Boys enjoy Wakely Shield games
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.
The team ready to play Saracens.
Majay-Jose Peachey runs powerfully.
Bealey Schaffer shows his determination.