Bays cel­e­brate league win

North Shore Times - - OUT & ABOUT - ANNA THOMP­SON

The East Coast Bays premier rugby league team are show­ing their ju­nior play­ers there is a fu­ture at the club.

The Bar­racu­das based in Frey­berg Park, Browns Bay, came from be­hind at half time to win the Auck­land Rugby League Shar­man Plate Tro­phy over Waitem­ata.

The Waitem­ata Seag­ulls were lead­ing 12-4 at half time but the East Coast Bays team came back in the sec­ond half to win the plate and the ti­tle.

Bar­racuda Jack Allen scored a try in the fi­nal min­utes to se­cure the win and fin­ish with a score of 20-16.

There were also tries to Ian Mills (2) and Cameron Ni­cholas with con­ver­sions from Caleb Carter.

Ja­maal Ropata was awarded player of the day for his ‘‘out­stand­ing work rate’’ in both at­tack and de­fence.

Pres­i­dent of the club and player Justin Barr said this win fol­lowed a great sea­son un­der coach Ross Hil­ton.

Hil­ton said to win the Shar­man plate means a lot to this group who have been work­ing since Novem­ber last year.

‘‘Th­ese guys don’t get paid to play, they play be­cause they want to be with their mates. For our small club, the Shar­man plate tro­phy lets our younger play­ers know they don’t have to leave the club to win some­thing. Bring on next sea­son.’’

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East Coast Bays premier rugby league team, the Bar­racu­das cel­e­brate win­ning the Shar­man Plate.

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