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

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