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2019 U13’s Northern Swords

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Congratulations to all players selected and named in the Northern Swords U13 team to attend and compete in the North Island Districts tournament on the 7th – 9th July 2019.

Hora Hora Broncos:
– Hayden Shelford 
– Manaia Fatu

Portland Panthers:
– Jacob Te Tai

Otangarei Knights:
– Junior Edmonds

– Nikau Boutet-Manning 
– Latreal Te Whiu 
– Michael Paraha 
– Logan Ogden 
– Albert Kelly 
– Laytarjae Shortland-Berryman 
– Tobias Marsh
– Che Beazley 
– Shakeal Pickering 
– Te Autahi Niha

Tautoro Titans:
– Mason Barber
– Kauri Phillips Heihei 
– Kohatu Witehira 
– Kamera Harris 
– Conway Vakatini 
– Snow O’Halloran 
– Henare Rudolph 
– Maihi Wilcox

Non-travelling reserves:
– Jacob Jerry Fox
– Nikau Donnelly
– Unique Waerehu

We would like to wish all players and team management the very best in the upcoming tournament.

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