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JUNIOR RUGBY NEWS FROM SATURDAY June 15th 2013

Under 6’s

Marist v South Westland
Marist under 6 took on South Westland in wet, windy and cold conditions on Saturday. All the players showed some real commitment battling it out in such horrible weather.

Marist’s Korban Bellis and Max Walklin both had excellent games, Walklin scoring 3 times and both earning the Players of the Day. James van der Geest won the award for Rip of the Day with an outstanding athletic defensive rip against South Westland in the dying seconds of the game. Van der Geest, Callan McGuire-Lowe and Eamon O’Keefe scored twice and Frank O’Gara and Elliot van der Geest crossed once each.

Blaketown White Knights
Player of the day was rewarded to the White Kinights little man Thomas and the great effort award was
given to their newest player Xavier..
Great runs by Lockie – Jake – Kharma
and Jai… And all round amazing 10/10
Effort was given by all the children on Saturday..

Blaketown Red Dragons v Kiwi 2

This was a close game of rippa rugby today in rough weather conditions and all the players gave 100%. Special mention must go to our youngest player Sam Drawbridge who stayed on the field the whole game this week. The attacking charge was led by Brayden Williams, Nikau Prendergasat, Sofia Va aelua, Carlos Whyte and Will Taylor with two tries each.

It was a very cold and wet day up at Ikamatua when the Blaketown Panthers played Grey valley. It was definitely the toughest game yet and the Panthers did exceptionally well to defend and attack at the level they did. The field was muddy and both the players and coach went sliding more than once as they stormed across the field.

Larkin Edwards-Donnelly received Player of the Day. He scored the first try of the day and continued to put the pressure on Grey Valley. Harlem Keown was the Best Support Player as he defended strongly against a very speedy side.

Under 8’s

South Westland v Grey Valley
South Westland hosted Grey Valley in wet conditions in Hari Hari on Saturday. Although conditions were testing both teams produced a free flowing game.

South Westland enjoyed a strong first half with a strong backline led by Tom Hodges at half back, spreading the ball wide with good passing movements, resulting in some well taken tries.

In the second half a gallant Grey Valley team rallied, never giving up, but South Westland ran out worthy winners. Try scorers for South Westland included Willie McBride, Harry Friend, Tom Hodges & Jack Dennehy-Coles, while Noah Treanor had a strong game and won Man of the Match.

Marist v Wests
Marist were host to Wests in very wet, cold and bitter conditions at Karoro. These two teams were fairly evenly matched with Marist getting two quick tries early in the first half however the final result was a draw which reflected the evenness of the two teams in this game of two halves, with Marist winning the first half and the second half belonging to Wests

Botht eams were struggling to pick up the ball in the wet, cold conditons but it was great to see all the parents and Grandparents turning up to support the kids in the conditions

It was good to see Marist had confidence in passing to their team mates. Ruby Rae-Wood got stuck in, was involved in the play all game and deserved her Most Improved award. Max Welsford was exceptional on both attack and defence with some great tackles made to pick up Player of Day for Marist. Griffin Thomas, Joshua Robbins and Sean Bain were steady and reliable throughout the game.

For Wests player of the day went to George Rea for his comment to the ball and didnt stop running around in the feild for the whole 60 minutes. The other player of the day went to Conner Jones for volenteering to play for Mairst to even up the teams and having a run for them. Wests players to score tries were Ben Hawker, Scott Matthews, Jesse Jones and Conner Greig(2). The final score was a 25-all draw. The aftermatch at the Mairst club rooms for their club day was great with hot food and drinks for all the kids and parents and Grandparents. This is just what they needed after playing in the cold conditions.

Blaketown v Kiwi

In cold conditions Blaketown took on a well drilled Kiwi team in Hokitika. Kiwi were quick with the ball in hand and solid on defence making it impossible for Blaketown to push through. Kaleb Steel had a solid game (earning him player of the day.) He tackled much bigger opponents with determination and skill, also impressive on defence was Eva Sexton, Reilly Seifert and Liam Belcher. Will England, Felix Gillam, Calib Arneson had some good runs

Under 10’s

Marist v South Westland
Marist were too strong for South Westland, running out the winners 35-0. Both teams did well to run the ball out in atrocious conditions. For Marist Riley Fairhall made some tough runs and was not only player of the day but scored a great try as well. Geordie Gibson was forward of the day for his excellent support play whilst Mac Gibson was back of the day for some terrific defence.

Both Harry Robb and Matthew Robbins crossed the line several times scoring some awesome tries. Rem Thompson continued his big improvement this season by shadowing Fairhall the whole game. Mero Williams and Dominic Moles showed some real speed in the backs with only solid defence from South Westland stopping them from scoring.

Under 12’s

Marist v South Westland
Marist took on South Westland at Karoro on Saturday, with the final score being a 12 all draw.
A solid team performance that was much improved from last week saw the whole team playing well. Back of the day was Caleb Mahuika who tackled hard, and Forward of the day was Jack Olsen who had strong runs, scored a great try and converted it. The other try scorer for Marist was fast paced Kobie Van der Westhuizen.

Under 14’s

Blaketown v Wests
Playing in wet cold conditions, Blaketown struggled throughout the game to contain the fired up West forward pack when they met at McLean Park on Saturday morning.

Wests forwards played exceptionally well clocking up 4 tries to Blaketowns 1 in the 1st half.

Wests backs showed some flair with some good running and spinning the ball wide in difficult conditions.

Blaketown picked their game up in the 2nd half keeping Wests on their toes leaving the final score 45-19 to Wests.

Again Blaketown played well against a bigger and well drilled team and their players of the day were Tasman Bentley and Taufa Kinikini.

Outstanding play and a hat trick by Wests Hector Tainui earned him player of the day.
Wests try scorers were Hector Tainui, Jack Lodge,Tetini Timoteo, Kyran Flanagan & Richard Grantley.

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