The John McGlashan College Year 7 and Year 8 hockey, rugby and football sides gathered at the college in very cold conditions.
The roads were clear so the team set off to Waihi for the much awaited sports exchange on Sunday, 31 July, 2016.
After meeting our billets we all headed to Timaru for the hockey match. Conditions were cold and the opposition was unbeaten for the season. All who watched the game agreed that this was a great match. Both sides had their chances and played some fine hockey. Jack Cotton was outstanding for McGlashan. Nearing full time the scores were tied at two all and hopes were high for a first ever victory to McGlashan. In the end a two all draw was a fair indication of the game. McGlashan can be proud of their efforts and we look forward to watching these boys progress through the College ranks.
The John McGlashan College Year 7 and Year 8 rugby team, playing in only their second match together, played hard and showed great resilience. The Waihi team bolted out of the gates and scored three converted tries in the first 10 minutes. The determined fight back was lead by Aaron Jones and Orlando Vaitupu with tireless work and hard direct running in the forwards. The direction of Ollie Sinclair and Oscar Sycamore in the halves and the powerhouse and dynamic play of Peter Sewell, second five and wing LaQuan Cheyne helped bring the gritty McGlashan team back into the match. Peter Sewell and LaQuan Cheyne led the way and scored a number of outstanding tries, beating players at will through the middle of the field and around the edges.
However, the early lead proved to be too great for the promising Junior McGlashan rugby team and the final score was 62-48. The signs do however look positive for the future of these players and they represented the college proudly and admirably.
The John McGlashan College football side kicked off at 9.30am on Monday morning on the Waihi pitch. Waihi played well but it was one-way traffic with John McGlashan College running out the winners 10-1. Noah Coutts scored four goals. Levi James assisted well all day. Seb Kyle moved up front and scored two goals. Grayson Westgate and Reuben Cook were again solid at the back. Coach, Mr Dave Martin Chambers has the side playing well and the skill level was a pleasure to watch.
The exchange was again a most pleasurable experience for all involved. The boys formed some good relationships and it was great to see boys of this age conversing freely and handling themselves well in a new social situation.