Te Puke 1st XI top di­vi­sion 1

Te Puke Times - - SCHOOL SPORT -

Te Puke High School Boys 1st XI Hockey team are the di­vi­sion 1 cham­pi­ons.

The fi­nal against Tau­ranga Boys’ Col­lege Orange to be­come the Di­vi­sion 1 Cham­pi­ons was a see-saw bat­tle for the first 17 min­utes un­til captain Michael Klaus drove to­wards the op­po­si­tion’s goal and hit a re­bounded shot of his own to break the dead­lock and give Te Puke a 1-0 lead.

This spurred the Te Puke team into ac­tion and within a minute the team found them­selves back in front of Tau­ranga’s goal through some slick pass­ing.

It was the quick think­ing of Cameron Boyd who fired an­other suc­cess­ful shot at goal.

Tau­ranga showed heart after this and re­ally tested the Te Puke de­fence on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions.

The Te Puke play­ers worked hard and showed con­fi­dence and com­po­sure through­out. A credit to them­selves and the coach­ing and man­age­ment team of Richard Klaus and Chris Stark.

Tau­ranga kept com­ing and much of the sec­ond half pos­ses­sion and ter­ri­tory be­longed to them, but the TPHS de­fence was res­o­lute and held firm for a 2-0 win.

TPHS goalie Brodie Hide made a cou­ple of great saves and Conal Mikkelsen, Ethan Mil­som and Jay Read all played well.

The team has come a long way this year with some great cap­taincy, strong de­vel­op­ment and a real be­lief in them­selves.

Te Puke High School’s di­vi­sion 1-win­ning first XI hockey team.

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