JOHN MCGLASHAN HIGH SCHOOL
The home of Andrew Hore looks in good shape to defend their 2015 title but the resistance they’ll get is already looking tougher. Last season was a two horse race but semi-finals this time make the competition that much more open and city rivals Kings and OBHS will be guaranteed arm wrestles. Fifteen returning players is an ominous sign though and this is reason enough to be confident. Of those, Woody Kirkwood stands out in the pack, the tall timber already in pencil for Otago’s elite age group programs. Captain and openside Rory Ferguson is also back for his last year at school and leads the team with his athleticism and technical ability. An outstanding sportsman to keep an eye on in the next few years, his character is echoed throughout the team with coach Mike Idour full of belief in his side’s mental strength and persistence. This was a huge factor in their success last year and JMC’s defence will once again be the keystone to going back-to-back in 2016. They’ll also want another crack at national Top 4 qualification after their close loss to Southland Boys’.