So Close But Yet So Far

The Northern Swords wound up their National Campaign at Cornwall Park yesterday with a disappointing finale.  The Swords 17s, who had a chance of making the finals, never really kicked into gear as they went down to the Akarana Falcons 48 – 16.

With both teams needing to win to reach the final, the Akarana team, were too classy for their Northern counterparts, to earn themselves a place in next Monday’s finals against the Counties Manukau Stingrays.  Had the Swords won they would have been the first team outside of Auckland to have made the National final – but it wasn’t to be.  Benson Selwyn’s boys looked the part until around the 20th minute and then the gap between Auckland and the rest of the country was exposed.  It basically comes down a numbers game.  Auckland has 36 clubs, with teams in every grade, meaning a more intense competition right throughout the age grades.

For the Northern Swords 17s, we have a lot to be happy about.  We stood up throughout the competition and finished third.  We have to remember that before this season, the 17s had only won one game in three years!  We have some good boys in that 17s team and would expect a number of them to be named in the competitions merit squad.

James Dean Fisher Harris was a force week in and week out and was backed up by the likes of Piri Croft,  Haimona Tierney, Tumoana Halkyard and Caleb Aekins.  These guys are quality players and with the right guidance, could make a career for themselves in Rugby League.

Final Score – Northern Swords (16) v Akarana Falcons (48).