By TBHS | Posted: Friday September 20, 2019
The Timaru Boys' High 1st XI Hockey team have made history for themselves with an extremely successful Tournament.
Entering the tournament as Canterbury School Champions, the boys had an extremely tough pool, playing St Andrew's and St Bede's whom they have played multiple times already with varying success. The top two in each pool proceed through to Rankin Cup Tier 1 competition for boys' hockey in New Zealand, while the two lower ranked teams continue to the India Shield (the Tier 2 competition).
Our boys made Rankin, being ranked 2nd in their pool. The boys then had close games and made it all the way through to the Rankin final, beating Christ's College, Westlake Boys' and Hamilton Boys' - three of the most prestigious hockey schools in New Zealand.
Although they played hard, the team lost the final against King's High School, leaving them now ranked as 2nd top team in New Zealand. This is an impressive finish for Timaru Boys' High School with it being the first time that any sporting code from Timaru Boys' has made a National final since the mid 90s, achieving the best ever finish for the 1st XI Hockey team.
We also farewell seven leavers from the team and wish them every success in their futures.
We would also like to congratulate our 2nd XI Hockey in their impressive finish, finishing 3rd in the 2nd XI tournament.