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Both Swords teams – the 17s and Premiers came crashing back down to earth after last week’s history making weekend. The 17s, who were sitting on Top of the Table got a lesson in how to play league by a rampant Counties Manukau Stingrays team. The Stingrays, who were missing five of their top players to the NZRL 18s team outclassed a helpless looking Swords team.
For the Swords Premiers it was a game of two halves. Going into half time at 36 – 0 down, it looked like it was going to be a repeat of the 17s match. At half time, stand in coach Tom McCaffrey took the players next to the long jump pit and asked them what it was. “A sandpit, and that’s where young children play,” was his explanation. “If you want to play like kiddies I suggest you get in there and play, cause you’re not playing like adults!” he continued.
Sunday 29th September – Northern Swords v Counties Manukau Stingrays – played at Massey Park, Papakura – 17s KO at 1:00pm and the Premiers – KO at 2:30pm.
Our Northern Swords 15s Squad will be participating in a week long tournament hosted at Bruce Pullman Park in Papakura. Click here to see full details of the when our 15s will be playing.
The Lani Manukau’s Northern Swords 13s travel all the way to Palmerston North to play in the inaugural National 13st District Tournament. They travel on Friday 4th October, play on Saturday and Sunday (5th/6th Oct) and return home on the 7th October. This will be a big trip for all involved with some life-changing experiences along the way.
The Woden Rams from Canberra are bringing two Under 16s teams for a Northland Experience. Playing for the Rams will be Kalani Going from Kamo High School who this year has travelled to Canberra and is in the Green Machines Youth Program. This will be a great opportunity for our boys to test themselves against players from Australia!
It’s less than two weeks before International League comes to Toll Stadium! There is nothing more exciting than Youth Rugby League. It’s raw, it’s passionaate and it’s exciting!
Team photos, as well as a few action shots from the week long AIMS Games tournament – in attendance for Northland were – Kaitaia Intermediate, Whangaroa College and Whangarei Intermerdiate schools.