All eyes will be on St. Andrew’s College as they look to defend the girls Connetics Shield against the reigning champions Rangi Ruru at Nga Puna Wai this evening.
StAC found themselves on the wrong side of most of the stats last week, but managed to be in front where it matters as they claimed victory over St. Margaret’s and won the shield for the first time ever. Things don’t get any easier for them, taking on a red hot Rangi Ruru side who picked up where the left off in 2019 when they won the title.
St. Andrew’s have bolstered their coaching ranks for 2020, Ash James joining head coach Dan O’Reilly, and putting her expertise to work straight away. James, a second year PE teacher at the school, brings a wealth of experience and was assistant coach of St. Cuthberts when they won the Federation Cup in 2017.
“We have a great bunch of girls who are keen to work hard, and it’s nice getting off to a winning start. Hopefully we can build on that performance and get better this week”, said James, who isn’t too bad with the stick herself and goes up against a number of her team in the weekend club competition.
After finishing eighth in NZ last year, 2020 is off to the best possible start for St. Andrew’s and a positive result this evening would confirm to the rest of the competition they are the real deal.
Shirley Boys are a team to watch this season, and head into their match against St. Andrew’s College full of confidence after a strong showing against them in a recent pre-season fixture.
Captain Hamish Church is a one to watch, while they have an exciting group of youngsters which bodes well for the future. Last week’s 10-0 drubbing of Burnside was a pleasant change, with Shirley having been on the receiving end of similar high scoring encounters over the past few years.
In other fixtures, Timaru Boys go head to head with Christchurch Boys with the Connetics Shield on the line, while Christ’s College should be too strong for Burnside.
Villa Maria College and St. Margaret’s College clash in what is always a close match, both sides smarting from going down in week one. Christchurch Girls will look to build on last weeks victory as they meet Burnside in the late girls match.
Boys Draw (all on Nga Puna Wai 1)
5pm: Shirley BHS v St. Andrew’s College
6.20pm: Timaru BHS v Christchurch BHS
7.40pm: Christ’s College v Burnside HS
Girls Draw (all on Nga Puna Wai 2)
5.10pm: Villa Maria College v St. Margaret’s College
6.30pm: St. Andrew’s College v Rangi Ruru GS
7.50pm: Burnside HS v Christchurch GHS