Four cups can be won on Satur­day

Eastern Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - PJ TAY­LOR

The ex­cel­lent sea­son for the

in Auck­land rugby league premier grade con­tin­ues fol­low­ing their im­pres­sive 36-20 win over the Mt Al­bert Lions in last Satur­day’s pre­lim­i­nary semi-fi­nal at Mt Smart Sta­dium No 2.

It means they now face the sea­son’s pace-set­ters Pt Che­va­lier Pi­rates in the sud­den-death elim­i­na­tion ma­jor semi, af­ter the Glenora Bears dis­posed of Pt Chev 36-6.

The win­ner of the Hor­nets v Pi­rates clash go on to grap­ple with Glenora in the SAS Fox Me­mo­rial Tro­phy grand fi­nal on Septem­ber 2.

There are five league premier grade fi­nals at Trusts Sta­dium, Cen­tral Park Drive, Hen­der­son, start­ing from 11am this Satur­day, with the main event, the How­ickPt Che­va­lier match at 2.40pm.

In the Crown Lift Trucks Shar­man Cup, Bay Roskill ad­vance to the grand fi­nal, while Otahuhu and Pon­sonby bat­tle it out at 11am to see who they face. Un­de­feated lead­ers

have their big chance to lift football’s NRFL sec­ond divi­sion cham­pi­onship crown if they win at Taka­puna AFC this Satur­day, 3pm at Ta­haroto Park.

At their neigh­bours, the men’s first team of

can also claim the cham­pi­onship ti­tle for the AFF (Auck­land Football Fed­er­a­tion) Con­fer­ence League, with vic­tory over south­ern neigh­bours South Auck­land Rangers at Lloyd Elsmore Park, 2.45pm this Satur­day.

A win to Buck­lands Beach will con­firm their pro­mo­tion to the NRFL sec­ond divi­sion for next year, the high­est league the club has played in at premier level.

The club’s re­serve team have also done well again, in that for the sec­ond year in a row they have won the Con­fer­ence Re­serves League.

East Auck­land has two sec­ondary schools rugby First XVs in grand fi­nals at Eden Park this Satur­day, with

and

How­ick Hor­nets United AFC Fen­ci­bles Buck­lands Beach Saint Kentigern Col­lege Botany Downs Sec­ondary Col­lege

in their re­spec­tive sea­son de­ciders.

St Kents, the 2015 win­ners of the 1A grade, had to work hard to de­feat Auck­land Gram­mar on their home field last Satur­day.

They over­came sev­eral deficits and a yel­low card to edge out Gram­mar 17-13.

In the other semi-fi­nal at Sa­cred Heart Col­lege, the home side tri­umphed 21-0, three tries to none, over St Peters Col­lege.

This Satur­day’s 1A grade fi­nal is at Eden Park at 2.30pm, while the 1B Cham­pi­onship fi­nal is the cur­tain­raiser at 12.15pm, when un­beaten-all-sea­son Botany Downs Sec­ondary will line up against One Tree Hill Col­lege.

In front of a big crowd at home last Satur­day, Botany Downs beat Mt Roskill Gram­mar 23-3, while One Tree Hill de­feated

18-17.

Col­lege Tan­garoa

SHANE WENZLICK / PHOTOTEK.NZ

How­ick’s Jesse Keven beats three Mt Al­bert play­ers to touch down for his sec­ond try in the semi-fi­nal. More pho­tos, page 12.

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