Preview – Whelan Trophy Division II Grand Final

The Hagley College Girls take on Ashburton in the Division II Final of the LU Whelan Trophy Competition

  • Free Entry
  • Cowles Stadium
  • Monday 21 August 2023
  • 5:30pm

#1 Seed Hagley College and #2 Ashburton College will meet for the third time this year. Ashcoll has only dropped one game all season (8-1), while Hagley (7-2) has had the stronger finish. Adding to the intrigue, both teams sport a 1-1 record against each other (Ashburton won the first matchup 60-39. Hagley the rubber match 66-50)

Will Smit (Head Coach, Hagley College) is looking forward to breaking the Grand Final Runner-Up streak: “It has been great to see all of the girls’ development over the past two years, but especially in our core group of senior students who have played together all through High School and kept Hagley competitive throughout the years.

“Our start of season goal was to be in this position, so hopefully we have learnt from our experience the last two years and take it all out this time around!”

Papanui was no match for Hagley in their semi-final, falling 72-38 to the #1 seed

Key Hagley Players to Watch:

  • Nova Taukamo
  • Lily Tonascia
  • Eve Tonascia

Geoff Chapman (Head Coach, Ashburton College) had this to say about the final: “We are humbled to make the final along with a very good Hagley side. Full credit to the players for their commitment to training and developing their game throughout the season”.

Ashburton College won their Semi-Final 77-51 against Middleton Grange, setting up a chance to win Division II.

Key AshColl Players to Watch:

  • Lily Williams (Y13)
  • Laura Winchester (Y13)
  • Lucy Pearce (Y10 and U15s Canterbury Rep)

Will the third time be the charm for Hagley College, or will AshColl continue their strong second-half of the season? Come along and watch in-person at Cowles Stadium, or watch the FREE Livestream


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