Spirited Hinuera draw 17-all against Suburbs in mudbath
McPherson Contractors Hinuera 17 Suburbs 17
Played at Wealleans Park, Hinuera showed spirit and spark that has been missing in recent weeks.
The weather gods followed visitors Suburbs to Hinuera, just as Hinuera did in round six.
Continuous rain fell throughout, making handling of the wet ball an awkward proposition.
The gold and blacks adopted the right tactics, forcing Suburbs into handling errors and pressure situations. From these, Toby O’Reilly capitalised, with successful penalties.
Suburbs refused to change their tactics of spinning the ball. Sometimes it worked. Sometimes not. Either side of halftime they scored three times. One was perhaps dubious when it appeared Todd Allen had forced the ball over Hinuera’s line for a twenty two drop out. Not so, according to the ref. Try to Suburbs, converted 17-9 to the visitors.
That was the end of their scoring. Not so Hinuera’s. In the past, they have folded. Coming off a two
three game losing streak, they showed heart. In fact, the last quarter was all Hinuera, pegging Suburb’s back in their half. Perhaps in an endeavour to re-group, Suburbs had three injury breaks. Several attacking mauls were defended by the home side.
The gold and blacks reverted to moves from the back of scrums. Alas, the last vital pass went missing. One move looked promising with Ryan Wilson making ground. A penalty was won, a maul was formed from which Zane Herrick scored in the 67th minute, 17-14 Suburbs.
Hinuera kept up the pressure, Wilson had another burst, O’Reilly slotted his fourth penalty to tie the scores at 17-all. And there were still eight minutes on the clock. O’Reilly had a last chance from the muddiest patch on the park, but the shot drifted wide.
Luke Gaensicke was player the day. Next week away to Southern. B’s won 32-0 against Suburbs, Colts won 32-3 against University.
The Challenge Matamata Swifts Ladies team scored their most impressive win of the season defeating previously unbeaten Cambridge at the Domain on Sunday.
Matamata began well and didn’t let up. Patrice Adamson and Mikaela Paradizo netted the vital goals but the entire squad of players contributed to the result.
Matamata’s intensity was high right from the first whistle. The result, an important milestone for this young and developing side, was built on a tigerish defensive effort, complete commitment and two well taken first half goals. Keeper, Ana Paterson, kept another clean sheet, while Adamson and youngster, Braxton Evans, were key performers in an outstanding team performance.
Before the match both sides had been level on points on the table, but Cambridge had sat in second thanks to their healthy goal difference and the fact they hadn’t played leaders Hamilton Wanderers. Matamata now jumps three points clear of Cambridge and has the prize of a top two finish well within their grasp.
Waikato Stud Matamata Swifts, Richardson Racing Stables Swifts Reserves
8th to Open Grade
Fixtures for (June 27/28):
had no games at the weekend due to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Final and third place games being played on Saturday.
Cambridge v Waikato Stud Matamata Swifts, John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, 2.45pm on Saturday. Cambridge Reserves v Richardson Racing Stables Swifts Reserves, John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, 12.30pm on Saturday. Challenge Matamata Swifts Ladies v Hamilton North, Matamata Domain, 11am on Sunday. All of the junior 8th to Open Grade sides’ draws can be found online. Visit www.matamataswifts.com/ juniors for more information.
starts at 9am at the Matamata Domain.