History of the Dowson Cup

History of the Dowson Cup

Sally and Craig Dowson (of Dowsons Shoes fame), along with their children, kindly donated a trophy to be used to recognise the winners of a preseason basketball tournament between boys’ schools. This was known as the “Dowson Cup Tournament”, and began in 2013 with four high school teams competing: Burnside; Cashmere; Middleton Grange; St. Andrew’s. The Dowson family was heavily involved with the St. Andrew’s College Basketball Program for many years, so when discussions began between the four inaugural schools, the Dowsons were keen to be involved and provide some motivation for teams to compete.

Cashmere, Middleton Grange and St. Andrew’s contested the Cup every year, with the tournament expanding to eight teams in 2016 with the addition of: Christchurch Boys’; Papanui; Rangiora; Shirley Boys’; St. Thomas of Canterbury joining the other three teams. Time pressures on players and coaches saw this preseason competition get suspended in 2017.


Sally and Craig have given their blessing to have the Dowson Cup live on in a new form, beginning in 2017:

  • Every regular season game in the McDonald’s Thompson Trophy Competition that the current trophy holder is playing in will be played as a Dowson Cup game, with the winning team at the end of the contest taking ownership of the cup.
  • A Dowson Cup challenge will take place every week of the regular season (unless the current holder has a bye), with both home and away matches being opportunities for their opponents to be awarded the Dowson Cup



Previous Dowson Cup Holders

2013       Cashmere High School

2014       Cashmere High School

2015       Cashmere High School

2016      Christchurch Boys’ High School (current holder)


2017 Dowson Cup Challenges

9 May - Christchurch Boys' High defended against St Bede's College 77-70 

16 May - Burnside High claims trophy from Christchurch Boys' High 72-57

23 May - Burnside High defended against Middleton Grange 87-75

30 May - Cashmere High claims trophy from Burnside High 76-55

8 June - Cashmere High defended against Shirley Boys' High 91- 53

13 June - Cashmere High defended against St. Bede's College 113-33

22 June - Cashmere High defended against Christ's College 72-65

27 June - Cashmere High defended against Rangiora High 84-44

4 July - Cashmere High defended against St. Andrew's College 119-68

1 August - Cashmere High defended against Christchurch Boys' High 99-64


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