Southern Junior Teams taste success

The three finals of the Metropolitan junior rugby competition were held in the Forsyth Barr Stadium last Saturday. The indoor stadium show cased junior rugby at its finest with skill, speed, and strength all on show in front of supportive families and friends.

Neighbouring clubs Southern and Pirates contested all three finals in the U11, U12, and U13 grades. All of the teams were very excited and appreciative to get the opportunity to play in the Stadium and it was a day the players will never forget.

In the U11 final Pirates Gunners started strongly and were first to score, however the overall ability of the unbeaten Southern Magpies side eventually wore Pirates down. Southern scored 7 tries, with excellent goal kicking by Samuel McCormack converting 6 of the tries. Pirates scored 3 tries with Jack Soal converting all three. Southern Magpies deservedly winning the match 47-21. (halftime 28-7).

In a hard fought U12 final the unbeaten Pirates Skulls dominated the close quarter exchanges with their big running forwards led by Ben Stephens and Jamin Miller crossing the advantage line regularly. Callum Hill scored 2 first half tries for Pirates to lead Southern 21-5. The speedy Ryan Kreft scored 2 tries and consistent goal kicking by Stephens maintained a comfortable gap in the scores. Southern never gave in however and scored the last 3 tries and a hat trick to flanker Gaige Walsh who had a fine all round game, along with rangy no 8 Kale Twist. The final score was 40-29 to Pirates Skulls.

In the final match of the day, the top seeded Southern Magpies got off to a fast start scoring 2 converted tries. However the Pirates Raiders hit back and locked the scores up at 14-14 midway through the first half. This proved to be the nature of the game with any try scored by Southern matched soon after by Pirates. At halftime Southern led 26-19.

With the scores close at 33-31 to Southern with 15 minutes to go, the tension in the stadium could be cut with a knife. However Southern took control in the last quarter running in 3 further tries to win 52-31

Both forward packs gave as good as they got, winning good ball for their backlines. Oceana Campbell showed her openside flanker skills snaffling ball at the breakdown and tormenting the Pirates players in the open, while the size and speed of big Pirates no 8 Trevor Elisara caused problems when he got his hands on the ball.

The speed of Southern centre Isaac Dolan and fullback Ben Paku threatened Pirates throughout the match and between them they scored 5 tries. Classy Magpies first five Jacob Murray distributed well and kicked 6 from 8 conversions. Cruz Wallace shone in the Pirates backline.

Under 13: Southern Magpies 52 (Isaac Dolan 3, Ben Paku 2, Ben Freeman, Elthan Hastie, Oceana Campbell tries, Jacob Murray 6 conversions), Pirates Raiders 31 (Pirates Raiders 31 (Trevor Elisara 2, Haiyz Camplin, Cruz Wallace, Reuben Bouman try; Bouman 3 cons.). Halftime: Southern 26-19.


Under 12: Pirates Skulls 40 (Callum Hill 2, Ryan Kreft 2, Griffin Wingham, Max O’Connor tries; Ben Stephens 5 conversions), Southern Magpies 29 (Gaige Walsh 3, Kale Twist, Sam Nemec-Vial tries; Nemec-Vial 2 cons), Halftime: Pirates 21-5


Under 11: Southern Magpies 47 (
Kieran Dreadon 2, Bailey Pearce, Te Atawhai Campbell, Jack Underwood-Nicol, Joe Parkinson, Caleb Farrow tries; Samuel McCormack 6 cons.), Pirates Gunners 21 (Blake Clearwater, Wiremu Ferguson, Jacob Buckby tries; Jack Soal 3 cons.). Halftime 28-7.

Southern teams triumphant in grand finals

The Southern U13 and U11 teams both won their respective championships on Saturday at the Forsyth Barr Stadium. The U12s lost their final but put up a brave effort in their loss.

Coaches Match Comments:

Brett McCormack (U11s):
A great win to the Mighty Magpies u11 who won convincingly,  a real team performance based on speed power and skill. Some cracking tries scored and first class goal kicking to back up the 7 tries scored.

The team loved playing at the stadium and can’t wait until the season starts in 2017 so they can hook in and have more fun. Go the Mighty Magpies.
Final Score 47 – 21 to Southern

Steve Hepburn (U12s):

The Southern under-12 side put in a courageous effort against a much bigger and heavier Pirates team.
The side tackled hard and looked to move the ball at every opportunity.
It came back well in the second half and scored the last three tries in the game with some good attacking play.
Loose forward Gaige Walsh scored three tries and had a fine all round game along with No 8 Kale Twist who got round the paddock.
The backs ran hard with inside back Sam Nemec-Vial probing for gaps and halfback Oscar Cameron linking the backs and the forwards well. All players contributed to a good game and gave their all right to the end.
Final Score 40-29 to Pirates

Billy McDermott (U13s):
What a privilege to be playing and watching Southern v Pirates u13 final at Forsyth Barr Stadium! 
Southern magpies u13 went  into this game as defending champions, winning the u12 title last year.

The magpies hit out fast led by captain Ben Paku, scoring in the first 3 minutes, another try by hard running centre and hit man, Issac Dolan, took the magpies to a 14-0 lead after 10 min.

The magpies continued to pile on the pressure, until a injury to the magpies hard running and hard hitting Issac Dolan, saw pirates run in two tries in 10 minutes. With the scores locked up at 14-14, Dolan returned to steady the magpies and run in another try to relieve the pressure.

 

Turning over ball at crucial times is what open side flanker Oceana Campbell is an expert at! Her ability to win the ball at rucks and torment the opposition in general play was fundamental to our win. She also scored a brilliant try. 

Big no8 Ben Freeman was all over the park, rewarded with a great bustling try. 

Pirates never gave up and kept on grinding and got rewards with some good tries, 33-31 to southern the game intensified! 

Big angry Eth Hastie stepped up and sliced thru the Pirates forwards to score a great try. 

Jacob Murray’s slick back line passing set the backs up for great ball. His goal kicking was important for keeping us ahead, slotting 6 from 8. 

Loui Clydsale was outstanding in defence, took it upon himself to take pirates big no8 Trevor Elisara all game!

The hard working forward pack of southern never stopped, they matched the big pirates forward pack and had them on the back foot. 

Big Willy Faulkner phoned in on Friday night with a injury that the Dr said would keep him sidelined for two weeks, a sprained thumb ruled him out, come Saturday morning big Willy, a lock known for his hard tackling, turned up with his uniform on and played an inspiring game!.

Captain Ben Paku had a cracker of a game, he covered the backs brilliantly shutting down anything that managed to get through also scoring 2 try’s, his leadership took the team up a notch.

Brodie Macaskill our hooker was into everything – rucks, mauls, perfect line out throwing, and  his unbelievable ability to win tight heads is amazing, 

With 15 minutes to go pirates kicked off, straight into the arms of Southerns danger man Issac Dolan, a 70 metre run slicing through the pirates team, he scored a brilliant individual try, this lifted Southern’s confidence and ran in another two brilliant team effort try’s. 

A great end to a great season

Final score 52-31 to southern. 

 

 

Results Aug 13th

Semi Final:
Raven Colts lost to University Gold 29-22

Junior Finals (played at Forsyth Barr Stadium)

Under 13: Southern Magpies 52 (Isaac Dolan 3, Ben Paku 2, Ben Freeman, Elthan Hastie, Oceana Campbell tries, Jacob Murray 6 conversions), Pirates Raiders 31 (Pirates Raiders 31 (Trevor Elisara 2, Haiyz Camplin, Cruz Wallace, Reuben Bouman try; Bouman 3 cons.). Halftime: Southern 26-19.


Under 12: Pirates Skulls 40 (Callum Hill 2, Ryan Kreft 2, Griffin Wingham, Max O’Connor tries; Ben Stephens 5 conversions), Southern Magpies 29 (
Gaige Walsh 3, Kale Twist, Sam Nemec-Vial tries; Nemec-Vial 2 cons), Halftime: Pirates 21-5


Under 11: Southern Magpies 47 (
Kieran Dreadon 2, Bailey Pearce, Te Atawhai Campbell, Jack Underwood-Nicol, Joe Parkinson, Caleb Farrow tries; Samuel McCormack 6 cons.), Pirates Gunners 21 (Blake Clearwater, Wiremu Ferguson, Jacob Buckby tries; Jack Soul 3 cons.). Halftime 28-7.

Southern RFC Trophy Winners 2016

2016 Awards
Contribution to the Team Unicol Matt Nicholson
Ravens Hamish Jarvie
Magpies Sam Calder
Women’s Hannah Sim
Premier 2 Fraser Kirk
Premier Josh Ferguson
Most Improved Women’s Rachel Tombs
Magpies Richard Buchanan
Unicol Matt Nicholson
Premier 2 Logan Beggs
Ravens Jacob Turell
Premier Axel Hohneck
Magpie Award Cameron Keach
Magpie Award Aaron McNoe
Club Captains Shield Daniel Roos
Players of the Year Unicol Sebastian Van Harselaar
Ravens Shuta Fujimoto
Women’s Summer Van loenhout
Magpies Jake McEwan
Premier 2 Levi McCoy
Donkey Award Premier Forward Mike Matafa
Churchill Cup Premier Back Josh Walden
Premier Club Award Marty Memorial Billy McDermott
SRFC Club Player of the Year Adam Knight
Bill & Mata McEwen Club Person of the Year Nicole Stewart

Closing Day – Sat 13th August 3.30pm

 

 

Please note the time change for this Saturdays closing day, due to our  U13’s playing at 12.30pm, we have pushed the time back to 3.30pm to give time in case of extra time format  at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Please make sure your teams are seated and ready to go by this time. 

Prize giving usually runs for approx one hour, we will put the kids into there respective teams in front of the stage, and start with the u5’s finishing with the u13 team

Once finished the kids can enjoy the end to a great season with pizza, chips and a drink.

 

It would be great to see a big turn out on Saturday,  more family and friends the better….

Enjoy your week, and see you all on Saturday….( don’t forget to come along to the stadium and support your U11,12 and 13 players from 10am.)

Cheers Billy
Junior Club Captain