Saint Kentigern and Iona College have been crowned this year’s Aon Secondary Schools champions after their winning performances on Saturday (Sept. 8). It marks the first time in Rankin Cup/Federation Cup history that either school have one the top titles.
How did it go down?
On Friday, the first semifinal of the Aon Rankin Cup featured Saint Kentigern College and Hamilton Boys’ High School. Saint Kentigern left Hamilton Boys’ scoreless to clinch their spot in the final, 1-0. The second semifinal saw Kings College and Christ’s College tied 1-1 at the end of regulation. Christ’s College’s Nicholas Lidstone eventually notched a goal in extra time (2-1), sending the team to face-off against Saint Kentigern in the Aon Rankin Cup final.
On Saturday, Saint Kentigern and Christ’s College drew a loud crowd for the Aon Rankin Cup final. Malcolm Curley put Saint Kentigern ahead in the 13th minute of play. The remainder of the game saw many close shots, but neither team were able to find the back of the net. At the end of the 60 minutes, Saint Kentigern held their 1-0 lead to take home the 2018 Aon Rankin Cup.
The bronze medal game took place just a few hours earlier where Hamilton Boys’ High School took the lead in the first half. Kings College came back just before the half time whistle to tie the game at 1-1 in the 30th minute.
Kings came out blazing in the first few minutes of the second half to take the lead, 2-1, thanks to Charles Cleal. Hamilton responded with another goal a few minutes later to tie the game again at 2-2. It didn’t take long for Cleal to find the back of the net for the second time in the half to regain the lead for Kings (3-2).
Kings extended their lead, 4-2, after a penalty stroke with just under 10 minutes to go. This was enough to secure the win and the bronze medal.
Charl Ulrich topped the individual goal-scoring table of the Aon Rankin Cup with 20 goals for Westlake Boys’ High School throughout the tournament.
In the girls’ Aon Federation Cup semifinals on Friday it was a match-up of Christchurch versus Hawke’s Bay teams battling it out for their spots in the championship game. Iona College defeated Christchurch Girls’ High School, 2-1, with the help of goal-scoring machine Olivia Shannon who tallied both of Iona’s goals.
In the second semifinal, Napier Girls’ High School edged Villa Maria College with a goal from Lily Verhoeven in extra time, making it a Hawke’s Bay school final and a Christchurch school bronze medal match.
In the Bronze medal match, Villa Maria College took a 1-0 lead early in the first half over Christchurch Girls’ High School. Christchurch responded halfway through the second half to tie the game 1-1. The teams battled back and forth throughout the remainder of regulation time but the score remained tied at 60 minutes, sending the game into extra time.
Although a highly contested battle in the extra 15 minutes, neither teams were able to get on the board leaving it up to a shootout to decide the winner. Christchurch Girls’ eventually came out on top in the shootout to claim the bronze medal of the Aon Federation Cup.
The first half of the 2018 Aon Federation Cup Final saw a convincing effort from Iona College over Napier Girls’ High School in the battle of the Bay teams. Olivia Shannon was back at it, notching the first goal of the game to give Iona the advantage, 1-0. With just under a minute to play in the first, Bella Greig extended the Iona lead off a penalty stroke.
Iona didn’t want to give anything away in the second half as Shannon collected two more goals to finish the game with a hat trick. Napier Girls’ High School weren’t able to find the back of the net by the end of 60 minutes, allowing Iona to take home the Fed Cup silverware for the first time in school history with the 4-0 tally.
Shannon also topped the women’s goal-scoring chart for the 2018 Federation Cup with a total of 16 goals in tournament play.
Hockey New Zealand would like to congratulate all the teams that took part in the Aon Secondary School Tournaments across the country and would also like to thank all the volunteers, umpires, officials and host associations who helped make the tournaments possible.
Aon Secondary School Tournaments – Tier 1 & 2 Medal Match Results
Tier 1: Aon Rankin Cup
– Gold Medal Match: Saint Kentigern College won vs. Christ’s College, 1-0.
– Bronze Medal Match: Kings College won vs. Hamilton Boys’ High School, 4-2.
Tier 2: Aon India Shield
– Gold Medal Match: Papaparaumu College won vs. Taupo-nui-a-Tia College, 4-1.
– Bronze Medal Match: Wairarapa College won vs. Christchurch Boys’ High School, 3-2 AET.
Tier 1: Aon Federation Cup
– Gold Medal Match: Iona College won vs. Napier Girls’ High School, 4-0.
– Bronze Medal Match: Christchurch Girls’ High School won vs. Villa Maria College, 1-1 (4-2 SO).
Tier 2: Aon Marie Fry Trophy
– Gold Medal Match: Orewa College won vs. Westlake Girls’ High School, 3-1.
– Bronze Medal Match: Columba College won vs. Wairarapa College, 2-1 AET.