Co-ed final looms for college
COMAG Matamata College 1st XV will play Hillcrest High School in the Waikato Co-Ed schools final.
However, they were knocked out of the Division 1 competition following a 22-10 loss to HBHS Colts in the semi-final.
After falling behind 15-0, Matamata fought their way back into the game thanks to a well worked team try that was converted by Kieran Holdsworth.
Holdsworth also kicked a penalty to make the score 15-10. With 10 minutes to go in the game HBHS scooped up the ball from a dropped pass by Matamata to complete the scoring.
‘‘Despite the disappointing loss, it was a brave performance by Matamata.’’
Despite the disappointing loss, it was a brave performance by Matamata. Oscar Morrissey, Owen Veltman, Aidan Lawrence, Maia Haumu, Obe Wallace were some to stand out.
Thanks to COMAG for their support of all the college rugby teams. Thanks also to Matamata Physiotherapy and Kings electrical for donating the tape.
The U14s won against Tokoroa by 27-22 to make the final in their division. Dean Sankey, Tyrell Taylor, Braedon Morgan, Ethan Gibbs and Te Kaha Graham were the try scorers while Haimoana Davis kicked a conversion.
The U15 team needed a win in their final pool game to make the final, but drew with HBHS White, 17-all. Iraia Shelford scored two tries and had an excellent game. The 2nd XV went down to HBHS Silver 53 to 5. James Yarndley scored the try and Tai Leaf had a strong game for Matamata.
The 1st XV play at 11am, Saturday, at home.
Caine Hohepa drives forward, taking two Hamilton Boys’ High School Colts players with him.
Oscar Morrissey and Kieran Holdsworth word hard on defence.
Kieran Holdsworth on kicking duties when Matamata met HBHS at Steele Park in Hamilton on Saturday.