2021 Boys Football – Preview
The European Super League crashed and burned even before it started, but fortunately the College Sport Wellington Premier Youth Championship stands on more stable ground. The season starts on May 8 with the first round of grading. Can anyone stop Scots College from winning three Trevor Rigby Cup titles in a row? Here are some essential personalities to watch for in 2021.
Matene Da Vanzo (Rongotai College) – Rongotai was underwhelming in 2020 finishing last in the Trevor Rigby Cup. Da Vanzo was a real positive in an otherwise disappointing season. He will be expected to show the leadership and goal scoring prowess he’s renowned for to reverse fortunes.
Alden Suri (Scots College) – An absolute standout in the 3-2 final win against St Patrick’s College, Silverstream last year, Suri was Scots second highest goal scorer with nine goals in as many matches in 2020. He has hit the ground running in 2021, helping Scots win the College Sport Wellington Futsal title, scoring a goal in the 4-1 final win over Wellington College.
Marco Lorenz (St Pats Wellington) -Town haven’t won any silverware since 2017, but if Lorenz carries on the form he’s shown in the last year that could change. Marco attended the NZ Under 17 and 20 training camps and recently debuted for title favourites Wellington Olympic in the Central League.
Luke Chowdhury (Onslow College) – A sturdy defender that can play either centre or right-back, Chowdhury will hope to provide an organisation and resolve to Onslow who’ve shown promise in the past two seasons. In 2019 they lost the players trophy final on penalties and last year were pipped in the semis.
Aidan Rodrigues (Wellington College) – Aidan returns for his third and final year hoping to lead Wellington to their first championship since 2015. Wellington were runners up at the National Secondary Schools Futsal Nationals and have been in ominous pre-season form accounting for St Pats Wellington (6-1) and Rongotai College (3-1) in preseason friendlies recently.
Sam Roiga (Hutt International Boys’ School) – Along with fellow returnee Theo Jones, Roiga finished HIBS top goal scorer in the Trevor Rigby Cup last year. HIBS won the First XI tournament after Nationals was cancelled, but then stumbled in the semi-finals against St Patrick’s College, Silverstream. If Sam can boss the midfield like he did in patches last year HIBS could be odds on to return to the final after missing out last year for the first time since 2014.
Joshua McCarroll (St Patrick’s College, Silverstream) – Joshua is a defensive player who has played left and right back but this season could command a middle of the park role. Alongside the versatile Jacob Marshall, McCarroll is in his fourth year of first XI football. Silverstream has only a handful of returning players. McCarroll plays for Upper Hutt club. Old boy, and former First XI captain, Samuel Dean is head coach in 2021.
Scots College vs Tawa College at Scots College
*Wellington College vs Rongotai College at Wellington College Artificial
Wairarapa College vs Kapiti College at Wairarapa College
St Pats Silverstream vs Paraparaumu College at St Pats Silverstream
St Pats Wellington vs Rathkeale College at St Pats Wellington Artificial
Onslow College vs Hutt International Boys School at Onslow College
All Games Kick Of At 10.45am
-Story Courtesy of College Sport Media