Norths’ big day
Porirua Park was full of celebration as Northern United’s men’s and women’s rugby sides recorded big wins on Saturday.
Dawn Patelesio celebrated an incredible milestone, her 300th game in blue and white, as Norths romped away to a 146-0 victory over Upper Hutt Rams.
The result puts the unbeaten Norths women on top of the standings after four matches, with 276 points for and just 12 against.
In the men’s match, against Paremata Plimmerton, the home side proved too hot to handle and retained the Bill Brien Challenge Shield and the Ivan Hargreaves Trophy with a 53-16 win.
Paremata Plimmerton’s forwards worked hard for 80 minutes, but several huge plays made the difference for Norths, who led 25-6 at halftime.
Norths fullback Johnny Teleaga was in sublime form – whenever he touched the ball, things happened – and the measured boot of Perry Hayman played a crucial part.
The result puts the Porirua side second in the table after six matches, four spots ahead of neighbours Tawa, who were impressive in beating Johnsonville 80-10 at Lyndhurst Park.
In Central League football, Western Suburbs kicked their campaign into gear with a 6-1 thrashing of Wellington United. After a loss and two draws in the first three weeks, the shackles were broken at Endeavour Park and Wests are now fifth in the table.
St George had their first win of the season in Wellington premier rugby league, seeing off University Hunters 26-22 at Kelburn Park.
Porirua Vikings, meanwhile, were outclassed 80-0 by competition leaders Whiti Te Ra and are bottom of the table.