Vik­ings to face Te Atatu in Shar­man Cup fi­nal

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - TORIKA TOKALAU-CHAN­DRA

One game at a time has al­ways been the stride of the Bay Roskill Vik­ings in the 2016 Shar­man Cup rugby league com­pe­ti­tion.

Fol­low­ing 16 wins over 19 games, the Vik­ings have found them­selves in the grand fi­nal against last year’s fi­nal­ists the Te Atatu Roost­ers.

‘‘All year it has been one game at a time,’’ Vik­ings coach Colin Brown says.

Brown knows the Roost­ers de­mand a lot of re­spect after fin­ish­ing top of the ta­ble in the league.

They’ve won 18 games this sea­son.

‘‘Te Atatu is a class team, they have been lead­ing the way in the com­pe­ti­tion and will def­i­nitely be look­ing to main­tain their sta­tus es­pe­cially since they came so close last year in the grand fi­nal.

‘‘We have a chance to make the premier grade - the last time we were there was back in 2012 so this game means a lot to us.

‘‘There is 80 min­utes of play, 17 play­ers each, three match of­fi­cials - the ball can bounce ei­ther way.’’

Bay Roskill booked their grand fi­nal spot by tak­ing down Waitem­ata Seag­ulls on Au­gust 27, 24-12.

‘‘This has been a good sea­son for our three main teams, our premier two [side] won their grand fi­nal and our se­nior re­serves just missed out.’’

The grand fi­nal kicks off at 11.30am at Mt Smart Sta­dium #2 on Satur­day.

PHOTO: PHOTOTEK

Bay Roskill Vik­ings’ Carn Roberts puts out a fend against Waitem­ata in the semis.

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