Hockey: The match had high intensity and the desire from both teams was evident. Additional interest was created as both Hastings Boys' and Napier Boys' have six players each in the Hawke's Bay Under 18 boys team.
Hastings players Liam Sykes and Dylan Thomas together with Napier's Oscar Stewart also represented Central Districts at Under 21 level at the recent national tournament in Hamilton. The two schools also play in the Hawke's Bay men's grade as well so this added spice to the game.
After a fragmented start Hastings Boys' went up early on and showed dominance in the first half countering quickly and creating some excellent chances. Hastings led 3-1 at halftime.
The second half saw Napier claw their way back as Hastings struggled to retain their defensive structure as the game went on. Napier managed to find some excellent long passes to their centre forward Tay Wood who had a great battle with Hastings centre back and Hawke's Bay Under 15 player Lee Phillips.
Napier scored again and Hastings countered this with another excellent goal. Napier continued to put pressure on scoring twice to level the game 4-all.
The game ended early with an injury to Hastings inside right Joshua Wray. With a minute to go and the player unable to move Napier coach Kevin Martindale kindly offered to stop the game early. Hastings coach Dean Hulls agreed in the best interest of his player.
Hastings Boys' would like to thank Martindale for his sportsmanship and the doctor on the sideline who came to help Wray who was at the time in some distress. Fortunately the injury to the player did not turn out to be too serious and he will not be out for too long.
Both sides believed they could have gone on to win the game. Without a doubt Hastings were disappointed not to win but took pleasure from the fact that it is the best result against Napier Boys in 10 years and so much progress has been made. Hastings will also be happy in the knowledge that they have no Year 13 players in their team and so unforeseen circumstances aside all of their players will be returning to school in 2013.
Goalscorers for Hastings Boys' were Jake Webber, Mitchell Bradley, Dylan Thomas and Adam Wrigley. Hastings Boys' and Napier Boys' will have at least two more chances this season to play each other and will both look forward to the battles.
Orienteering: Hawkes Bay Schools Relay Championships.
The annual Hawkes Bay Schools Orienteering Relay Championships were held on Sunday at farmland on Craggy Range Road.
It was a fine day with excellent conditions for cross country running. Eleven schools entered a total of 61 teams with three runners per team giving a total of 183 competitors.
The Secondary Senior Boys and Senior Girls grades produced some exciting finishes with Havelock High School, Napier Boys High and Napier Girls High Schools fighting for the top placings. In the Senior Boys race, Havelock held a slim two-minute lead when their third leg runner set off but Callum Herries from Napier Boys had an excellent run to finish first, four minutes ahead of Havelock High.
In the Senior Girls race, Havelock High had a seemingly unassailable lead of 12 minutes at the start of their third leg but Holly Edmonds from Napier Girls made a heroic effort to run them down and nearly did so, having the fastest individual time of the senior girls on the day. Havelock hung on to win but only by 30 seconds.