Johnson Cup Hockey Tournament

Shirley Boys’ 1XI Bronze Medal

Due to COVID-19 it has been three years since we have been able to have a full winter tournament week that involves winter sports playing at various tournaments throughout the country.

Shirley Boys’ 1stXI Hockey team completed in the Johnson Cup Hockey Tournament held in Christchurch, 29 August to Friday 2 September. This tournament involved schools from Auckland to Invercargill and it was fantastic to for the team to be able to compete against teams they do not normally play.

Results of the five games the team played at tournament are as follows:

· Monday 29 August

o v Marlborough Boys’ College won 3-1

· Tuesday 30 August

o v Macleans College won 2-0

· Wednesday 31 August

o v Dunstan High School won 3-0

This meant Shirley had won all three games in pool play and finished top of their pool and was playing Ashburton College in a semi-final.

Thursday 1 September

v Ashburton College lost 0-1

Friday 2 September

The Bronze Medal game saw us playing Macleans College which Shirley won 2-1.

Shirley Boys’ scored 10 goals at tournament and conceded 3 goals.

Shirley Boys’ had one boy in the list of top goal scorers at tournament. Danie Beukes was second top goal scorer at tournament scoring 6 goals.

Image by: Geoff Soper

Beukes play his 100th game for Shirley on Monday 29 August against Marlborough Boys’.

There is one player (Ben Smith) in the team who played their last hockey tournament for Shirley at this tournament. He has played 41 caps for Shirley. We wish this Shirley Man the best for the future.

Image by: Geoff Soper

A big thanks to the coaches (Louis Harvey and Glenn Bongartz) who saw the potential in the team and have worked hard with the boys’ all season to get the win. Thanks to our manager (Adrienne Stackhouse) for managing the boys’ for the week and keeping everything in check. Thanks also to the parents and supporters who came to tournament with us and had the privilege of watching the boys’ play some fantastic hockey during the week.

Image by: Geoff Soper

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