Trevor Rigby Cup kicking off and some players to watch
Story courtesy of College Sport Media
The 2022 Trevor Rigby Cup Wellington First XI Premier grade football season kicks off this weekend. Wellington College are the defending champions, having beaten Scots College in a thrilling decider last August.
A dozen has become eight. College football grading for 2022 is done. The season proper starts on Saturday with an abundance of talent on display. Here are eight individuals to watch in 2022.
Alden Suri (Scots College) – Back for his third and final year of college football, Alden has been runner up in the golden boot in both 2020 (nine goals) and 2021 (13 goals). Suri recently made his Central League debut for Petone, scoring in just his second game against Napier City Rovers and scoring the opener in a 4-0 demolition job against Western Suburbs.
Ethan Bingham (Hutt International Boys’ School) – Ethan was brilliant in grading scoring doubles against St Pats Town and Kapiti College. Jeremy Field has replaced the long standing and very successful Brendan McIntyre as coach. Bingham will be one of the key leaders in a new chapter of HIBS football. HIBS topped Pool II of grading with five wins on the trot.
Harrison Dudley (Rathkeale College) – The experienced Dudley had amassed more than 50 caps. He will lead a youthful Rathkeale side light on experience but with the talent to threaten the perennial contenders. He has impressed in grading scoring a double against St Pats Wellington and a hatrick against Kapiti College.
Jude Sneddon (Rongotai College) – The head boy and First XI captain is back for his final year of school football. Rongotai failed to crack the top four last year but showed in grading they are capable of upsetting the apple cart with positive, precise football. A 2-0 victory over St Patrick’s College, Silverstream was especially noteworthy. Sneddon played a huge part in North Wellington’s win at the National Under-19 tournament over Labour Weekend 2021. Rongotai had four wins and a draw in grading.
Henri Nischalke (Wellington College) – A goal scoring machine, Henri is a key strike force for the defending champions. He scored against Onslow College, St Patrick’s College, Silverstream and twice against Heretaunga College in grading. Perhaps his best display in 2022 was in the traditional fixture against St Patrick’s College, Wellington. He netted three goals in a 4-3 win. Wellington is relatively inexperienced compared to 2021 but topped Pool I of grading with four wins and a draw in five games.
Wilson Voong (Tawa College) – Confirmed Tawa’s place in the top grade scoring a dramatic winner against St Pats Town after goals against Heretaunga College and St Patrick’s College, Silverstream. Voong is fast, skilful and inspiring as a leader.
Ollie Raynor (St Patrick’s College, Silverstream) – Silverstream’s captain is in his final year of school. Silverstream missed out on the Trevor Rigby Cup in 2020 after reaching the final the year before. Raynor leads the team with courage and authority. He scored a late goal against Wellington College in grading which secured an unlikely 2-2- draw.
Campbell Reynolds (Paraparaumu College) – Paraparaumu features in the Premier division for the first time in more than a decade and the leadership of Reynolds is a key factor in that ascent. With a gymnastics background, Reynolds is an athletic and acrobatic goalkeeper who stretches himself to the limit to prevent rival attackers. He can also feature as an outfield player with quick feet and wonderful dribbling skills.
Round One – June 11
Scots College v Rongotai College
Wellington College vs Paraparaumu College
HIBS vs Tawa College
Silverstream vs Rathkeale