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)


Craig Hardman – 1st XI Boys' 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.

Daniel Harper – 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.

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

Supporters of St Paul’s Collegiate Hockey

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