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JUNIOR RUGBY NEWS FROM SATURDAY June 8th 2013

Under 6’s

Blaketown White Knights vs Red Dragons
Blaketown red dragons played the White Knights, and what a energetic game it was.
For the White Knights, Lockie Oliver ripped those tags – chased that ball and scored tries.
The effort award today was given to Jai Englebretson and player of the day awarded to Arli Robson.

The defensive efforts of the Red Dragons were led by Will Taylor and Nikau Prendergast both with a great ripping work rate. Carlos White and Jacob Mackinnon showed improvement and commitment on defense also making some good rips this week. Player of the Day went to Will Taylor for his complete focus throughout the full game and awesome ripping.

Blaketown Panthers
The Blaketown Panthers played a tough game against Kiwi at McLean Park. Player of the Day was awarded to Trajun Kanara-Smith. He was outstanding throughout the entire game – both attacking and defending extremely well. Hunter Crossan had some great runs breaking through the Kiwi defence to make the try line more than once. Hunter was awarded Best Support Player. Declan and Angelina Robinson also played well, with some great runs by both of them.

Wests Under 6 Rugby Game – 8-6-2013
Wests U6’s were a little flat after the big drive to Ikamatua but they did well to get a draw as a Nine strong team battled against 12 opposition players. The skill and determination of the Wests team got them over 29 rips all up and they had to move swiftly to catch some speedy opposition.

Our team was led by our Captain and player of the day Luca Towers who showed great sportsmanship and listened well to his coaches. Allan Harris played a fantastic game and continues to show his offensive and defensive skills on the field by racking up 3 more tries and 12 out of the 29 rips for the team.

Caleb Beri showed his speed once again this week and scored two tries and 8 impressive rips. Tries were also scored this week by Martin Hagn-Meincke (2), Tiaki Anderson (1) and Jude Paneda (1). Some impressive runs were clocked up by Jude Paneda, Billy Vincent, Peter Lucas and Harry Lucas.

Manager: Teena Vincent
Coaches: Gary Towers
Assistants: Chris Vincent, George Anderson

MARIST UNDER 6 RUGBY REPORT

Marist played Kokatahi at the Marist ground at Karoro on Saturday. Marist had more experience than the Kokatahi side and dominated the game with strong attacking runs and a full team effort on defence.

Marist’s Player of the Day, Liam Galbraith, showed his older, and bigger, team mates how rippa rugby is meant to be played. He scored his second try of the season by working hard on his running with the ball and he was always present on defence. Young Noah Pritchard was a lot more involved this week and earned himself Marist’s Most Improved Player award.

Fynn O’Keefe scored his first try of the season with a half-marathon length run around the field, evading the Kokatahi defence. In total, nine of Marist’s team crossed the try line with Elliot van der Geest crossing twice.

The Marist team are improving every week and are learning some good ball and game skills from their ever-enthusiastic coach, Fergal O’Gara.

Under 8’s

South Westland v Marist

Marist hosted South Westland at the start of the second round of the Under 8 Competition in Karoro. In a free flowing, but physical match, Marist started strongly scoring 3 quick tries against a South Westland Team missing some of their more experienced players, and built up a handy half time lead. The second half was more evenly contested as South Westland got into their work, and scored some well taken tries, however Marist ran out deserved winners.

Joint Man of the Match for South Westland were Tom Hodges and Callum Fulton, while Harry Friend and Jack-Dennehy Coles were also among the try scorers.

Blaketown v Kiwi

Blaketown had their game of the season so far. All players contributed to the game; Mackenzie Clark and Liam Belcher scored their first tries for the season while Felix Gillam, Will England and Kaleb Steel were solid on defence making many try-saving tackles. The final score being 45-25.

Marist v South Westland at Karoro
Marist came away with a good win when they came up against South Westland. Marist are really working well as a team with some great defence and lots of tackling. Cullam Moles and Sean Bain were tireless on both attack and defence. Joshua Robbins had an outstanding game to earn Player of Day and Isaiah Sheehan-Priest deserved Most Improved for getting involved throughout the game. Tries were scored by Sean Bain, Joshua Robbins, Griffin Thomas and Antonio ver hoeven.

Wests Under 8 Report

On Saturday at Hoikitika the local derby took place between Wests and kiwis at Cass Square. The game was exciting to watch with both teams throwing themselves at one another. Kiwis scored first then Wests scored straight back. Kiwi scoerd a couple more times before half time.

In the second half Wests could not cross the blue line with some good tackling and with Wests also passing the ball forward which didnt help their cause. Kiwis ending a fighting Wests with a few more tries to win this game. For Wests player of the day went to Ben Hawker for his continuing great tackling ( making 3 in a row) a tackling machine and the other player pf the day went to Finn McClunie for having a run with the ball and making some great metres. Also it was great to see so many parents and Grandparents form both clubs out supporting the kids on the field.

Kiwi Under 8 Report:
Kiwi vs Wests was a hard fought battle by both teams with both teams showing great improvement in this 2nd round clash but a strong effort by Kiwi saw them come away with the win 40-5.

Kiwi held majority of the territory, West defended hard and scored their only try by running the length of the field.

Kiwis were led from the front by Player of the day Brad Thorne who scored 4 tries and was strong on defence. Rhys Simpson and Jimmy Griffiths-Wright had strong runs to the try line fending off a lot of Wests players on the way.

Vinnie Stevens in only his second game of the season out run 3 Wests defenders in a run away try.

Tyler Bishop and Carlos Thompson were consistent with their strong defence and clearing out of the ball, both almost ran hard at the line to get themselves a try each.

All up a very entertaining game to watch by both side with great contesting of the ball and strong tackles by both team.

Under 10’s

Marist vs Wests
Marist ran out winners 30-5 over Wests in a fast paced game. Both forward packs kept the ball moving with Sam Welsford scoring twice following great support play and Mikaere Whitcombe making a huge solo run from half way to also cross the line. Ollie Robb was back of the day for some searching runs and Riley Fairhall forward of the day for securing a lot of loose ball. Wests were unlucky not to score on several occasions with only tough defence from Marist keeping them at bay and they were duly rewarded with an excellent try right on full time.

Blaketown U10s
Riley Pascoe opened the scoring for the Seagulls with the half time score being tied at 5 all. Player of the Day Alex Clark executed 4 superb 2nd half tries and was instrumental in another 2. Isaac McCallum had another superb second half and dotted down twice also. Jacob Thomson had a very busy and productive game as well as Calder Low who ran strong and was unlucky not to have scored a fine try. By the ended of the game Blaketown were fully dominating the game and ran away convincing winners 40-5.

Under 12’s

Blaketown Under 12s
Blaketown played their best game of the season as they easily accounted for Kiwi, 69-32. Teighan Heney played an excellent first half for the opposition. Cade Lynch and Josh Ricketts both played their best games of the season, Lynch scoring a great forward try at the end. Levi Pascoe and Eve Findlay continued their fine form while Jack and Carlos Skipperwere both strong in defence.

Marist vs Wests

Marist were outplayed by a well drilled Wests side going down 35-0. Despite the onslaught by Wests, Marist never gave up trying.. Players of the day for Marist were Kobie Van der Westhuizen and Jacob Smith. Other standouts were Mac Williams and Caleb Mahuika.

Under 14’s

Wests v Westport
The rain held off when Wests met White Star at Cass Square on Saturday.
Although Wests had most of the possession of the ball, unfortunately they could not prevail as White Star scored 2 runaway tries which gave them the lead of 27-15 in the first half.

Wests Forwards were playing extremely well and winning a lot of the scrums and mauls, and the backs had
some good runs too especially Jamieson Cook and Caleb Thompson just to name some.

There was some good play from Jack Lodge who was consistent in his tackling, and Harrison Willis was in his usual good form.

Try scorers were Anaru Tainui, Sean Foster, Scott Perrin, Harrison Willis & Caleb Thompson.

Player of the day went to Sean Foster

Final score 51-30 to White Star does not reflect on the big effort put in by Wests.

Under 16’s

Blaketown under 16s
U16 lost to Marist on Saturday 41-15. Blaketown tried hard but were dominated through out. Jordan Foster scored 2 tries, Finn Stanbridge 1 try.

Marist V Blaketown
Marist showed what they can do when they work together as a team. All the players worked hard on defence and attack rewarding them with a win against Blaketown 41 – 15.

Stone Stone drew first blood followed quickly by Nukumovahai Langi and Paddy Davison (2). Aaron Thomson showed off his skills with one try and in windy conditions kicking 3 conversions. Half time score was 15 nil to Marist. Blaketown came back in the 2nd scoring 3 trys. Jack Devlin was often put under pressure but had a very strong and reliable game in fullback. Camron Lawton also scored and the last try was a cracker with the forwards playing like backs and Lopeti Langi crossing the line making the full time score 41-15. Player of the day was the Marist team for their support and commitment.

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