International Recognition

Double Defence
Congratulations to Dylan Lonia-Hughes (Year 13) who has been selected for the wider squad of the U19 New Zealand Secondary School’s Football team after the first trial, and will be going to Palmerston North in June for a training camp where the official squad will be named at its conclusion.

This is the second time GBHS has had a potential goalie for the NZSS team selected, with Ben Coyle-Smith (Year 12) chosen for this coveted position last year!

Dylan traveled to Palmerston North several weeks ago to take part in the trials, which involved playing two full days of 11-a-side teams, in order for selectors to see the different football talent on offer. Then it was a nerve-wracking wait until Dylan received confirmation that he had been selected a week later.

With a passion for goalkeeping well and truly in their veins, our school team is in safe hands. Both Dylan and Ben alternate as Green Bay High School’s 1st Xl Goalkeepers. Do we have a possibility of two goalkeepers who can go on to the FIFA World Cup in North America in 2026? The odds are looking good!

Dylan will be attending a training camp in June with the newly formed NZSS team, before heading to Australia in July, to play against the Australian Secondary School’s team and is also looking forward to playing against a couple of the State teams.

Ben, who is currently in the Men’s Reserve side for Three Kings, is a football phenomenon in his own right. Last year he was goalkeeper for the New Zealand Secondary School’s team which toured Malaysia. He has also played (and won) on the international stage in Canberra, and has been a member of the National Talent Centre. Ben has been playing in goal for over ten years with Bay Olympic.

As JETS students at Green Bay High School, Dylan and and Ben have benefited from the nutritional advice, physical and mental training and sports psychology support given to these elite athletes to help them both on and off the field.