Co-ed fi­nal looms for col­lege

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - RUGBY

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.

PHO­TOS: KATRINA TANIRAU

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.

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