Metro Weight Grade Rep teams announced

Well done to all the Southern players from our U11-13s for their selection in the weight grade rep teams after Sundays trials.
There are a large number of players from our Club, and we wish you well in your upcoming tournaments around Otago.



Under 38kg Blue – Luke Geddes (Alhambra-Union); Nicholas Cresswell (Pirates); John Strange (Pirates); Brooke McMillan (Pirates); Oscar Cameron (Southern); Hunter Crawford (Southern); Sam Nemec-Vial (Southern); Dylan Pledger (Pirates); Oliver McEwan (Dunedin); Isaac Hastie (Southern); Keiran Dreadon (Harbour); Benji Wright (Pirates); Ollie Sinclair (Pirates); Jacob Buckby (Pirates); Wiremu Ferguson (Pirates); Luke Rogers (Southern); Ollie Cashmore (Southern); Nathaniel Sutherland (Pirates); Curtis Tahere (Pirates); Joe Parkinson (Southern); Tainui TeMoananui (Zingari). Coach: Hamish Boult (027 392 0671) Assistant Coach: Damon Sutherland (021 611 805). Training: 10am Sunday 15 May at Hancock Park.

Under 38kg Gold – Nathan Hill (Green Island); Jackson Shaw (Kaikorai); Jack Duncan (Zingari); Leo Clark (Kaikorai); Hamish Wilson (Green Island); Kahn Brown (Eastern); Hamish Faulks (Taieri); Lachie Chatfield (Green Island); Jake Fowler (Taieri); Lucas Blair (Taieri); Corey Gulliver; (Zingari); Luke Moffitt (Kaikorai); Josh Baughan (Zingari); Liam Rance (Green Island); Brayden Weatherston (Kaikorai); Josh Jones (Taieri); Coby Pope (Taieri); Jackson Smith (Taieri); Aaron Todd (Taieri); George Brookland (West Taieri); Adam Hendry (West Taieri). Coach: Doug Hill (027 224 3971) Assistant Coach: Brian Wilson (027 740 5027). Training 9am Sunday 15 May at Miller Park No 3.

Under 48kg Blue – Phoenix Abbott (Pirates); Adrian Branzuela (Harbour); Sam Donaldson (Southern); Finau Fosita (Southern); Callum Hill (Pirates); Dallas Houghton (Pirates); Damian Larsen (Alhambra-Union); Beau Lundy (Harbour); Marshall Macready (Southern); William McCutcheon (Pirates); Kobe McDermott (Southern); Quin McLeod (Southern); Bodhi Middleditch (Harbour); Zak Renouf (Harbour); Jacob Robertson (Pirates); Isaac Robertson (Southern); Orlando Tuhega-Vaitupu (Pirates); Elijah Tui (Southern); Gaige Walsh (Southern); Griffin Wingham (Pirates). Coach: Gemma Tuhega (027 232 5742) Assistant Coach: Billy McDermott (021 867 082). Training 10am to 12pm Sunday 15 May at Bathgate Park.

Under 48kg Gold – Thomas Andrews (Taieri); Ashton Booth (Dunedin); George Clarke (Green Island); Charlie Clough (Green Island); Jacob Cumming (Dunedin); Toby Dean (Dunedin); Michael Flanagan (Dunedin); Deacon Heads (Green Island); Sam Hedges (Green Island); Riley Horne (Taieri); Hamish Hunter (West Taieri); Lukus Johnson (Dunedin); Hamish Moore (Kaikorai); Jack Parker (Kaikorai); Thomas Pope (Dunedin); Oliver Sinclair (Taieri); Edward Sunderland (Dunedin); Liam Walsh (Green Island); Winston Ward (Dunedin); Torin Webb (Kaikorai); Matthew Woodfield (Green Island). Coach: John Hedges (021 191 4993) Assistant Coach: Craig Cumming (027 555 3325). Training 10am to 11.15am Sunday 15 May at Kettle Park.

Under 65kg Blue – Reuben Bouman (Pirates); Jonathan Burnside (Alhambra-Union); Oceana Campbell (Southern); Jay Davis (Dunedin); Isaac Dolan (Southern); Ronan Dynes (Dunedin); William Faulkner (Southern); Ben Freeman (Southern); Dylan Harris (Alhambra-Union); Fergus Hepburn (Southern); Damian Ioane (Southern); Paul Joseph (Alhambra-Union); Fletcher McConnachie (Pirates); Jacob Murray (Southern); Elias O’Kane (Pirates); Ben Paku (Southern); Josh Reeves (Dunedin); Laquan Sem-Cheyne (Dunedin); Kale Twist (Southern); Cruz Wallace (Pirates). Coach: Willie McConnachie (022 657 7969) Assistant Coach: Tony Paku. Training Sunday 10am to 12pm Sunday 15 May at Hancock Park.

Under 65 Gold – Fynn Allison (West Taieri); Tamati Sagar (Eastern); Oram Gutsell (Taieri); Aaron Jones (Eastern); Cody Glover (Kaikorai); Ben Joseph (Kaikorai); Callum Davis (Green Island); Tom Fowler (Taieri); Anthony Munro (Green Island); Isaac Miller (Taieri); Rua Haggie (Kaikorai); Peter Sewell (Kaikorai); Sebastian Makene (West Taieri); Jed Thompson-Fawcett (Kaikorai); Andrew Rhodes (Green Island); Rikki Kerr (Taieri); Taineara Eden (Dunedin); Marcel Du Toit (West Taieri); Uaale Tapunai (Dunedin); Bailey Reid (Taieri); Louis Clydesdale (Southern). Coach: Alastair Munro (027 231 9044) Assistant Coach: Kelly Allison (027 245 8613). Training 10am to 12pm Sunday 15 May at Miller Park No 3.

Poor second half costs Premiers victory

The Southern Premiers went down to Dunedin 32-23 on Saturday in breezy conditions at Bathgate Park.

Southern started the game all guns blazing and raced out to a 10-0 lead after 10 minutes. A well taken try to flying winger Piliu Tavake after good lead up work by Adam Knight, and a well taken conversion and penalty to fullback Jono Hayse had the supporters cheering, and hopeful of a good performance.

However the Ron Reggett memorial trophy is prized by both Clubs, and Dunedin fought back and kept in touch throughout the first half. Right on the half time break loosie Adam Knight finished a good Southern movement and reached over the tryline to score what everyone close saw as a try, however the referee and touch judge had a long conversation and disallowed the try for a double movement. With the score at 20-14 at the time a potential 27-14 lead was a significant decision in the context of the match.

In the second half Dunedin scored first and kicked a penalty to quickly lead 22-20 after 5 minutes. Unlike the first half – the Southern team continually turned over possession with handling errors and poor option taking and a faulty lineout. Kicks were made at the wrong time or without chasing pressure. Dunedin calmly took control in the second half and used the breeze wisely to keep Southern working out of their own half. Standouts for them were Highlanders loosie Gareth Evans and first five John Tili.

For Southern openside flanker Adam Knight was a standout performer, and lock Ryan Thompson worked hard throughout at lock. Tom Scanlon scrummaged strongly. In the backs Josh Ioane was all class at first five – particularly taking the ball to the line, evading defenders or putting support runners in holes. On the wing Ryan Tongia rarely received the ball with space and had limited chances.

The loss leaves the team down in 6th place, and starting to lose contact with the Top 4. A lack of bonus points is also impacting and could come back to haunt the team later in the season. This week the team plays Harbour at Watson Park and a win against another team sitting in the top 4 is very important.

ODT Summary of other matches:

Pencil Waisake Naholo in for the Highlanders’ next match.
The All Black winger scored three tries in Harbour’s 66-24 romp against Zingari-Richmond.

Gareth Evans’ no-look pass put Leroy van Dam into a gap and his try was the turning point in Dunedin’s 32-23 win against Southern.

The win helped Dunedin consolidate fourth place, while the Magpies are now nine points adrift of the top four.

Pirates was in danger of being forced to default midweek but fronted for its fixture against Taieri.

It was well beaten 68-19 but crossed the chalk three times and managed to contest the scrums for 55 minutes despite a critical shortage of props.

University A was understrength but still managed a comfortable 44-24 win against Green Island.

Speedy winger Gavin Stark nabbed three tries.

Kaikorai escaped with a 27-25 win against the winless Alhambra-Union.


Results 30th April

Premiers lost to Dunedin 32-23 (Ron Reggett Memorial)
Premier 2s beat Green Island 57-7 (Paddy Roberts Memorial)
Women lost to North Otago 56-17
Magpie Colts beat Dunedin Makos 25-15
Raven Colts beat Clutha 58-15
Unicol Colts lost to Pirates 27-25