CSW Football Update
Wellington Girls’ pip Onslow in Regional Girls Tournament decider
Premier league co-leaders Wellington Girls’ College were pushed all the way by Onslow College in the final before being crowned champions of last week’s College Sport Wellington run Girls Football Regional Tournament.
Wellington Girls’ College beat Onslow College 3-2 in a penalty shootout after they had comeback from 0-1 to score an equaliser with five minutes to play.
WGC captain George Lawry was justifiably relieved with the win.
“It was our most intense game of the tournament and with tired legs we knew had a fight ahead,” said George. “The moment we had won the tournament was a huge sense of relief and satisfaction to the work we had put in over the past couple of days.”
On route to the tournament decider, WGC had won all four of their Pool games by a combined score of 29-0, before beating Paraparaumu College 10-0 in their quarter-final and Hutt Valley High School 2-1 in their semi-final.
“Liv Catherwood and Scarlett Reeves had an exceptional game in the final and I think we owe our victory to these spectacular players,” enthused George.
“Onslow played extremely well and put up an incredible fight to the end. Nevertheless, WGCs determination and work put into the game made the result more enjoyable.”
Onslow won their five games leading up to the final, scoring 36 goals and only conceding 3 goals. Onslow beat St Mary’s College 5-0 in their quarter-final and Wellington East Girls’ College 2-1 in their semi-final, with Nicole Ross (4 goals) and Olivia Ingham (2) finding the back of the net with regularity in these games. Nicole scored 13 goals throughout the tournament and Olivia 10.
Another key to WGC’s success so far this season has been their team spirit.
“At first glance we were disappointed to hear we could not go away for the national tournament, but WGC was able to adapt and make the most of the situation,” said George. “I don’t think there was one day where everyone wasn’t having a good time. We were fortunate enough to have been able to mix playing clinical on the field as well as having a little fun on the side and making the most of the tournament. Personally, it was one of my favourable WGC football events yet.”
“We have bonded extremely well during difficult times this year, which has brought us closer. The national tournament would have been a step up and more of a challenge which we would have loved and my team all play brilliantly well and deserve to play at a good level which I think the regional tournament sufficed us well with.”
Another highlight of the final last week was the on-field tussle between sisters Eliza O’Donnell (Year 12 – WGC) and Scarlett O’Donnell (Year 9 – Onslow College)
The sisters were on opposing sides in the tournament decider, with Scarlett playing right wing and Eliza playing left back – so they were not only in opposition teams but directly opposing each other.
Scarlett got the best of the early battles in the final, out running Eliza and had a good chance to send Onslow up 1-0 in the first minute but skied her shot over the top of the goal. As the game went on tackles were made by Eliza, runs made by Scarlett and Onslow eventually did take a 1-0 lead. In an even match and Onslow doggedly held on and put on an impressive scrambling defensive display, but Wellington Girls sneaked in a goal with five minutes left in the match to send the game to a penalty shootout, with Eliza taking the win in this battle over Scarlett.
It is now back to the CSW Premier 1 competition for both teams, with one round-robin game left this Wednesday, leading into semi-finals on 16 September and Finals on 23 September.
Heading into the last round, WGC are unbeaten and are guaranteed to finish inside the top two, while Onslow are fourth and meet bottom placed Paraparaumu and will hope to progress to next week’s semi-finals. All going well for the O’Donnell family, the sisters could meet again in the Premier 1 final!
Trevor Rigby Cup Update
The Trevor Rigby Cup has reached the finals stage and it’s hard to imagine a repeat of the 2019 final between Scots College and Hutt International Boys’ School not happening.
Reigning champions Scots have qualified top for the semi-finals and will host Wellington College in Strathmore on Saturday. HIBS will tackle St Patrick’s College, Silverstream in the other semi-final at Trentham.
Scots are unblemished in seven league matches this year and have scored 29 goals. Alden Suri (9) and Charles Batchelor (7) have been especially lethal in front of goal while sturdy defender Hamish Kampman has impressed with his leadership. Owen Barnett scored all four goals against St Patrick’s College, Silverstream in a dizzying display of class.
Wellington’s place in the playoffs was guaranteed when Rathkeale College defaulted to HIBS and Wairarapa College and Rongotai College shared a scoreless draw. Wellington was beaten by St Pats Town 3-2 but have only conceded one more goal than Scots and in Aidan Rodriguez and Cooper Duggan have two players of real quality.
An earnest, polished effort by Wellington could cause an upset, but Scots are warm favourites. Scots beat Wellington 3-1 in the round robin with Barnett bagging two goals and Suri adding another to reduce the strike by Cooper Duggan to consolation status.
HIBS will look to repeat their earlier 2-0 success over St Patrick’s College, Silverstream. First-half goals in the round robin meeting to Theo Jones and Sam Rioga were the catalyst in a comfortable victory.
The wind didn’t allow either team to establish precise continuity so Silverstream will be motivated to do much better in the rematch. In Flynn McCaul they have a deadly strike weapon while Jacob Marshall, Jacob Hansen, and Elijah Tyson are all creative, busy, and effective. Silverstream have outscored HIBS 22-20 in the round-robin.
HIBS success has been built upon stingy defence. They have only conceded six goals in the league and won the College Sport Wellington competition last week outscoring opponents 26-0. Three group games were played for an hour and then the finals decided over two 35 minutes periods
HIBS captain Jayden Arkinstall is a wall while Tyler Morrison and Ryan Brydges were imperious last week. Brydges netted two goals in the final, both from free kicks, while Morrison’s late winner denied Wellington College the lottery of a penalty shootout.
Both semi-finals kick-off at 10:45 am. HIBS results from the tournament were:
St Bernard’s College: 10-0
Tawa College: 2-0
Kapiti College: 4-0
QF: Paraparaumu College, 5-0
SF: Wellington College, 1-0
GF: Scots College, 3-0
-Story Courtesy of College Sport Media