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Bay of Islands College v Tikipunga High School
A big call out to all potential Northern Swords 14s! There will be a muster next Tuesday 18th August at Bluegoose, 6pm and every Tuesday thereafter.
All players who played in the 2015 season in the 14s age grade at Bluegoose are eligible.
Any additional players who did not participate in the 2015 league season, must be born in 2001, 2002, (possibly 2003) AND have submitted player registration forms, birth IDs and photographs to be eligible to enter. We are unable to accept any players transferring from Australia as the clearance cut-off for this has passed and will not be open again until January 2016.
Head Coach – Jim Croft, 0220 907 615
Manager – Mike Foster
Trainer – Kingston Croft-Haenga
Training will be in conjunction with Joe Rau and the Swords 15s as some players are eligible for both teams, which will provide strength in numbers for training purposes.
The team will be capped at 22 players. Therefore should we have more than 22 at musters and trainings, a trial may be required.
Pre-Season Games will be announced as and when they get arranged, prior to the National tournament which will be in Mt Maunganui on 8th October (games on 9th and 10th October).
Joe Rau, player/coach and co-captain was a class act as Hikurangi set up a 2012 Grand Final replay with the Moerewa Tigers at Toll Stadium this Saturday. The Stags defeated the Northern Wairoa Bulls 40 – 20 on Saturday in the RLN Premiership Semi-Final Qualifier. The score line wasn’t a true reflection of the nature of the game as the Bulls never looked like they were out of the contest.
The injury depleted Bulls never gave an inch to the Stags. Prop – Solomone Palu, Loose Forward – Jake Mau and Full Back – Israel Tahere, were outstanding in a very strong team performance. But it was the Joe Rau show as he directed his team round field capping of an impressive performance with two great tries. Rau was backed up older brother Steven Rau leading from the front and the speed of Innocent Tuimavave.
Defending champions, the Hikurangi Stags, will now face Minor Premiers the Moerewa Tigers in a replay of the 2012 Grand Final, in what is set to be an epic encounter.
The other Semi-Final Qualifier between the Hokianga Pioneers and the City Knights demonstrated everything that is Finals Football. Big hits, explosive running, end to end tries, jubilation and heartbreak are all words that don’t justly describe the encounter. It was the Pioneers who controlled most of the game through a more disciplined graft. The Knights who were the RLN Premiership surprise package struggled to find any rhythm in the game as their flamboyant style just didn’t click. On the other hand, the Pioneers kept to the game plan and chugged their way to what seemed like a match winning 26 – 16 lead with 13 minutes left to play.
However all was not to be plain sailing, on the 67th minute, centre – Pouri Hohaia was sin-binned for lifting in the tackle. What resulted in the last 13 minutes was nothing short of sensational. The sin-binning motivated the Knights into action and passes started to stick.
Firstly, Michael Rauahi made a break from the 60m line – jinking and bustling his way over the try line under the posts, then on the back of impressive half – Herewini Edmonds. Then, leading his team up the field, Lawerence Morrell smashed his way over the near the posts. With both conversions successful the Knights somehow were in front for the first time in the match 28 – 26 with 3 minutes left on the clock.
From a short kick off, the Pioneers managed to get the ball back with the Knights giving away a penalty in front of the sticks. Hokianga skipper, Richard Koroi strangely elected not to kick for goal? With less than 30 seconds left on the clock, Pouri Hohaia who was earlier sin-binned turned from villain into hero as he capped off a slick back line move to bust his way over the try line to snatch the victory from luckless Knights 32 – 28.
The Pioneers now face the Takahiwai Warriors in the second major semi final.
Premier Semi-Finals August 3rd – Toll Stadium
1.00pm – Hokianga Pioneers v Takahiwai Warriors
3.00pm – Hikurangi Stags v Moerewa Tigers
See attachment for details of dates and times of all finals games – Finals Fever
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