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Lincoln University Win Hawkins Cup Again
The emotion within Lincoln University’s Division 1 squad was evident when the final whistle sounded and the home side had beaten High School Old Boys 13-6 to secure the Hawkins Cup for the second season in-a-row.
The country students had a five-point buffer at the top-of-the table going into the final round of the Hawkins Cup on with Marist Albion and New Brighton in hot pursuit.
The Lincoln University players and their management were noticeably wrapped with the victory, achieved in foggy conditions similar to what was experienced at the old AMI Stadium in the final of the Super 14 in 2006.
“We are stoked with the win,” Lincoln University co-coach John Haggart admitted after the match. “The boys played well and managed to hold on to their lead.” The students lead 7-6 at half-time.
While this match was not strictly a final, it was played with an intensity regularly seen in competition deciders. The home side had much more territory and possession in the second half to exploit the terrible conditions and in the end deserved its win despite some nail-biting moments near the end as the visitors attacked the home goal-line.
“Conditions were of course dreadful for both sides out there and you have to give High School Old Boys credit for the way that they played today,” John said.
John said that it was difficult to say whether his side’s second Hawkins Cup win had been more difficult to achieve than what the first had. “As a squad we focused primarily on performance rather than outcome. I knew that we were good enough to win the Hawkins Cup again if we executed well.”
John said that Lincoln University’s coaching staff had been satisfied with the squad’s preparation ahead of Saturday’s match although a number of players had had exams while the weather conditions were also a major factor.
John said that he would not like to pinpoint any individuals for the Hawkins Cup win this season. It was noticeable however that the club had eight players (Scott Barrett, Jack Goodhue, Broc Hooper, Tom Sanders, James Schrader, Nick Werahiko and Jake Wood) in the initial Wider Canterbury Training Squad named last week.
John said that his side’s focus will now be on the Hawkins Trophy. His squad will recall that it was High School Old Boys that was too strong for it in the semi-finals of the same competition last season. As for a three-peat of Hawkins Cup titles next season, John was not surprisingly non-committal. “We will let this one sink in first,” he said laughing after the match on Saturday.
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