Stingrays win under-17s league champs
National Championship (promotion/relegation): Counties Manukau Stingrays 64 (Michael Blucher, Roydon Gillett 3, Nicholas Wilson 2, Reece Joyce, Buchanan Rawhiti 3, John Vuetibau, David Toetu, William Stowers tries; William Stowers 4, Buchanan Rawhiti, Stitiveni Taufa goals) Bay of Plenty Lakers 4. Stingrays retain position in the premiership division for next year.
Youth Championship: The Stingrays are rugby league’s national under-17 champions. They beat defending champions the Akarana Falcons 26-18 in the grand final of the national youth championships at Puketawhero Park, Rotorua, last Friday. They beat Waicoa Bay 64-10 in the semifinals. The Stingrays’ under-15s beat Waicoa Bay 18-6 to finish third behind champions Akarana Falcons and runners-up Auckland Vulcans.
New Zealand Residents XIII: Four Stingrays have been named in the New Zealand Residents team to face the Maori at Bruce Pulman Park, Papakura, on Saturday at 2.30pm. They are fullback George Edwards (Papakura Sea Eagles), centre Roydon Gillette (Howick Hornets) and prop Uila Aiolupo (Papakura Sea Eagles). RUGBY
Mitre 10 Cup: Manawatu 24 Counties Manakau 29 (Ronald Raymakers, Stephen Donald, Orbyn Leger, Nigel Ah Wong, tries; Stephen Donald 3 con, pen). Points: Canterbury 36, Taranaki 36, North Harbour 32, Tasman 30, Counties Manukau 22, Auckland 17, Waikato 15. Draw: Steelers v Tasman, ECOLight Stadium, Pukekohe. Date: October 14. Start: 7.35pm.
Farah Palmer Cup: Wellington 13 Counties Manukau Heat 43 (Leilani Perese, Justine Lavea, Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali 3, penalty try, tries; Hazel Tubic 4 con, pen). H/t: 5-22. Draw: Manawatu v Counties Manukau Heat, Palmerston North. Date: October 14. Start: noon. SOFTBALL
Newcomers Drury gave top premier women’s side Otahuhu a real scare on Saturday. They took an early 1-0 on the back of a walk, a couple of Otahuhu errors and some great execution before the title hopefuls got their act together and cleared out to 5-1. But the Garry Dando-coached underdogs weren’t done. They clawed their way back to 5-4 on the back of a couple of hits before running out of time.