Adam Blair Trophy,Results NorthTec Adam Blair Trophy – Results – Round 1

NorthTec Adam Blair Trophy – Results – Round 1

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What an electric start to the NorthTec Adam Blair Trophy Competition. There’s an exciting vibe and buzz this year with the competition and it’s good to see the games were well supported and with the opportunity for the College players to play the Warriors Development Squad, on March 30th at Lindvart Park, Kaikohe.

Players will be looking to impress the Adam Blair XIII coaches of Joe Henare, Peter Gray (Kamo High School Coaches) and Benson Selwyn (Kaikohe Lions Premier Coach) before a trial match on March 17th at Simpson Park in Moerewa.

All first round games demonstrated a great level of league for the first game of the season. This first round saw a double-header played at Kamo High School for the Southern Round, while the two teams from Kaitaia have to travel south past the Maungamuka Gorge.

Here’s an action snap from the Bay of Islands vs Whangarei Boys High School. If you have action snaps from future rounds, send them in to and we’ll post them up.

Tiaki Smith

First game of the season – WBHS vs BOI. Tiaki Smith, Whangarei Boys High
School (in black shirt), mid-tackle by Bay of Islands defender.



Kamo High School 30 – 12 Dargaville High School

Whangarei Boys High 20 – 16 Bay of Islands College



Northland College 24 – 26 Okaihau College

Kaitaia College 40 – 28 Niwa Saints

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Kamo High School 2014 NorthTec Adam Blair ChampionsKamo High School 2014 NorthTec Adam Blair Champions

IMG_5040 Kamo v WBHS Final Score IMG_5036Last Friday night, Kamo High School defeated the odds, to be crowned NABT 2014 Champions in a final that demonstrated that Secondary School Rugby League is alive and well in Northland.  Standing in Kamo’s way were the favoured Whangarei Boys High School.  High had amassed a whopping 190 point differential through the 2014 NABT competition and had won the coveted Tohunga 2 times out of three, plus they had won their earlier encounter with Kamo 38 – 16 to rightly be favourites.

BUT as they say, Finals football is a different game altogether.  In front of a healthy and vibrant crowd under lights, Kamo High school were able to deal with the pressure of the event more than Boys High.  The first half was a tight encounter with both teams going into half time at 4 points a-piece after tries from Kamo’s Brandt Shortland and WBHS’s Shane Paraha.

Kamo came out in the second half with a true belief that they could go one better than the 2013 Kamo High School team that lost in the dying minutes to Kaitaia.  First centre Cole Lundon-Tonga retrieved a wayward bomb to scurry over in the corner, then Lyse Haretuku finished an impressive back line move to score in the corner. Both tries were unconverted with Kamo taking a lead 10 – 4.

Finally Boys High came to life with barnstorming Tiaki Smith smashing his way over near the posts, Caleb Aikens converted to bring the game to 12 – 10. Kamo lead with 15 minutes left on the clock.  Kamo Coach, Joe Henare, was rightly nervous as his 2013 team had given up a similar lead, however the Kamo team held firm.  Boys High threatened a number of occasions but Kamo defended as if their lives depended on it.

Joe Henare was elated, “This has been three years in the making.  When we first started we had a five year plan to develop League at Kamo.  I can’t believe the boys heart out there.  Reniera Campbell was a man mountain on defence tonight and he deserved to get man of the match” The win was especially pleasing as Kamo had played the entire match with only 13 players – they had two Year 9s on the bench but didn’t use them!

Kamo High School 12;  Tries to: Brandt Shortland, Lyse Haretuku, Cole Lundon-Tonga

Whangarei Boys High 10: Tries to: Shane Paraha, Tiaki Smith.  Conversion:  Caleb Aikens.

Player of the Final:  Raniera Campbell.


Tikipunga High School win the Northern Swords Shield

In another entertaining match full of end to end running, Tikipunga High School edged out Bay Of Island College 22 -14 to win the Northern Swords Shield the plate division of the NABT.  The game was great advert for Rugby League as it was fiercely contested up the middle with two forward packs not giving an inch.  To cap it off both teams had speed to burn out wide.

The 10 all half time score demonstrated the even nature of the game.  However Tikipunga High came out with more fire in the belly.  With Jack Rangitaawa and John Wright in the halves giving them ability to get the ball out to the impressive fullback Wayne Iripa.  Tiki racked up 12 unanswered points in a fifteen minute period.

For the last 15 minutes, Bay of Islands looked on the verge of a comeback, when with 5 minutes left on the clock, Danyon Hati scored.  However, man of the Match Chaz Watene, couldn’t convert. Tikipunga held on to win the match 22 – 14.

Alex Smits GM of RLN was ecstatic about the evening’s events.  “We had three great games of football tonight* and a big crowd turned out to watch.  We now have 10 Colleges that are committed to League and the standard of football is brilliant.  You can really tell that the kids are loving their league and it’s played in a fabulous spirit!  Congratulations to Kamo – it’s always great to see an upset in a final.  I wish Kamo and Boys High the best of luck as they prepare to go the NZSSSC Nationals.”

*Dargaville and Whangaroa drew 28 all in a curtain raiser match that was supposed to be the 3rd and 4th playoff – however Kaitaia College withdrew and Dargaville High took their place.

Finals Standings NABT 2014:

  1. Kamo High School
  2. Whangarei Boys High
  3. Whangaroa College
  4. Kaitaia College
  5. Tikipunga High – “Northern Swords Shield Winner”
  6. Bay of Island College
  7. Equal – Northland College – Okaihau College
  8. Brothers (Te Rangi Aniwaniwa, Taipa, Abundant Life)

Dargaville High School

Round 5 – RLN Premiership – ResultsRound 5 – RLN Premiership – Results

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Joe Rau player coach for the Hikurangi Stags was instrumental in his side’s 40 -14 domination over the Takahiwai Warriors.  Both teams were previously undefeated in the Southern Zone and the game was billed as the match of the round.  However, Hikurangi turned up with a ruthless attitude to Rugby League and were punishing on both defense and attack.

For Hikurangi it was a pleasing finish to the week after the disappointment of [Hikurangi] being deducted two points for fielding an improper player, after it was found out that Te Tuhi Tipene was never cleared from his Australian club.

In other results the Northern Wairoa Bulls relished home ground advantage with a 32 – 30 thriller over the Portland Panthers, the City Knights secured their first win over Horahora, Muriwhenua Kuaka showed their home ground domination over Otaua Valleys with a 36 – 10 win and the Hokianga Pioneers have signaled their intentions to the competition with a 46 – 4 thrashing of the Kerikeri Slayers.  Premiership leaders, the Moerewa Tigers, had the Bye.

Moerewa Tiger’s currently top the table with Hikurangi Stags, Takahiwai Warriors and Hokianga Pioneers tied up in second place.  This week sees cross over rounds where the pride of the North takes on Southern Pride.  Matches to note will be Muriwhenua Kuaka hosting the Northern Wairoa Bulls and the Hokianga Pioneers hosting the Takahiwai Warriors.

Muriwhenua Kuaka 36 vs Otaua Valleys 10
BYE vs Moerewa Tigers
Kerikeri Slayers 4 vs Hokianga Pioneers 46
Northern Wairoa Bulls 32 vs Portland Panthers 30
Hora Hora Broncos 10 vs City Knights 36
Hikurangi Stags 40 vs Takahiwai Warriors 14

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The photo in this article is courtesy of John Stone, Northern Advocate.  Click here for the full news story by Cameron Leslie

2013 – NorthTec Adam Blair Trophy – Finals Night and Previous Results2013 – NorthTec Adam Blair Trophy – Finals Night and Previous Results

Kamo v Kaitaia Team PicKaitaia NorthTec Adam Blair Trophy Champions 2013 – Final score 26

The NorthTec Adam Blair Trophy final was everything that a Rugby League final should have.  It was hard, fast, skilful, full of passion and went down to the wire.  There was really nothing to separate the two teams.  Locked at 10 all at half time, both teams traded punches early in the second half to be locked at 16 all for most of the second half.

Kamo were hard on attack and looked to have an overlap only for the final pass to go to ground.  Kaitaia retrieved the ball, with less than 2 minutes left on the clock, it looked as if the game was heading toward golden point extra time… Impressive Kaitaia Captain, Sean Windelborn-Rawiri, spotted a Kamo defender offside burst through the gap, racing 30 metres up field with only the full back to beat, Sean beautifully set up Michael Larkin who raced the final 20 metres under the posts to seal the victory for Kaitaia 22 – 16.

All 34 players did themselves proud and put on a sterling performance, but as always there are a couple who stood out above the rest.  For Kaitaia, Josh Mane- Akulu playing at standoff was outstanding, as was Captain Sean Windelborn- Rawiri who scored two tries and set up the winner.  For Kamo, fullback Swayne Rakete and Flynn Rolton was outstanding.

Try Scorers:  Freddie Matthews, Sean Windelborn-Rawiri (2), Michael Larkin

Goals:  Josh Mane-Aukulu (3)

Kamo – Final score 16

Try Scorers:  Swayne Rakete, Malachai Wahanui, Shae Currie

Goals:  Shae Currie (2)



Bay of Islands 14 – Dargaville 4

Darg v BOI TeamThe inaugural Swords Plate final was also a thriller with both teams giving absolutely everything.  In a true cliché, Rugby League was the winner on the day.  The scores were locked at 4 all at half time as both teams would not give their try line up easily.

The second half was a bruising encounter with both teams giving absolutely everything they had.  Mid way through the second half Bay of Islands broke the deadlock to take an 8 – 4 lead.  It wasn’t until the final play of the game after Dargaville had been hammering Bays try line, that Bay of Islands secured victory with a runaway try. What a game!!




Whangarei Boys 58 vs Northland College 8

WBHS v Northland Team PicIn the play off for 3rd/4th Whangarei Boys High restored pride after being knocked out in the semis by a resounding victory over a young Northland College team.






Kamo 46 – Northland College 6
Kaitaia 32 – Whangarei Boys High 24

Dargaville 50 – Okaihau 18
Bay of Islands v Aniwaniwa to be played on Tuesday

Round 4 – Quarter Finals
Kamo High School 40 – 16 Dargaville High School
Whangarei Boys High School 46 – 24 Bay of Islands College
Kaitaia College 0 – 0 Niwa Saints (Default Kaitaia through to Cup Semi-Finals)
Okaihau College 18 – 24 (Golden Point) Northland College (18-18 at the end of normal time)
Unfortunately the Niwa Saints had to default due to a clash with many of their team players attending the Waka Ama Nationals.

Round 3
Bay of Islands College 0 – 46 Kamo High School
Whangarei Boys High School 62 – 16 Dargaville High School
Kaitaia College 60 – 12 Northland College
Niwa Saints 20 – 16 Okaihau College

Round 2
Dargaville High School 26 –36 Bay of Islands College
Kamo High School 24 – 14 Whangarei Boys High School
Okaihau College 18 – 40 Kaitaia College
Niwa Saints 10 – 32 Northland College

Round 1
Kamo High School 30 – 12 Dargaville High School
Whangarei Boys High 20 – 16 Bay of Islands College
Northland College 24 – 26 Okaihau College
Kaitaia College 40 – 28 Niwa Saints