Hockey at St Paul’s Collegiate School

Hockey is offered to St Paul’s Collegiate School students during the winter sports season. St Paul’s hockey programme helps students develop the fundamental skills required to be a 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. Midland’s 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 newly-built practice turf. Craig’s Investment Partners made a significant contribution towards developing this high-class turf.

Year 9 and 10 High Performance Programme

Year 9 and 10 students are offered the opportunity to receive specialist hockey coaching every week during Term 1, 2 and 3 through St Paul’s Junior High Performance Programme. This is done in small groups and focuses on a range of skills. The programme is broken into four parts and is run by our top coaches.

1. Hockey skill

Students are given specialist coaching. These sessions cover all aspects of hockey, from the basics to more advanced levels of skill. Players get the chance to train with some of New Zealand’s best hockey coaches with top equipment and on a world-class turf. Skill sessions are done in small numbers, so players really get to enhance and focus on specific skills.

2. Conditioning, skill acquisition and basic fundamental movement patterns

Students are given the opportunity to work with St Paul’s strength and conditioning coach, Mr Michiel Badenhorst. In these sessions students cover the importance of basic fundamental movement and learn how to train for the sport. These basic fundamentals set the platform for future training in the gym. With Mr Paul Hodder the students get to work on their hand eye co-ordination. These skill acquisition sessions help all sport performance.

3. Speed, agility and game awareness and understanding

Students have a session dedicated specifically to their speed and agility. Through these sessions they look at the biomechanics of running and how this will help their sport. The focus of speed and agility are so valuable to many sports. Students also often cover game awareness at the end of the session.

4. Emotional intelligence

The fourth component of the programme for Year 9 and 10 embraces the Emotional Intelligence Programme which is run through Swinburne University in Australia. Emotional intelligence has been shown to be instrumental in emotion management and increasing understanding and perception of emotion states in self and others. Using this information can help students make wise decisions without becoming emotionally overwhelmed; express emotions appropriately to reduce build-up of stress; and to gain insight into others’ perspectives to help interact compassionately with others.

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
  • Midland’s intercity competitions

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


  • 1st XI boys team named sports team of the year at the Waikato Regional Sports Award (2017)
  • 1st XI boys team won the Rankin Cup, national secondary schools competition (2016)
  • 1st XI boys team won Midland’s intercity boy competition (2016)
  • 1st XI boys team held on to the Matt Allen Trophy (2016)
  • 1st XI girls team won the Midland’s intercity B competition (2016)
  • Under 15 – 5th in the Tanner Cup (2016)
  • 1st XI hockey team won the Waikato secondary schools competition and placed fourth in the national Rankin Cup hockey competition. The team are also holders of the Matt Allan Trophy (2015)
  • 1st XI girls hockey team placed fifth in the Waikato secondary schools A-division, third in the national Eveline Hankers memorial tournament (2015) and qualified for the third tier (2016)
  • Under-15 Colts placed second in the Tanner Cup (2015)
  • New Zealand men’s Blacksticks – St Paul’s 1st XI Assistant Coach Matt Rees-Gibbs (2015)
  • 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)


Craig Hardman – High Performance Hockey Coordinator/ 1st XI Coach

Craig has coached at various levels from school through to Waikato and Midlands Hockey. “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.”

Reiner Vellinga – 1st XI Girls' Coach

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.

Dan Harper – High Performance Hockey Coordinator/ Development XI Coach

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.

Michiel Badenhorst – Strength and Conditioning Coach

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.

  • 2nd XI boys – Reiner Velinga and Andrew Harries (manager)
  • 2nd XI girls – Neil Muirhead and Katie Lilley (manager)
  • 3rd XI boys – Sam Holmes, Daniel Scanlon and Helen Chileshe (manager)
  • 4th XI boys – James Rowe, Philip von Schnakenburg and Phil Clemnet (manager)
  • 5th XI boys – James Rowe, Philip von Schnakenburg and Robert Aldridge (manager)

Supporters of St Paul’s Collegiate Hockey

  • Craigs Investment Partners
  • Little India Restaurant
  • Just Hockey
  • New World Rototuna
  • Solarix
  • Waste Management
  • Craig Hardman 1st XI Boys' Hockey Coach Phone +64 7 957 8899 ext 8848 Mobile +64 21 721 918 Email Craig Craig Hardman
  • Elizabeth Pitu 1st XI Girls Hockey Manager Email Elizabeth Elizabeth Pitu