Pi­rates re­live tro­phy win

The Northland Age - - Sport -

The Pi­rates com­pleted a suc­cess­ful win­ter cam­paign by win­ning the 2018 Man­gonui JMB Rugby Un­der 9 Tro­phy ear­lier this year.

In a re­peat of the pre­vi­ous year’s world cup fi­nal, Pi­rates took down Aupouri by six tries to two. Both teams were fa­mil­iar with how the other played, hav­ing faced each other a num­ber of times over the years, but it was the Pi­rates who pre­vailed to claim brag­ging rights this time.

It was noted a huge crowd watched the match, one of sev­eral ex­cit­ing clashes played on grand fi­nals day. Con­grat­u­la­tions went out to the whole team rather than sin­gling out in­di­vid­ual stand­outs, as the re­sult high­lighted the way in which the squad had played to­gether with a com­mon goal in mind over the past two sea­sons.

Ac­knowl­edg­ments also went to the coach and sup­port­ers through­out the sea­son.

“Pi­rates Hard for 2019.” ****

Note the tro­phy in ques­tion was last year con­tested as part of the an­nual Man­gonui JMB World Cup tour­na­ment when it was won by Aupouri who beat Pi­rates in ex­tra time. This year, the tro­phy was played for in a Ran­furly Shield Chal­lenge-styled for­mat — part of new NZRU pol­icy to put fun and par­tic­i­pa­tion be­fore com­pe­ti­tion (to help cur­tail OTT side­line be­hav­iour from par­ents). It so hap­pened that Pi­rates and Aupouri were the top two seeded teams to meet in the U9 di­vi­sion fi­nal with one of those sides car­ry­ing the tro­phy into the match.

■ Any­one wish­ing to have their team’s sea­son re­viewed in these pages can con­tact Age sports­buster Fran­cis ‘The Off­sider’ Mal­ley, phone 408-0330 or email sports@north­landage.co.nz. De­spite re­main­ing locked down in the lower tier of the na­tional pro­vin­cial rugby cham­pi­onship, the North­land Tani­wha will again be given a chance to cause some up­sets against their higher-fly­ing coun­ter­parts next sea­son thanks to the Mitre 10 Cup’s cross­over for­mat.

The first steps in cre­at­ing the 2019 Mitre 10 Cup draw have been taken, with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the 14 pro­vin­cial unions meet­ing to pick their op­po­si­tion for cross­over matches.

Each team will play four cross­over matches in the sea­son, two home and two away, noted New Zealand Rugby’s Steve Lan­caster. He said the cross­over fixtures were an in­te­gral part of the Mitre 10 Cup.

“The abil­ity to have cross­over fixtures be­tween Pre­mier­ship and Cham­pi­onship teams al­lows the tra­di­tional rivalries to be main­tained and those are the sort of matches that make this com­pe­ti­tion spe­cial. Year af­ter year we see cham­pi­onship teams up­set­ting the pre­mier­ship side in these matches, that was no dif­fer­ent in the sea­son just been.”

North­land’s fixtures fol­low­ing the four rounds of picks be­ing con­firmed are as fol­lows, note home team listed first: 1. North­land vs Canterbury, 2. North­land vs Auck­land, 3. Tas­man vs North­land, 4. Welling­ton vs North­land.

The dates for the pro­posed fixtures will be known once New Zealand Rugby has con­firmed the 2019 draw.


Pi­rates won the Man­gonui JMB Un­der-9 tro­phy ear­lier this year. From back left, Lo­gan Craig (coach), DJ Larkins O’Con­nor, Ta­matura Wi Rimene, Paora Pa­paroa, Hemi Mahia, Tarkquin Henry, Makarini Birks, Toa Rimene, Is­rael Tawhai, Chasyn Maxwell, (front) Detroit Cooper Baker, Char­lie Rogers Thomp­son, Kaiden Craig, Faith Whare­waka Tawhai, An­gel Keogh, Kel­isha Wil­son, De­vante Thomp­son and Kauri Porter with Dal­las Thomp­son ab­sent.

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