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Joshua Baver­stock con, pen) Otago 13 H/t: 5-6.

Coun­ties Manukau v Hawke’s Bay, Owen De­lany Park, Taupo. Septem­ber 13. 2.15pm

Points: Draw: Start: Girls tive re­sults: Un­der 85kg: Semi Date: fi­nal draw: (Un­der-18s): Date: Start: Farah Palmer Cup Premier­ship:

Coun­ties Manukau Heat 48 (Ari­hi­ana Marino 2, Katie Matau, Stacey Brown, Ti­mara Leaf, Utu­malama Ato­nio, Aroha Heta, tries. Hazel Tu­bic 5 co, pen) Waikato 0 H/t: 29-0. Coun­ties Manukau 10, Auck­land 7, Welling­ton 5, Manawatu 5, Waikato 5, Can­ter­bury 4. Auck­land Storm v Coun­ties Manukau Heat, Bell Park, Paku­ranga. Septem­ber 16. Mid­day.

Coun­ties Manukau 64 (Paige Asi­ata 2, Shiquelia Pick­er­ing, Tak­fekau Ma­puhola 2, Mary-Jane Finau, Tahina Heta, Emily Kit­son, Lagi Au­mua, Manaia Tay­lor, tries. Shonte To’a 5, Leiti­tia Vaka 2 con) Taranaki 0 H/t: 24-0.

Coun­ties Manukau B (Black) 3 (Ray Laulala pen) Waikato 11 H/t: 3-3. Coun­ties Manukau B (Red) 20, North­land 15 H/t: 12-3.

Coun­ties Manukau3, Waikato 8 H/t: 3-3.

Coun­ties Manukau 11, Bay of Plenty 15. H/t: 6-10.

Rep­re­senta- Un­der 16s:

Do you have a flair for singing? Have you al­ways dreamed of per­form­ing on stage? Would you like to be part of group of friendly, fun-lov­ing women and go places?

SouthCity Soundz are an in­clu­sive, all-fe­male bar­ber­shop cho­rus that can help you dis­cover an ex­cit­ing new hobby and let your in­ner artist break free.

Based in South Auck­land and cel­e­brat­ing their 25th birth­day this year, the cho­rus are a vi­brant and ver­sa­tile group of women who love per­form­ing to­gether.

The al­most 20-mem­ber group sing un­der the di­rec­tor­ship of Sh­eryl Wil­lis and Ch­eryl Wei­jer­mars and are based at St John Evan­ge­list School Hall,


While Sh­eryl is ex­pe­ri­enced in teach­ing, speech lan­guage and dance, Ch­eryl comes from a clas­si­cal mu­sic back­ground and has ob­tained Grade 5 Singing through the Royal School of


The cho­rus is hav­ing an open night from 7pm on Septem­ber 18. ‘‘We are open to women of all ages and singing abil­i­ties, and younger mem­bers are wel­come,’’ Ch­eryl says.

‘‘SouthCity Soundz are com­mit­ted to en­cour­ag­ing the love and har­mony of bar­ber­shop singing. We of­fer a plat­form for mem­bers to en­joy, learn, per­form and com­pete.’’

Those se­lected will get six free group-singing lessons, which will cover the ba­sics of good singing tech­nique, pos­ture and breath­ing, phona­tion, ar­tic­u­la­tion and res­o­nance.

Mem­bers will re­ceive sup­port and one-on-one train­ing from pro­fes­sional voice teach­ers, in­clud­ing top Amer­i­can artists from Sweet Ade­lines, the um­brella or­gan­i­sa­tion of women’s bar­ber­shop singing.

The group prac­tise ev­ery Mon­day in Otara and quar­tets can or­gan­ise their train­ing sep­a­rately if they find it con­ve­nient.

‘‘We travel and com­pete na­tion­wide,’’ says Ch­eryl.

‘‘Cur­rently we are the small­est bar­ber­shop group in the coun­try and are look­ing to grow.’’

Mem­ber­ship in SouthCity Soundz is also an ex­cel­lent way of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity.

The group sing at rest homes and at char­i­ta­ble events like the At­tain­able Trust Dis­abled Christ­mas party, South­mall Santa Pa­rade and other com­mu­nity events.

In­ter­ested? For more in­for­ma­tion email Ch­eryl or phone

021 243-2624.

Gen­er­ally per­formed by a cho­rus (which closely re­sem­bles a choir) or a bar­ber­shop quar­tet (a group of four singers with one on each vo­cal part).

Per­formed ‘a cap­pella’ style – with­out mu­si­cal ac­com­pa­ni­ment.

The reper­toire is in­spired by pop­u­lar songs.

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