29th June 2018
1ST XI FOOTBALL
The football team eagerly anticipated playing TSS, and we welcomed our antipedean cousins to a slightly colder climate!
The first half was very close, with both teams creating plenty of chances, and with good play from both sides. We finally made the breakthrough with a nice passing move that was finished well by captain Lachie Short. At half time, the score was 1-0.
The boys came out flying for the second-half and quick goals by Mitchell Johnson, Jack Neal and Lachie Short took the wind out of the TSS’ sails. After that, we were pretty comfortable in possession and played some nice football. TSS scored a great free kick and then were awarded a penalty to give the boys a bit of a wake up call. Harry Elliotte saved the penalty and a late goal by Olly Evans secured the win. Damon Johnson also deserves a mention with an assist for all of the Waihi goals. The final score was 5-1.
Mr Mark West
On Tuesday 26 June an U12 Waihi Invitation XV played a rugby match against visitors, The Southport School from Australia.
It was obvious from the start that the game was going to be fiercely contested with commitment evident in both teams.
Waihi kicked off to start the game and in the first minute Beau Armstrong hit onto the ball and broke through the Southport team and scored an amazing try. The Waihi boys played some exciting rugby in the first half and largely dominated the half with three tries to one.
The Southport School stormed into the second half and played outstanding rugby. The second half was extremely tightly contested and both teams gave their all. Waihi soaked up heaps of pressure and kept positive throughout. Finally, the ball was cleared into touch and the match was over, Waihi had managed to hold on to a 21-17 win.
Our thanks must go to the visiting Southport School, their coach Mr Eden and our coaches Mr Sheed and Mr Skinner.
We look forward to their next visit to South Canterbury.
Angus Murray and Harry Hanson 7RL
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