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13s Show League is alive and Kicking in the Junior Ranks

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The 13s had their show piece event at Toll Stadium on Sunday.  It was testament to the quality of the surface at Toll Stadium that it could handle three games in one day even after the amount rain that Northland has received over the last couple of days.

13s Plate Final – A Game of Two Halves

IMG_8000 IMG_7989 IMG_7964Rugby League is definitely a game of momentum.  In the first half the game was all Manaia View as they went into a seemingly unassailable 20 – 6 lead.  They were well led around the park by the dominant running of loose forward Wiremu Proctor.

However, come the second half, it was a different game with the Horahora Broncos running riot to take out the game 42 – 24.  Loose forward Zion O’Leary was man of the match with barnstorming run after run, laced with some slick passing.


13s Championship Grand Final – Last Minute Thriller!

IMG_8056 IMG_8064IMG_8049In a match that both teams should be really proud to have been a part of, the Otangarei Knights and Portland Panthers put on a scintillating display of finals footy.  Nothing separated the two teams throughout the duration of the match with both teams locked in at 10 points all at half time.

The second half was a seesawing affair, as teams traded try for try.  Both teams showed that they were well coached by their respective coaches (Portland – Riki Shelford, Otangarei – Neville Tohu).

With the teams locked at 20 points all, with less than 1 minute left on the clock it looked certain to go to golden point until Portland Centre Riki Shelford Junior, burst through the Otangarei defence line from 10 metres out, to score under the posts.  With time up on the clock the boys from Portland had snatched a classic victory.

Man of the match was Portland’s half back Te Aorewa Patira who showed everyone that size doesn’t matter on the League field.  Otangarei’s Xavier Mexted also deserves a notable mention for the way he directed his team around the paddock.

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002As we approach the last round of the Adam Blair Trophy pool phase, the contest for finals berths are coming down to the last round. In the North we have Kaitaia College and Northland College tied on points for first place and Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Kaikohe in second place. Northland College need to beat Whangaroa College and Kaitaia College who are the favourites will need to beat Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Kaikohe. If either Whanagaroa or Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Kaikohe win it will force a count back as potentially three teams will be tied for two spots.

In the South, we have three teams all contesting for two spots. Defending champions WBHS will play Dargaville High School who trailing by 1 point. The winner of this game will cement their place in the semi final. In the other game, we have the inform Kamo high school who are undefeated and drew with WBHS take on new incumbents Bream bay. If Kamo lose it will force a count back with 3 teams tied for first place.

Players to watch this week:

Whangarei Boys High School (WBHS) v Dargaville High School (DHS)

For WBHS you have the barn storming prop Wiremu Grieg who is strong with the ball in hand. Look for Terrence Riini and Ngatai Manukau-Togivalu to be the enforcers on defence whilst Jayden Laupepe will direct play.

Dargaville at full strength will be a handful with Rico Cook and Thomas Anderson always hard to contain. Hoani Rogers-Brown will be strong in the centres with good ball distribution from halve Lathan Hutchinson-Walters.

 Kamo High School v Bream Bay College:

This well coached team like to run a lot of shape and constantly ask questions of the opposing teams defence. Meter eater Ariki Hughes running off captain consistent James Witehera will be hard to stop. Adding to the attacking prowess will be standout second row Manasseh Turner with his blinding speed and strong fend.

Bream Bay, the new team to the competition had a solid win last week and will be led well by young and upcoming forwards Nokisi Kaiarake and Terry-Jack Smart. They will also have some attacking options with Taine-Lee Shelford who comes from good rugby league stock

 Kaitaia College v Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Kaikohe:

Kaitaia are the inform team in the North and have been together now for over 3 years. Coach Jim Larkin has stated that this is their year. They will have some muscle up front with Jackson Sparks-Brott and will be strong in the kick returns with TeKahi Nathan.

TKKMK are a young side but they too have some strike power. Asi Tau-Kata will be hard to take down and loves to make his presence felt in defence. Ngaphui Simeon is one of the inform fullbacks, so look for a strong contest from him in attack and defence being a very quick and agile runner he will look to link on the fringes.

 Northland College v Whangaroa College:

Northland College are undefeated and possess a potent prop combination with the Henare-Clarke twins. Look for John and Phoenix to have their own brother battle in terms of meters gained and tackle busts. They also have Tamati Leach who is a very big mobile player capable of ripping holes in the defence with his power and speed. They will be directed around the park by Taite Kopa who likes to test the line and draw in pass.

Whangaroa will always give it 100%. They have talent in hooker Royce Sanderson who is mobile and strong in defence. While Troy Hughes has a lot of pace out wide and can attack strongly in open play.