Spir­ited Hin­uera draw 17-all against Sub­urbs in mud­bath

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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.

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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.

The

Waikato Stud Mata­mata Swifts, Richard­son Rac­ing Sta­bles Swifts Re­serves

8th to Open Grade

Ju­niors

Fix­tures for (June 27/28):

Ju­nior Football:

Mini-kick­ers

and

the Swifts’

had no games at the week­end due to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Fi­nal and third place games be­ing played on Satur­day.

this week­end

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.

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