Divine win in shield match
Shaky start for Norths
Holy Family asserted its dominance as the best primary school rugby side in eastern Porirua with victory in the Fruean Shield final last week.
This is the second year the trophy – named after local legend Robbie Fruean – has been contested, with local schools playing a round-robin competition over the past five weeks.
The finals were held at Holy Family last Thursday, which firstly saw Windley overcome Glenview in the playoff for third before the big match- up – Cannons Creek taking on the hosts, who were looking to defend their title.
A closely-contested final was won 35-20 by Holy Family, much to the delight of the full embankment.
They led from start to finish, thanks to some surging runs from deep in their own half by the likes of Jeremiah Lokeni.
Holy Family principal Karl Vasau was chuffed with his side’s performance, which came after a lot of preparation during winter. He paid tribute to Katarina Whata, currently in England with the Black Ferns, for her time coaching the team, and team leaders like Lokeni and captain Samson Vandermade.
‘‘They worked really hard for this, it’s been a good year in contact sports for us. Katarina instilled some of her sound rugby knowledge and it paid off.
‘‘ This is a great competition, a chance to show off the talent that Porirua has, and I know other schools are showing interest [at joining].’’
Vasau said organiser Duncan Murray, coach of the vanquished Cannons Creek team, must be recognised, as it was his vision to put the tournament together in 2010.
Murray said all the schools involved prepared well, played in the right spirit and it was an ‘‘amazing environment’’ for the players. North City go into their first twoday cricket match of the season perilously close to the foot of the table after a string of losses.
Following a bright start, Norths’ season is wobbling. The weekend of November 26/27 was particularly forgettable, where they lost three out of four T20 matches, including one against Taita when they were rolled for 37.
Last Saturday, at Linden, they came up 39 runs short of Eastern Suburbs’ excellent total of 268/6 in a 50-over match. Michael Pollard continued his fine run of form with 111 but he did not receive a lot of help as his side were bowled out for 229.
The one-day points table sees Norths on 12 points, four ahead of Upper Hutt, who had a surprise win over competition leaders Karori. This weekend and December 17 they host Taita, who made just 92 in their one-dayer against Collegians on Saturday. The coloured clothing is put away until January 7 and 14, when Norths face Karori and Upper Hutt in their final one-day fixtures.
Ball control: It’s all about who wants it more as Miti Miti from Cannons Creek School does his best to retain possession from two Holy Family adversaries.
Fleet of foot: Holy Family School fullback Meke Iakopo looks to elude a tackler during his side’s victory in the Fruean Shield last week.