Boys' High grab sixth hockey title

GEORGE HEAGNEY
Last updated 12:00 01/08/2014

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Palmerston North Boys' High School won their sixth Super 8 hockey title in the past 10 years in New Plymouth this week.

Boys' High beat Tauranga Boys' College 2-0 in Wednesday's final, gaining revenge for losing in pool play earlier in the week.

In pool play, Boys' High beat Rotorua Boys' High School 5-0, Hastings Boys' High School 5-0 and then lost to Tauranga 2-0.

Boys' High then beat a strong Hamilton Boys' High School, last year's national champions, 3-2 in the semifinal, before reversing their result against Tauranga in the final.

Hayden Phillips, who is off to the Youth Olympics in China this month, was named player of the tournament and Aaron Purser was joint top scorer with six goals.

Boys' High School have reached eight finals in the past 10 years and have won six of them.

They have a pre-season quadrangular tournament against Westlake Boys' High School, King's College and Tauranga in Tauranga in two weeks, before hosting the Rankin Cup boys' national schools championships next month.

The Boys' High first XI football team were beaten finalists at the Super 8 at Tauranga.

In pool play, Boys' High beat Hastings Boys' High School 2-0, New Plymouth Boys' High School 4-1 and drew with Gisborne Boys' High School 1-all, where Gisborne scored with the last kick of the game.

Boys' High then beat Tauranga 4-2 in the semifinal, where they lost goalkeeper Peter Tremain with concussion, then lost 2-0 to Hamilton in the final. It was an improvement from last year's seventh, but they won it the two years previously.

Boys' High have won eight of the 16 Super 8 tournaments.

The Boys' High basketball team were unable to make it out of pool play in their tournament at New Plymouth.

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