Season 2006

Arun Panchia again topped both the scoring (36 goals) and MVP tables for the XI, though he was strongly challenged for the team's best player this season by Andy Lee who took over the defender's mantle from Robert Clarry.
Arun also represented Auckland Under 21 and Under 18 this season.
The halves of Daniel Xu and Miten Patel were solid throughout the season and their efforts at tournament bode well for 2007. The forward line struggled for consistency during the season but Wyatt found his scoring stick before tournament and finished with 21 goals, while Cranston had a knack for the big occasion and will be better as he matures.
Newcomers Blatherwick and Thein made the left attack their own with some dogged play and Moosa popped up on the right wing to finish some good moves. At the back, Taylor was generally reliable and his play at tournament kept the side in the quarterfinal. Ranchhod rounded out the starting side with his good stick skills. The young bench (Colling, Arora, the Makan twins and Rikys) all gained plenty of match play and will be back for at least two more seasons.

Senior players who will not be with us next year, Arun Panchia, Andy Lee and Mike Wyatt have made significant contributions on and off the field through out the past few seasons. We wish them well in the future.

To the coach, Ben Sail, who has brought this team through two seasons, I give my thanks for a job well done. While the goals we set have not been met, the effort, passion and determination that one expects of a Mount Albert Grammar team were always evident.

Matt Bertram

Vs Mount Roskill Grammar Wednesday 9th August
Playoff third/fourth

The bench started this match and despite MRGS's opening minute goal kept us well in the game by halftime. Arora scored a good first up goal and played well. In the second half the game lost considerable structure and we were pleased that Taylor's keeping saved our scoreline at times. Wyatt's double finished out a niggly win but one which showed character going into tournament.
Third in the AB competition.
HT 2 - 2

Goals to: Arun Panchia, Mike Wyatt (2), Sahil Arora
Final Score: Win to Mount Albert Grammar School 4 - 3

Vs Howick College: Wednesday 2nd August

The team played well, creating a number of opportunities in each half but failed to capitalize on these. Moosa took a sharp chance to level the game in the first half but missed the double shortly after. Howick revolved around two players and their PC finishing was sharper on the day. One that got away in the end.
HT 1 - 2
Goals to: Adil Moosa, Arun Panchia



Man of the Match: Adil Moosa
Final Score:
Loss to Mount Albert Grammar School 2 - 3



Vs Auckland Grammar 2nd XI: Wednesday 26th July

The team were well-prepared for this game and they shot out to a 3 ' 1lead after 12 minutes with goals to Panchia, Moosa and Wyatt. This was extended to a 4 -2 lead shortly after halftime. Cranston played well throughout with good support from Xu on the right. A number of chances were missed from good crosses into the circle, however, and a crucial goal to Colling was disallowed with minutes to go after the Umpires consulted. Grammar hit back to snatch an undeserved draw.
HT 3 ' 2
Goals to: Arun Panchia (2), Adil Moosa, Mike Wyatt

Man of the Match: Mathew Cranston
Final Score: Draw 4 - 4

Vs Kelston Boys' High School:Wednesday 19th July

The game was played in atrocious conditions, yet the team played with composure, creating opportunities which were converted well. Kelston were an improved but young team and in the second half they created several scoring chances, one which was converted and another which Taylor saved well. Panchia led through the middle and the defensive work of Lee and Xu was very tidy. There were good touches by Blatherwick and Wyatt especially to finish their goals.
HT 3 - 0
Goals to: Adil Moosa, Philip Thein, Blake Blatherwick, Mike Wyatt, Arun Panchia (2)

Final Score:
Win to Mount Albert Grammar School 6 - 1
Man of the Match: Daniel Xu


Vs Papatoetoe High School: Wednesday 28th June

A good win over a team that caused a few problems last season. The game was comfortably in the bag at half-time, but Papatoetoe did score some soft goals in the second half. The highlights: Panchia's seven goals (a record), Wyatt's hat trick and Xu's first goal in 30 games.
HT 5 - 0
Goals to: Arun Panchia (7), Mike Wyatt (3), Daniel Xu, Matt Cranston



Final Score: Win to Mount Albert Grammar School 12 - 4
Man of the Match: Arun Panchia

Vs St. Peter's College:Wednesday 21st June

The side created plenty of scoring opportunities from field play and PC's, however, they could only convert one (to Wyatt). St. Peter's were certainly a well-drilled side with a useful keeper. The back five, led by Lee and Panchia, played well throughout and in the second half Panchia converted the chances into his first bag of four for the school.
HT 1 ' 0
Goals to: Arun Panchia (4), Mike Wyatt



Final Score:
Win to Mount Albert Grammar School 5 - 0
Man of the Match:
Andy Lee

Vs St Kentigern College 2nd XI: Wednesday 14th June

A reasonably composed win, the highlights being good passing throughout, especially down the right by Cranston, Xu, and Lee. Wyatt finished well and the push outs for PC were excellent. A fracas on halftime marred a good first half while the opposition goalie won the second half, keeping out at least a dozen shots on goal. Ranchhod played well at the back and Thein had his best game to date.
HT 4 ' 0
Goals to: Mike Wyatt 3, Arun Panchia 2, Sahil Arora



Final Score:
Win to Mount Albert Grammar School: 6 - 1
Man of the Match:
Daniel Xu

Vs Mount Roskill Grammar School: Wednesday 7th June

Playing only for pride in Auckland A grade, the XI took the match to Roskill for the first time in a numbe r of years. Passes stuck and opportunities were created. Wyatt was denied a fair goal and Blatherwick scored twice while Lee and Panchia turned defence into attack. The second half was fairly even until a late two goal burst in the final four minutes saw a much improved Cranston put one away and a typical Panchia strike from the top of the D on fulltime.
HT 2 - 1
Goals to: Blake Blatherwick 2, Matt Cranston, Arun Panchia


Final Score:
Win to Mount Albert Grammar School 4 - 2
Man of the Match:
Blake Blatherwick

Vs Macleans College: 31st May

A must win game which saw us score first (against the run of play); Blatherwick put in a superb cross for Moosa to finish on the post. The rest of the first half was all Macleans though as we were outplayed across the pitch. In the second half we created more opportunities but too many unforced errors meant the win was never going to come.
HT 1 - 3
Goals to: Adil Moosa


Man of the Match: Arun Panchia
Final Score: Loss 1 - 3


Vs St. Kentigern College: 24th May

An improved performance with the captain back, however, a lack of urgency on attack saw two chances go begging.
Cranston played well and was ably supported by Lee at the back. A good Panchia PC strike leveled the game 10 minutes into the second half but it was the opposition who scored the winner.
HT 0 ' 0
Goals to: Arun Panchia


Man of the Match : Matt Cranston
Final Score: Lost 1 -2

Vs King's College : 17th May

The team were without Panchia on Auckland U21 duty and were always going to be up against it.
Adan Taylor saved 9 PC's on the trot at one point and a couple of goal scoring chances did go begging.
HT 0 - 3
Goals to: None


Man of the Match: Adam Taylor
Final Score: Lost 0 - 7

vs Auckland Grammar 2nd XI:. 8th May

This match was made more difficult due to the over-saturated pitch which slowed both the ball and players down. This was an advantage to Grammar who played very well in these conditions. We did not convert our early chances and, as the game wore on, we were hard-pressed on defence. Good games by the back three of Taylor, Lee and Ranchhod. Patel and Panchia worked hard all game.
HT 0 ' 0
Goals to: None

Man of the Match: Adam Taylor
Result: Drew 0 ' 0

v Howick College: 3rd May

A promising start to the Auckland A league with the captain scoring a hat-trick by halftime.
Cranston, Moosa and Wyatt all enjoyed good games but the team need to work on their defensive commitment with many players too slow around the park.
HT 4 - 0
Goals to: Arun Panchia 3, Mike Wyatt 2, Adil Moosa

Man of the match: Arun Panchia
Result: Won 6 - 1