During this year’s Annual Winter Sports Exchange against Tauranga Boys College, Westlake’s 1st XI Hockey team had more to play for than just their pride. At stake was the inaugural Bartholomew Cup, named after the talented and hockey-passionate Bartholomew family. The Bartholomew name will be easily recognised amongst hockey circles with Ian and Lea Bartholomew involved in North Harbour’s youth Hockey and the wider New Zealand Hockey circles. Their three sons, Westlakers Samuel, Joseph and Elliot, had 13 consecutive years in the Westlake Boys High School 1st XI Hockey team while their parents were always on hand to help out with school hockey where needed.
Samuel Bartholomew was at Westlake from 1998-2002 and represented Westlake’s 1st XI for four years. Samuel went on to play for the North Harbour National League team as well as New Zealand age group squads and played professional hockey for Braxgata in Belgium. Joseph Bartholomew was at Westlake from 2002-2006 and played 1st XI Hockey during all his time at school. Joseph represented New Zealand at U16 & U18 Boys, U21 men (Junior World Cup in Singapore and Malaysia) and was selected for the Black Sticks in 2009, for whom he played 16 tests. He played professional hockey for Bra Club in Italy before representing Dusseldorf for the last two seasons and is currently a member of the Black Sticks Development squad. Youngest brother Elliot Bartholomew was at Westlake from 2007-2011 and also represented the 1st XI during his years at school. Elliot was a North Harbour representative from Year 5/6 up to North Harbour Senior Men and was selected for New Zealand U16 & U18 teams.
Joseph, Elliot and father Ian were on the sideline to support Westlake in the fiercely contested match that saw Westlake defeat a staunch Tauranga 3-0 to retain the Cup. Westlake’s test to hold onto the Bartholomew Cup for as long as possible will carry on after their successful second challenge on Wednesday. The Bartholomew Cup will follow the same rules as rugby’s Ranfurly Shield. It will be nationally contestable and will travel around the regions with its conquerors in a purpose-built wooden case made from recycled Rimu from Westlake’s top gym by Westlake’s Kevin Jacobs.
Westlakers and Westlake Boys High School are delighted to see the Bartholomew Family name engraved on this prestigious national Challenge Cup for New Zealand Secondary Boys School Hockey. It is a befitting recognition to a proud Westlakers family.
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