by Chris Tobin
It is small wonder Taylor Donaldson is good at football.
The Timaru Boys’ High School year 13 pupil has been kicking a ball around since he was 2.
His memory is a little fuzzy on the details but that is what his mother told him.
“When I was 3, I joined Timaru City.”
The Liverpool fan has just notched up a notable achievement, playing his 100th match for the Timaru Boys’ High School First XI which he has captained for the past two years after first turning out for the side at the age of 14.
To mark the occasion, he has been presented with a special cap.
“I believe others have done it but you can count them on the fingers of one hand. I’m very proud and honoured to get the cap. I wasn’t expecting it.”
Donaldson plays centre-midfield and has made representative teams from the 10th grade (aged 10) through to age 16.
He made a southern youth team encompassing players from Timaru south to Invercargill playing five matches with a couple of those appearances off the bench.
But his highlights have come playing in the top-flight senior competition.
“Making the South Canterbury Cup final two years in a row for Timaru Boys’ High is the highlight. This was in 2017 and 2018 when we lost both times to Northern Hearts.
“One was close, the other wasn’t.
“I was pleased when we played them last week in what was my last chance since I’m leaving school at the end of the year and we ended up winning. We played the best we’ve done all season.”
Captaining Boys’ High over two years has been another highlight and he enjoyed a recent 6-3 victory over St Andrews, of Christchurch, as well as fourth in the South Island secondary schools tournament last year.
“I love playing with my mates. It’s a huge one and getting to compete against top teams in Timaru is great.
“It’s very competitive this year with teams from Thistle, West End, Timaru City, Hearts and Geraldine.”
He will be studying at the University of Otago next year.
“I’ll play for whoever wants me,” he said.