St­ingrays win un­der-17s league champs

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RUGBY LEAGUE

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.

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