The Orewa College Boys 1st XI hockey team bookended their year with trophies in both their first and last competition games of the Covid-19 shortened season.
In the first competitive match of the season, the team beat Mahurangi College, taking home the Greenwood Family Trophy (HM July 1) and recently they rounded out their season with a win in the gold medal match of the Secondary Schools Upper North Island Championship – beating Rosehill College 4-1 in the Division B final.
The result capped Orewa’s most successful season – with only a solitary overtime loss in shootouts amongst an otherwise undefeated 14 game season.
While they qualified for the premier division of Supercity Hockey (top eight teams from North Harbour and Auckland), Covid-19 constraints meant no games in that competition took place.
With the traditional tournament week also curtailed, Hockey NZ introduced a series of one-off championship tournaments across the country. Based at the National Hockey Centre in Albany, the Upper North Island championship took place over October 7-9 with the boys playing five games. The team were top ranked after the completion of the round robin phase.
With six Year 13 players departing, this team has left a significant legacy for next year’s players to build upon.