Kaitaia College and Whangarei Boys High School demonstrated the resurgence of Rugby League in Northland with their performances at the NZSSSC Secondary School Rugby League tournament.
As a measure of their success three boys won awards at the prestigious tournament. James Dean Fisher-Harris will have cemented his place in the NZRL 18’s squad by being named MVP in the developing completion. Playing at loose forward he dominated oppositions and received a massive 9 points over five games in 3-2-1 MVP points.
As part of the NZRL mantra there is more to the tournament than just League. A part of the mantra is the combination of School Leadership visits, Haka workshops and player development. Kauri Harema, from WBHS won the “It’s Not Ok Fairplay Award” for the developing competition, for the way in which he engaged himself during the school visits, busting a rap song about Leadership to the primary school students. While Taylor Waenga, from Kaitaia College, won the “It’s not Ok Fairplay Award” for the Premier competition, in recognition for Taylor speaking on behalf of all the players from the entire competition in Te Reo at the opening ceremony.
Kaitaia College defeated Aranui in their final match to finish in 11th place (out of 16) in the illustrious Premier Competition. While WBHS, were defeated in their 3/4th playoff for the Developing grade.
Kelston Boys High School, defeated the Steve Price coached Mt Albert Grammar, to win the Premier Competitions. While newbies to Rugby League, Rotorua Boys High School, defeated St Thomas More of Canterbury, to win the Developing Grade.
In other news from RLN – the Northern Swords Premier team defeated a local composite team the Carter Holt Raiders 42 – 18 at the Bluegoose on Saturday. The Swords Premiers laid a solid foundation, to outmuscle and outclass the Raiders. The match was great preparation for the Northern Swords next match in the NZRL National Championship. Both the Swords 17s and Premiers play the Waicoa Bay Colts (17s) and Stallions (Prems), in Huntly this Sunday 15th September.
In the corresponding fixture in 2012 the Swords 17s had their first ever victory in the National Competition 28 – 22 while the premiers were defeated 34 – 16.
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