King’s snatches hockey victory

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First place .. King's High School's hockey team celebrates winning the South Island championships. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

A goal in the dying minutes of the final won King’s High School a South Island hockey title.

The team competed in the event – which acted as a replacement for the Rankin Cup – in Christchurch earlier this month.

It beat Christchurch Boys’ High School in the final 2-1.

Coach Dave Ross said King’s scored first, but Christchurch Boys’ was quick to reply.

“I wasn’t worried because we were creating a number of opportunities,” Ross said.

He knew that if his side could break the opposition’s defence, they would nail the goal.

“And that’s in fact about how it happened.”

In the second half the team started to dominate passages of play.

Although the players were pleased to win, they were a little disappointed with their performance, he said.

“We had played really, really well throughout the week and it was arguably our worst game of the tournament but we still found a way to win it, which was nice.

“I think the team knew that once we started hitting our straps, particularly with our passing game, that teams would struggle to react and contain us, but we kept making a few mistakes.”

He credited Christchurch Boys’ for putting the pressure on and forcing his side to make errors.

“All up, it was a pretty entertaining game really.”

King’s went into the final undefeated, after beating Otago Boys’ High School, Southland Boys’ High School, Burnside High School, Christ’s College and St Andrew’s College.

“That effectively put us at the top of the pool and put us into the final.”

Despite strong performances, the team picked up a few injuries along the way, which started to take their toll by the time the boys reached the final.

“I guess by that stage playing as many games as you do at tournaments at such high tempo there’s always going to be injuries and things.

“It meant that when we played against Christchurch Boys’ in the final, it was pretty tough given the limitations with injuries and fatigue.”