College sport: Title a bonus for Lindisfarne

Lindisfarne College's 1st XV won the inaugural Central North Island secondary schools rugby competition which ended this week.

A bonus point was required in their home game against Wanganui Collegiate on Wednesday for Lindisfarne to win the competition and this was achieved with six tries in their 38-10 win against Wanganui Collegiate. George Bridge, Mason Emerson, Kurt Sickler, Callum Iorns, Tom McHugh and Matt Taylor scored tries and Tiaan Falcon kicked four conversions.

Year 10 student Falcon, a son of former New Zealand Maori and Hurricanes loosie Gordon Falcon, was the top points scorer in the seven-team competition with 46 points from six games. Lindisfarne College finished the competition with five wins and one loss; their only loss was against St Pauls Collegiate from Hamilton.

Lindisfarne accumulated 24 competition points, one more than New Plymouth's Francis Douglas Memorial College who also had one loss, against Lindisfarne College.

Hawke's Bay's other team in the competition, St John's College, finished fifth.

Lindisfarne College play Wairarapa College tomorrow and will attempt to retain their Presbyterian Quadrangular tournament title they won for the first time in 16 years last year, when they host the tournament next month. Later this year the team will embark on a five-game tour of the United Kingdom.

Hastings Boys High Hockey

The last game of the Hawke's Bay Hockey Schoolboys' Division 1 league saw Hastings Boys' High School matched up against Napier Boys' High School this week. The two teams, who also play in the Hawke's Bay Hockey Premier Men's Club Competition, were first and second respectively going into this match. While the game could have been a "dead rubber" as both teams would finish first or second regardless of the result, neither school wanted to lose this game.

The game could have gone either way as both teams pressed hard.

Napier had quite a few penalty corners in the first half but struggled to convert their chances. In the second half HBHS had quite a few chances only to squander them due to errors in the opposition attacking quarter.

Napier had a 1-0 lead for much of the second half and defended resolutely to keep Hastings out.

A bit of luck in the end proved decisive as Napier made an uncharacteristic error in defence allowing HBHS to equalise.

A last-minute penalty corner could have seen Hastings Boys' steal the game.

This wasn't to be however as the final score ended 1-all, resulting in Hastings finishing top of the league three points ahead of Napier Boys.

Hastings will be seeded top going into next week's semifinals where they will play Taradale who finished fourth. Napier will play Lindisfarne in a second versus third playoff.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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