Best Gwynne Shield ef­fort ‘in years’

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Local News - AN­DREA COLLINS

This week the Mata­mata Gwynne Shield team were play­ing at the Gwynne Shield tour­na­ment in Hau­tapu, Cam­bridge.

The boys started the week fac­ing North Waikato, who in the past have been a very weak side.

They cer­tainly stepped up this year and didn’t make it easy for us, but we came away with a wellde­served 13-5 win.

On the sec­ond day, the team faced the tough­est draw of the tour­na­ment, the Hamil­ton Wasps.

First we had a few tries go west through han­dling er­rors and ended the game 5-all.

The team then came up against a very tough team in the Toko­roa Tri­tons.

Af­ter giv­ing their all in the game against the Wasps, they fell short to the Tri­tons, 24-0.

Tues­day had the play­ers feel­ing fresh and the hard­est games be­hind them, or so the team thought.

The team was to meet a tough Cam­bridge side but came away with a 7-5 win.

Wed­nes­day saw the draw start­ing to get a lit­tle eas­ier as the team faced an­other dou­ble draw against the Hamil­ton Ea­gles, which Mata­mata won 17-0.

This was fol­lowed by an­other win, 24-0 against Mor­rinsville.

Thurs­day, the fa­tigue was start­ing to set in but the boys pulled them­selves to­gether and beat the Hamil­ton Tigers 25-5.

Head­ing into Fri­day there were four teams all bat­tling it out for the sec­ond spot in the fi­nal with the Tri­tons se­cur­ing their spot early.

Mata­mata beat Te Awa­mutu 10-7 and the Hamil­ton Pan­thers 25-0 and fin­ished the round robin stage on 33 points, two points be­hind the Wasps and five points ahead of North Waikato.

This left Mata­mata to bat­tle it out for 3rd and 4th against North Waikato who the team beat 34-26 to take over­all third place.

The boys can be proud fin­ish­ing the tour­na­ment with seven wins, one draw and one loss.

The best re­sult Mata­mata has had in years.

The team was also ex­tremely proud of seven play­ers, Damien Arnold, Darcy Keenan, Dy­lan Storey, Ree­gan Aarsen, Mikaira Snow­den, Adrein CollinsWharawhara and Wiremu Wal­lace, all mak­ing the Waikato Coun­try team (for­merly Waikato Rangers) Roller Mills Trial team.

This is the high­est num­ber of Mata­mata rep­re­sen­ta­tion in a num­ber of years. The team thanked the com­mu­nity for sup­port­ing the play­ers dur­ing the week-long tour­na­ment.

AN­DREA COLLINS

Mata­mata team mem­bers from the Gwynne Shield Dy­lan Storey, Darcy Keenan, Adrein Collins-Wharawhara, Damien Arnold, Ree­gan Aarsen, Mikaira Snow­den and Wiremu Wal­lace were all se­lected for the Roller Mills rugby team.

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Adrein Wharawhara named MVP for Mata­mata, with par­ents (and coach) Ade Wharawhara and An­drea Collins.

Adrein Wharawhara keeps the ball se­cure as he de­fends against his op­po­nent from the Hamil­ton Tigers.

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