A rugby season to remember (4 team reports)

Friday 11th September 2015

John McGlashan College 1st XV Rugby by Reece Stackhouse:

The 1st XV of 2015 had a beauty of a season, especially from a boarding house point of view. From the squad of 26, 20 of them were boarders showing the quality standard this boarding house holds. Pre-season started late 2014 and kept us busy right until our first game in April.

A proud moment for co-captains Josh Timu and Rory Ferguson
A proud moment for co-captains Josh Timu and Rory Ferguson

As part of our preseason we entered a tournament at Christchurch Boys’ High School where we were exposed to some 1st class footy, playing against heavy weights Christchurch Boys’ and Napier Boys’. We lost narrowly to Napier and not fearing too badly against Christchurch either. We had a win over Wanganui and a disappointing loss to Rathkeale. Our lengthy pre-season set us up well for what was to come.

We had a good win to start us off in the Premier Otago Schoolboys Rugby Competition followed by our only loss in the competition to South Otago High School in Balclutha. We spent a good part of the season sitting on 2nd place of the table until we met South Otago again as part of the top 6 format. We ran them around and many things clicked we outplayed them 49-5, which shifted us to top of the table. Our winning streak continued and we earned a home final in which we were to play South Otago again. The final was a closely contested match. After being down at the half time spell the boys managed to secure a thrilling victory 22-17. The final was the biggest game most of us had been a part of. It has given us timeless memories and a good story for the grandkids one day!

After winning the final and celebrating accordingly we headed deep into Southland to play Southland Boys’ in a South Island quarterfinal. Our 13 game winning streak came to an end in what was to be our last game of the season. Played on a mud bath we played strongly but lost 8-0 bringing our season to an end. Despite this, we had a very successful season filled with lots of good times.

We want to thank all those involved in it, especially those who coached and managed us. We also want to thank the supporters who came and cheered us on throughout the season and wish the best of luck to the returning team.

Points for: 585

Points against: 143

Won: 14

Lost: 2

John McGlashan College 2nd XV Rugby by Harrison Lawrence:

The John McGlashan 2nd XV had a right ripper of a season that was enjoyed by all. The boys fought hard and won ten from the fifteen games played, which is a sensational effort considering we weren’t the biggest of teams and were constantly juggling players between the 1st XV. Standout players for the year were Arthur Chapman-Cohen and Brett Kingsbury, the powerhouses of the team, being the top try scorers for the season. Other outstanding individual performances throughout the season came from Sam Wright known as ‘Bunge’, Sam Turner and Lochie Bain with their tackling on defence and Angus Simmers’ tactical play on attack.

The team would like to thank the coaches Mark Scully and Malcolm Burns for giving up their time to coach us and even giving up more time to get Ben Morris on point. In addition, thanks to the parents and students who came along to support us.

John McGlashan College U15 Rugby by Sam Engelbrecht:

The John McGlashan College U15 Rugby team had an interesting season, with various games being played in typical Dunedin weather. Squad members from the hostel included; Charlie Davies, Will Burdon, Winston Brinsley, Oliver Mouat, Tom Shallard, Ben Macdonald, Sam Engelbrecht, Patrick Larivee, Hunter Cleland, Jacob Cotton and George Johnson.

With only one practice together at the start of the season, the team faced a big defeat in the first game of the 2015 season. This followed through into the next few games where our tackling on defence let us down. After a few whiteboard sessions talking about strategies and tactics with Cameron Burrows, we managed to start winning games and putting good score margins on teams such as Mt. Aspiring and Kaikorai Valley College. The forwards found strength in their scrums and lineouts, and the outside backs showed promising pace and quick thinking.

Throughout the season, the team managed to beat Kaikorai Valley College three times, and came very close to beating most of the other top ranked teams later in the season. We finished the season with a few hearty losses. The team was well run, and we learnt a lot. Thanks to Cameron Burrows, Tony Gomez and Dave Tozer for your commitment to the team as coaches and managers. I hope to see all the young McGlashan Men continue their rugby careers at McGlashan and I wish them good luck for your rugby next year. Up the Factory!

John McGlashan College U14 A Rugby by Josh Stackhouse:

The John McGlashan College U14 A rugby team had a successful season in 2015. The team played 1st in the junior grade, beating dominant powerhouses Otago Boys U14 A three times throughout the season. We played fifteen games throughout the season winning thirteen, losing only two to an older and bigger Otago Boys High School U15 team and the Kings U14A by a slight margin. We had four great compassionate coaches this year who were Johnny Bell, Matthew Robinson, Haagon East, and Guy Ferguson, who we all owe a big thank you to especially Johnny Bell, Matthew Robinson, and Haagon East who travelled mammoth distances to practices and games.