A-grade thriller in Dan­nevirke ju­nior rugby

Bush Telegraph - - Property Market - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Over 150 play­ers, al­most matched by par­ents and other sup­port­ers, flocked to Corona­tion Park in Dan­nevirke to play ju­nior rugby on Satur­day June 2.

It was a dis­play of open run­ning rugby, just the way the or­gan­is­ers want it, on a per­fect morn­ing.

All the pri­mary schools in the Dan­nevirke area were rep­re­sented, with some trav­el­ling to Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay as well.

High­light of the morn­ing was the se­nior grade bat­tle be­tween South School and Puke­toi. It started a lit­tle onesided with South scor­ing four tries to one in the first half but Puke­toi ral­lied and closed the gap to one try with 10 min­utes to play.

Teams swapped tries over those last min­utes, the re­sult in doubt un­til the fi­nal whis­tle. South hung on to win 45-38.

There were good num­bers in all grades, keen par­ent coaches and helpers and fine weather.

Manaia Hauiti takes the ball up for Puke­toi in the se­nior game against South.

Wiremu Power with his en­tire Huia Range team in sup­port heads to the line against Te Kura in the Rip­per grade.

Jakey Charl­ton leads his Ruahine team against South in the Un­der 11’s.

Bei­dan Ham­man shows de­ter­mi­na­tion for O¯ tane.

Te Maia Sweet­man of Te Kura sprints down the right wing against O¯ tane in the Un­der 11 Grade.

Grayson Cam­mock about to score for Ruahine against St Joseph’s in the Rip­per Grade.

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