Hard work pays off
The Eden Gold under-17 team are rugby champs for a second year running.
After defeating club-mates Eden Black in the under-17 semifinal, the side overcame Waitakere Maroon 10-0 in the final late last month.
The only try in their win over Waitakere was scored by Lynfield College student Taufa Fifita, while Uilisone Leumuava slotted a penalty and conversion.
Originally Eden Gold qualified for the semis in fourth spot, but were promoted to third after Roskill Districts were removed from the competition for fielding an overage player.
Eden Gold coach Keli Fifita says the team worked hard and showed plenty of dedication throughout the season, with several members travelling from west Auckland to play for the side.