Results 16th May

Premiers beat Kaikorai 17-13
Premier 2’s beat Kaikorai 24-18
Magpie Colts beat Southland Boys HS 15-10
Ravens Colts beat Taieri 70-5
Womens lost to North Otago 65-5

1971 Southern Team v Zingari Richmond

Former player Neil Graham sent a photo of this programme through to me when confirming he was attending the reunion.
He kept it to show when he marked All Black enigma Keith Murdoch.
Remember that the 13th June is the Reunion of the 70s “Alan Stevens Coaching Era”. We are also marking Old Members Day (all past players) on the same day. Keep the date in your diary!

Draw for 16th May

Premier Div 1 Referee
2:45pm Harbour v Dunedin Watson Park Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri
2:45pm Pirates v Taieri Hancock Park 1 Grant Day (South Canterbury)
2:45pm Alhambra-Union v University North Ground Mitchell Will
2:45pm Southern v Kaikorai Bathgate Park 1 Blair York (Canterbury)
2:45pm Zingari-Richmond v Green Island Montecillo 1 *Hellyer Memorial* Steve Nicholson (Southland)
Premier Div 2 FRIDAY 15 MAY Referee
7:00pm Eastern v Dunedin Waikouaiti 1 C Webster
Premier Div 2 Referee
1:00pm Pirates v Taieri Hancock Park 1 Paul Cooper (Canterbury)
1:00pm Alhambra-Union v University Opoho 1 C Fa’atoese
1:00pm Southern v Kaikorai Bathgate Park 1 B Kyle
1:00pm Zingari-Richmond v Green Island Montecillo 1 *McCarrigan Family Trophy* N Wallace
Senior Referee
2:45pm Brighton v West Taieri Brighton 1 *Snow Whyte Cup* B Adie
2:45pm Dunedin v Alhambra-Union Kettle Park 1 R Cormack
2:45pm Harbour v Green Island Moller Park A Newman
2:45pm Crescent v Pirates Kaitangata 2 P Tulloch
2:45pm Strath Taieri v Toko Middlemarch L McGrannachan
2:45pm Taieri v Kaikorai Peter Johnstone 1 P Burger**
Women Referee
1:00pm North Otago v Southern Oamaru *non-contestable scrums* NO Referee
1:00pm Kaikorai v Pirates Bishops Court 1 L Bremner**
2:45pm University v Alhambra-Union University Oval 1 *HLP Cup* F Hannon**
Colts Div 1 Referee
1:00pm Alhambra-Union v Kaikorai North Ground R Larson-Hewitt
1:00pm Pirates v Taieri Hancock Park 2 C Webster
1:00pm SBHS v Southern Invercargill Southland Referee
2.45pm OBHS v University Littlebourne 1 S Curran
1:00pm Harbour v Dunedin Watson Park A Laughton
Colts Div 2 Referee
1:00pm University v Alhambra-Union University Oval 1 F Hannon**
2:45pm Dunedin Dog Sharks v Green Island Kettle Park 2 Taylor Swann (Southland)
1:00pm Taieri v Southern Peter Johnstone Park 1 C Carroll**
1:00pm Dunedin Tigers v Zingari-Richmond Kettle Park 2 C Neilson**
Dunedin Hammerheads Bye

Premiers suffer first defeat of season

The Premiers lost their first match of the season going down to 2nd placed Harbour 18-17 at Watson Park, Port Chalmers on Saturday in a good game of rugby. The bonus point gained from the close loss allowed Southern to win the Speights Jug after the first round.

In a game of changing momentum, Harbour had the last say, scoring a try and a penalty in the final 5 minutes to snatch the win after trailing 17-10. Harbour also had the best of the opening stages, scoring 2 unconverted tries with good running rugby and led 10-0 after 15 minutes.

The next 50 minutes belonged to the Magpies, despite suffering 3 injuries to key players, they absorbed the pressure and turned the heat on Harbour, with strong set piece play and excellent defence. Through 1st five Ben Patston and fullback Bryce Hosie they won the kicking game, with both gaining large chunks of territory with raking punts. Patston showed there was still a place for the spiral punt at one time kicking the ball 80 metres. The magpies put on 17 unanswered points in this period, with Hosie setting up a try and also kicking 4 penalty goals.

Two of the unsung heroes for the Magpies were the midfield of Ben Meyer and Nathan Cargo. They tackled everything that came at them  – with Harbour continuously running their big loose forwards down their channel.

Adam Knight and Mika Mafi fronted up physically to the Harbour pack, and were well supported by replacement lock Andrew Saunders, prop Mike Mata’afa and Tim Ferguson who all worked hard. The last 10 minutes the pack did start to tire, and the early replacements due to injury took away the opportunity to get fresh legs on late in the game.

It was a game fitting of the top 2 teams, and along with Taieri and Dunedin shows there are 4 teams capable of winning the banner this year. The 2nd round will be very interesting with key clashes amongst the top 4 determining the final top 4 finishing positions. University A are an outside chance of making the top 4.

ODT Report:
The Harbour players woke up from their slumber in time to score eight points in the last 10 minutes and edge out Southern at Watson Park.

Harbour attacked with backs and forwards to score two tries in the first 14 minutes and lead 10-0.

But the Hawks went off the boil and gave away too much ball with ill directed tactical kicking that allowed Southern into the game.

The Southern forwards dominated the next 55 minutes with a solid scrum and clean work in the lineout. Prop Mike Mata’afa was dominant in the scrum and Adam Knight and Tim Ferguson controlled the lineout. No8 Mika Mafi made ground with the ball in hand.

The tactical kicking of first five eighth Ben Patston and fullback Bryce Hosie kept the pressure on Harbour.

Hosie was the player of the game with his aggressive running into the line and accurate goal kicking. He kicked four goals from five attempts to keep Southern in the game.

Harbour led 10-9 at halftime but Southern scored eight points in the first 19 minutes of the second spell to lead 17-10.

Harbour regained its attacking spark when it decided to run the ball in the last 10 minutes. Replacement winger Marckis Schaaf scored in the corner and fullback Logan Allen landed a 35m penalty in the last two minutes to win the game.

The best Harbour forwards were flanker Ratu Dawai and lock Hale T Pole. Halfback Tali Fagasoaia was the best back.

Other Matches:
Southern finished top after the first round of the Dunedin competition despite suffering its first loss of the season, to Harbour, at Watson Park, on Saturday.

There appears to be a clear top four already but University A, Kaikorai and Zingari Richmond may still harbour ambitions of making the cut.

Taieri was too good for Dunedin winning 36-26, Zingari Richmond beat Alhambra Union in a close match 39-35, Kaikorai just beat Pirates 36-31 and University A ran away from Green Island 64-12.


Results 9th May

Premiers lost to Harbour 18-17 (Round 1 – 1st)
Premier 2s lost to Eastern 19-14
Magpie Colts beat Dunedin Makos 17-10 (1st – Premier Colts)
Ravens Colts beat Dunedin Hammerheads 40-5 (1st – Div 2 Colts)
Womens lost to University 70-0