Season 2007: First Eleven Boys

 

This team had several experienced players back from 2006 but lacked attacking depth and this was exposed in the early rounds of Auckland A League. The goal was a top four finish and thus a place in the Metropolitan Competition. Again this eluded the team as they finished seventh. The team did regroup, however, and finished the Auckland AB Competition second, losing a tough final to Macleans. The team left for the Olympic Stick tournament in Taupo.

Winning the Olympic Stick was the only way to do this and a first-up loss did not help. However, the team began to play some of their best hockey of the season and reached the final against Central Hawkes Bay College (who beat us in 2006). They won 3 - 2 after being down by 2 at half time. The path to the final was not without controversy; the team got past rivals Mt Roskill Grammar following a 1 all draw which we won 4 - 3 on strokes, only to lose in the judiciary and re-win on appeal the following morning!

The team was ably captained by Adam Taylor at goal keep. He narrowly missed the MVP award to his vice-captain, Matt Cranston who shared the goal scoring honours with Milan Ranchhod. Other long-serving players were the ever?reliable Daniel Xu and Adil Moosa who leave after three years in the XI. The find of the season and junior player of the year was Jared Panchia, brother of last year's captain and this year's co-coach, Arun. Along with Sye Jones in Year 9, the Makan twins who made great progress this year, Spencer McGarry and Alex Rikys who scored well on the wings, Christian Connor at fullback and reserve goal keep, Thomas Guy, there is a nucleus of talent at Year 11 and below for the future. Players for next year include Miten Patel, who grew in stature at the back and will be an influential player in 2008, Nick Colling and Matthew Parish who both went from benchwarmers to the starting line-up by the season?s end.

The coaches, Jason Magerkorth and Arun Panchia, gave mightily to the team in both organization and passion. Without their efforts, this team would not have developed into a winning combination.

Matt Bertram
Manager

 

Team:
N Colling, M Cranston, S Jones, R and S Makan, S McGarry, J Panchia, M Parish, M Patel and A Rikys.


Vs Macleans College:: August 22: Final

The team started well dominating the first 5 minutes, however, several quick breaks by Macleans were easily converted as Taylor was placed under pressure by poor defensive work at the back. A number of promising attacks came to nothing due to poor finishing and PC selection. Macleans deserved their title; plenty to work on for tournament but at least our place in Auckland A for 2008 is assured.
HT 0 - 3
Goals to: None


Final Score:Loss to Mou
nt Albert Grammar School 0 - 6
Man of the Match: Adil Moosa

 


Vs St. Peter's College Semifinal
Adam Taylor: Man of the Match
The team was well-prepared for this game but the first half was sluggish with several opportunities going begging. Taylor's return was going well with a number of good saves and aggressive defence in combination with Patel. The second half was much better but the winner to Colling came with only two minutes remaining. Parish and McGarry had good matches along with Panchia in midfield.

 

HT 0 - 0
Goals to: N Colling

 

 

Final Score: Win to Mount Albert Grammar School 1 - 0
Man of the Match: Adam Taylor

 


 

Vs Avondale College

A number of changes to the starting line-up for this game.
Overall a comfortable win with good games by Christian, Colling and Panchia (who scored his first goal for the XI).
Parish excelled in the unfamiliar halves, while Cranston and Ranchhod kept the goals coming.
Qualified for next week?s semifinal.

Half time score: 3 - 0

Goals to: M Ranchhod (2), M Cranston, S McGarry, J Panchia


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


Vs Macleans College: June 28.

A disappointing loss by one goal (again) to this team.
Down by 1 after only a minute, the team dominated the entire first half with a composed display but were only rewarded with one Cranston goal. Macleans capitalized on a late breakout to draw ahead right on the half.
The second half was more even and the difference was possibly Macleans? PC strike when we were a man down due to some backchat. One that got away.
Half Time score: 1 - 2


Goals to: Matt Cranston and Milan Ranchhod

Final Score: Loss to Mount Albert Grammar School 2 - 3
Man of Match: Thomas Guy

 

 



Vs Papatoetoe High School: July 25



A good allround performance in which the team maintained their patterns and finally put away a lesser opponent. Panchia was outstanding, while Xu and McGarry had their best games this season. Ranchhod and Cranston both made the most of the opportunities to score their second hattricks of the season and tie the race for top
Half time score: MAGS 6- 0
Goals to: M Ranchhod 3, M Cranston 3, A Moosa, M Parish, S McGarry, D Xu


Final Score: Win to Mount Albert Grammar School 10 - 0
Man of the match: Jared Panchia

 



Vs Auckland Grammar 3: 18th July


A reasonably composed win, the highlight being Ranchhod?s sliding third goal and both wings finishing slick moves. Still room to improve composure on attack and communication. Panchia played well in midfield while Moosa and Xu created opportunities at times.
Goals to: M Ranchhod (3), M Parish, S McGarry
HT 3 - 1



Final Score: Win to Mount Albert Grammar School 5 - 1
Man of the Match: Milan Ranchhod

 

 


Vs Kings College 2: June 27


First game of AB league.
Improved all round performance with attacking opportunities regularly converted by Cranston in a successive MVP performance.
Goals to: M Cranston (3)





Final Score: Win to Mount Albert Grammar School 3 - 0
Man of the Match: Matthew Cranston

 

 




Vs Auckland Grammar 2; June 20


A much better match in which we took the early lead through Cranston, captaining the team for the first time in Taylor's absence. Guy made a number of good saves to keep AGS score down at halftime and a Ranchhod cross made good just on the half to keep us within range.
The second half see-sawed both ways but the elusive winners didn't come.
Great work by S Makan and Moosa opened up several chances
HT 2 - 3
Goals to: M. Cranston, M Ranchhod

Final Score: Loss to Mount Albert Grammar School 2 - 3
Man of the Match: Matthew Crantston.

 

 

 




Vs Macleans College 13th June


An improved performance all round and a game where we had the better of the opposition but couldn't put away several chances.
Parish, Panchia and Jones played well up front and Cranston directed play well.
Unfortunately, Macleans' goal knocked the confidence, the heads went down and we didn't get the result we needed.
HT 0 ' 0
Goals to: None

 

 

Final Score: Loss to Mount Albert Grammar School 0 - 1 5.
Man of the Match: Matthew Parish


Vs Auckland Grammar 6th June


A much better performance againt the current national champions. The scoreline was inflated by 2 late goals following a rash of dubious PC's. The halves, especially Xu and R Makan defended hard, while Jones and Panchia strung some good attacks together. Captain Taylor kept out many more shots.
HT 0 - 2
Goals to: None



Final Score: Loss to Mount Albert Grammar School: 0 - 6
Man of the Match: Rasik Makan

 

 




Vs St Kentigerns: 30th May

A repeat of the Kings game:
7 goals down after 20 but much more positive attaching and defensive play in the final 30 minutes.
Several close scoring opportunities were missed with Cranston have a good game as captain.
Taylor's effort in goal often saved first up shots but a lack of coordination around the posts meant that the second attempts counted.
HT 0 - 7
Goals to: None

Final Score:Loss to Mount Albert Grammar School 0 - 10
Man of the Match: Adam Taylor

 

 





Vs Mount Roskill Grammar: 16th May

A better performance by the team in all areas, however, we faied to capitalize on several scoring opportunities. Roskill went 1 up midway through the first half and deserved their lead. It was late in the second half when Rikys equalized. Patel had a good game at the back and Parish was impressive as a sub. The best player was Panchia who made things happen in the opposition half.
HT 0 ' 1
Goals to: A Rikys

 

Final Score: Draw 1 ' 1
Man of the Match: Jared Panchia




Vs King's College: 9th May


7 goals down after 19 minutes ' the team were stunned by the pace and precision of a King's team without their two leading players.
Nevertheless, an improved defensive effort in the second half kept the opposition scoreless for 18 minutes.
The Makan twins were aggressive on defence, Panchia showed good skills and Patel was solid at the back.
HT 0 - 8

Final Score: Loss 0 - 10
Man of the match: Rasik Makan