There is nothing like the McEvedy in the whole of New Zealand athletics or might I suggest for any high school sporting event. Once a year four boys schools come together to battle it out for the coveted McEvedy Shield. This is a competition that has been going since 1922 and in 2018 shows no signs of becoming anything less than the rowdy event that it is. I call it the power and the passion.
There are bits to the event build up that we probably don't get to see. These are the private messages between the schools that manifest itself in wall art, texted challenges and of course sophisticated social messages. The challenges are planned and laid down early. Look at this
In 2017 Wellington College won the McEvedy from St Patrick's Kilbirnie (Town) by a reasonable margin. WC are of course a big school much larger than any of the other 3 colleges. But that does not seem to make much of a difference if you are able to muster a team that has depth across both track and field events. And this is important because points are scored by the first 4 in each event.
This is what Mark Tinkle the Wellington College McEvedy Team Manager had to say going into the event.
After Round 1 the early scoring put Wellington College ahead of St Pat's Town but within reach. As the points were updated to take account of subsequent rounds it became clear that it would becoming increasingly difficult for the other schools to pull back WC, and it would be an upset if that occurred.
The final score including the results of the 4x100 relays, the final event for the day is as follows:
|St Pat's Silverstream and Hells Bells. AC/DC would be pleased|