Schools square off for round seven

ON THE LINE: St Thomas co-coach Jacob Allen holds the Connetics Shield after winning it from Middleton in round four. Burnside will have a chance to pry it from his grasp if they can beat them tomorrow night at the Christchurch Football Centre. PHOTO: Supplied.

Christchurch Boys’ High will take on St Bede’s tomorrow in the Connetics first XI football competition.

Seventh placed CBHS put six goals past Rangiora last week and will be looking to keep their foot firmly to the floor when they meet sixth placed St Bede’s at 4pm. All games will be at the Christchurch Football Centre.

CBHS coach Mick Braithwaite said after a slow start to the season, the team are starting to ramp things up.

“The St Bede’s game will be a tough ask. The key for us to get three points is for our defence to continue their impressive record and we start scoring more of the chances we are creating,” he said.

St Bede’s played out a 4-4 draw against Riccarton last week to help them retain sixth position on the table.

Meanwhile, St Andrew’s will look to continue their winning way when they take on Riccarton at 7.30pm tomorrow. They moved into second position on the table with a solid 2-0 win over Lincoln last week.

Burnside will have their work cut out for them when they face off against a rampaging St Thomas squad at 5.45pm.

Burnside moved into third position on the table with a hard fought 2-2 draw against Shirley last week.

Burnside will have a crack at the Connetics Shield tomorrow night, but will face staunch opposition from St Thomas who defended it for a second time with a 5-1 win over Papanui in round 6.

Burnside coach David Williams said the shield challenge has come as a surprise as they have never played for it.

Papanui will have a crack against third-placed Lincoln tomorrow at 4pm.

Points table

1. St Thomas, 12pts; 2. St Andrew’s, 12pts; 3. Lincoln, 11pts; 4. Burnside, 11pts; 5. Cashmere, 10pts; 6. St Bede’s, 10pts; 7. CBHS, 9pts; 8. Riccarton, 7pts; 9. Shirley, 7pts; 10. Middleton, 4pts; 11. Christ’s, 4pts; 12. Papanui, 3pts; 13. Rangiora, 3pts.