Hockey at St Paul’s Collegiate School

Hockey is offered to St Paul’s Collegiate School students during the winter sports season. The St Paul’s hockey programme helps students develop the fundamental skills required to be an elite hockey player. Hockey is also offered as a high performance sports option in Year 9 and 10.

To support this objective, St Paul’s engages high quality coaching staff throughout all grades. Students also have direct access to St Paul’s strength and conditioning coach who creates individual strength training programmes that enable students to reach their goals. Midlands Hockey, a high performance hockey association, is also located on-site.

All students train at least twice each week at Craig’s Investment Partners St Paul’s Hockey Centre. St Paul’s 1st XI boys train more often with sessions focused on strength, fitness, skill and video analysis. The centre is located on-site at St Paul’s and boasts an international-grade water turf and practice turf.

Year 9 and 10 high performance hockey programme

Year 9 and 10 students with varying abilities at hockey, are offered the opportunity to receive specialist coaching during school hours. St Paul’s junior high performance programme covers skill-based training, strength and conditioning, hand-eye coordination, nutrition and emotional intelligence. For further information about the high performance hockey programme at St Paul’s, please contact

Competitions and events

Over the course of the hockey season St Paul’s teams compete in a number of events including:

  • Rankin Cup – national secondary schools competition
  • Waikato secondary schools competition
  • Midlands intercity competitions
  • July – South Island trip
  • September/October – 2018 Argentina development tour

Rankin Cup hockey final 2016, St Paul's Collegiate School vs Wairarapa College from St Paul's Collegiate School on Vimeo.


  • 1st XI boys came 13th in the Rankin Cup (2017)
  • 1st XI boys won the Midlands intercity boys' competition (2017)
  • 1st XI boys named sports team of the year at the Waikato Regional Sports Awards (2017)
  • 1st XI boys won the Rankin Cup (2016)
  • 1st XI boys won the Midlands intercity boys' competition (2016)
  • 1st XI boys held onto the Matt Allen Trophy (2016)
  • 1st XI girls won the Midlands intercity B competition (2016)
  • Under 15 came 5th in the Tanner Cup (2016)
  • 1st XI girls placed 5th in the Waikato secondary schools A-division, 3rd in the national Eveline Hankers memorial tournament (2015) and qualified for the third tier (2016)
  • Midlands under-21: Garrick du Toit Reuben Andrews (2016)
  • New Zealand under-18: Garrick du Toit Reuben Andrews (2016)
  • Midlands under-18: Reuben Andrews, Richard Bloor, Garrick du Toit , Aakaash Chiminlal and Maks Wyndham-Smith (2016)


  • 1st XI Boys – Craig Hardman, Matt Rees-Gibbs, Paul Wilson (manager)
  • 2nd XI Boys – Daniel Scanlon, Jamie Brewer, Kerry Allen (manager)
  • Colts 1st XI Boys – Daniel Harper, Andrew Harries (manager)
  • 3rd XI Boys – Shantanu Rawal, Phil Clement (manager)
  • Junior A’s – Jamie Sandford, Dave Sole (manager)
  • 1st XI Girls – Reiner Vellinga, Elizabeth Pitu (manager)
  • 2nd XI Girls – Neil Muirhead, Beth Rutter (manager)
  • 3rd XI Girls – Katie Lilley, Alison Basel (manager)

Coach Profiles

1st XI Boys' Coach – Craig Hardman

Craig has coached at various levels from school through to Waikato and Midlands Hockey. Currently the Head of Physical Education at St Paul’s, Craig joined the school after completing a conjoint degree in teaching and sports and leisure. Since his arrival, he has coached the 1st XI team, culminating in the team becoming national secondary school champions in the Rankin Cup and being named the secondary schools’ ‘team of the year’ at the Brian Perry Waikato Regional Sports Awards. Craig has developed and implemented various initiatives such as the Xccellerator programme for junior high performance sportsmen and the Character Education programme, a drive to introduce character development into the curriculum. He forged a partnership with the regional Midlands Hockey organisation and helped establish a Collegians' Hockey Club to enable past students and members of the community to play hockey through the school. “My philosophy around coaching is developing the whole player. It is important a player develops in the sport they love, but also the other important areas of being a man or woman of good character and developing their areas of academic ability.”

1st XI Boys' Coach – Matt Rees-Gibbs

Having specialised in coaching at tertiary level, Matt is qualified with a Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching from the University of Waikato. He is a former Black Stick and has had a range of hockey coaching experience including the University of Waikato’s premier men’s team. Over the years, he’s taken high school, club and rep teams under his wing, leading some to national titles. “I have a good understanding of the phases of learning a skill which has allowed me to work with people of various ages and abilities. I can identify what type of coaching method is going to best suit the age and stage of a player.” Currently he coaches St Paul’s 1st XI boys’ team, as well as the Waikato University men, Midlands U18s, and is working for Midlands as a talent development coach.

1st XI Girls' Coach – Reiner Vellinga

Reiner comes from the Netherlands, a nation renowned for producing some of the world’s top hockey teams in recent years. After finishing university, Reiner was successful in gaining a full time job as a coach. He believes that by developing the individual athlete the team results will follow. This philosophy has led to several successes with Dutch regional representative teams, U18 club teams and senior women’s teams. More recently, Reiner has had excellent success with Midlands U18/U21 at a national league level.

Development XI Coach – Daniel Harper

Dan is a physical education teacher with a keen interest in hockey. Having coached a number of teams, he enjoys what impact a positive team culture can have on an athlete. He believes this is the primary reason why St Paul’s have achieved great success over a number of national tournaments.

Strength and Conditioning Coach – Michiel Badenhorst

Michiel works with St Paul’s flagship teams and students who show great potential in their chosen sport. Michiel is qualified in musculoskeletal exercise and rehabilitation. In 2005 he worked with Grey College, South Africa, as the sports conditioning and gym manager. During this time a number of students went on to become professional athletes.

Supporters of St Paul’s Collegiate Hockey

  • Craigs Investment Partners
  • Little India Restaurant
  • Just Hockey
  • New World Rototuna
  • Solarix
  • Lugtons
  • Educare