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.
N Colling, M Cranston, S Jones, R and S Makan, S McGarry, J Panchia, M Parish, M Patel and A Rikys.
Vs Macleans College::
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
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
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
Final Score: Loss to Mount Albert
Grammar School 0 - 1 5.
Man of the Match: Matthew Parish
Final Score: Draw 1 ' 1
Man of the Match: Jared Panchia