25th May 2018
The boys eagerly anticipated the opening fixture of the season. Having only played one competitive game prior to the fixture we were fresh, but the boys were still getting to know each others' style of play.
We started the game well and Damon Johnson scored the opening goal with a neat finish
inside of the box. However, Medbury hit back quickly and this set up a familiar pattern in the first half. Both teams played excellent football and Damon Johnson scored two sensational free kicks that even Cristiano Ronaldo would have been pleased with.
At half time the score was 3-3 and we were very much in the fixture. We started the second half well but Medbury were excellent and they scored the fourth goal but we did have our chances at the other end. As we pushed forward to force the game we left some gaps and Medbury capitalised scoring two late goals. A fantastic game of football.
The team for the fixture were Edward Bodie-Healy, Oscar Chaffey, Jack Cotter, Harry Elliote, Olly Evans, Damon Johnson, Mitchell Johnson, Isaac Rayward, Lachie Short (C), Mitchell Suddaby and Ryda Winter-Hathaway.
Written by Mr West
On the 9th of May Waihi played Medbury in a sports fixture. Because we had to play in the afternoon and we were very tired from the rugby in the morning, but at least it wasn’t raining. We played at the turf in Ashburton and it was very muddy and soggy.
It was only my second game for the 1st XI so I was a little bit nervous. Mr Lennox and a student from Ashburton College were the umpires.
When the whistle blew we played for a little bit and then we scored a goal. By the first half the score was 1-1. We had some lollies for energy then carried on. We scored the first goal of the second half but then I got subbed off. In the end the score was 2-all. It was disappointing because we felt we were the better side but we were tired and Medbury played well. It was a good fair game and I really enjoyed it.
Written by Luke Skinner 7HS
In the 1st XV rugby game against Medbury we started off a little bit messy and we made a few mistakes and a couple missed tackles. We started to build our intensity up and we pushed ourselves towards by the half time whistle. We did about 5 minutes of hard defending then made are way up the field to score a well-earned try just before half time.
Mr Lennox, Mr MacLeod and Mr Goldsbury gave us an incredible team talk to start us on our way in the second half. We went into the second half with a couple of early tries and having to defend the lead, then after phase upon phase we managed to score another well-earned try. With the ball in our half we continued to defend the lead when a sudden turn over is made by Medbury. They quickly spread it wide then a break away was accomplished with us having missed a few tackles, this lead to a late try by Medbury which closed down the score to 22-26.
After having a quick chat under the post. We managed to get a quick scrum in the last play and we opted to kick it out. For the first time in for years we managed to pull off a WIN and secure The Deans Trophy. All the boys enjoyed the day and had a great game.
Written by Jack Sutherland 8PH
The sun was shining, a great day for rugby. But then again any day is a great day for rugby! In warm up I was struggling to think but I put that behind me and we were encouraging each other. Walking over to the seconds pitch I was nervous. As we got closer to the Medbury side we could see how big they were and they were big, and it was hard not to look at them.
We were a bit sleepy at start of the first half, but after Medbury scored their first two tries we switched on and then scored some tries. At half time we were behind, Luke Skinner said to go hard which we did, coming back leading by six, then Medbury got a intercept try under the posts – there was no way he would miss and he didn't.
We weren't that happy we lost be we played very well, and Medbury was the better side on the day. The boys played their guts out and showed pride for the school. Our coaches were outstanding, they were very encouraging and helped out a lot.
Overall, the game was really fun and we enjoyed playing a tough Medbury side.
Written by Will Saunders 7HS