Ross Shield Team the best in years

Bush Telegraph - - FOCUS ON DANNEVIRKE - By CHRIS­TINE MCKAY AND DAVE MUR­DOCH

The 2018 Dan­nevirke Ross Shield team has done Dan­nevirke proud, Quin­ney Olsen, Dan­nevirke JAB chair­man says.

“This was a great ef­fort, the best for a long time,” he said. “We cer­tainly rat­tled the city teams’ cages — they didn’t ex­pect that. The coach­ing was ex­cel­lent. Si­mon Prout­ing, Aaron Satch­well, Matt Au­gus­tine and man­ager Fiona Prout­ing did so well.”

With out­stand­ing per­for­mances at last week’s tour­na­ment in Waipuku­rau, Dan­nevirke won the Life Mem­ber’s Salver, win­ning over coun­try clubs Waipuku­rau 38-5 and Wairoa, 80-5. But they also did well against city teams, go­ing down nar­rowly to Hast­ings East 7-10 and Hast­ings West, 10-12. The score against Napier 8-31 didn’t re­flect the way Dan­nevirke played, with Napier head coach Ty­rone Thomp­son quick to heap ku­dos on Dan­nevirke.

“Dan­nevirke took to us in the first 15 min­utes and out­played us at the rucks,” he said. “We ab­sorbed a lot of pres­sure but came back well in the sec­ond half. It never felt like we were ahead of them. It’s the best Dan­nevirke side I’ve seen for a long time.” Rico Phillips, Josh Au­gus­tine and Manaia Hauiti were se­lected for the team.

Long­time sup­porter of the Ross Shield Bill Web­ster who has at­tended nearly ev­ery tour­na­ment over 30 years and trav­elled to Waipuku­rau ev­ery day echoes the sen­ti­ment, say­ing the team matched those which won the tour­na­ment in 1982 and 1987.

There were tal­ented and well­built play­ers but they were also well coached by coaches Si­mon Prout­ing, Al­lan Satch­well and Matt Au­gus­tine.

“The team was un­lucky,” he said. “Had the nar­row losses gone the other way the team would have se­ri­ously chal­lenged for the shield.”

PHOTO / CHRIS­TINE MCKAY.

The three Dan­nevirke Ross Shield Reps: From Left: Rico Phillips, Josh Au­gus­tine and Manaia Hauiti.

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