I am privileged and extremely proud to have led the green machine in 2019. For the last 20 years, Hobson has had a tradition of being highly competitive in every single inter-whanau event, without quite being able to take the glory. This year has been much the same. We’re currently sitting at 3rd with 32 points, 11 points off leaders Marsden and 8 points off second place Grey. With not much time left in the year, it looks extremely unlikely for us to be able to claim the long-awaited title. Despite this, we are looking to finish the year strongly. Seeking to consolidate third place through a powerful haka performance and high achieving academics.
The beginning of the year brought two major whanau events, Swimming Sports, and Athletics. In both events, we had a few very strong competitors, but the lack of depth was evident. Coming 4th and 3rd in the first two events of the year was far from ideal. However, I cannot fault the boys for the level of participation or effort, and had confidence we could improve going forward. The touch boys proved me right, achieving a 2nd place to end term one.
Hobson achieved mixed results in term two. The brains of the green machine delivered us a 2nd place in the inter whanau quiz, backed up by another 2nd place through the mahi from workday. The whole whanau rallied together for cross country and put in a decent performance getting 3rd place. However, we let ourselves down with a couple of average performances, coming 4th in badminton and an embarrassing last place in junior basketball.
After a mixed bag of results in the first half of the year, we went into term 3 on 23 points, 11 points away from leaders, Marsden. Despite this huge gap, we were only 6 points behind 2nd place Grey and I truly believed we could catch them. This was not to be though, through a 3rd place in speeches, 2nd place in volleyball and 4th in football, we still ended up a significant 8 points off Grey.
Overall, we may have not been as consistent as we would have liked throughout this year’s inter-whanau competition, but I’m still proud of our efforts. I really hope that we can secure 3rd place to properly do our year justice.
This year would have been a lot more difficult if it wasn’t for the help from the other Hobson prefects throughout the year. These boys were: Cale Pooley, Dylan Atherton, Jackson Shields, Johnny Wilson, Rory Shepherd, and Steven Osmena. There were other Year 13 boys who also put their hands up to help out, such as Josh Beehre and Jason Watson. All of these boys have made this year easier for me and shared a majority of the workload, so a big thank you to all of you.
I would also like to say a general thank you to all of the boys in the mighty Hobson Whanau. The effort and application you boys have shown throughout the year may not be reflected in the scoreboard. But, the achievement of our group goes beyond a simple competition; we have created a culture of friendship, camaraderie and hard work. I can only hope that this can continue in the years to come and every Year 9 that joins our whanau will embrace it.
For whoever is given the honor of being Hobson whanau captain in 2020, good luck. You have a group of boys that are ready to fight for you if given proper motivation. The main advice I could give you is to make sure you get stuck into the inter-whanau events and the wider school community. You need to show all the other boys in your whanau that you are ready to put in the hard work yourself to gain their respect. Hobson has so many talented guys that may not be keen to get involved, but encourage all of them to do so. It’s so important for you to properly welcome the Year 9s and get them excited about the inter-whanau competition; they’re the future of Hobson. Lastly, make sure you use all of the prefects and senior leaders around you. It’s a big job to be responsible for a whole whanau and these guys can make it significantly easier.
Finally, good luck to all the Hobson boys for the future, follow your dreams and never give up! I also want to wish all of the Year 13 leavers the best with their next step in life, whatever that may be.
Hobson Whanau Captain