Over Tuesday, 15 and Wednesday, 16 June, our Rutherford Boys Squash team competed in the College Sport Auckland Team Championship held at the National Squash Centre at Unitec in Mt Albert. The team competed in Division 2 of the competition. The team made up of Austin Lorenzen, Arrie Putter, Zac Thomson, Sam Diack, Luke Diack and Callum Vye faced tough opposition from four different schools in the Auckland area.
On Day One they commenced the competition against Mt Albert Grammar and had a convincing 4/1 win. From this match they then moved on to playing Macleans College, which as it turned out was a battle for the top of the table. A very tightly fought contest with the first four games shared 2 – 2. Austin and Arrie were able to take care of their opponents in the seed 1 and 2 games, but Macleans came back to win the next 2, making the last game a battle for the team win. Unfortunately, we were not able to prevail; losing the match 3/2 and at that point needed to win the rest of our matches to have a chance of winning the competition.
Our final match for the day went the way of the first match of the day, with our boys the convincing winners 4/1, this time against Kings College. Therefore, at the end of Day One the Rutherford team had a two win / one loss record with one more match to play on Wednesday.
On the final day, the boys came back with renewed energy and confidence gained from the previous day. The boys played assertively and came away with a 5/0 win result against Green Bay High. This sealed an excellent effort at the competition and because of other results, the team finished second overall in the Division 2 tournament.
All the boys played well, and are now committed to train and improve so that they can possibly go to New Zealand Nationals with a Rutherford team in 2022. Well done!
v Mt Albert Grammar- win 4/1
v Macleans College – lost 3/2
v Kings College – win 4/1
v Green Bay High School – win 5/0