Highlights – Adam Blair Kamo High v Dargaville High Rd 3
Boys High back on top in the NorthTec Adam Blair TrophyBoys High back on top in the NorthTec Adam Blair Trophy
Whangarei Boys High School have regained the NorthTec Adam Blair Trophy, after a two year absence, defeating Kaitaia College 38 – 20 at Kaikohe on Easter Thursday. Whangarei Boys High have been tournament front runners since the tournament started in 2011. They went for almost three seasons undefeated, until Kaitaia College defeated them in the 2013 Grand final.
The 2015 edition of the NorthTec Adam Blair Trophy was fought out between an impressive 11 teams. It was dominated by Whangarei Boys High and Kaitaia College in their respective pools and rightfully so, the two met in the final. However the final never really lived up to expectations, with Boys High controlling the game from the opening whistle. They took a 22 – 10 lead into half time, in a demonstration of control and team work with winger Shane Paraha scoring two trys.
In the second half, Kaitaia threatened to take the game to the wire after scoring first, to narrow the gap to 22- 16. However, player of the match, Captain Caleb Aekins, lifted the level of the Boys High game, controlling their efforts at centre defensively and offensively setting up two tries and scoring two himself, to win the game, 38 – 20. He was ably backed up by Jayd Kapa and Nathan Newton. Whangarei Boys High from numbers 1 – 17 showed a disciplined team’s display of power and passion as they won their 3rd NorthTec Adam Blair Trophy in 5 years.
In other matches on Finals Day, Dargaville High School showed their long term potential in the competition. They would have to take the mantle of the most improved team in the competition as they demolished Bay of Islands College 52 – 6. As a team, a majority of them still have another year or 2 at school, they are lead by two of the competitions most imposing prop forwards in Thomas Anderson and Caleb Rusden, with impressive half-back Kane Pomare.
The first match of the day was a festival match between Kura Hokianga and Northland. The two teams had previously met in the first round of the season with a 20 all draw. This match was played at 1pm with a huge crowd that had flocked in from their local schools and the game certainly lived up to expectations with both teams trading try for try right until the last minute! At half time the scores were 18 – 16 to Kura Hokianga and then with only 3 minutes left on the clock the Kura looked to have secured the win at 34 – 28 for Northland to march the length of the field to tie the game 34 ALL! This was a fitting result for a local derby and believe it or not, it was Northland Colleges 4th draw of the season!
NorthTec Adam Blair Trophy final standings
- Whangarei Boys High
- Kaitaia Collage
- Kura Hokianga
- Kamo High School
- Dargaville High School
- Bay Of Islands College
- Equal – Northland College, Okaihau
Equal – Tikipunga, Brothers, Whangaroa
Rugby League Northland has named its coaching team and squad for the Northern Swords 13s team. On July 14th, three squads of 22 players trialed to make the Swords. In an innovative approach to trials, not only were the players on trial – but so too were the Coaches!
“We had such a good quality of applications for the coaching role, that we thought the best way to decide was to see how well the coaches worked with the young players. The coaching staff weren’t selected from how their team did on the field, but more, on how well they prepared, how they communicated and managed their team”, said RLN General Manager, Alex Smits.
The Northern Swords 13s will attend a district tournament in Manawatu in late September.
Northern Swords Coaching Team and Players List
|First Name||Family Name||Club Name|
|Kurtis||ASHFORD||NORTHERN WAIROA BULLS RL CLUB|
|Bayleigh||BENTLEY-HAPE||MOEREWA TIGERS RL CLUB|
|Dylan||BROWN||HIKURANGI STAGS RL CLUB|
|Carlos||CLARKE||HIKURANGI STAGS RL CLUB|
|Anton||CURLE||TAKAHIWAI RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB|
|Carlos||CURLE||TAKAHIWAI RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB|
|Jeffery||DEPHOFF||HIKURANGI STAGS RL CLUB|
|Marshall||FERRIS||HIKURANGI STAGS RL CLUB|
|Matthew||HARRISON||NORTHERN WAIROA BULLS RL CLUB|
|Dorian||HATI||HIKURANGI STAGS RL CLUB|
|Bryan||JOHNSTONE||OTAUA VALLEY RL CLUB|
|Davis||KEREONE||WHANAU RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB|
|Javan||MAMEA||OTAIKA EAGLES RL\HAPAITIA NGA RANGATAHI INC.|
|Toi||MUNRO||HIKURANGI STAGS RL CLUB|
|Tanekaha||NGAROPO-ROMA||HIKURANGI STAGS RL CLUB|
|Rehutai||NOBLE-DUKE||MANAIA VIEW SCHOOL|
|Cody||PAUL||HIKURANGI STAGS RL CLUB|
|Tangaroa||PIREROA||WHANAU RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB|
|Te Toki O Ngapuhi||PITMAN-CLARK||OTAIKA EAGLES RL\HAPAITIA NGA RANGATAHI INC.|
|Wairau||PROCTOR||MANAIA VIEW SCHOOL|
|Kaani||RAHUI||HIKURANGI STAGS RL CLUB|
|Rexy||ROBINSON-WIKI||MOEREWA TIGERS RL CLUB|
|Riki||SHELFORD||PORTLAND PANTHERS RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB|
|Mauriora||SHELFORD-MORELL||HIKURANGI STAGS RL CLUB|
|Trevor-Joseph||SIONETALI||MOEREWA TIGERS RL CLUB|
|Quintin||TAINUI||MANAIA VIEW SCHOOL|
|Rangi-Whenua||TE HAARA HOHEPA||WHANAU RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB|
|Paul||TURNER||HIKURANGI STAGS RL CLUB|
|Te Wakaroa||WALKER-TONGA||HIKURANGI STAGS RL CLUB|
|Robert||WELLINGTON||MANAIA VIEW SCHOOL|
Whangarei Boys High School as NorthTec Adam Blair winners, have been representing Northland at the Secondary School Nationals. Dealt a huge blow before the tournament began, with Caleb Aekins ruled out injured.
However the boys should be proud of the they way they played all week. In a pool against Westlake Boys they were leading 10-0 at half time before they ended up losing 20-10. Against 2013 finalists Otahuhu, they were again leading at half time before Otahuhu’s huge pack snatched the game away with two late tries to win 18-6. Then they narrowly lost to Aorere 16 – 4. Which placed them against Papatoetoe in the cross over game for placings where they lost in a golden point thriller 11 – 10. It was almost as if Boys High couldn’t win a trick. Their final was in a playoff for 15th and 16th where they faced Rosehill College and all the week’s near losses came to a head and Boys High pulled out a can of kick but handing Rosehill a 56 – 0 thrashing.
The week long tournament is a highlight on the NZRL Sporting Calendar and it is considered one of Secondary Schools best tournaments. Along the way Boys High rubbed shoulders with Shaun Johnson and will be appearing on Code on Maori TV next week.
On another positive note three RLN Referees also attended the tournament fine tuning their whistle skills. They were Tane Kaiwai, Taylor Waenga and Nick Waihi.