It seems an age ago that we finished our season with the very successful Finals Weekend. While it is always a relief to finish our season, we still had 14 rep teams still to play their tournaments. That we followed Finals Weekend immediately with the NHL Prep Tournament with our old foes, Auckland (which was also the theme of probably our best Legends Night) meant our community really did have plenty of great hockey to watch as we led into the NHL and Senior Tournaments. Looking ahead, the BIG EXCITMENT coming is with the FIH Pro-League Series. To be hosting three double headers on our brand new Nga Puna Wai turfs against the strongest hockey nations in the world is a huge opportunity for our game – internationally, nationally and locally. We will need help, so will be mobilising a team of volunteers to do this. Along with this we are also looking to make probably the biggest changes to our local competitions given the increased turf capacity we now have. Oh, and we still have Summer and Masters competitions to deliver. Oh, and we also need to plan for moving our office team to Nga Puna Wai. Oh, and Hockey NZ want us all to look at how our game is delivered through its Strategy Delivery Review. All in all it is already shaping up as being a hugely exciting 2019 and beyond.
Cavs bring home bronze
Congratulations to the Cavaliers. After finishing top of the NHL table at the end of round robin play the Cavs narrowly lost their semi-final to North Harbour, but then went on to smash Auckland 6-1 in the bronze medal match.
Despite not losing a game at NHL (there were a lot of draws) the Cats finished 5th, defeating Capital 3-2 in their final match.
The Senior men's team (Beavers) unbeaten run at tournament was broken by North Harbour in the final and they had to settle for the silver medal, while the Barracudas fought hard in their 3rd/4th battle but couldn't overcome a strong Tauranga/BOP team.
Full match reports here.
Canterbury - Winners of the Ramesh Patel Shield
The Ramesh Patel Shield recognises the best performed region over the three high performance tournaments – the National Hockey League, U21 and U18 tournaments.
Each region is allocated points after each game at these tournaments (win in regular time [4pts], win after penalty shootout [2pts], loss after penalty shootout [1pt], top 4 finish [1pt], tournament winners [1pt]) and the region with the highest number of points is awarded the Ramesh Patel Shield. Canterbury pipped Auckland on the final day of the Ford NHL to bring home the trophy, Nick Harris accepted the Shield at the completion of the Ford NHL.
The Canterbury Hockey club/school competitions wound up on the weekend of 24-26 August, Starting with the Connetics SPL finals on Friday night, followed by Junior and Bealey CPL finals on Saturday, and the Senior finals on Sunday. Congratulations to all the division winners. Click here for division final placings.
National Secondary Schools
Our Canterbury schools performed exceptionally well at this year's Federation Cup and Rankin Cup/ tournaments. Christ's College brought home the Rankin Cup silver medal after a tight 0-1 loss to St Kentigen's in the final, while the Christchurch Girls' High girls snatched the Federation Cup bronze from Villa Maria after winning the shootout.
Other results - Villa Maria 4th Federation Cup, Rangi Ruru 5th Federation Cup, Timaru Boys High 7th Rankin Cup, St Margaret's College 8th Federation Cup, St Andrew's College 10th Rankin Cup, St Andrew's College 13th Federation Cup, Burnside High 16th Rankin Cup, Christchurch Boys' High 4th India Shield, St Bede's College 7th India Shield, Burnside High 1st Audrey Timlin Memorial.
Click here for full match results.