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JUNIOR RUGBY NEWS FROM SATURDAY May 11th 2013

Under 6’s

Wests v Marist
Wests played a fantastic game against Marist at the Karoro Domain.

This was a very even game with both teams showing speed and some excellent attacking skills. The score was a draw with each of the teams being awarded with 12 tries. Wests were led by their Captain for the day Allan Harris, who played an impressive offensive and defensive game. Allan who was also celebrating his 6th Birthday scored 3 tries and had an impressive defensive game with over 9 tag rips.

Martin Meincke got Wests player of the day award, as he also scored 3 tries with his impressive running and dodging on the field. His defence was also second to none. Tries were also scored by Billy Vincent, Luca Towers, Jude Paneda, Caleb Beri, Tiaki Anderson and an impressive run led McKenzie Thorpe to her first try of the season.

Peter Lucas, Harry Lucas and Jordan Thorpe displayed perseverance and determination and they are continuing to demonstrate progress throughout the season. Wests’ impressive defensive line had the opposition team running wide and back. The whole team looked sharp on the field; they held their lines well, listened to their coaches and maintained good sportsmanship throughout the game.

Marists Players of the Day, Korbin Bellis and Callan McGuire-Lowe both had excellent games on attack and defence and scoring 3 tries each. Other try scorers for Marist were Eamon O’Keefe, James van der Geest and Mackley Fahey. Zade Bellis had a much improved game this week, getting involved to support his team-mates.

Kokatahi v Blaketown White Knights
This week Blaketown under 6 white knights had the pleasure to travel down to Kokatahi to play kokatahi in their first game of the season. All the children had a great game and tries were scored by Lockie, Jai, Karma, Sylah, Arli and Jake.

Karma Wlison was named player of the day as he had an amazing game – ripped those tags and chased Kokatahi’s very speedy wee players and also getting tries. Jake Clarke was given the effort award as Saturdays game was his first game of the season and he smashed it out by scoring two tries and huge runs.

The Kokatahi under 6’s line up before their clubs first game in eight years.

Under 8’s

Blaketown v Marist
In very cold conditions at Maclean Park, Blaketown came up against a very quick Marist team. Marist were quick to put points on the board but Blaketown defended well, never giving up. Although Marist were the clear winners, Blaketown impressed with their determination, team work and sportsmanship.

There were tries aplenty for Marist as they secured their first win of the season over Blaketown who never gave up. Isaiah Sheehan-Priest had some good runs. Antonio ver Hoeven, Joshua Robbins, Will van der Geest, Griffin Thomas all scored tries as did Sean Bain who earned Player of the Day for his two superb tries. The very quick Cullam Moles was awarded Most Improved.

South Westland v Wests

In what was a great sunny Southern day at Hari Hari the big crowd were to be entertained by a game of speed, pace, and tackling that of which some senior players could have taken a point or too on. Wests took on South Westland in what was a try scoring feast from both teams. Both teams showed the attacking skills and also the ability to tackle around the boot laces.

 

Action from the South Westland v Wests under 8’s clash in Hari Hari.

Wests started the stronger of the two teams with two well taken tries resulting in an early lead. South Westland slowly fought back with strong tackling and counter attacking resulting in 4 tries and a handy 20-15 half time lead. The second half followed a similar pattern with Wests again scoring early building a decisive lead, which South Westland couldn’t quite peg back, resulting in a final score of 35-30 to Wests.

Wests player of the day Jesse Jones ran hard at the Southern boys all day and also got stuck into the mauls as well. Other Wests players to stand out were Liam Smith for his running with the ball, Connor Greig for his great tackling, Ben Hawker for his attacking the line and Lachlan( goose step) Baird for his speed around the field. For South Westland Willie McBride, Ethan Lash, and Harry Friend didnt stop for the whole game with some great tries and some good tackling.

Some West players had a half game each for South Westland and they were Cameron Smith, Patrick Van Beek, Jonty Robertson, Oliver Nixon, Conner Jones and George Rea ( who also ran well with the ball in hand). This game went right to the wire and there was one try that separated both these teams with Wests holding off the Southern Boys by 35-30. Great game to watch and the aftermatch feed which the South Westland parents put on was greatly appreciated by Supports and players alike

Try scorers for South Westland included Tom Hodges, Harry Friend, Niall Alexander, Willie McBride and Man of the Match Jack Dennehy-Coles. Nathan Lash & Mitchell Molloy-Fitzpatrick both had strong
games in a willing forward pack.

Kiwi v Grey Valley
Kiwi Under 8 Rugby team showed great improvment in their win over Grey Valley. Tyler Bishop led from the front and was very strong on both attack & defence. Rueben Butbatch was also good defence with alot of strong tackles. Rhys Simpson also showed alot of inprovement on attack getting over for his first try of the seson. Curtis Smith also was strong running with the ball.

Under 10’s

Kiwi v Marist
Marist overcame a gallant Kiwi side 40-5 in Hokitika. Both sides threw the ball around with some excellent skills on display. Marist’s forward pack was ably led by player of the day, Geordie Gibson who made some huge runs upfield. Forward of the day, Rem Thompson was not far behind with Mikaere Whticombe and Sam Welsford also in support.

Fast turnover ball gave Marist’s speedy backline plenty of opportunities with back of the day, Matthew Robbins, and Jonathan Watts both dotting down twice. Others to score included Mac Gibson, Dominic Moles and Derek Chizuni. Kiwi were rewarded for their persistence with a superb try to Kane Parker.

Blaketown v South Westland
A crisp clear Blaketown morning provided the perfect backdrop for what was a convincing win for the Seagulls. Every player stepped up and played some of their best rugby. Newcomer to the team and code Calder Low had an outstanding game with some great running and cover tackling and was rewarded with a well earned try. Jack and Tom Campbell also had fantastic games with a handful of tries each also. Others to stand out were Patrick Haussman and Luke Brookes who both got stuck in to all facets of play and George Gilbertson who again had another strong defensive game. Final score 55 – 20 to Blaketown.

Under 12’s

Blaketown v South Westland
Blaketown and South Westland battled it out in a high a scoring game that was played in perfect playing conditions. Blaketown holding on to win 50-43 after being equal on 19 points a piece. Blaketown were well led around the field by Eve Findlay, Angus Gilbertson and Keeley Sexton who scored 7 tries. Joe Hurrel was outstanding on defence and attack and Carlos Skipper was strong in the scrum and with the ball in hand, these two players being named Player of the Day for Blaketown.

Kiwi v Marist
Marist played Kiwi in a game that was played in good spirits, with Marist winning in a complete team effort 55-34. Players to stand out for Marist were Mac Williams who showed hunger and determination for the loose ball, picking up the forward of the day, and Sam Robb who was the backs player of the day. Cameron White showed good pace to score four tries, the other try scorers were Caleb Mahuika, Jared Cutbush and Rueben Fennell, and Jack Olsen kicked two conversions.


Under 14’s

Marist v Westport
Marist played a well drilled strong Westport Team. In opening minutes of the game, both Westport and Marist
scored, thanks to Liam Olsen and Chester Mama for the conversion.

Hard on defence for Marist were Liam Williamson, Patrick bell, Lachlan Kelly and Stephen McInroe.

Lachlan Kelly was awarded player of the day.
Wests v Murchison

Action from the South Westland v Wests under 8’s clash in Hari Hari.

Wests U14 had some catching up to do as Murchison had 2 runaway tries from the start but quickly done this
with some great teamwork, hard tackling & fast footwork when they played in Reefton last weekend.

A hat -trick by Mitchell Robinson and a gutsy effort by Hector & Anaru Tainui, Jack Lodge and player of the day Harrison Willis kept the scores reasonably tight and great determination from the rest of the team locked the scores in the final minutes but Murchison scored the winning try as the whistle blew. Final score was 42-37 to Murchison

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