Thames Valley Rugby Union
SENIOR B McDonald Cup
SENIOR A Lawrence Cup
PREMIER GRAND FINAL McClinchy Cup
Cobras v Waihou Field 1 @2.00pm
Club Rugby Report 19-7-2014
The remaining finalists for this year’s Thames Valley Club Rugby competitions have been found after the semi finals played last weekend.
Waihi Senior B’s earned their place in the final with a convincing win over Waihou at Waihi and will face Hauraki North in the McDonald Cup decider at Thames after scoring six tries and holding the visitors to nil for the full eighty minutes.
Ngatea missed the chance to finish the season in style as they slipped up against a Coromandel team that edged them out of a Grand final place by a solitary point even though they outscored Coromandel two tries to one.
A strong showing of supporters for the Thames team provided plenty of encouragement for their team but it wasn’t enough as Waihou won 23-16 to book a place in the Premier Final against fellow Te Aroha club, Cobras to ensure the McClinchy Cup goes south this year.
Boyd Park was in top order for the sudden death clash between Thames and Waihou. Both sides came through the previous week’s game without losing more players to injury so the coaches were able to name much the same teams for this all important fixture. Thames made a promising start with No. 8 George Lelenoa scoring an unconverted try while Waihou responded with a couple of penalties to their latest goal kicker Steve Anderson to lead 6-5 after ten minutes of play. There was no shortage of willing play and several good runs by Thames three quarters, Watisoni Lotawa and Tomu Mocelutu threatened to open up the Waihou defence but some solid tackling kept the home line intact. In a seesaw half, Waihou took control of possession and territory and a good sequence of play resulted in loosie Callum Flynn making a 30 metre dash to score near the posts and give Waihou a handy 13-5 lead. Thames came back with a try to Tukawhena Peru and a Joe Silikibau penalty to tie the game up at 13 all. Waihou was next to score, with Joe Murray giving the home side a five point lead until another Silikibau penalty closed the gap once more. With quarter of an hour to go, the game sat in the balance until nuggety winger Gavin Klueskens forced his way across the line for what proved to be the game clincher for Waihou. The pace of the game became frenetic as Thames attempted to even the score while Waihou fought ferociously to defend the lead. In the end Thames ran out of time and Waihou move on to next week’s final, winning 23-16.
Coromandel had nothing to lose going into the game with Ngatea. After the disappointments of 2013, every time they put a team on the paddock this year has been a triumph in itself and with that thought in mind, the team played accordingly to gain a spot in the Lawrence Cup final against West.
Ngatea lost front rower Conrad Leonard to suspension last week but otherwise had a full squad to draw on for this game. Even though Ngatea beat Coromandel at Ngatea in early June, the hosts knew they would need to step up a notch this time to hold off the visitors. Scoring two tries to one, Ngatea only needed a conversion to make the final but it wasn’t to be. Coromandel scrapped to the end and did enough to get to Thames next week.
Waihi Athletic tripped up in the first semi final against Hauraki North and they were determined not to do it again this week against a promising Waihou side. Fullback Shay Perkinson opened the Waihi account, scoring the first of four tries that gave them a 24-0 halftime lead. Two more in the second half made the final score 38-0 and booked the Waihi club a team at Thames next week.
Hauraki North Under 19’s beat Pukekohe 29-22 and earned the right to defend their 2013 Bright Cup title at Pukekohe this week.
Club Finals Preview 26-7-2014
The Thames Valley Club Rugby Finals will be held at Rhodes Park in Thames this Saturday. Three grades are being contested with the Senior A final between Paeroa West and Coromandel starting the day’s proceedings at 12.15pm on the main field as a curtain raiser for the Premier Final which begins at 2.00pm.
The Senior B final kicks off at 12.30pm on No.3 field with top qualifier Hauraki North meeting Waihi Athletic as they play for the McDonald Cup.
The Premier Grand Final brings together the top qualifiers from the second round, namely Cobras and Waihou, guaranteeing that the McClinchy Cup will reside in Te Aroha this year regardless of who wins.
Cobras have remained unbeaten throughout 2014, with the only blemish a 21-21 draw with Waihou back in May. They have no significant injury concerns and Coach Justin Burge should have a full squad from which to select his final 22 men for Saturday. Cobras will be heavily favoured going into the final after a convincing win over Waihou in their semi final clash two weeks ago as they attempt to finish the season on a high note. They also have a number of players in contention for the Heartland Squad that will be announced after the final and with the likes of backs such as Smith, Hema, Leask and Turner along with Toatala in the forwards having already represented this year there is every show there may be more to come.
Experience runs deep in the Cobras team especially in key areas in the backs with Mike Smith and Rueben Leask leading the way all season. Toatala and the Dare brothers know the ropes up front and it will be comforting for Coach Burge to know that he can call on an ex Waikato and Chiefs player in the shape of Denis Hazleton when he needs to make changes during the game. Cobras have had a week off and will be refreshed going into the final against a Waihou side that had to scrap its way to victory against a determined Thames team in the second semi final.
Waihou suffered no further losses to injury in the Thames game and with none of the longer term injured players likely to return this week, there should be a familiar look to the team heading to the final. Captain, Glenn Townsend is by far the most experienced of the Waihou pack, having played fifty games for Thames Valley and appearing in five previous McClinchy grand finals. Stalwarts Jarrah Sheehan and Klinton Wade both played in 1998 when Waihou beat Cobras the last time they met in the finals which was also in Thames and there are a few more that played in the finals between 2005 and 2009.
Cobras have appeared in four finals, winning once, in 1993 with their most recent appearance in 2012, when they lost to Thames at Rhodes Park.
Waihou will making their ninth finals day appearance, with a five win, three loss record behind them including the 1998 win over Cobras at Thames.
Paeroa West will be aiming to end the season in style after a poor start saw them miss the top six and end up in the Senior A grade where they have gone through unbeaten to face Coromandel who upset Ngatea to also make the final. Coromandel couldn’t raise a team last year but thanks to some hard work off the paddock and a determination to keep rugby alive in the area by fielding a team this year, the locals have now got a shot at the Lawrence Cup in the final.
Hauraki North Senior B’s barely managed to beat Waihi Athletic at Waitakaruru two weeks ago and a rematch this week will be a fitting conclusion for both sides as neither has held the McDonald Cup for a year or two.
Hauraki North Under 19’s have reached the Grand Final of their grade again this year and travel to Colin Lowrie Park, Pukekohe to play Patumahoe in an 11.00am kick off for the Bright Cup.
Roller Mills & U45kg Squads Announced
At the conclusion of the 2014 Shaw Cup / Fleming Shield tournament, the 2014 Roller Mills and Under 45kg's squads were announced.
Shaw Cup and Fleming Shield
After three days of competition the 2014 Shaw Cup and Fleming Shield champions have been found
Congratulations to Hauraki Plains - Shaw Cup Champions
Central Coast (Combination of Whangamata & Waihi) - Fleming Shield Champions.
For a full review of the scores Click Here
Thames Valley Annual Primary Schools Tackle Day
Wednesday 25th June 2014
Congratulations to the following grade winners
Year 5/6 - Waihi East (Runner Up Whangamata Area School)
Year 7/8 - Stanley Ave (Runner Up Parawai)
Year 6-8 Girls - Stanley Ave (Runner Up Te Puru)
Coach Development Workshops 2014
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