2019 Macca’s Preseason Rankings Announced

The ranking committees for both the Thomson and Whelan Trophy Competitions have now released their preseason hierarchy for teams in Division One this year.

The 2019 McDonald’s Thomson and Whelan Trophy competitions are shaping up to be extremely exciting this year, with another jump in the number of schools entering from Christchurch and the surrounding Canterbury region.

The Thomson Trophy ranking committee still felt Cashmere was the team to beat and are the preseason favourites once again. Last season’s leader for most of the Division Two competition, the St. Thomas Saints, has garnered a lot of respect, with its young core now tasked with having to live up to the expectations now placed upon them.

In the 2019 season the Macca’s Thomson Trophy Division One teams will be split into two even pools where they will play five other teams, with the top three from each pool moving on to cement their seed in the Quarter Finals. It is not all over for the other teams though, as their pool of six will have the top two teams given a chance to prove they belong in the same Quarter Final round – but will have to face the toughest two opponents when they get there.

 

2019 Thomson Trophy Preseason Rankings:

1. Cashmere High

2. St. Andrew’s College

3= Christ’s College

3= Rangiora High

5. Middleton Grange Gators

6= Shirley Boys’ High Spartans

6= St. Thomas Saints

8. Christchurch Boys’ High

9. St. Bede’s College

10. Ashburton College

11. Hillmorton High

12. Burnside High

 

The Whelan Trophy Ranking Committee expects last year’s finalists from Christchurch Girls’ and Rangi Ruru to again meet in the final game of the season (like they did in 2017), but an awful lot of murkiness the rest of the way with the ranking of the other teams all being clustered very tightly together. Kaiapoi High will be expected to improve this season after a disappointing second half in 2018, while the teams from Avonside and St. Margaret’s will be looking to prove they belong in Division One this year.

Each team will play all eight others and with Quarter Finals in round 11, which will no doubt see some extremely exciting matchups as teams fight for their playoff lives.

 

2019 Whelan Trophy Preseason Rankings:

1. Christchurch Girls’ High

2. Rangi Ruru

3= Kaiapoi High

3= Rangiora High

5. Middleton Grange Gators

6. Ashburton College

7= Avonside Girls’ High Lady Eagles

7= St. Andrew’s College

9. St. Margaret’s College

 

Both the Thomson and Whelan Trophy Competitions will also have a second division in action, with multiple new teams joining the flagship High School competition in 2019 (each marked with an asterisk).

The Thomson Division Two competition features eleven teams, before Semi Finals in round 12 where the top four will compete. The second division in the Whelan Trophy Competition has nine teams, and will have a format that mirrors the Division One component of the competition.

 

2019 Thomson Trophy Division Two Teams (alphabetical):

Cathedral College

Haeta Community Campus*

Hagley College*

Hornby High

Kaiapoi High

Lincoln High

Linwood College

Papanui High

Rangiora New Life Eagles

Riccarton High

Te Pā o Rākaihautū*

 

2019 Whelan Trophy Division Two Teams (alphabetical):

Burnside High

Cashmere High

Ellesmere College

Hagley College*

Hornby High*

Lincoln High

Papanui High

Riccarton High*

Villa Maria

 

Make sure to pencil in coming to Finals Night on Tuesday 27 August 2019 at Cowles Stadium to find out if the committee had it right, or were way off this season!

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