Congratulations to the father and son ticket of Brian and Antony Burtenshaw who picked up the major $1000 prize in the $100 Club raffle. Both Brian in the 60s-70s and Antony in the 90s played Premier rugby for Southern.
A good turnout of ticket holders enjoyed a social afternoon last Sunday, with inhouse raffles, a few drinks and food, leading to the final big draw.
A big thanks from the Southern Club to 100 Club coordinator Roy Daniels who contacts all the ticket holders for renewal, collects their money, does the weekly draw and organisers the final day. It is a valuable fundraiser for the Club and your contribution is appreciated.
$1000 No 75 Antony & Brian Burtenshaw
$500 No 59 Gary Clegg
$250 No 14 Rex Moss
$200 No 58 Ray Cormack & Mark Sadgrove
$200 No 81 Blair Crawford
$200 No 6 PJ McQueen
$200 No 64 Alan & June Stevens
$100 No 74 Dicko & Chitty
$100 No 56 Ian Stevens
$100 No 21 Karen Connor
$100 No 10 Audrey Todd
$100 No 20 Dennis McBride
$100 No 57 Mark Stevens
$50 No 94 Stu Gillan
$50 No 84 Jock Padgett
$50 No 82 Darryl Paterson
$50 No 2 Roy Daniels
$50 No 11 Ryan Bennett
$50 No 30 Phil Todd & Lance Baird
$50 No 99 Cuddy Hale
$50 No 8 Audrey Todd
$50 No 9 Simon & Murray Wallace
$50 No 45 Ian Lindsay
$50 No 22 Dave McKinlay
$50 No 4 Alan Malcomson
The Southern Premiers scored a converted try with minutes remaining to beat 2nd placed Harbour 23-20 in a gripping game at Bathgate Park on Saturday.
A lot was riding on the game with Southern needing the points to stay in contention for the semi finals.
Conditions were fine and cool, and the ground was heavy underfoot. Both teams backlines suffered from player injury and unavailability, this led to both teams keeping play quite tight and physical. It suited Southern’s big forward pack and they won the battle of the close quarter exchanges. Harbour stayed in touch throughout and scored a try with 10 minutes remaining to take the lead 20-16, and it appeared the Southern season may be over.
The Magpies had other ideas and after sustained pressure on the Harbour line from forward drives, they eventually scored out wide when the defence was sucked in and Josh Ioane gave the pass to fullback Josh Buchan to dive over to the delight of the big crowd. Ioane converted well to leave the Magpies with 3 minutes to hold the Hawks out.
Forwards Mike Mata’afa and an invigorated Mika Mafi were outstanding with ball in hand, and were a constant threat to the Harbour defence. Locks Ryan Thompson and Axel Hohneck had big workrates and tackled well. Simon Knight, who came on at tight head prop when hooker Junior Sala was red carded for fighting, had a big impact and showed good technique and strength in the scrum.
In the backs the inside pairing of Josh Ioane and Josh Walden played well, while Sean Clementson was sound and efficient at 2nd five eighth. The remaining backline all tackled strongly throughout.
All ears were on the result of the Taieri v Kaikorai match that Taieri lost on fulltime 30-27. A Kaikorai loss to Taieri would have pushed Kaikorai to 5th and the Magpies to 4th. However with one game to go the Magpies still sit in 5th and Dunedin and Kaikorai are 4 points ahead.
The key game next week is obviously the need for the Magpies to beat Green Island, but if that happens the result the Magpies need is for competition leaders University to defeat an inform Kaikorai. Dunedin have the easier match against bottom placed Pirates.
The match next Saturday is also the Selwyn Inglis Memorial at Miller Park.
One round is left and two teams are still battling for the final semifinal spot.
University A and Harbour are already through. Technically, Dunedin could still miss out, but there is no way it will lose to Pirates this weekend.
That leaves Kaikorai and Southern scrambling for the remaining spot.
Kaikorai kept its playoff prospects alive with a crucial 30-27 win against Taieri.
Southern scored late in the game to beat Harbour 23-20 in a tense match.
Dunedin more or less secured its playoff berth with its 32-19 win against Green Island.
University A pummelled Zingari-Richmond 61-0. Winger Gavin Stark scored four tries to take his season tally to 19. Only three other players have scored 19 or more tries since the Otago Daily Times began keeping detailed statistics in 1976.
Alhambra-Union dispatched Pirates 41-8 in the other match.
Premiers beat Harbour 23-20
Premier 2s beats Harbour 39-34
No games for Colts and Woman’s teams.