Strong fin­ish­ing gives Dragons re­serves win

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St Ge­orge Dragons and Porirua Vik­ings may have missed out on play­ing in rugby league’s premier grand fi­nal but vic­to­ries in other se­nior and ju­nior grades show that the tal­ent is com­ing through.

At the fi­nals day at Porirua Park on Au­gust 11, the Dragons won the re­serve grade ti­tle at se­nior level, and their un­der-13 and un­der-14 sides won their re­spec­tive fi­nals.

The Vik­ings, mean­while, had to be con­tent with vic­tory in the Se­nior sec­onds and their Porirua Green team win­ning the un­der-11 grade.

St Ge­orge chair­per­son Stella Teariki says their re­serves’ win, the club’s first se­nior ti­tle since 1979, was a thrilling achieve­ment for the club. They last won the premier grade in 1977 and ap­peared in the grand fi­nal in 1995.

In a topsy-turvy game, St Ge­orge emerged 26-18 win­ners over Rand­wick. The Dragons led 10-0 at the break and de­spite their Hutt op­po­nents fight­ing back hard in the sec­ond half, they fin­ished strongly and de­served the win.

De­vel­op­ing a win­ning en­vi­ron­ment has been the work of many peo­ple and it bodes well for the com­ing sea­sons, she says.

‘‘Colin Sharrock has done a mar­vel­lous job as re­serve grade coach this sea­son and along with the changes brought in by first-year premier coach Daryl Rolle­ston, it gives St Ge­orge a much more posi- tive base to fur­ther the club’s progress at se­nior level for the 2013 sea­son.”

The Vik­ings’ se­nior sec­onds out­played their Pe­tone coun­ter­parts to take the tro­phy, but trailed 6-0 early in the game.

Some in­di­vid­ual magic from 18-year-old Mau­riri Ma­son, com­bin­ing with Joseph Hickey, brought them level.

The game was won up front, with MVP of the day Monty Makalio work­ing tire­lessly on at­tack and de­fence, as he and his fel­low for­wards shoul­dered the bulk of the work. The sec­ond half was a pro­ces­sion for the Vik­ings, with three more tries ce­ment­ing the 30-12 win.

St Ge­orge had its ju­nior prize­giv­ing on Satur­day at Pataka, with for­mer Kiwi cap­tain Ruben Wiki as guest speaker.

Photo sup­plied

Young gun: Un­der-6 St Ge­orge Dragons player Nali Walters-Tairawhiti on the burst dur­ing the re­cent fi­nals day at Porirua Park.

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