Next week sees the culmination of the heavily contested NorthTec Adam Blair Trophy head into semi-finals. This is Rugby League Northlands Premier Secondary School Competition. We have the top two teams from the North and South teams fighting it out for the Adam Blair Trophy and the 3rd and 4th placed teams from each zone battling it out for the Northern Swords Shield (Plate).
Adam Blair Trophy Semi-Finals— Wednesday 30th March at 4.30pm:
WBHS v Northland College – at WBHS
Kaitaia College v Kamo High School – at Kaitaia College
The Northern Swords Shield (Plate) Semi-Finals— Wednesday 30thMarch at 4.30pm:
Dargaville High School v Whangaroa College – at Dargaville High School
Kura Kaikohe v BOI College – at Northland College
All teams are packed with strike power and wanting to get their hands on the silverware. Boys High v Northland college will see both teams flexing their muscle with two big forward packs wanting to lay the platform. Players to watch: WBHS: Wiremu Grieg, Jayden Laupepe, Stylie Antonio & Ngatai Manukau-Togiavalu. Northland College: John and Phoenix Henare-Clarke, Taite Kopa & Tamati Leach
Whereas the Kaitaia College v Kamo High School game will see Kaitaia, who have been together for over 3 years, wanting to test the fruition of their program against a much younger but heavily structured side. Players to watch: Kaitaia College-Jackson Sparks-Brott, Te Kahi Nathan, Brody Tamarua & Rihari Pomare. Kamo High School- Ariki Hughes, Manasseh Turner, James Witehira and Hakaraia Corkery
In the Champions Cup we have a very mobile Dargaville take on a smaller pack, but with speed out wide the Whanagaroa side will test and ask questions if given room.
Players to watch: Dargaville– Thomas Anderson, Rico Cook, Lathan Hutchinson-Walters & Hoani Rogers-Brown. Whangaroa– Troy Hughes, Royce Sanderson and Wiremu Kakarana
On the other side of the draw we see a very evenly matched game which will be close. Kura Kaikohe have a free running style and are dangerous in open play whereas BOI run good shape and will look to win the arm wrestle. Players to watch: BOI College– Micheal Davis, Jarrod Hona, and Xavier Nilsson-Cherrington. Kura Kaikohe– Osaiasi Tau-Kata, Ngapuhi Simeon and Wiremu Herewini