Col­lege hockey win sil­ver medal


Te Aroha Col­lege made it threein-a-row when they won sil­ver medals at the North Is­land Sec­ondary Schools Mixed Hockey Tour­na­ment re­cently.

Un­beaten in pool play, the Te Aroha team rose to the oc­ca­sion to de­feat Tuakau Col­lege in the quar­ter-fi­nals (5-0), and then Ro­torua Lakes High School in the semi-final (1-0) to earn their fi­nals spot.

Out of the 17 com­pet­ing teams from through­out the North Is­land, the two fi­nal­ists were a re­peat of last year, with Te Aroha fac­ing their ri­vals Huanui in a closely fought con­test on day five of the tour­na­ment held in Taupo.

De­spite scor­ing first, Te Aroha was even­tu­ally de­feated 5-2 in the fi­nals, com­ing home with a wellde­served sec­ond plac­ing over­all.

The team ended the tour­na­ment with a 5-win and 1-loss record. They scored a to­tal of 30 goals and had only six scored against them.

Pool play re­sults were: 6-1 win against Bream Bay Col­lege, 7-0 win against One Tree Hill Col­lege, 9-0 win against Hen­der­son High.

Te Aroha’s top goal scor­ers were cap­tain Matthew Mill­ward, 7, and vice-cap­tain Luke Har­vey, 7.

Close be­hind was Leon van den Heu­vel on 6, Tayla Sweeney on 4, and Al­fred How­ell on 3. Tyla Burge, Sara Bruns­don and Zane Sweet­man all scored 1 goal.

Coach Sam Stock­ley said that hav­ing eight play­ers on the score­board, and many oth­ers in­volved in good pass­ing that led to the goals was in­dica­tive of the great team­work that helped Te Aroha Col­lege to fi­nals po­si­tion.

Stock­ley is a for­mer sil­ver medal­list in the mixed hockey, hav­ing been a player in the first Te Aroha Col­lege team to take the field in the North Is­land com­pe­ti­tion and come away with suc­cess in 2011.

Now, re­turn­ing as a coach, he has again helped to se­cure sil­ver for the team. Te Aroha also won sil­ver last year and in 2015.

Most Valu­able Player of the tour­na­ment for Te Aroha this year was Zane Sweet­man for his con­sis­tently pow­er­ful game both on of­fence and de­fence in the mid­field.

Matthew Mill­ward (cen­tre), with Brooke Sweeney (left), Leon van den Heu­vel and Zane Sweet­man (far right).

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