Tom Smith cel­e­brates blazer game for Kerik­eri

The Northland Age - - Sport -

Kerik­eri 43 Hora Hora 29 (17-24): Keri re­versed a half­time deficit to fin­ish rel­a­tively con­vinc­ing win­ners at home in round 14/18 of the Bay­leys Premier­ship match on Satur­day.

Coach Sean An­der­son said it was a suc­cess­ful day for the club with the Bs also emerg­ing tri­umphant by 55-15 win in the re­serve grade.

The As’ win came from scor­ing six tries to Hora Hora’s five, thus the main dif­fer­ence clearly be­ing No 10 Tom Smith en­joy­ing a good day with the boot, kick­ing some from the side­line, grab­bing a try and pick­ing up the back POTD award. No sur­prises he was so in­spired, this was his blazer game (now 21, Smith played the first of his 100 ap­pear­ances for the Kerik­eri seniors at age 16).

Also no­table were Levi Clark scor­ing three tries, and Peter Drummond with one try, while the for­ward POTD award went to O’Neal Rongo in his last game for a while as he leaves to start train­ing with Raro­tonga pre­par­ing to take part in a world cup qual­i­fier.

Mean­while, stand­outs for the Bs were Jay­den Hutchin­son (for­ward POTD) and first five Myles Halvorsen. An­der­son noted the As are now sit­ting in 5th spot on the Joe Mor­gan Me­mo­rial ta­ble, “just out­side the top four”, while the Bs are fourth equal, noted An­der­son

“In the con­test of ev­ery­thing, we are achiev­ing bet­ter than I was aim­ing for,” he said.

Kerik­eri are pre­par­ing to host an­other big game com­ing up this week­end fac­ing a re­ju­ve­nated Wells­ford who drew 23-all with run­away pace­set­ters Kamo in what many re­garded as the up­set of the round last Satur­day. An­der­son noted Wells­ford is now boast­ing five Mitre 10 Cup play­ers in­clud­ing the likes of Rene Ranger and Jor­dan Hy­land.

“They will be a hard nut to crack,” he said, pre­dict­ing it will be a good day for the club es­pe­cially with the likes of Ranger on the prowl and representing a ma­jor draw­card for more neu­tral sup­port­ers.

■ STAND­INGS af­ter round 14/18. Prems: Kamo (for/ against 503/212) 66 points, OBM (516/311) 52, Hora Hora (337/157) 48, Waipu (358/328) 46; Kerik­eri (416/385) 36, Mid North­ern (424/424) 31, Wells­ford (303/386) 30, Western Sharks (255/443) 20, Hiku­rangi (272/451) 18, Ota­matea (242/506) 11. Prem re­serves: Kamo (553/202) 63, OBM (383/232) 49, Mid North­ern (437/345) 47, Kerik­eri (421/363) 41; Wells­ford (421/367) 41, Ota­matea (266/327) 31, Hora Hora (298/434) 30, Hiku­rangi (245/366) 27, Waipu (274/354) 25, Western Sharks (196/504) 19.

Bay­leys Premier­ship

PIC­TURE / TA­NIA WHYTE

Tom Smith — shown here catch­ing up with his North­land Sevens coach Peter Nock back in 2016 — played his blazer game for Kerik­eri seniors on Satur­day.

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