Last night, the 1st XI Hockey team played St Kent's College in the final of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Boys' competition at Lloyd Elsmore Park.
In what was always going to be a tightly contested fixture, the first half was end to end hockey, with both sides creating opportunities, but not converting. Thus at the break it was 0-0.
The second half, like the first started in an attacking fashion. The 1st XI applied consistent pressure on the St Kent's defence and in the 15th minute of the half, the team were aptly rewarded with a penalty corner. The direct shot from the penalty corner was saved by a St Kent's defender however, latched on to the loose ball to convert from close range.
The remainder of the half was an arm wrestle, with the hockey being played at pace. The team's defence responded in calm fashion under considerable pressure to hold the lead while making every attempt to extend it. The result was a satisfying 1-0 victory and the Auckland Championship with a goal from Form 7 student C. J. Matthew.
Over the last seven years, Auckland Grammar School has met St Kent's annually in the Auckland final to now lead that battle four wins to three.
The 1st XI Hockey team crossed stage on Thursday morning in assembly as the Auckland Champions and captain A. D. Punga received the trophy on the team's behalf.