Taitok­erau be­comes Land of the Giants

The Northland Age - - Age Sport -

KERIK­ERI MAKOS 16 UTA TE WHANGA GIANTS 50: The Giants grad­u­ally over­whelmed the home side in beau­ti­ful au­tumn con­di­tions for league in round 5 of the Taitok­erau Rugby League Premier­ship at Kerik­eri Do­main on Satur­day.

De­spite the re­sult adding to a stel­lar start to the sea­son for the new team in the com­pe­ti­tion, Giants player coach Vin­cent Joyce wasn’t ready to start talk­ing his side up.

“We’re do­ing all right . . . tak­ing it a week at a time,” he said. The game’s stand­out was Wiremu Te Iringa.

The Giants have been given mostly away fix­tures for the first round but are plan­ning to host a few games once they’ve got their rus­tic pitch in Uta Kura Val­ley (lo­cated on the back road which runs from Horeke to Okai­hau) up to scratch; Joyce not­ing a bit of rain would be help­ful ahead of giv­ing the field a good roll.

Kerik­eri coach Tim O’Leary was rel­a­tively pleased with his side’s performanc­e, not­ing it was some­thing like only the sec­ond or third time they’ve played this sea­son de­spite it al­ready the com­pe­ti­tion al­ready in to its fifth week; this due to var­i­ous with­drawals by some teams.

“We did all right, I’m happy with the progress so far,” he said.

Stand­out was Ken Ed­wards, while also sin­gled out for praise were the side’s new young­bloods, play­ers such as Vance Tyson who are fill­ing the breach.

They may have yet to hit their peak, but the Makos at least know they have one of the best play­ing sur­faces in the north. With its lush cov­er­ing of grass un­der blue skies and a bois­ter­ous but good na­tured crowd bask­ing in the balmy au­tumn breeze, it was dif­fi­cult to imag­ine any club in any code able to boast of a bet­ter venue than the do­main.

O’Leary said the side were com­fort­able at be­ing given the tag of care­tak­ers of the do­main dur­ing the sea­son but was con­cerned that out­side in­ter­ests were try­ing to turn the vil­lage green into some kind of cre­ative arts space. This risked pre­vent­ing sport from be­ing played there which would be a big loss to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

PAWARENGA BRON­COS 22 NGATI KAHU SHARKS 44: The vis­i­tors won the in­tensely contested bat­tle be­tween west and east at Broad­wood.

TA­IA­MAI TANIWHA 0 MO­EREWA TIGERS 44: Tigers turned this in to a match of one-sided pro­por­tions at Ludbrook Park.

Byes for Aupouri Repo and United Val­leys Crush­ers (both awarded 30-0 wins over the de­funct Kaikohe and Ngati Wai Sea­hawks re­spec­tively); ap­par­ently or­gan­is­ers are re­vis­ing draw fol­low­ing the with­drawal of the Sea­hawks and Kaikohe Lions.

■ STAND­INGS to be up­dated, and no games over Easter week­end as the com­pe­ti­tion breaks.

Richard Koroi was part of a strong Uta Te Whanga Giants unit which over­whelmed the Kerik­eri Makos 50-16 at Kerik­eri Do­main on Satur­day.

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