Gywnne Shield effort commended
A North Waikato rugby team tackled the Gwynne Shield competition head on and came out with the best result they’ve had over the last decade according to the coach.
Held in Cambridge, coach Andrew Brosnan said the 22-member team placed 9th overall and was comprised of kids from north of Wairere Dr to Ohinewai.
‘‘The kids had a fantastic time, they really enjoyed it... it’s the best that North Waikato did in the last nine years.’’
Though it wasn’t enough to claim the top spot, Brosnan said they had their own victories including opportunities to try out for a Waikato representative team.
‘‘Some of our boys have been picked to trial for the Roller Mills.’’
And their last game against Hamilton Eagles ended on a high as they toughed it out to win 15-10.
But it wasn’t all about winning, he said.
‘‘I think from a rugby perspective, they learn a lot about themselves as a rugby player.’’
Brosnan said they learned to prepare for a tournament by training and looking after themselves, especially with the ‘‘full on’’ week when they really had to ‘‘dig deep’’ at times.
Won by Cambridge, the competition for Waikato primary school students began in 1921.
The North Waikato team in red and blue put up a strong defence against the panthers