Nelson College win national champs

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It’s official: Nelson College has the best secondary school football team in the country.

Nelson beat Sacred Heart College 2-1 at Saxton Field this afternoon to claim the title. Goals from Max Winterton and Matt Tod-Smith gave Nelson a handy lead before the visitors scored with ten minutes remaining.

It is the first time Nelson has won the Lotto New Zealand Secondary School Football tournament and coach Davor Tavich was thrilled after the game. “It was a good win. We played well and our boys played really hard.”

He credited the defence for giving his team good go-forward ball but said he couldn’t single out a man of the match. “They were all good, all played with heart. I’m very happy.”