Ponies looking to jump up to first place
The Ponsonby Ponies will be looking to make amends and get their season back on a winning track in the battle for the rugby league Mandron Masonry Phelan Shield tomorrow.
When the Ponsonby side took to the field against the Mt Wellington Warriors at Victoria Park on May 25 they had the opportunity to climb into equal first place but it was an opportunity lost with the Warriors triumphing 20-12.
From the outset the Ponies proved their mettle in the difficult conditions, more than matching their opponents defensively, but they were guilty of failing to respect the football on attack.
Throughout the first 40 minutes the Ponies failed to complete a set.
But they went to the break down only 10-0 and a second spell saw a reinvigorated Pon- sonby side fight their way back into the match with two unconverted tries.
The Ponies were on the verge of an upset of the previously undefeated Warriors but after a charged-down kick, which could have yielded the go-ahead try for the team, was called by the referee for a knock-on the match turned again.
The Ponies continued to fight back and set up the opportunity to take the game in the last five minutes only for it to yield an intercept try to the Warriors on the buzzer.
Tomorrow the Ponies will host Hibiscus Coast Raiders at Victoria Park.
Lost opportunity: The Ponsonby Ponies are hoping round eight of the Mandron Masonry Phelan Shield competition will see them climb to the top of the table.