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Northern Swords Premiers v Carter Holt Raiders

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Photographs and video of trophy presentation of Northern Swords Premiers playing Carter Holt Raiders at Bluegoose on Saturday 7 September 2013.

Click here to see video of the trophy presentation and after match speeches.

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