CSW Football – Players to Watch

The composition of the College Sport Wellington First XI boys Premier competition will be determined shortly with grading games kicking off around the capital last week.

Can St. Patrick’s College, Town make it two titles in a row or is the Trevor Rigby Cup headed elsewhere in 2018?

Here are some players who are bound to have an impact over the course of the winter.

Tommi Joe-McIndoe (St Patrick’s College, Silverstream)

Tommi Joe-McIndoe (St Patrick’s College, Silverstream) – A talented midfielder and leader who has a great touch and takes on players with loads of confidence, Joe-McIndoe is a key source of offense for Silverstream and has played in the Central League for Wellington United.

Shannon Lucas (Rongotai College) – Despite having a near career-ending injury two years ago the Rongotai keeper got back into his work and make a name for himself by winning the golden glove award at the most recent National Secondary Schools Futsal Tournament. Rongotai won the Players Trophy Final against St Pats Silverstream last year, but will be looking to step up to Premier I and in Lucas they have a rep standard keeper who could trigger surprise and success.

Abel Abraha (St Pat’s Wellington) – The striker came into the side midway through last year after an injury to Sam Woodley and was a key part of their title-winning front three. If he remains in the First XI for the entire season, clubs are keen for his services, Town will have a potent force up front.

Ben Waine (Hutt International Boys’ School) – The HIBS striker burst onto the scene in their 2016 Trevor Rigby Cup winning line up. Waine’s appearances were limited last year after several appearances for Wellington United and the Phoenix Under 20’s. With Waine in the roster, HIBS boast a player with championship winning credentials.

Ryan Kelly & Caleb Emmens (Hutt Valley High School) – In 2014, Hutt High upset Wellington College to win the Trevor Rigby Cup, but failed to make the top four the following season eventually plummeting to the bottom of Division II last year. However HVHS rebounded strongly from that setback to nearly win the Division II Nationals, losing the final to Burnside HS. Kelly and Emmens are a quality pair of players and if apart having toured the US with the New Zealand U19 team. If both are fit and available, HVHS will almost certainly perform better.

Thomas Wagner (Rathkeale College)

Thomas Wagner (Rathkeale College) – After finishing runners-up to St Pats Town in the Players Trophy in 2016, Rathkeale College made the jump to the top division in 2017 and immediately make an impact when they knocked over Wellington College and held eventual champions St Pat’s Town to a draw. Rathkeale finished a respectable ninth at National and Wagner was crucial in that effort finishing the tournament as the top scorer and later earning selection for the New Zealand Under 19’s who toured the US over the recent school holidays.

Alex Paulsen (Scots College) – A new acquisition from Auckland, Paulsen is a highly accomplished goalkeeper who will look to repeat the feat of Keegan Smith who cracked the Wellington Phoenix while still at Strathmore. Scots have finished third for the past two years and will look to Paulsen to keep things steady at the back so Scots can launch a successful tilt at the title.

Ollie Petersen (Wellington College) – The head boy of Wellington College is also the First XI football captain returning from a successful summer of cricket, Wellington won the local title. Petersen plays in central midfield and is known for his sure defense. Wellington had their worst season in several years in 2017 and will look to Petersen to perform strongly and improve their fortunes.

– Article courtesy of College Sport Media

Acknowledgments: Hamish Wareham