CSW 1st XI Boys Football Preview – Who Will Impress?

The College Sport Wellington First XI football season gets underway this coming weekend with the opening round of grading games.

Twelve teams will play the first of five weekends of grading matches, to find the leading sides that will contest the 2019 Premier Trevor Rigby Cup and strive to make the final at Petone Memorial Park on 21 August.

Games this weekend (Home teams first, all games at 10.45am unless otherwise stated):

Pool 1

Hutt International Boys’ School v Hutt Valley High School

Wairarapa College v St Pat’s Wellington

Onslow College v Rongotai College

Pool 2

St Pat’s Silverstream v Kapiti College

Scots College v Tawa College

Wellington College v Rathkeale College (11.15am)

 

See below for some players to watch this season:

Sean Lane Turnbull & Mohammed Dia (Rongotai College) – Two of Rongotai best players from their outstanding season last year where not only did they make a return to the top competition the Trevor Rigby Cup but they managed to make it into the Top Four and have a shot at making the Final.  If Rongotai are to repeat the success they had last season, where they upset both Wellington College and St Pat’s Silverstream.  Then they will need to rely heavily on these two, without the Golden Boot Winner Jesse Randall they will rely on Dia to be their man goal scoring threat while Turnbull will need to keep opposing teams quiet at the back.

Cole Kennedy (Hutt International Boys’ School) – With Ben Waine most likely not being available as he was selected for the Wellington Phoenix, Cole could be a key player for HIBS in 2019. Cole is entering his third year as part of the HIBS’ 1st XI setup and this year and if HIBS are to carry on recent success making four finals in four year’s winning three of them.

John Ross Moyer (Wellington College) – The midfielder was a key part of their side that almost went to the final last year, falling short in the final round by dropping points away to HIBS. Their coach Stu Widdowson will lean on Ross Moyer to take his side one step further this year.

Ethan Young (Hutt Valley High School) – Young Is entering his third year in the HVHS First XI in his final year of school. An extremely versatile player can play anywhere from right back to striker and is an exciting player and one to watch as he has a knack of scoring important goals.

James Beasley (Scots College) – The Scots College attacking forward will be key to leading Scots College’s revival for this upcoming season. After what they would probably call their worst season for a while last year in the Trevor Rigby Cup under new coach Stu Jacobs. Beasley will need to be up in the golden boot ranks if Scots are to be a known force again.

Munashe Zitye (St Pat’s Silverstream) – The Silverstream attacking forward didn’t see much game time in their best season for many years since they last made the Trevor Rigby Cup Final in 2013 against Wellington College. He will be hoping for more of a run this season and if he does his fancy footwork and goal scoring ability then Silverstream will go very close to making back to back finals.