Boys - First XI - vs Macleans College, Wednesday 12 May, 2010

After two pre-season game wins against Avondale College and Auckland Grammar 2nd XI, it seemed a fitting start to the 2010 Open A hockey competition, that we should meet our arch rivals Macleans College who had narrowly defeated MAGS in the dying seconds of extra time at the Mayhill Cup Tournament final in Whangarei last year.

The MAGS team has eight new faces to the squad of 15 in 2010, whereas Macleans College only has three new faces, so the team knew they were in for a solid game. Macleans College started strongly and within the first twelve minutes had slotted away two field goals. Jeremy Barnett, a new Year 10 into the squad, made the most of his opportunity to be playing at this level, when he had his first run on the turf coming off the bench after the first fifteen minutes of play and slotted an excellent cross into the Macleans defensive goal after 19 minutes. The new goalkeeper, Devin Falvey, was very busy and kept his goal well during the first half, with five other shots on goal being well saved including a penalty corner direct shot, which he cleared well in the 20th minute. A defensive error by the MAGS team allowed the Macleans College team to score a soft field goal in the dying seconds of the first half.

Half time score: 1-3 Macleans College

Macleans College took their goal scoring opportunities in the second half and added two more field goals in the sixth and 17th minutes. The young MAGS team missed the experience of co-captain Sye Jones, who was out due to illness and is on the comeback trail after a shoulder injury. His solid tackling and leadership will be required when the team meets one of the top ranked teams in the competition, King's College, next week. Year nine students, Mitchell Bascombe and Terrance Gada both had solid games for their first outing in secondary schoolboy Open A grade hockey, which is a big step up from Primary/Intermediate/Age group hockey.

Full Time score: 1-5 Loss to Macleans College

Goal Scorer: Jeremy Barnett
Player of the Game: Devin Falvey