Under 15 Championship Tournaments
Wellington Boys – Dunedin
The Wellington Boys’ team placed seventh in their tournament played last week, finishing with a well-deserved 4-2 win over Mid-Canterbury.
On Monday they met the strong Canterbury team and could make little headway losing 0-3. The next day they did well to draw 1-1 with North Harbour with Duncan King scoring Wellington’s goal after Harbour had gone ahead in the third minute.
Their second game on Tuesday resulted in a 16-0 rout of North Otago. There were eight goals in each half and eight players got on the scoresheet. William Pita scored four times and Jude Anderson three.
After being competitive for most of their game against the strong Wanganui side on Wednesday they conceded three goals in the last 12 minutes to go down 4-0.
Three late goals in three minutes provided an exciting conclusion to Thursday’s game against Central Otago, which ended with a score of 3-3. Down 1-2 at half-time, two goals in two minutes to Jude Anderson and Rafe Persson gave Wellington the advantage, only for Central to equalise a minute later.
The game against Marlborough on Friday was another tough encounter, with no goals scored in the second half. William Pita drew Wellington level after their opposition had scored first, but a second Marlborough goal on the stroke of half-time took that side to a 2-1 win.
Wellington then won Saturday’s play-off for seventh and eighth, decisively beating Mid-Canterbury 4-2 after being up 3-2 at half-time. Jude Anderson completed his hat-trick in the second half, after William Pita had opened the scoring in the fourth minute.
Wanganui were well in control of the final against South Canterbury, being four goals up with three minutes to play, before the southern team scored twice to make the final score 4-2.
Wellington’s leading goal-scorer was 13-year-old Jude Anderson from Onslow College with seven, while Tawa College’s William Pita scored six, Duncan King (Tawa College) four and Tom Clarkson (Wellington College) two.
The team was well-led by Wellington College’s Zak Rigby, while goal-keeper Xander Redgrave (Wellington College) made some telling saves
The team was coached by Colette MacKenzie assisted by Graeme Murrell, and managed by Leanne Dawson.