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Prize­giv­ing on the last day of the Ross Shield at Cen­tral Park, Waipuku­rau on Satur­day.

Hast­ings West Ross Shield rugby team player Monte Timu made his­tory as he col­lected the Taupo¯ Tro­phy in Waipuku­rau on Satur­day.

The tro­phy is awarded to the player of the tour­na­ment at the 117-year-old Heinz-Wat­tie-spon­sored event. Timu and his brother Star, who won it in 2003 in Waipuku­rau, are the first broth­ers to have their names on the tro­phy.

“It feels good. It makes my fam­ily, my Hast­ings West side and my Peter­head School proud,” 13-year-old first fiveeighth-cen­tre Timu said.

One of four broth­ers to play for Hast­ings West, Timu is the only two-time win­ner af­ter the side he cap­tained and Napier com­pleted un­beaten runs. “It’s still good to share it.” He said stick­ing to struc­tures, good com­mu­ni­ca­tion and play­ing with real heart and pas­sion were the keys to West’s sec­ond con­sec­u­tive ti­tle.He was happy to play where re­quired.

A nephew of for­mer All Black winger Roger Ran­dle, who played in the Hast­ings side which won the 1986 Ross Shield tour­na­ment, Timu will at­tend Lind­is­farne Col­lege next year and hopes to be a pro­fes­sional rugby player or doc­tor in the fu­ture.

Hast­ings West head coach Luke Ru­rawhe said it was a fan­tas­tic feel­ing to lead West to a share of the shield.

“I’m rapt for our kids, our spon­sors and our com­mu­nity. This is the first time West has gone back-to-back.”

Timu was one of six Hast­ings West play­ers se­lected in the Hawke’s Bay Ross Shield team which he will cap­tain. Napier had seven play­ers se­lected.

Like Ru­rawhe, Napier head coach Ty­rone Robin­son, was a first timer in the role.

“I’m over the moon. To share the shield with West was un­be­liev­able. It was a re­ally good cam­paign and ev­ery­thing ticked along well. To get seven play­ers se­lected in the Hawke’s Bay team was a pretty good re­flec­tion of it.”

He sin­gled out Year 7 first five-eighth Adrian Dixon for his con­tri­bu­tion and Wil­liam Colenso Col­lege’s first Hawke’s Bay Ross Shield rep, blind­side flanker Iosefa Sa.

Robin­son hopes to be back at the helm next year.

As ex­pected, Dan­nevirke took home the Life Mem­bers Salver for the best coun­try side and Wairoa the Ron Pierce Tro­phy for out­stand­ing sports­man­ship on and off the field through­out the week.

Player of the Tour­na­ment and Hast­ings West cap­tain Monte Timu per­forms a haka with team mates af­ter shar­ing the Ross Shield with Napier.

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