The NorthTec Adam Blair reaches its second to last round of pool play this week, with Kaitaia and WBHS leading their respective pools, both are the only teams to remain unbeaten. WBHS were on fire as they demolished a valiant Tikipunga team. In 2014, the Tikipunga team were very competitive, winning the Northern Swords shield, however a number of their team left school at the end of 2014 so it’s fair to say they are in a rebuilding phase.
While Kaitaia defeated Kura Hokianga, who until this game, were also unbeaten. Kaitaia are coached by long-time Northland League and Northern Swords coach Jim Larkin, who look to be a well drilled large mobile team.
While first and second place looks to be clear cut in the North and South pools – the second position is still up for grabs. In the Northern Zone it could be anyone of Okaihau, Northland College and Whangaroa. Northland College will have gained some momentum with their defeat of Whangaroa, while Okaihau College have had back to back wins, after their win over Brothers. Round four sees some juicy fixtures with Okaihau hosting Northland and Whangaroa hosting Kura Hokianga.
In the Southern Zone, second place Kamo High School are favourites to take second place after their defeat of Bay of Islands. Kamo have the BYE this week, Dargaville take on Whangarei Boys and Bay take on Tikipunga.
NorthTec Adam Blair XIII v Warriors Development
This Sunday at Bay of Islands College, Rugby League hopefuls will trial to make a 20-man squad to play the Warriors Development at Lindvart Park on March 28th. Trials kick off at 11am. The full trials squad will be named later this week.
Click here to see photographs from Round 3 – WBHS v Tikipunga
Click here to see photographs from Round 3 – Kamo v BOI