A-grade thriller in Dannevirke junior rugby
Over 150 players, almost matched by parents and other supporters, flocked to Coronation Park in Dannevirke to play junior rugby on Saturday June 2.
It was a display of open running rugby, just the way the organisers want it, on a perfect morning.
All the primary schools in the Dannevirke area were represented, with some travelling to Central Hawke’s Bay as well.
Highlight of the morning was the senior grade battle between South School and Puketoi. It started a little onesided with South scoring four tries to one in the first half but Puketoi rallied and closed the gap to one try with 10 minutes to play.
Teams swapped tries over those last minutes, the result in doubt until the final whistle. South hung on to win 45-38.
There were good numbers in all grades, keen parent coaches and helpers and fine weather.
Manaia Hauiti takes the ball up for Puketoi in the senior game against South.
Wiremu Power with his entire Huia Range team in support heads to the line against Te Kura in the Ripper grade.
Jakey Charlton leads his Ruahine team against South in the Under 11’s.
Beidan Hamman shows determination for O¯ tane.
Te Maia Sweetman of Te Kura sprints down the right wing against O¯ tane in the Under 11 Grade.
Grayson Cammock about to score for Ruahine against St Joseph’s in the Ripper Grade.