St Mary’s and Wellington College Crowned Futsal Champs
The College Sport Wellington Fustal championships were held at the ASB Sports Centre on Wednesday afternoon. Wellington College and St Mary’s College emerged as the senior boys and girls champions.
A thunderous shot by Danielle Ohlsson won St Mary’s the final against Hutt Valley High School. With 30 seconds left the scores were tied at one apiece when Ohlsson unleashed with the right foot from distance to beat the keeper.
It was an excellent and even decider with St Mary’s opening the scoring. Maya Hahn produced a quality finish with her left foot to restore parity, but the constant industry of Ohlsson and her team was rewarded in the dramatic dying stages.
In the semi-finals, Hutt Valley High School edged Wellington Girls’ 5-4 on penalties. The scores had been tied 2-2 at the end of regulation. Wellington Girls’ went ahead after two minutes, but were forced into long periods of defence, doggedly preserving their advantage until halftime.
Wellington Girls’ doubled their lead early in the second spell, but an outstanding display by Maya Hahn drew Hutt Valley High School level. Hahn scored both of Hutt’s goals and drew two saves from the Wellington East goalie in the final minute.
In the penalty shootout the first four shots were successful. The third shooter from each side missed. Hutt nudged ahead 5-4, before Wellington missed narrowly for the second time.
The St Mary’s versus Wellington East semi-final was a classic game of two halves. St Mary’s surged ahead 4-0 by the interval. Wellington East rallied bravely and with three minutes left closed the deficit to 4-3. St Mary’s held their nerve to prevail in a gripping tussle.
St Mary’s pool results were:
Beat Samuel Marsden: 8-1
Beat Wellington Girls: 4-2
Beat Onslow College: 5-0
Beat Wellington East: 4-0
The winning St Mary’s team was: Elise Holzer, Rose O’ Hagan, Danielle Ohlsson, Madeline Pigou-Williams, Juliana Quinn, Kelsey Wilkinson, Sydnie Williams, Alice Wright, Therese Wright, and Kearis Houlihan.
Wellington College upset National champions St Pats Town 3-2 in the final. Twice Wellington College led, twice St Pats Town equalised. The winning goal was scored by Wellington with 57 seconds remaining after a tenacious scrap for possession ended favourably for Wellington.
Wellington opened the scoring when a deflected shot forced the Town keeper the wrong way. Town squared proceedings only to fall behind again. Town showed their fighting qualities to make it 2-2 with 1:43 on the clock, but Wellington remained positive and Town’s reign as Wellington champions is over.
Earlier the top Town team appeared on course for a routine victory in their semi-final against their lower ranked school mates. Town 1 was ahead 2-0 early in the second half before an electric period play saw Town 2 close to within one. There were four chances, two each, which saw both teams go close before Town 2 twice hit the post and then found the back of the net. The final moments didn’t emulate the former excitement.
When attempting an equalising shot, Rongotai College hit the top and right side of the post with 12 seconds left in their semi-final against Wellington College. Down 2-0, Rongotai pulled a goal back with three minutes left to set up a grandstand finish. Wellington did control the majority of the match though and were deserving victors.
In pool play Wellington’s results were:
Beat Hutt International Boys’ School: 2-0
Beat Aotea College: 11-1
Beat Upper Hutt College: 6-1
The winning Wellington team was: Jaynesh Bhana, Stefan Cordwell, William Forrest, Toby Hunt, James Knott, Matt McCarty, John-Ross Moyer, Julius Searancke, Enrco Stevens, Seth Ward, Fletcher Wong, Ethan Yee.
Article courtesy of College Sport Media