Win crowns unbeaten season
An unbeaten season by a fit and fired up Whale Watch Kaikoura senior rugby team provided Kaikoura’s sporting highlight of the year, with victory in the Marlborough Division 2 championship final against Moutere in July.
The 43-22 win against a gallant Magpies team was the fitting culmination to an impressive string of successes this year.
Early in the season there was frustration that the Waitohi and Harlequins teams defaulted after not travelling to Kaikoura for games.
The Harlequins senior A side was unable to field a team in May after injuries to their front row.
Another game, against Moutere, was cut short when the referee was injured.
Coach Colin Timms said the team had set out to play open, attacking rugby this season, and they certainly achieved that in the final when they scored four tries in the first half against Moutere at Lansdowne Park, Blenheim.
‘‘They are a good bunch of boys. It’s good for Kaikoura. I’m proud of them; it’s been a good year,’’ he said.
Club chairman Tony Anker said they were stoked at the result, and also mentioned the fantastic support the team had enjoyed.
‘‘When it came to the business end of the season, everyone really stepped up. Kaikoura had huge support at Lansdowne Park and the boys delivered for them.
The team can be very proud of achieving a clean sweep and managing to secure five trophies along the way.
Some tireless, marauding attacking displays from flankers James Hunt and Amoraki Cowan, and No 8 Dwayne Timms.
Props Steven Crudis and Phil Guthrie featured often in match reports, and behind the scrum first five Chris McDermott and midfielder Myles Hamilton — who also kicked the points — dictated play superbly.
In the final tries were scored by Liam O’Donoghue, centre Fraser Seddon and wing Dan Anderson.
The Cray coasters kept the same squad of 22 in a season without major injuries, and that consistency was key to their high energy brand of attacking rugby.
Marlborough champs: The Kaikoura senior rugby team proved too good for all comers this year.