Leopards’ prowess proves too strong
Otahuhu Leopards, who are the 2011 Fox Memorial champions from Auckland, travelled to Tokoroa for the annual pre-season event to take on our two local league clubs, Forestland Falcons and Pacific Sharks.
It was great to see such an awesome crowd come out and support both our clubs.
The games were played in four 20- minute quarters and in very warm conditions.
The first game up saw the Forestland Falcons starting strong but the Leopards soon proved their prowess on the field with five tries and two conversions in the first half.
Falcons came back in the second half with two tries, scored by Baldie Neho and Tama Allan, with both being converted by Axl Kingi.
The Leopards were here to do business and answered back with five more tries and another two conversions with the Leopards winning 50-12.
The second game was Pacific Sharks. Leopards came prepared and were keen to win back the trophy that Sharks won last year.
Both teams were evenly matched and started strong in a fast-paced game before Leopards scored the first points of the game in the second quarter. This gave Leopards their confidence before Sharks answered back with a try to Tamatoa Reu and converted by Ngari Hawkins. Leopards – not to be outdone – answered back with a try and conversion before going to the halftime break 12-6 to lead.
Sharks contested in the second half of the game but fitness showed and Leopards gained momentum scoring another seven tries and two conversions, with the final score 46- 6. Leopards were extremely happy to take the trophy home with them.
Both league clubs are looking forward to their league season which kicks off in April.
The annual Cronulla Sharks U17s tournament was held in Taupo on Sunday.
This tournament offers an opportunity for two scholarships with Cronulla Sharks and scouts looking for developing talent.
A composite team was made up on the day of nine Pacific Sharks players, five from Putaruru Dragons and four from Taupo Phoenix. The team played and lost three games but were very competitive and played well despite coming together on the day.
Congratulations to Cleveland Poko from Pacific Sharks who was named one of the Best and Fairest player at the tournament and also named in the team to play the Warriors development squad this Saturday in Taupo.
Some other players are on the radar and the selectors will be watching them closely.