14s Northern Swords Cup – Portland Panthers v Hikurangi Stags – Kick Off 5:00pm
Last week’s semi finals showed two quality games. Firstly, the Portland Panthers defeated the Otangarei Knights in a free flowing affair. The Portland Panthers looked to have a complete team and were in control for much of the game, however the Otangarei Knights were never totally out of the battle, scoring a couple of sublime tries. The Panthers were overall winners 30-14 to book their place in the final.
They are now facing Hikurangi Stags after they defeated the Takahiwai Warriors in a thrilling 38-26 match. The game saw some sublime tries. Lathan Hutchinson-Walters from Hikurangi proved to be the difference, scoring a hat trick and kicking four goals with a couple of beauties from the sideline.
Elijah Taylor Cup 16s – Otaika Eagles v Otaua Valleys – Kick Off 6:00pm
Otaua Valleys are facing the Otaika Eagles to battle out the Elijah Taylor Cup Final. Otaua squeaked through last week’s semi-final against Otangarei, like a Houdini escape. In a game that went from end to end, with never more than four points separating the teams, it looked like the Otangarei Knights had clinched victory when they scored in the corner to take a four point lead, with just one minute to play.
Otaua did a short kick off, managing to snatch the ball away from Otangarei’s grasp, they then put on a number of miracle passes, keeping the ball alive for Osaiasi Kata to storm over the line next to the posts. With time up, the conversion was successful with Otaua winning by 2 points.
Sam McKendry Cup 18s – Northern Wairoa Bulls v Marist Brothers – Kick Off 7:00pm
These two teams have met twice throughout the year, with both games going right down to the wire. Their first game saw a second revival from the Bulls to snatch a 30 all draw. While their last game saw Marist come back in the second half to snatch a 4 point victory. This game is picked to be top quality, fast flowing football.
On a final note please be a good supporter tonight, it’s ok to be passionate, but remember – It’s Not Ok to be An Egg!