Waiheke Marketplace : July 25th 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 28 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, JULY 25, 2012 SPORT Great footy after the school holidays Working hard: Bailee Bell showing the heart that won him Under 11s tackler of the day. It was all go for Waiheke Rugby on Saturday with all junior teams in action, plus Waiheke High School and the senior Castaways. Some great footy was on display as teams returned to normal play after the disrup- tions of the school holidays. U12s 5 Pakuranga 5 The last 10 minutes of this game were the longest, as our Waiheke U12 team tried to work a win from the 5-all draw, that had the game against Pakuranga Cougars at a stalemate. The first half was incon- sequential, apart from Tommy Beale's nice break- through try which showed promise as we were only about five minutes into the game -- he is always 100 per cent every match. Things slowed and showed two teams returning from three weeks of no rugby. Our team was playing as if a couple of grades younger, unable to get the backline ball, though the forwards seem to win possession, then movements were not being completed. Early injuries saw a couple of Waiheke players out with most of the Pakuranga pres- sure on our line coming from Toby, an ex-Waiheke player. Five-all at halftime and both sides got tune-up mes- sages from the coaches. The second half was full of great rugby as huge Waiheke pressure on Cougars' line saw a try from Will Osborne/ Tommy Beale denied. There were penalties and scrums and another close call on the line but we could not cross the try-line. Great defence Pakuranga. Declan O'Malley led the forwards to player of the day. He and Inez, who was coach's choice, shone during this period of play. The last 10 minutes was all inside our own 22-metre line. Pressure from a breakaway run and a kick-through saw Pakuranga look like they had scored a try as their player went and touched down in the dead ball area. There was sideline uproar as the referee changed his decision and the the try was disallowed. Lucky break Waiheke. Will Osbourne and Mitchell Griffiths were tacklers of the day. Great half back play by Anthony Nelson kept their first-five nervous and some busting runs by Carlos Heta, Jack Breen and Harry Numans helped keep Pakur- anga away from Waiheke's line. It ended 5-all and no complaints. -- Steve Finn U11s 15 Marist 48 The U11 Sharks suffered another defeat in the older grade in front of a big home and visiting crowd at Rooster Park. The Marist boys showed plenty of elusiveness with ball in hand. They were helped along with plenty of ill discipline around tackling technique by the Sharks. When the boys finally got some possession it was at the wrong end but the backline driven by rookie halfback Jayden Lewis showed signs of potential. Halftime Marist 29 Sharks 0 Halftime saw super coach Steve Jackson address the boys. Just a couple of well- spoken observations and a suggestion of a remedy worked the oracle in the sec- ond half. The second stanza saw the Sharks match it with the Marist boys three tries apiece. After sustained pres- sure in the Marist red zone the boys crossed to the delight of themselves and the crowd. The scorer was Mr Reliable'' -- Beau Coxhead. A ruck infringement then a quick tap by Beau with pass- ing along the line then strong bursts from Liam James and Ahu Unga, saw the ball back in Beau's hands to crash over. The boys then had a good period of possession from the restart deep in the Marist half. A stolen ball and down- field kick not covered by a rookie winger out of position led to a long-range try against the run of play. A fine roll of pick-and-go led by Chace Harris, then Will Jackson, almost saw Monty Mathieson barge over close to the posts. He was held up and the resulting five-metre scrum saw the backline shine to send Beau over for his second try. A knock-on from the restart gave possession to Marist. Sharks defended stoutly but were penalised for an off- side. The resulting tap saw a great ball-and-all try-saving tackle from Ahu deemed too high and a penalty try awar- ded. A poor restart led to Marist's third try of the half. The rest of the game saw the Sharks hammering away at the Marist line. Just in the last minute being rewarded for their efforts with a hat- trick, the second this year, to Beau Coxhead. Player of the day was awar- ded to Ahu Unga. Tackler of the day went to diminutive wing dynamo Bailee Bell. Coach's choices went to first- time starting halfback Jay- den Lewis and Chace Harris for showing strong leadership in the pack. Well done boys. -- Leon Fredrichberg. U9s 5 Pakuranga 45 The score is no reflection of the improvement made to the Under 9 Sharks game. We had players stepping up all over the place making their mark on the game. India brought his tackling game to make a great impact defending and attacking. Geraint was all over the place and put in a great all-round game defending and attack- ing but it was his aggressive running that made the differ- ence. Taj Merriless got among the action, tackling and work- ing hard in the forward pack. Harry and Cole tackled well and got some run time with the ball. Waiheke were out-gunned by size, age and experience. The team came first for guts, determination and sports- manship. Well done team. Player of the day went to Geraint Vincent. Tackler of the day was India Bhana. Coach's choices were Taj Mer- rilees, Harry Callaghan and Cole Jackson. Try was scored by Rui Farrant. -- Tim Callaghan U7s 13 Carlton Black 13 Waiheke arrived 12 strong at Onetangi Sports Park to face off against Carlton Black. Carlton were strong con- tenders, their boys had a great step and slipped down the line. The Waiheke boys defended well and forced turn-overs. Like the roosters at the entrance of our sports park, our Waiheke Roosters are great dodgers. They have worked hard at training to get that step going. Fantastic tries on both sides. Carlton's Zane scored his first tries in his three years of rugby. Our Sam Pot- ter clocked six tries -- nearly half our total. Roosters had two players of the day -- Sam Clarke and Hunter Farquhar for enthusi- astic attacks and awesome running. Alex Jacomb received tackler of the day. Coach's choices went to Sam Potter for impressive try- scoring and Kaiden Ziegler for excellent defence. -- Sandra Twidle U6s 10 Grammar Carlton 10 After a three-week lay-off, the Under 6 Pirates were con- fronted by a 7am start, which may have been the real reason behind one or two cry- ing off sick. Those who showed up performed very creditably in a hard-fought 10-all draw with a deter- mined and well-drilled Gram- mar Carlton. The Pirates began well and opened up a two-try lead but Grammar fought back on a pitch nearly twice the size of our usual field. Big pitches encourage sideways running and produce lots of boring runaway tries at this level but the Pirates stuck to their script and ran straight throughout. A couple of intriguing refer- eeing decisions kept Gram- mar in the game and at the final whistle two very tired and muddy teams of 6-year- olds shook hands with hon- ours even. Player of the day was Thomas Flay for two excel- lent tries, one a length-of-the- field affair, the other a piece of opportunist brilliance. Luke Potter was his usual busy self and earned himself tackler of the day, although it was a close-run thing with James Thornbury giving everything he had in defence. Miles Rae continues to improve with each game and he picked up a coach's choice award, as did Thomas Robb for some much better run- ning. Jasper Peterken was the third recipient with a hat- ful of tries and tackles to his name. Leo Crawford and Oliver Baverstock both ran well and Nico Cumingwood gave his usual twinkletoes perform- ance with ball in hand. -- Jerry Flay Castaways v Ponsonby Waiheke's senior team, the Castaways, hosted the Pon- sonby Legions, finally manag- ing to secure a game after a lengthy month off. Lack of numbers plagues the Castaways this season, thankfully a trio of players from Ponsonby decided to help the local team even up player numbers and when local legendary marathon man Mark Bright was spot- ted on the sideline pre-match, we even managed to coerce him into strapping on a pair of footy boots for the first time in 30 years. After playing earlier in the day for the high school Ryan Bhana refereed the match and did an outstanding job. He also provided one of the highlights of the match when, near the end, a Ponsonby player broke free from Wai- heke's 22 and looked set to score a runaway try, Ryan must have thought Ponsonby had scored enough, so he gave chase and pulled the player down a couple of metres short of the line, while he was still reffing -- classic. With no games for a month, the Castaways' fitness wasn't the best, resulting in Pon- sonby scoring a few soft tries and a few more than the local team. Apart from one inci- dent the game was played in excellent spirits. Try of the day for the Cast- aways went to Mark Bright when he caught a nice cross- field kick and dotted down in the corner. Only two games remain for the Castaways and both are away, to Marist then Varsity. -- Ben Bagley Waiheke High School 19 Kings College 26 Waiheke made a slow start against Kings who are cur- rently hovering close to secur- ing a place in the semifinals for this competition. Kings were quick to capi- talise on the disorganised and lethargic start made by the islanders. However, 20 minutes and two tries later, the Waiheke fourth-graders began to claw their way into the match with some more characteristically fierce play. Their hard work and per- severance was rewarded with a try to Reagan Alofivae late in the first half. This took the halftime score to 12-7. The second half saw Wai- heke fight to retain pos- session. The increased urgency at the breakdown and some strong individual ball-carrying saw Waiheke score two well-earned tries through fullback Chris Rhodes. However, hesitance and a fragmented defensive line gifted two soft tries to Kings, one from a counter- attack in broken play and one from a 5-metre penalty. Waiheke's fluidity when running and off-loading the ball, their strength in set pieces and their occasional dominance at the breakdown indicate they were capable of producing a better perform- ance and result. This weekend Waiheke play Mt Albert Grammar at home in what promises to be a close, hard-fought game.
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