Both the Northland 15’s and 17 year old rugby league teams have plenty to hold their heads ups about despite stumbling at the final hurdle at the North Island tournament in Rotorua recently.
For the first time in four years of participating in this tournament, not one, but both the Northern Swords youth teams made the finals only to fall short at the end of a taxing two day tournament. For John Radovanovich’s 17 year old team, this would have meant a clean sweep after being undefeated in the four previous matches. Whilst the 15 year olds had a loss, draw and two wins they still made it through to also experience a finals at tournament. Four players from the 15s were selected for the tournament team – Terry-Jack Smart, Nokisi Kaiarake, Richmond Patua and Manny Snooks. Five players made tournament team from the 17s – Thomas Anderson, Hoani Rogers-Brown, Wiremu Greig, Manessah Turner and Taine-Lee Shelford.
17 year olds
Saturdays results; vs Waikato 26 – 12; vs Coastlines 28 – 20 win.
Sundays results : vs Bay of Plenty 36 – 10 win; vs Taranaki 32 -14 win.
Lost the Final 22 – 12 against Waikato
15 year olds
Sundays results; vs Taranaki 16 – 10 win; vs Waikato 26 – 16 loss
Saturdays results; vs Bay of Plenty 22 -22; vs Coastlines 30 – 22 win
Lost the Final 42 – 14 against Bay of Plenty.