Jordon Thomas netted three goals in his team’s campaign to take gold after bagging silver last year.
Mahurangi College student Jordon Thomas contributed three goals to propel his side to victory in the U15 Premier Boys Hockey Competition.
The North Harbour U15 A team beat Bay of Plenty 2-0 in the final to snatch gold at Saxon Turf in Nelson on October 7.
“I was very excited to get the gold medal after last year’s silver and was even more proud to know it has been 12 years since Harbour last won the trophy,” Jordon says.
North Harbour had a big victory early in the competition beating rivals Auckland 2-0 in the pool stages before engaging in a closely fought 2-1 semi-final win over Waikato.
“No game was easy and I would give huge credit to Waikato for challenging our skills as much as they did.”
Jordon, 14, says as one of the youngest players in the squad this year was a learning curve for him.
“I found that the key to success is having a great coaching and management team, trusting in the processes and taking care of the body.”
In future, Jordon hopes to retain his spot in a harbor rep team and then play for the Black Sticks.
Another Mahurangi College student Kaleigh Morris, also reached a final in the U15 Premier Girls Hockey Competition but had to be content with taking silver.
Kaleigh says the final result was still pleasing despite losing 1-0 to Canterbury at Harbour Hockey Turf.
“The team was ecstatic to reach the final as that was our season goal. We were all proud to finish with silver,” Kaleigh says.
“We played the best hockey we could to get that far and beat some really tough opponents along the way.”
She says they had a number of opportunities to score in the final but couldn’t finish and were beaten by a more clinical opposition.
Kaleigh’s goal is to make the Black Sticks, and she would like to retain a place in her college and harbour side in the short term.