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Hawkins Division 1 Trophy Champions - HSOB

25 Aug 2014

Seb SiatagaWhile High School Old Boys first-five Jarred Percival scored all of his club’s points in its 14-5 win in the Metro Hawkins Trophy Division 1 final against Sydenham, it was second-five Robbie Thompson who was the man-of-the-match. It was deserved as Thompson was a bulldozer in defence while strong with ball in hand.

“We are stoked with the win,” Robbie said after the match. “This is only my second Division 1 final win (the first was with Massey University) and so it means a lot.”

Robbie, who was in the wider Crusaders training group after moving from Manawatu in 2013, says all wins are important in finals whether professional or amateur.

“As a player you do your best regardless of the occasion and I think we went out there pretty determined today. We had plenty of respect for Sydenham.”

With Adam Whitelock, Robbie provided High School Old Boys with a rock solid midfield. Having such quality was evident as High School Old Boys led 11-5 at half-time and never looked in real danger of losing. Percival’s quality performance was also due to having such an experienced and able midfield combination outside him.

“We are happy with the way we played,” Robbie says. “You always like to score more points than you actually do, but we are happy to win the Hawkins Trophy.”

Robbie says that Jarred Percival gave an accomplished performance. “He came in to the side in the middle of the season and he has really grown. He has great composure as a player and he has showed plenty of maturity as he has developed. He was outstanding today.”

High School Old Boys captain and lock Sam Gibson was full of praise for Robbie’s performance. “He played really well and made sure we were going forward.”

Sam also said that Robbie’s commitment to the team was evident. “Both Robbie and Adam (Whitelock) chose to stay in Christchurch and play in the final rather than

Robbie says that his focus will now be on Canterbury’s ITM Cup campaign and hopefully making the national Maori squad. Yet days like Sunday are hard to top for one of Canterbury’s best midfielders.

High School Old Boys’ win undoubtedly to some degree makes up for its 16-14 loss to New Brighton in the final of the Hawkins Trophy in 2013.

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