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Hawkins Division 1 Final - HSOB
High School Old Boys return to the Metro Hawkins Division 1 Trophy final on Sunday seeking redemption after losing to New Brighton 16-14 in the competition final last season.
There is no talk of redemption in the High School Old Boys camp given that the opposition in the final this season is Sydenham and their squad is different. Still, High School Old Boys enter the final with confidence after beating Lincoln University 26-11 in the semi-final last weekend and having beaten Sydenham twice already during this regular season. Co-coach Joe Gee says his squad has been building nicely.
“We’ve managed to combine the old and the new within the squad and the guys have really bonded.”
Joe says being a club rugby side the time the squad has to prepare is limited. “We get the guys for two and a half hours to three hours maximum per week. As coaches we have to ensure that as a result our game-plan is pretty simple.”
Joe says that their focus has been on doing the basics well. “Practicing (the game-plan) is all about repetition. At the start of the season we worked out how we wanted to plan and thankfully the guys brought in to it.”
The mood in the High School Old Boys camp was very positive. “We all watched the
Joe says that while he is loathe mentioning individuals who may be influential in the final, he says the loose forward trio, on the back of a strong tight five, has been outstanding. He says his squad had no injury concerns apart from the standard bumps and bruises.
As a club High School Old Boys is accustomed to success. Joe admits this but says club members have been overwhelming positive. “Expectations as always are high but the players really do appreciate the support that they get. Sunday will be a very special day for the club.”
Joe says that while some commentators believe that their semi-final win was a surprise, he was not shocked. “We have been building momentum. “The competition has been very tight this season: any of the semi-finalists had the potential to win the Hawkins Trophy if they played well.
Meanwhile in the Hawkins Plate final Linwood will meet Christchurch. In the Hawkins Bowl final, Sumner will take on University.
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