St Thomas’ has a proud tradition in sport and consistently performs at a provincial and national level across a wide variety of sports. We pride ourselves on providing our students with the best coaching possible to develop the many talents our students have.
All students are strongly encouraged to join the many sports clubs that we offer. Sport plays an important role in the development of the young men at St Thomas’, either participating at the elite level or in the opportunity to participate in the wide range of sports offered.
We also offer a wide variety of sports as part of the Wednesday Secondary School Sports competition. Major events on the sporting calendar are the inter-house athletics, swimming and cross country events. From these highly competitive events, students are selected to represent our college a provincial and national level.
Sports offered by the school include Rugby, Cricket, Basketball, Football, Rugby League, Touch Rugby, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Futsal, Tennis and so much more…
Our programme has always been based on a growth mindset, high performance and most importantly making good respectful STC men out of our boys. Through commitment, hard work and dedication the boys will build resilience and find a sense of belonging that will eventuate into the STC Brotherhood.
We are blessed to have a great number of staff and parents who sacrifice their time to coach, manage and support our boys. Mark Hammett (ex-All Black, Super Rugby coach) is involved with our coaching staff who adds a wealth of experience and knowledge to our programme.
We offer the opportunity for our young men to represent STC through teams ranging from U12 to 1st XV. If anyone is keen to get on board as a coach, manager, sponsor or a grounds marshal please email me at jleo’email@example.com or Alex Coulthard (Rugby admin) firstname.lastname@example.org Make sure to join the STCC Rugby 2022 Facebook page for reports and messages
Results 6 of our 8 eligible teams were successful in making their semi-finals. Unfortunately Covid played those games for us with no semi’s going ahead. The 1st XV heartbreaking loss to St Bedes resulted in a one point deficit on the table to narrowly miss out on Top 4 by one point.
NZ Schools Barbarians selection – Richie Tupuailei & Jack Coulthard NZ U18 Māori Training camp – Cooper Te-Hau Junior Crusaders Camp – Richie and Jack are joined by Fine Vaingalo, Tevita Faitotonu and Maretino Kaloudau (wider training) U16 Metro representative training squad – Maretino is joined by Tino Leuta, Noah Harmer-Campbell, Jackson Bunting, Simon Uliano and En-Hakkorey Pepese
Brothers together, Brothers forever
Head of Rugby
Football / Soccer
At St Thomas of Canterbury College, keen footballers are encouraged to involve themselves in the football program. We look to develop a positive and supportive culture based on a holistic approach that is not very prevalent at club level.
Ryan Nelson ex-All White captain, English Premier League Player and Old Boy of the College would be extremely proud to think about what is happening currently in football at the College. St Thomas First XI has been the team to beat in the Connectics Premier Schools Competition for the past few years. STC won the league in 2017, 2018 and 2019 as well as the knockout cup in 2018 and 2019. The Junior First XI also won the Junior League in 2019 comfortably beating St Bedes 9-1 in the final.
We currently boast having players at the College involved in Regional Training Centre camps throughout the year run by NZ Football coaches with an eye on future NZ U17 & U20 teams,. The players involved are Diego Lavin, John Oakman, Isaac Topham, Oliver Cosgrove, George Campbell and Calum Murdoch. John Oakman is also the first player in STC history to be selected for the Men’s Canterbury United Dragons squad in 2020.
The season traditionally runs throughout term 2 and 3 of the school year with Nationals taking place in late August. The College had its best ever result finishing in 4th place at the 2017 National Tournament held in Napier. This was possible due to quality coaching including recent Old Boy and Canterbury United dragon men’s former player Jacob Allen. Since his departure from the College Blair Scadden former U17 All White and Men’s Canterbury Team player has taken over the coaching role.
Futsal also runs throughout Term 4 and Term 1 culminating with nationals at the end of March in Wellington each year. In 2019 the Senior side was crowned National Champions after beating Scotts College and the Juniors were extremely unlucky to finish runners up after a penalty shootout. The College is supported in this area by James Vallance.
For any further information about football or futsal you can email:
Head of Football
Cricket is one of the fastest growing sports at STC, enjoyed by players of all year levels and abilities. Ever since the establishment of our STC Cricket Committee in 2018, numbers have continued to flourish.
Development of our players is a priority here at STC, and this is made possible with the high-quality facilities including a brand-new number 1 pitch, as well as new grass practice nets. Cricketers at STC also enjoy high-quality coaching and development from a team of passionate and experienced members of staff, with first-class and senior experience.
Our players and coaches are supported by an army of passionate parents, supporters and volunteers who go the extra mile to give our lads a cricketing experience that will stay with them for life.
Our First XI squad compete against top schools across Canterbury in various formats, as well as numerous traditional fixtures around the South Island. Our junior teams have continued to grow in popularity as more students set their sights on the first XI. Exciting times lie ahead for STC cricket.
Head of Cricket
Our programme has always been based on a growth mindset, high performance and most importantly making good respectful St Thomas men out of our boys. Through commitment, hard work and dedication the boys will build resilience and find a sense of belonging that will eventuate into the STC Brotherhood.
This year we have entered and an impressive 23 teams into the Canterbury Basketball Association and School Sport Canterbury and Pioneer competitions with only a school roll of approximately 700 students.
They are as follows:
Year 7/8 A
Year 7/8 Development
Year 9 A
Year 9 Development
+ several Friday Night teams
Our teams have high quality trainings and development. At the end of the season we have trips to the South Islands Junior and Senior Tournaments. We were also planning a Senior Trip down south to play some of the best teams from the South and spend some time together as a team for team bonding and development.
Head of Basketball
As a sport, rowing provides those who compete with a unique opportunity to engage in a discipline unparalleled by most. Perseverance, resilience, and a rich culture of community are but a few of the many benefits offered to those involved with the sport.
At St Thomas of Canterbury College, the students are encouraged to involve themselves in the rowing program, which provides similar notions of dedication and determination built upon the foundation of brotherhood, informed by the special character of the College. The young men are inspired by both the collective history of the sport as well as a shared sense of commitment to each other. Rowing at school-aged level promotes effective time management skills and has a notable effect on academic achievement, as students become more productive with their time. Most of the students cite these benefits themselves as the reason for continuing their service to the sport while also noting a real sense of personal growth achieved as a result.
Currently, we have a squad of 34 boys plus a team of passionate coaches who are busy training and competing over the summer months. The Selwyn River is where the squad does all their on-water training and regattas are held either at Lake Hood in Ashburton or Lake Ruataniwha in Twizel.
The rowing season starts around August/September time and finishes up with nationals in late March. The boys have a break over the Christmas period before jumping back into training in early January.
The goal of every rower is to be selected in the squad to represent St Thomas at the Aon Maadi Cup. The Maadi Cup is the national regatta for rowing in New Zealand. This regatta holds the record as the biggest secondary school sporting event in the Southern Hemisphere, over 2000 athletes from around the country come to compete for national glory.
Currently one of our old boys Nathan Flannery is part of the New Zealand elite rowing squad with the likes of Robbie Manson and Mahe Drysdale.
If you think you may be interested in joining the rowing team you can email email@example.com for more info.
Last Season’s Top Results
U18 NOV 2x GOLD MEDAL South Island Secondary Schools Regatta
U15 4x SILVER MEDAL South Island Secondary Schools Regatta
U15 8x BRONZE MEDAL South Island Club Regatta
U15 4x BRONZE MEDAL South Island Club Regatta
U18 NOV 2x BRONZE MEDAL South Island Club Regatta
BU18 4x Aon Maadi Cup Regatta GOLD MEDAL, Trevor Croker Memorial Shield
Our junior and senior teams have been leading the way on the Canterbury Secondary School Rugby League scene since 2013.
Both teams have had great success over the past five years at a provincial, regional, and national level. Recent highlights include winning the Canterbury junior and senior nines competitions Canterbury Secondary Schools Championships and finishing runner-up in the Developing Grade at the National Secondary Schools Rugby League Championships (2013 and 2015).
Our most impressive achievement thus far was our fourth-place finish at the National Championships in 2017, putting us on the map as one of New Zealand’s best Rugby League Secondary schools.
Head of Rugby League
Heads of Sport
St Thomas’ is committed to providing the best coaches throughout the various sports in order to compete at the highest levels throughout New Zealand. We are very proud of the staff that we have that give our students the very best in mentoring, support, and opportunities at the College.
Johnny Leo’o Head of Rugby
Blair Scadden Head of Football
Daniel Ryan Head of Rowing
Andrew Auimatagi Head of Rugby League
David Hooper Head of Cricket
Joe Hammond Head of Basketball