Early morning trainings pay off for 1st XI footballers

Posted on July 04, 2024

The Macleans College boys 1st XI football team have been working very hard in training since November last year, including early morning sessions.

This morning's training was particularly spectacular - the four degree temperature and clear skies provided a breathtaking sunrise backdrop.

All of the hard work put in by the team has paid off as they continue their impressive season. With a 2-1 win over premier league side Rosmini College last week, they have now qualified for the premier national tournament. This tournament takes place in early September and will be played across multiple venues in Auckland.

In the Auckland secondary schools senior league the team remains unbeaten all season and is now five points clear at the top with seven wins and one draw. The final game of Term 2 is this Friday against Takapuna Grammar School on the Macleans College turf at 1 pm.

In other football news, a number of Macleans College students, past and present, have been selected to represent Auckland and New Zealand:

Macleans College boys 1st XI football training

Year 11 student Nathan Martin (Snell House) has been selected into the New Zealand U17 football team. Nathan will play in the Oceania Championship in Tahiti in July.

Nathan Walker (Snell House 2019 - 2023) and Fergus Gillion (Snell House 2018 - 2019) have both been named in the New Zealand OFC (Oceania Football Confederation) Mens U-19 Championship team. The team have been drawn in Group B at the OFC U-19 Championship and will play New Caledonia, Samoa and Papua New Guinea from 6 July.

Liam Gillion (Snell House 2016) secured his maiden professional contract with Auckland FC. Established in March 2024, Auckland FC will compete in the A-League Men from October.