Stream Surging In Football – Tommi Joe-McIndoe
“We were really disappointed to miss the top division last year and to also miss out on winning the second division. It was a massive shame,” Tommi Joe-McIndoe morns when reflecting on the 2017 St Patrick’s College, Silverstream First XI football season.
Silverstream was beaten 0-1 by Rongotai College in the Players Trophy decider. In 2018, Silverstream has beaten both Trevor Rigby Cup finalists from last year, pipping the reigning champions St Pats Town in the grading round and accounting for Hutt International Boys’ School last Saturday. Joe-McIndoe was among the goal scorers in the 3-1 success. “All the boys were extremely determined to make our way back into the top division. We had a rather difficult pool to get through. After coming second to Wellington College in our grading pool, it made us realise we could have a shot to make it into this years final,” Joe-McIndoe explains. “I feel the reason for our good start to the season was due to bringing in our new coach Pedro Garcias who has immensely strengthened our team tactically and created a more professional environment along with Peter Hicks. Another reason is that we are a relatively experienced squad with a large chunk of us being Year 13,” Joe-McIndoe continued.
Joe-McIndoe himself is in his third year in the First XI and identities the 4-1 home traditional win against Wellington College in 2016 as his favorite game. Victories against Wellington College are rare. Despite Wellington presently residing in fifth place in the Trevor Rigby Cup, Silverstream have lost to Wellington three times this season. What is Joe-McIndoe’s theory on the unpredictable results? “I thinks it’s due to all the teams being relatively even, making it difficult to know who can go all the way,” Joe-McIndoe answered.
Joe-McIndoe missed the first six weeks of the season with a leg injury, but the Lower Hutt representative has returned and has firm goals for the remainder of the season. “Our goal is to continue our good form and try and remain up the top of the table and win the Premier I title,” he asserts. On Saturday, Silverstream travels to Rongotai College having returned from Christchurch on Wednesday where they beat St Bede’s College 1-0 in a traditional fixture. Rongotai are fourth and were beaten 2-1 by Wairarapa College last week. Rongotai are seeking the 32nd and final place at the Lotto Premier Nationals to be played in Christchurch in September. Wellington College, Wairarapa College and Tawa College are the other contenders for that berth.
Silverstream who missed out last year have qualified along with HIBS, St Pats Town and Scots College.
Article courtesy of College Sport Media