Awanui pay dearly for greed

The Northland Age - - Sport -

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hid­ing will hap­pen. I think Hansen will be more wor­ried about the Wal­la­bies’ sur­prise win over Ire­land. The Aussies showed a lot of grit and with veteran David Po­cock in daz­zling form, the Bledis­loe Cup matches will be tough.

The Eden Park test was very spe­cial to ex-Awanui and North Auck­land winger Den­nis Pan­ther. Way back in 1968, 50 years ago, he sat on the bench as an All Black re­serve and he cel­e­brated this with his wife at din­ner at our home. So ex­cited, he drank all the wine.

Awanui cer­tainly had the goods to beat Mo­erewa United Kawakawa in the North Zone fi­nal last Satur­day. Sure they were mauled in the for­wards but they had class in the backs with tries go­ing beg­ging. The prob­lem was the odd player was too greedy and they paid dearly in their 21-39 thump­ing. Now Mo­erewa United Kawakawa will play-off in the hope to grad­u­ate to the Whangarei premier com­pe­ti­tion next year. They will get there.

It’s the goal of their ad­min­is­tra­tors Bernie Good­hue and Wayne Mar­tin. Both have this be­lief that the op­por­tu­ni­ties will be there for their play­ers to make North­land. They are dream­ers!

The Paren­garenga Har­bour is closed to all campers and recre­ational fish­er­men. The trust board seven months ago locked the gate and they have their rea­sons. How­ever, they need to un­der­stand the har­bour does not be­long to them and they can’t hold ev­ery­one to ran­som. More on this next week.

Picks, lo­cal club: Kaitaia to pip Te Rarawa, Awanui too good for Pan­guru. And that’s how Mat sees it.

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