holders St. Andrew’s College. Christ’s managed to gain revenge, beating Timaru in the SSP semi-final for the second successive year. Not a bad result for a team that only joined the competition in 2017, having previously played in the local Timaru club competition.
“The move really has been good for TBHS hockey as it has given the boys something to strive for and knowing you can play with and against the best from Canterbury is pretty cool. Having only lost one player from last year, we believe we have the potential to do well and be extremely competitive in 2019”, says Sharp, who is now only a few games shy of the magical 150 mark.
Sharp, along with Rollinson, Tim Sheed and Matt Ellis, were all recently selected in the Canterbury U18 Regional team, something Sharp and the boys are excited about. “When the team was named and there was four of us in it, it was pretty awesome because we knew we had the potential and to be recognised was pretty cool”. If the ‘big four’ as he calls them can fire in the local competition, we might see a non-Christchurch school taking home the spoils in a few months’ time.
In Friday’s matches, St. Bede’s College will be favoured to keep their winning streak alive as they take on Shirley Boys, while St. Andrew’s College defend the Connetics Shield in their match against Burnside High.
In the girls matches, Rangi Ruru’s clash with Christchurch Girls will be one to watch, both sides chalking up 3-1 victories in round one. St. Margret’s and Villa Maria do battle in what is always an interesting match, while St. Andrew’s and Burnside go head to head after both going down last week.
Wednesday 8th May
6.45pm: Timaru Boys’ HS vs Christ’s College Ashburton
Friday 10th May
5pm: St. Bede’s College vs Shirley Boys’ HS Nga Puna Wai 1
5.10pm: St. Andrew’s College vs Burnside High School Nga Puna Wai 2
6.40pm: Villa Maria College vs St. Margaret’s College Nga Puna Wai 2
8pm: St. Andrew’s College vs Burnside High School Nga Puna Wai 1
8.10pm: Christchurch Girls’ HS vs Rangi Ruru Girls’ School Nga Puna Wai 2