The Kapiti College first XI boys' hockey team are on the verge of promotion, with a match tomorrow to seal their fate.
With the Premier 2 grade in sight, the team enters the promotion-relegation match in Wellington determined to win.
To secure promotion, Kapiti must beat Tawa College's first XI in an evening match at the National Hockey Stadium.
Kapiti have won all seven matches in Premier 3, putting them top of the eight-strong table. With 25 points, the group is six points above second-placed Hutt International Boys' School.
Kapiti played Newlands College in their last match, last Thursday, pounding their opponents 6-1. Scores were locked at half-time but Kapiti were triumphant in the second half, scoring five goals.
Coach John Sprunt attributes the success of the current team to the boys being "a year better", from an additional year's experience. Aside from the loss of three players, Sprunt says this year's team is essentially the same group.
Kapiti College sports co- ordinator Elvina Stephens judges this year's team to be "significantly stronger" than last year's Premier 3-ranked side. She is optimistic about tomorrow's result.
The girls' second XI hockey team have an automatic promotion to the Reserve 2 grade after seven straight wins in Reserve 3.
- Kapiti Observer