100 Games for Onslow Captain Holly Kelman – A Proud Achievement

Onslow College First XI captain Holly Kelman only found out about her milestone in the build-up to last Wednesday’s final regular season Regional Premier 1 Capital Football Trophy league match against Paraparaumu.

“It was a big surprise, they just announced it when we were all together and warming up for our game,” she said. “I got given a little dinner plate with some words written on it marking my 100 games, I think they will be presenting something else to me at our prize giving.”

Holly went on to celebrate her 100th match by scoring a goal in her team’s 6-2 win over Paraparaumu College, to book a place in this Wednesday’s semi-finals.

Holly, who plays central midfield for her school team and right or left back for her club team Wellington United, has been in the Onslow College First XI throughout her college school career, only missing three matches in that time. Can she recall the missed games?

“I think the first one was in year nine at tournament when I didn’t play the last game as I was injured, the second time was when our game got moved to a Monday but I work on Mondays and couldn’t play and the last one was recently when I went to a university open day in Dunedin.”

Holly said there have been many highlights over the past five years, but one that sticks out was Onslow’s Winter Tournament Week national tournament win in 2017.

“In year 10 our school went to the Rotorua tournament at Winter Tournament Week and we won the tournament. That was a special week and cool win for our team and to be part of.”

This was the third tier Maurice Hulme Tournament. Onslow beat Waikato Diocesan 4-3 in the final that went to extra time. The following year they qualified for the Lotto Premier Girls tournament. Last year they were ninth in the Maurice Tournament, behind winners Waikato Dio.

Holly took over the captaincy of the Onslow College team this year. “Another recent player Asha Strom also played 100 games, and she was captain for a while.”

Football and her other favored sport, futsal, are keeping her busy at the moment.

“I train on Tuesdays and Thursdays for football and Friday’s for futsal and play for school on Wednesdays for my club on Sundays.”

As well as playing club football for Wellington United, she trains with the Samba Futsal academy, and has been part of the Capital Under 18 Women’s Futsal team.

As far as her two current positions for her two teams in football go, she doesn’t have a preference for either one, and has also played everywhere and anywhere in the past. “I used to also play both goal keeper and striker when I was younger.”

She started playing when she was five, following her older brother into the game, while her granddad is a leading supporter of her and of the game.

On Wednesday she leads her team out on to the pitch at Te Whaea to play Wellington East Girls’ College in the 2 v 3 semi-final, while top qualifier Wellington Girls’ College and Hutt Valley High School play the match afterwards.

“Our semi-final against Wellington East Girls’ College should be a good game. We have played them twice this year, for a win and a loss.”

Should they qualify to play them in the following week’s final, Onslow would relish the chance to play Wellington Girls’ again.

“Our final against Wellington Girls’ at last week’s Wellington tournament was really close. We were one up with about five minutes to go and then they scored off a corner and it went to penalties and they won.”

Holly has several coaches she is appreciative of for helping her career this far and for helping her play 100 games for her school. “Paul Hallett was my school coach up until this year and then Paul Leitch took over and Geesh [Guillermo Schiltenwolf] is my club coach.”

Following the recent trip to Dunedin, next year she is hoping to attend Otago University to study Sport and Exercise Science in 2021.

Regional Premier 1 – Capital Football Trophy semi-finals (Wednesday)

Well Girls’ HVHS Te Whaea Major semi 1 v 4

Well East Onslow Te Whaea Major semi 2 v 3

St Mary’s Paraparaumu Ascot Pk Artif Minor semi 5 v 8

Marsden Sacred Heart Petone Mem Minor semi 6 v 7


-Story Courtesy of College Sport Media