King's to contest final of Rankin Cup

King's High School is into the final of the Rankin Cup, the top tournament in secondary schools hockey.

King's went into the semifinal yesterday in Christchurch up against last year's champion, St Kentigern College, of Auckland.

In a tight final, King's was behind 1-0 for much of the game but with less than five minutes to go it found an equaliser from the stick of James Nicolson.

With neither side able to score in the dying stages the match went to a shoot-out.

Both sides started well but St Kentigern missed its fourth shot as King's goalkeeper Carl Von Bismarck did a good job.

King's forward Ronan McNeill scored the fourth goal and then Ezekiel Buschl scored the fifth and clinching goal to put the side into today's final.

It will take on Timaru Boys' High School which also won its semifinal in a shoot-out, beating Hamilton Boys' High School 5-4, after the game was tied 3-3 at the end of regulation time.

The final is at 1.45pm today.

John McGlashan College has qualified for the India Shield final, the second tier of the tournament in Christchurch.

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