Isn’t it nice we hate the same thing – Wynn Skinner on winning!

  • Courtesy of Hamish Wareham

Wynn Skinner keeps a GPS attached to his arm when he plays football. Recently it’s shown he’s covered 20km in a game. On some Saturday’s he’s played 150 minutes for both Scots College First XI and Wellington United. How does he sustain it?

“It’s difficult but sometimes I play a whole game for the First XI, and only sub for Wellington United. Training has become easier to manage during the week with experience and the support of my coaches,” Skinner said.

Six rounds into Capital Premier Football it’s become evident why Skinner is cut some slack at practice. Wellington United is unbeaten after six rounds of the Capital Premier League with three wins and three draws and they have advanced to the second round of the Chatham Cup.

In the Chatham Cup tie against Stokes Valley it was 0-0 at halftime. Skinner came on the field in the second spell and scored two goals in a 5-0 win.

On his Capital Premier debut against Tawa he scored the winning goal in a 2-1 win against Tawa.

“We were dominating the game and had to stay patient to get a winner. The ball came in via a cross and I cut in and hit it with my left foot.”

Football guru Hamish Wareham commented on his game:

“He’s a left sided striker with a boot of graphite, great pace and a good work ethic. You’d back him to beat most goalkeepers around.”

It’s no coincidence Wellington United has risen in stature with Skinner on the roster. The same thing has happened at Scots College where he has been a student since Intermediate.

Scots under the coaching of former All White Stu Jacobs have won the last two Trevor Rigby Premierships. Why have Scots gone from nobody to somebody?

Football – Scots Students Celebrate winning The Trevor Rigby Cup in 2019 –  Photo by Masanori Udagawa.

“We’ve got good coaches, good banter, and good players who’ve been together a while now and developed a winning culture. If I could answer the question why we have a winning culture I wouldn’t tell you because it might help others. I hate losing and so do my mates.”

In 2019 Scots beat Hutt International Boys’ School in the Trevor Rigby Cup final to capture their first title. Last year they backed up that success with a 3-2 triumph over St Patrick’s College, Silverstream.

“I think the first one was my favourite because we got recognition we’d never got before. It used to be all rugby but when we won in 2019 they put us on the front page of the school magazine. Last season was great, but this year I think we’re even stronger.”

Scots won the Wellington Futsal title beating Wellington College 4-1 in the final.

“That was awesome, the crowd was so big and it’s easy to get pumped and ride the wave. It is massive for the school when people see the passion of the crowd and us doing well.”

Skinner also competes in triple jump and cross country. Wellington United has drawn Wellington Olympic in the second round of the Chatham Cup.


-Story Courtesy of College Sport Media

-Photo Courtesy of Hamish Wareham