First team takes on championship

The Mahurangi College First XI Boys Football team is looking to step up its performances after being promoted to the Senior B Championship.

The side topped its grading round, amassing 33 goals and conceding just four in five matches, to breeze into the championship.

Mahurangi Coach Brian Derby says it’s been a great start to the season, but a lot of work is required if they want to win the competition.

“Last year we had a shambolic start in the grading round, but this year the boys were focused and got the reward of going up a league,” Derby says.

On June 23 the team got its first taste of the new competition, coming away with a 6-2 victory over Sacred Heart B2, after drawing 1-1 at half time.

“It was a good result, but there are tougher teams to face in this grade. It’s going to be a real test of the boys as we plan to win every game we play.

“The focus in training is on individual skill sets and positional understanding. Once we get that right the team should come together nicely.”

Derby is pleased with the squad he has to work with and the addition of a second XI at the school this year that will develop players for the first team in future.

“Jed Blennerhassett is a standout performer at striker. He has incredible pace and can usually finish in front of goal. He is our great weapon up front.

“Samuel Telfer is a good captain to have who communicates well with the side and has a good set of skills.”