Waimea College First XI football team won the Alex Harvey Industries Trophy which is the schoolboys bootball equal to rugby's Ranfurly Shield, with a 1-0 win over Marlborough Boys'College last week. Photo Supplied

Waimea College footballers make history

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Waimea College First XI football team earned the Alex Harvey Industries Trophy for the first time in its history with a 1-0 win over Marlborough Boys’ College last Tuesday.

The trophy is the secondary school football equivalent of the Ranfurly Shield and is rarely sighted in the South Island.

Nelson College won it last year when they won the national secondary schools final and then Marlborough Boys’ took it off them this season.

Logan de Joux scored the game’s winner 10 minutes after halftime.

Coach Paul Cousins was delighted with the achievement.

“It’s massive for the boys to achieve this,” he says. “They worked hard together and they defended so well.

“Nelson College did us a huge favour by getting it to these parts but to win it was amazing.

Paul says captain Chester Gaskin was an important player in his team maintaining focus at crucial points of the game while Year 10 player Josh Creswell showed maturity beyond his years.

“I know I’ve singled out a few players there but they all played great and the spirit in which they played the game was right up there.”

“Paul says he is hoping Waimea may receive a wild card to enter the top national secondary schools’ football competition in Tauranga later this year.

The team will have to defend the trophy at their last game of any national tournament they end up playing. “I’m hoping, now that we have this trophy, they will want it to be at their biggest tournament.

“For now, we’ll just enjoy the moment.”