After four days of play at the Aon Secondary School Tournaments around the country, the action has been highly competitive across the board with 300 high school teams competing in 22 tournaments.
As we head into the final stages of competition, multiple tournaments have already produced some very close results.
In the Aon Rankin Cup, Saint Kentigern College defeated Kings High School, 1-0, in the first quarterfinal. In the second quarterfinal, Hamilton Boys’ High School and Timaru Boys’ High School finished full-time with two apiece calling for a shootout to determine the winner. Hamilton came out victorious in the battle (5-4) and will go on to face quarterfinal A winner, Saint Kentigern, in the semifinal today at 3:00pm.
As for the two other quarterfinals, Kings College secured the win over Whangarei Boys’ High School in nail-biting, extra-time fashion (2-1). Christ’s College then rounded off the evening and the last semifinal spot with a 1-0 victory over Auckland Grammar School. Kings and Christ’s College will take to the turf today at 3:15pm to see who will make it to the grand finale.
Charl Ulrich of Westlake Boys’ currently leads the Aon Rankin Cup individual scoring with 15 goals, including seven in the 12-0 shutout against Pukekohe High School and another five in the teams’ 8-0 win over St. Paul’s Collegiate School.
The Aon India Shield has seen Wairarapa College defeat Rongotai College, 5-4, to advance to the first semifinal of the shield. Wairarapa will face Paraparaumu College at 1:15pm in that game. Taupo-nui-a-Tia College also were triumphant against St. Bede’s College with a one-goal win (2-1). They will take on Christchurch Boys’ High School in the semifinal. Christchurch had a convincing 5-1 win over Rosmini College in their quarterfinal matchup.
Just up the road in Rotorua, the Aon Mayhill Cup has seen Hillcrest High School take the win over Avondale College (3-1) to advance to the final, while Trident High School were victorious over Mt Albert Grammar School. The decision maker of the Aon Mayhill Cup Champions will take place today at 2:30pm.
Palmerston North is hosting the Aon Founders Cup this year. Hutt International Boys’ School have advanced to the final after their 3-2 win against Onslow College. Hutt International will now take on Whanganui High School to decide the Cup Champions.
The final Tier 3 schoolboys tournament, the Aon Johnson Cup, will see Pakuranga College and John McGlashan College battle it out for the gold medal.
Those teams in the final of the Aon Mayhill, Founder and Johnson Cup will move up to the Aon Rankin Cup/India Shield Tournament for 2019.
In the girls’ tournaments, the Aon Federation Cup has seen some close games in knock-out play starting with the very first quarterfinal. At full time, St. Cuthbert’s College and Christchurch Girls’ High School were tied at 2-2 sending the game into a shootout. Christchurch eventually came out on top (4-3). The second quarterfinal saw a dominating performance from Iona College with a 5-1 win over St. Margaret’s College. Another Hawke’s Bay school, Napier Girls’ High School, also proved themselves worthy of a place in the semifinals when they defeated Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, 2-0. Napier Girls’ will face-off against Villa Maria College after they too left their quarterfinal opponent Whangarei Girls’ High School scoreless, 1-0. That game is set for 2:15pm today.
So far, Iona’s Olivia Shannon leads the Aon Federation Cup individual goal-scorers with a total of 11 goals. Jenna-Rae McIntyre of Rangi Ruru Girls’ School is not too far behind with nine.
In the Aon Marie Fry Trophy, like the boys in the Aon India Shield competition, the Wairarapa College girls advanced to the semifinals after a 4-2 victory over New Plymouth Girls’ High School. They are scheduled to play Westlake Girls’ High School today at 12:45 pm. Orewa College and Columba College will also go head-to-head in the other semifinal 15 minutes earlier at 12:30pm.
In Pukekohe, the Aon Chica Gilmer Trophy has seen Western Heights High School advance to the final with a 1-0 win over Taupo-nui-a-Tia College. Western Heights will face Baradene College in the final today after they pulled off a 2-1 win over Rangitoto College.
This year Carterton has played host to the teams in contention for the Aon Jenny Hair Cup. The Champions for this cup will be either Wellington Girls College or Fielding High School when they go head-to-head today.
Finally, the Aon Audrey Timlin Memorial tournament in Invercargill will see St. Mary’s College, Ponsonby take on Burnside High School. St Mary’s left Epsom Girls Grammar scoreless (2-0) to earn their spot in the final, while Burnside High School had a solid 4-1 win over Lincoln High School in their semifinal game.
Once again, those teams that advance to the final of the Aon Chica Gilmer Trophy, Jenny Hair Cup and Audray Timlin Memorial tournament will progress to the Aon Federation Cup/Marie Fry Trophy for 2019.
For results, standings and statistics for all the Aon Secondary School tournaments, click your desired tournament below.
On Saturday, Sept. 8, the Gold and Bronze medal matches of both the Aon Rankin Cup and Aon Federation Cup with be streamed live via the Hockey New Zealand Facebook page or the Black Sticks Youtube channel. Bronze medal matches begin at 12:00pm, followed by the Gold medal games at 1:30pm.