U12 Magpies Win Championship

The U12 Magpies deservedly won their final on Saturday to become the 2015 Metropolitan U12 Champions. They beat Green Island in a high scoring encounter 51-36 at the neutral venue of Logan Park, where the U11 and U13 finals were also played.

It is 22 years since the Southern Junior Club last won a title – the U13s won their grade in 1993 – quite a long time for so many talented players and teams who have been through the Magpie Club without a title to show. The U12 trophy was donated to the Otago RFU in 1967. In that first year the Southern U12s shared the title (no finals in those days!) with 2 now ‘extinct’ schools – St Edmonds and Christian Brothers (combined to become Kavanagh College). This is only the second time that the Southern name will be on that trophy…..48 years later! 

The result was great reward for Coach Billy McDermott (also the Junior Club Captain) who has coached this team since the U7 rippa days. He was joined a few  years ago by assistant coach Chris Idour and this year by Tony Paku. They were all very proud of their team who dominated both their semi-final and final to take the title, after qualifying 4th after the round robin.
 
The whole team played very good rugby, and they all contributed to winning the final. The forwards were quicker to the breakdown, while the backs took their opportunities well.

In the forwards lock Paige Bennett-Roberts was the best forward on the park, she was ably supported by loose forwards Lachie Dreadon and Kobe McDermott who worked well in tandem. Big Va’ai Teofilo was the team’s main hit up man off the ruck and made the hard yards throughout the game. Converted lock Eathan Hastie impressed with his ball running and made good ground each time he handled the ball often offloading in the tackle.

In the backs Nick Idour had a good game at halfback and harassed his opponent throughout. First five Ben Paku played well and ran strongly, while diminutive fullback Angus Cameron popped up everywhere on attack and defence. Wing Austin Muir showed excellent defence and ran hard when the opportunities arose, Isaac Hastie made the most with the boot, slotting some tuff conversions.

The team enjoyed their success and celebrated by marching proudly in the annual March Past before the Otago v Canterbury game at the Forsyth Barr Satdium, and then enjoyed a big party together.

Well done Magpie U12s.

Ravens take Colts Championship with commanding win

Congratulations to the 2015 Ravens Colts who won their Division 2 Colts final 38-13 against the Dunedin Hammerheads at Bathgate Park on Saturday. The conditions were ideal under foot and above, allowing for some good running rugby. This allowed the Ravens to show their skills and play their full 15 man rugby which was too much for the Dunedin side, and for any other side for that matter during 2015 where they remained unbeaten.
 
Hamish McCallion controlled the game well from 1st 5/8 and had a very strong game showing good speed on the break.  The Ravens victory like all their victories this season came from a solid platform up front.  The strong scrum led by the front row of Hill, O’Shea and Wilson destroyed the Dunedin front row.  Tireless locks Jack Winson and Richie Buchanan worked hard in the tight and worked well with the impressive loose trio of Harry Cunninghame, Kereama Eriepa and Riki Washington. 

The Ravens scored some outstanding tries for a final and outside backs George McKinlay and Jack Lewis had strong games.  Ollie Stirling was a rock in midfield and was well supported by Captain Arthur McKechnie.  To the Victors go the spoils!  A great season for the Ravens who played some attractive rugby and amassed well over a 100 tries.  Special mention to Coach Warren Batchelor and Manager Aaron for their great work with this team throughout the year.

Well done on bringing a banner into the Club in 2015, where other teams who were also favoured to do the same didn’t quite cross the line.

The Otago University Club continued their great season by winning Div 1 Colts, and the Premier 2 division (both over Dunedin). This capped off a successful season with their Premiers winning the Championship and their women being runner up. Congratulation to the Uni Club on winning the Ainge Shield (for Top Club in Dunedin based on performances). Daylight would be second…. with Dunedin and Southern being the next best.

 

Ravens Colts Final

Colts Div 2 – Final *Extra Time Format Applies* Referee Assistant Referee
12:00pm Southern v Dunedin Bathgate Park 1 Kieran McGrannachan B Hale C Carroll

Mixed results for Colts teams

The Southern Colts teams had a win and a loss in their semi-finals on Saturday.

In the Premier grade the Magpie Colts were beaten by Dunedin Makos 13-3, in wet and muddy conditions at Bathgate no 1. The Dunedin forwards had the edge and made fewer errors across the park in the difficult conditions. It has been a very good season for the Magpies but a second loss in the semi-finals in the past 2 years will be disappointing and the team of now experienced players will look to break into the Premier side next year. University Blue beat Alhambra Union in the other semi.

In the Junior Colts grade the Ravens  beat University Gold 25-12 to advance to the final against Dunedin Hammerheads, and will be the hot favourite after not losing a game all year. Keep an eye on the draw this week to get out and support the Ravens team.

Semi Finals Results U11, U12, & U13

The magpie teams only managed to win 1 of their 3 finals on Saturday in the cool wet conditions.

The U12s had a great win beating the top ranked Taieri Blue team 34-15 out at Peter Johnstone Park and will play Green Island this Saturday in the final. We wish the U12s the best of luck and it would be great for the Club to bring a Trophy home.

The U13s couldn’t find the answer to end Kaikorai’s unbeaten season and went down 38-17 at Bishopscourt. They will play off for 3rd and 4th against Taieri Blue next week in their last game for the Junior Club.

The top seeded U11s were disappointed to go down to Zingari, after an unbeaten season and will regret a slow start that saw Zingari leading 19-0 after 20 minutes. The final score was 38-26.