Waiheke Marketplace : August 24th 2011
30 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, AUGUST 24, 2011 SPORT Waiheke Shades & COVERS LTD Shade Sails Boat Covers Truck Covers Bin Covers One off Covers Sail Repairs PVC Welding Rope Sales All Marine Hardware Phone to make an appointment 372 7700 or Tom 021 145 1008 / 027 635 1146 Fax 09 372 6267 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org 13 Tahi Road, Ostend (Behind Te Matuku Oysters) Never-say-die Rams make it to final LEAGUE Match winning: Ryan Walton kicks the last second penalty to put the Fullers Rams into next week's final. To see the Rams in action at Victoria park go to www.waihekemarket place.co.nz Semifinal footy is always tight and exciting and the ref- eree at Saturday's Fullers Waiheke Rams contest against the Te Atatu Roosters ensured there was no excep- tion made to that rule. Ithinkitisfairtosaya pedantic referee is as much use to a flowing game of footy as a square ball on a golf course. Despite the Roosters receiving seven penalties to the Rams nil, it was the Rams who opened the scor- ing. After 20 minutes of brutal but fair defence from both sides, Mana Tahapehi stretched out and crossed the chalk. Ryan Walton converted for a 6-0 lead. This was closely followed by one of the Rams' pocket rockets, Josh Williams, also getting across the line after a fine build up where nearly every Ram on the field handled the ball. Ryan converted and the score was 12-0, somewhat against the run of play and, might I say, looking good. Finally, right on halftime, Te Atatu's wealth of pos- session told and they crossed for an unconverted try and a halftime score of 12-4 to the Rams. The 30 minutes after oranges was all Roosters. They scored and converted twice leaving the Rams 16-12 down and facing the last 10 minutes without their inspi- rational captain Josh who suffered a leg injury. Other teams may have given up at this stage but there is some real steel in these Rams lads. Time and again the Rams drove at Te Atatu's line until, with two minutes to go, Dan Priest somehow got the ball over the line to the referee's satisfaction and the Roosters' consternation. Sixteen-all the score and Waiheke's ever reliable goal kicker Ryan lined up the match winning conversion, only to see it drift agonisingly away. Te Atatu kicked off with seconds remaining and extra time looming. As the Rams drove for the line, Harry scooped the ball from acting half and a despairing Rooster defender thrust his foot out. This left the referee with no choice but to award the Rams a penalty, which Ryan made no mistake with. Talk about playing your get out of jail free card. Thanks to their never say die attitude the Fullers Rams are now in their sixth grand final in seven years. The little club that could, has done it again. The final is at Cornwall Park on Sunday at 2.30pm. See you there. Congratulations also to Waiheke Rugby Seniors in winning their championship final. -- The League Lad Fourth Graders too strong for Auckland Grammar All eyes on the ball: The High School Fourth Graders beat Auckland Grammar to make the Auckland Secondary Schools 4B Rugby Final. Photo: JANE SCOREY RUGBY To see the haka performed by the Waiheke High School teams at the semifinal matches on Saturday visit www.waihekemarket place.co.nz Onetangi Sports Park played host to the 4B and 5C Auck- land Secondary Schools Rugby Semifinals featuring both the Waiheke High School rugby teams. Fourth Graders v Auck- land Grammar 29-5 From the outset the Wai- heke forwards dominated the break-down, providing momentum and quick ball to an explosive backline which was only halted through des- perate Grammar defence and the occasional error. Waiheke was relentless and its persistence paid off. As Grammar struggled to organise its defensive line, No 8 Nick McCann crashed over to open the scoring. Fullback Jarryd Russell typified the defensive effort with his unflinching tackles, and as Grammar piled on the pressure Alex Branch began kicking to space in order to ease the pressure. At halftime the call went out to raise the intensity further and for 20 minutes Grammar felt the pressure before Waiheke drove over for its second try through a well- executed pick and go from the base of the scrum. Grammar scored its first try after pouncing on a loose ball from a charge down. Waiheke's response was swift, clinical and resolute. Tries to returning player Chris Rhodes, Ryan Bhana and Reagan Alofivae put the game beyond contention. Back of the match was Jarryd Russell and Nick McCann and Daley Snowden were both forward of the match. This weekend's final is against Green Bay High School. Thanks to all the supporters that attended the semifinal games at OSP. -- Ben Alexander Fifth Graders v St Peters 7-12 Having defeated St Peters earlier in the season, and after a stirring haka performed with the fourth graders, the High School side looked to be the favourites. Throughout the first half Waiheke looked uncharacteristically hesitant. Lack of commitment in the tackle and the distinct lack of structure only compounded issues for the home side. An injury to first-five Scott Annandale seemed to exacer- bate matters and Waiheke went into the break 12-nil down. There was a great deal more urgency in the second half and after some good work by the forwards, Robert Macdonald-Gould was able to rumble over the line to score. Captain Finlay Mathieson's conversion reduced the deficit to 7-12. With time almost up, a movement resulted in Wai- heke fullback Jimmy Page getting within two metres of the line. With the referee on the spot, Jimmy flicked a quick pass to hooker Aubin Dierick. Aubin appeared to have dot- ted the ball under the posts for the winning try. However, it was judged a double movement. Waiheke was left reflecting on how narrowly it had missed a place in the final and on the simple fact that rugby is a game of two halves, both of which must be played and won. -- Brent Cairns Tigers are tamed by Fencibles SOCCER Tigers v Fencibles 3-4 The Tigers played the Fencibles in what turned out to be an interesting and by no means easy match. With a goal by Jay in the opening minutes, and some great teamwork, the 14th grade Tigers made the most of a sunny Saturday. Awesome coach Michael called the opposition's first goal and was firm and fair in sticking to his judgement. So we went into halftime 1-1. Winter's cross brought a near- goal volley by Jay, the ball hit the crossbar and rebounded to the feet of Troy who calmly slot- ted it into the net. The Tigers, pleased with this result, let their guard down and Fencibles took advantage with a fast equaliser wrong-footing the keeper. An explosive goal from almost the half way line left defender Jamie stunned. There were two players of the day, Jamie and Reuben. Don't be deceived by the final score because the Tigers played one of their best games yet. -- Jay Wills Panthers v Bay Olympic Cyclones 3-2 Tenth grade Panthers continued their steady march toward the top of the table with a hard- fought win over the well organised Cyclones. Cyclones capitalised on the home ground advantage and caught out the Panthers defence with a pair of goals in the first 15 minutes. Panthers took it in their stride and started to push the ball wider and further up field, get- ting in behind the confident Cyclones' defence. Felix, Carlo and Bodhi combined well with great tactical passing and were soon in familiar territory pressuring the goalie. By half time it was all locked up at 2-2. The second half game plan was to use long passes out wide to gain advantage, which Emmanuel, Conrad and Kurt did superbly, putting Felix, Carlo and Dylan in space with the ball. Felix scored again to make it a hat-trick and earn himself player of the day. Conrad earned himself coach's choice. -- Bruce Beaumont Caddies chat Icy winds kept most players off the course last week except for those competing in the final of the Joyce Robinson best ball matchplay competition. The five-hour match saw both pairs holing twos on the 17th hole. A long putt sunk on the 18th hole saw Helen Magee and Adair Dromgoole take the match two-up from Anita Gibb and Sandra Pope. Offshore golf, with pairs from as far south as Taupo and Wellsford in the north, was played out on one of the coldest days at Royal Auck- land. Although playing with the top team -- 70 stableford -- Waiheke's performances were very average, but the mulled wine later was a winner.
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