Best Gwynne Shield effort ‘in years’
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.
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.
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.