Boys en­joy Wakely Shield games

Bush Telegraph - - HEALTH & WELL BEING - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Dan­nevirke’s first sor­tie into the Wakely Shield rugby in the sec­ond week of the hol­i­days at Taradale Rugby and Sports Club turned out to be a thor­oughly sat­is­fy­ing ex­per­i­ment, ac­cord­ing to coach Lin­coln Barnes.

The team con­sisted of boys who were un­der 13 and un­der 50kg, lighter than Ross Shield top weight.

This gave Dan­nevirke’s lighter most promis­ing rugby play­ers a chance to play against sim­i­lar op­po­nents. Dan­nevirke was still dis­ad­van­taged, draw­ing many play­ers from the Un­der 11 rep team when the Hawke’s Bay teams had mostly older boys.

In the first two games Dan­nevirke were beaten by Napier West and Napier East, 71-0 and 65-5 re­spec­tively al­though it held East to 5-0 for al­most the first half.

Dan­nevirke lost 12-17 to a Sara­cen’s team in its third game be­fore play­ing Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay, where Dan­nevirke won 22-21.

In the plate fi­nal Dan­nevirke again played Sara­cens and lost 17-0.

Lin­coln said the boys have now learnt what it is like to play five games in a week and will be the bet­ter for it when they reach the Ross Shield. Six boys will qual­ify for the Wakely Tro­phy again next year.

The tour­na­ment in­cluded a game of chess between the top player of each team after the match. Dan­nevirke’s Co­hen Boustead was the cham­pion, win­ning ev­ery game.

Jamie Mon­aghan won the best kicker and Car­son Ma­son was sec­ond fastest player.

Jamie Mon­aghan placed sec­ond in the Josh Kron­feld Cup on Day One, Tay­lor Barnes won Day Two, Ben Olsen won Day Three and Henry Speedy with Con­nor An­der­son were sec­ond.

Tumu ITM was lead spon­sor and there were 32 other spon­sors.

PHO­TOS / LISA SCHAF­FER

The team ready to play Sara­cens.

Ma­jay-Jose Peachey runs pow­er­fully.

Bealey Schaf­fer shows his de­ter­mi­na­tion.

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