History of the Dowson Cup
Sally and Craig Dowson (of Dowsons Shoes fame), along with their children, kindly donated a trophy to be used to recognise the winners of a preseason basketball tournament between boys’ schools. This was known as the “Dowson Cup Tournament”, and began in 2013 with four high school teams competing: Burnside; Cashmere; Middleton Grange; St. Andrew’s. The Dowson family was heavily involved with the St. Andrew’s College Basketball Program for many years, so when discussions began between the four inaugural schools, the Dowsons were keen to be involved and provide some motivation for teams to compete.
Cashmere, Middleton Grange and St. Andrew’s contested the Cup every year, with the tournament expanding to eight teams in 2016 with the addition of: Christchurch Boys’; Papanui; Rangiora; Shirley Boys’; St. Thomas of Canterbury joining the other three teams. Time pressures on players and coaches saw this preseason competition get suspended in 2017.
Sally and Craig have given their blessing to have the Dowson Cup live on in a new form, beginning in 2017:
Previous Dowson Cup Holders
2013 Cashmere High School
2014 Cashmere High School
2015 Cashmere High School
2016 Christchurch Boys’ High School
Dowson Cup Ownership Changes
16 May 2017 – Burnside High claims trophy from Christchurch Boys’ High 72-57
30 May 2017 – Cashmere High claims trophy from Burnside High 76-55
30 July 2019 – Middleton Grange claims trophy from Cashmere High 102-90
Cashmere High School held the trophy for a record 804 days: 30 May 2017 until 30 July 2019 (22 successful shield defences!)