28th March 2018
Waihi arrived at John McGlashan on Wednesday 14 February with three teams to take on the competition – touch rugby, cricket and tennis.
After a filling afternoon tea the boys took the field to play touch rugby. Waihi played attractive fast rugby and did well to keep in up with the McGlashan boys.
We played two games and the Waihi boys took control of the substitutions and management. Although playing great rugby, our boys lost narrowly to McGlashan in both games. There were some fantastic tries by Tom Taylor, Isaac Rayward and Oliver Evans. The Waihi boys played well and have been inspired to play more touch games.
After this our boys were billeted by a number of families for the night and returned to McGlashan on Thursday morning to play the tennis and cricket fixtures.
The Cricket team fielded first and bowled well, they restricted McGlashan to 180 runs. After lunch Waihi started the run chase, we found ourselves facing some very quick bowling and lost regular wickets to very efficient fielding from the McGlashan team, and unfortunately the cricket boys lost in the last over.
The tennis team played 6 matches and all games went the full distance. The boys battled both the weather and the opposition. Despite great play from the Waihi team, we recorded a draw with three matches each, but Waihi won the fixture on game countback winning 55 games to 53.
All the boys involved in the fixture are looking forward to the winter fixtures when John McGlashan come to us for the winter exchange, to renew old friendships.
Cathedral Grammar brought four teams to Waihi to compete against our two touch sides, tennis team and 1st XI cricket side.
All matches were played at the same time with the touch boys finishing first and both teams having won all their games.
The tennis team played 12 matches and all went to the full 3 sets and could have gone either way. The boys ended up winning 5 of the games and were a true credit to the school and the coaches.
The cricket team stopped between innings for lunch and the Cathedral team were in awe of the quantity and quality of the food – a special thanks must go to the ladies in the kitchen.
After lunch the cricket team played dominating cricket against Cathedral and won with several overs to spare.
All the boys played well and represented the school with pride throughout the games.
Unfortunately this was the last time we will see Cathedral Grammar’s Sports Master, Des Matai, here at Waihi as he is stepping down to take a position at another school after 21 years. He will be missed by both staff and boys alike.
During afternoon tea, Mr Short thanked Mr Matai for all he has done to help maintain the great friendship between our schools and wished him well.