By Steve Coleman
On Tuesday 16 June, Rathkeale and St Matthew’s hosted Wanganui Collegiate School for their annual sports fixture. There were seven matches between the Rathkeale and Collegiate Boys across football, rugby and hockey.
The 1st XI hockey team notched up a solid win from a tidy performance winning 5-2 in the only hockey fixture of the day at Clareville.
The three rugby matches were closely fought battles throughout the day. The Colts XV led the way with a deserved 15-12 win over their rivals. The 2nd XV lost their match 20-3 against an organised and well prepared Collegiate side.
The 1st XV had a rollercoaster of a game. Up 14-0 midway through the second half after strong performances from John McKeefry and Tom Renton, the boys found themselves 21-14 down inside the last 10 minutes. Sustained pressure and a clever Oscar Lau-Young pass sent McKeefry under the posts again and earned the boys a well deserved 21-21 draw.
The three football sides all came away with pleasing wins. The Junior XI ran out 6-2 winners with Matthew Heard, Jacob Dickens and Quinn Childs playing well. A Ken Sprowson inspired 2nd XI recorded a 3-0 victory over their counterparts and the 1st XI won 3-1 with Stephen Sprowson, Ant Havard and Liam Heard having good games.
Our next fixture sees the boys travel to Lindisfarne in Term Three.