Wests v Blaketown
Wests U6’s played another fantastic game against the Blaketown Panthers at Walker Park this weekend, with the result being a draw. Wests led by their Captain for the day Tiaki Anderson, was awarded player of the day as he demonstrated great skill on the field and good leadership qualities. Tiaki scored two tries and got 4 rips. Wests players showed some fantastic sportsmanship with Martin Meincke and Peter Lucas each playing a half game for the opposition team who were short of players.
Wests missed three of their valuable team mates this week but continued to have a great defensive and offensive game.
Tries were scored this week by Billy Vincent who led the offence with the first try of the game (2), Martin Meincke (2), Jude Paneda (2), Caleb Beri (2), Peter Lucas (2) and Luca Towers (1). Over 20 rips were made by our team. A great game was also played by our youngest member Harry Lucas who almost managed to overcome his tired legs to play a full game which was a great effort!
For Blaketown, there was some good running from Declan, with strong support from Trajun, Jackson and Larkin who provided good defence to their team.
Marist v Grey Valley
Marist played Grey Valley at the Marist ground on Saturday in slippery, chilly conditions. The teams braved an early shower of rain and treated spectators to a fierce battle of under 6 rugby.
Both teams were evenly matched in skill and speed, with James van der Geest and Eamon O’Keefe working really hard on defence. Marist’s Player of the Day, Frank O’Gara played a much straighter attacking game, running strongly and scoring 2 tries, backed up well by Marist’s Most Improved Player, Liam Galbraith. O’Keefe, van der Geest and Mackley Fahey scored twice with Callan McGuire-Lowe, Max Walklin and Elliot van der Geest scoring a try a piece.
Young Max Walklin has turned out to be a real dark horse so far this season. It is his first season playing rugby and he is dominating the attacking play with good, strong runs and he is showing a natural talent for the defensive aspects of the game. Definitely one to watch in the future.
Kiwi v Blaketown White Knights
Blaketown under 6 white knights played Kiwi this week, while being a few players down but the team still went out strong..
Blaketown’s tries this week went to the boys with Lockie, Jake, Jai and Kharma being the try scorers.
Great runs were made by by Kharma, Taylor and Jai who all did amazing especially that the rain started half way through.
For Blaketown, Taylor had a brilliant game this week being the only girl on the field and she absolutely shined, having great runs and ripping those tags.
Player of the day for Blaketown went to Jake for his amazing tries and chasing he did this week
South Westland v Kiwi
It was a classic game of 2 halves as South Westland hosted Kiwi in Hari Hari on Saturday. South Westland started strongly dominating the first half with a mountain of procession, resulting in some spectacular tries for their free running backs, and a handy half time lead.
In the second half a gutsy Kiwi team who were light in numbers, scored 5 tries of their own to close the gap, but South Westland answered with two tries and held on for a deserved victory 50-25.
Outstanding for South Westland were try scorers Dan Treanor, Harry Friend, and Willie McBride, while half back Ethan Lash had a great game, winning Man of the Match.
Wests v Blaketown
Blaketown travelled down to Hokitika to play Wests at the Wests home ground of Walker park. Wests gave up five players to Blaketown so that they could play 10-a side rugby, this resulted in a friendly game against Wests at Walker Park. Parents and Grandparents taking up the whole side of the field. to support their teams. The game started at a great pace with both teams throwing the ball around and tries coming thick and fast from both teams. Wests opened the scoring with the first try but Blaketown bounced back with a great individual try to Eva Sexton. Eva was Blaketown’s player of the day for her high work load, scoring 4 tries and making numerous try-saving tackles. When Blaketown worked as a team they gained momentum to score and defend tries. Wests were the eventual winners 50-35.
For Wests the tackling around the legs is getting a lot better from the players and Micheal Lord for Wests got the player of the day for his tackling, running and support play that he did at the game. Other Wests players to stand out were Jesse Jones,Ben Hawker, Laim Smith, Ollie Nixon and Jacob Kelly who also got the other player of the day for his first up tackling in his first seson in tackle. Their are two other West players that have to be mentioned and they are Conner Greig for playing two games (one for the under 8s and the other for the under 10s). The second player was Conner Jones for his great sportsmanship by volunteering to play for the other team. For Blaketown Eva scored some great tries. The Wests try scorers were Jesse Jones, George Rea, Ben Hawker, Micheal Lord, Scott Matthews, Conner Greig and Lachlan Baird.
Marist v Grey Valley
Marist came up against Grey Valley with Marist coming out the clear winners. Marist are now working well as a team and growing in confidence, with their scorers being Antonio ver hoeven, Max Welsford, Sean Bain, Joshua Robbins and Will van der Geest. Max was impressive on his return from injury to earn most improved and Antonio was tireless on attack scoring the bulk of his teams tries to get Marist’s
Player of Day. Grey Valley showed great sportsmanship to loan a couple of their players to Marist for the first half.
Wests vs Blaketown
A dominant Blaketown team continued it’s good early season form taking on a young Wests team on Saturday. The forwards are now beginning to use their skills from training and put in practice on the field delivering good clean ball to the classy back line. For Blaketown, Isaac McCallum is improving with each game showing some really strong ball running skills as well as Patrick Haussman who is improving with every game. A hat trick of players (Alex Clark, Riley Pascoe and Jack Campbell) scored a hat trick of tries for Blaketown, while other try scorers were Calder Low and Jacob Thompson who are both newcomers this year and showing a great skill level. Player of the day for Blaketown went to Baily Gillam for showing he is a true loose forward dominating the ruck area and he was well supported by the parents player of the day Isaac McCallum.
Blaketown ran out winners 55-10
Wests V Blaketown
Blaketown and Wests fought it in a very high scoring game on Cass Square. Wests managing to get a few late tries to go out to a 64 – 41 win after Blaketown had fought back to within 2 points halfway through the 2nd half.
Eve Findlay and Angus Gilbertson were in outstanding form for Blaketown as they ran hard and defended strongly all game. Jordyn Solomon was not afraid to mix it up with the bigger players while Joe Hurrel was a workhorse all game.
Wests v Marist
Wests U14 played a hard fought game when they met Marist at Cass Square on Saturday. Marist were ahead 17-10 in the 1st half with Wests fighting hard to catch up with some good teamwork.
Wests Forwards were proving to be difficult for Marist as they were stealing and winning the ball a lot in the scrums and mauls. Sean Fosters impressive line-out jumps deserves a mention as well.
For Wests there were some good runs by Leeighton Cambell, Tetini Timono and Tekken Twigg who also tackled well throughout the game.
Wests struggled to keep up in the 2nd half but never gave up, playing hard until the final whistle blew with the final score 41-20 to Marist.
Players of the day for Wests went to Scott Perrin & Tekken Twigg.
Blaketown v Westport
The score of 61 – 10 to Westport does not reflect the great effort that the Blaketown team put in. The Blaketown forwards played hard against a much larger pack and this finally started to take its toll as the game progressed. The backs struggled to keep the faster and bigger backs at bay with many of the westport tries being scored out wide. Players of the day went to Blake Gray for some crunching runs straight up the middle. taking it to the opposition. David Lowe was the other player of the day for an overall great game in attack and defence.
Blaketown v Westport
Another great game for U16 blaketown, winning against Westport 35-29. At halftime the score was 22-0 to Westport. But in the second half Blaketown turned on the gas with 5 tries, 3 to Navare Jacobs, 1 each for luke Drummond and Harley Wanstall. Another great game awesome running and tackling.
Wests v Marist
Wests hosted Marist under 16s played Wests in Hokitika this weekend, with the home side coming out on top as comfortable winners.
Wests were focused and put constant pressure on Marist. They showed off their attacking skills and worked very well as a team earning them a well deserved win of 69 to Marist 5
Jack Devlin scored Marist’s only try and the Marist player of the day was Camron Lawton.