Southern Semi final review – Billy McD Club Captain

U11 Magpies V West Taieri  – Sat 6th August 16


This was a game the magpies were going into with confidence, already having played them twice this season and coming away with convincing wins.

West Taieri came out firing, and rattled the magpies with their big midfield hit ups, the magpies surprised by Wests hunger and determination  were on the back foot, as finals footy fever started to erupt on the side line with the wests supporters sensing an upset was on the cards.

The magpies regained their composure and got their mojo back, the crowd soon silenced by some brilliant skills and a team effort.

The Magpies coming out the victors 45-38



U12 Magpies V Taieri. Sat 6th August 16


Southern knowing they were the underdogs had to give 100% . Already this season in two games Taieri racked up over 100 points against the Magpies.

Taieri ran out with a swagga that was filled with confidence, lots of chit chat and team hi  fives.

The magpies were just as enthusiastic and had a look of quiet  confidence about themselves,  

The eels big forward pack started off with big hit ups, the magpies up to the challenge tackled hard and turned over good ball for the pacey backs.

A  couple of tries for the magpies shocked the eels, and they started to look a bit disorganised.

The magpies defence and hard running was too good, the confidence was beaming off the boys.

The magpies up at half time knew they had to keep the pressure on, as Taieri were fired up!

The eels hit back, and the side line started to get vocal on the Taieri side, Southern soon put an end to that with a work rate that was second to none,  the boys kept on digging deep and never gave up. An outstanding result 36-22, the upset of the semis!!!well deserved boys a classy effort…

All Southern teams make Grand Finals at Forsyth Barr Stadium

What a great effort by the 3 teams from the U11s, U12s and U13s to make the final of their grades.
Get along to the Stadium from 10am to see some great action and cheer on the Magpies:

Junior Rugby Finals Preview:


The climax of the Metropolitan Junior rugby season takes place this Saturday 13th August at the Forsyth Barr Stadium. All the teams were very excited when it was announced that the finals would be at the stadium and this added an extra incentive to winning their semi-finals last week. The 3 finals to be contested are in the U11s, U12s and U13 grades.


In what must be a first, all three finals are being played between only 2 clubs – Southern and Pirates. Does that indicate that the strength of junior rugby is in south of Dunedin? What Club will hold the majority of the spoils?


U11 Final: Southern Magpies v Pirates Gunners

Southern Magpies won their semi-final in a torrid battle against West Taieri 45-38, and continue their unbeaten run of never losing a match in tackle rugby (since U8s). They are a very skilful, talented and  well-rounded team. Within the team there are a number of players whose fathers were former professional rugby players and it appears the genes have been passed on – names such as Cashmore, McLeod, Parkinson, and McCormack.

The Pirates Gunners snuck in over Kaikorai last week 21-20 in an exciting match. They have a competitive and powerful forward pack led by Cameron Bower and the Strange brothers, and a backline capable of attacking from any part of the field. Key players to watch will be 1st 5 Wiremu Ferguson, Centre Jack Soal and Fullback Jacob Buckby.

Southern will take the favourites tag into the final after beating Pirates twice this season, but it will be a close one.


U12 Final: Pirates Skulls v Southern Magpies

Pirates easily won their semi-final defeating Eastern 40-17. They have some of the biggest mobile forwards in the grade and some speedy, skilful backs. They are the U11 champions from 2015 and have had an unbeaten run this season. They have developed further this year and playing as a team is their motto. The team is excited to sing its usual pregame chant at the Stadium for the first time.

Southern Magpies have had a real rollercoaster season. The side was hard hit by injury during the middle part of the season and suffered some unexpected losses. As the season continued and the team were back to full strength they climbed back up the table to make the final, playing its best game of the season in the semi-final, where it beat Taieri 36-22. Players to keep an eye on will be forwards Fergus Hepburn and Gaige Walsh, while in the backs the halfback pairing of Oscar Cameron and Sam Nemic-Vial will be influential.

Pirates will be hot favourites to take out the U12 title but Southern are peaking at the right time.

U13 Final: Southern Magpies v Pirates Raiders

Southern Magpies have been the most consistent team in the U13 grade this season, and have only suffered the one loss. They had a close semi-final against Dunedin winning 33-24. Southern have a big forward pack and damaging runners led by Oceana Campbell and Fa’ati Koli. In the backs players to watch are speedy centre Isaac Dolan and Ben Paku at fullback.


Pirates Raiders dominated their semi-final against Alhambra-Union winning 54-33. They will look towards their strengths this week by speeding the game up with their hard-hitting forwards. This will be led by Trevor Elisara, who has a big future in the game, along with Raniera Tikoi and Jackson Clearwater, in the backs Reuben Bouman at 1st five will look to control the game and dictate play. Others to watch are Cruz Wallace, William McCutcheon and Elias O’Kane.


Southern having beaten Pirates twice this season will be favourites going into the final but Pirates will be a hard team to beat if they get things right on the day.

U38 Otago Town team named

The Southern U12 team had 3 players selected in the Town team that plays in the Trevor Boyle tournament on the 21st August in Invercargill. 2 players also made it from our talented U11 team.

Hunter Crawford
Oscar Cameron
Sam Nemic-Vial

Joe Parkinson
Kieran Dreadon

Full Squad:

Name Club
Luke Geddes Alhambra
Oliver McKewen Dunedin
Kahn Browne Eastern
Liam Rance Green Island
Hamish Wilson Green Island
Nathan Hill Green Island
Leo Clark Kaikorai
Wiremu Ferguson Pirates
Nathaniel Sutherland Pirates
Keiran Dreadon Southern
Joe Parkinson Southern
Oscar Cameron Southern
Hunter Crawford Southern
Sam Nemec-Vial Southern
Joshua Jones Taieri
Hamish Faulks Taieri
Jake Fowler Taieri
Coby Pope Taieri
Jackson Smith Taieri
George Brookland West Taieri
Jack Duncan Zingari
Josh Baughan Zingari

Plenty of Southern players make age group teams

It was good to see that Southern had plenty of players named in the U11 and U13 teams for the Otago Metropolitan teams.
This also shows why they find themselves in the finals of their grades this Saturday. (NB: No U12 team in 2016)

2016 Dunedin Metropolitan Under 11 Squad

Abigail Paton (Eastern); Andre Mataffa (Southern); Bailey Pearce (Southern); Cameron Bower (Pirates); Daniel Strange (Pirates); Dylan Pledger (Pirates); Finn Duncan (Zingari); Jack Soal (Pirates); Jacob Waide (West Tairei); Jasper Rainey (Southern); Jonty Townsend (Pirates); Lucan McLeod (Southern); Max O’Connor (Pirates); Noah McDowall (Pirates); Noah Strange (Pirates); Phil Elisara (Green Island); Samuel McCormack (Southern); Simon Roff (Southern); Tyson Ross (Pirates); Vini Hotesi (Kaikorai); Vasillis Joundies (Eastern); Will Coggan (Kaikorai) and Zane Murdoch (Taieri).

 Coachest: Brett McCormack (Southern) & Craig Soal (Pirates)

2016 Dunedin Metropolitan Under 13 Squad

Aaron Jones (Eastern); Andrew Rhodes (Green Island); Angus Cameron (Kings HS); Anthony Munro (Green Island); Bailey Gilliam (Eastern); Benjamin Paku (Southern); Caleb Ralston (Kings HS); Cam Forde (JMC); Cameron Moffitt (OBHS); Duncan Trevithick (Kings HS); Finn McDonnell-Page (Taieri); Hunter Burke (Dunedin); Kobe McDermott (Southern); Kolifatai Fatai Nu’uhiva (Southern); Noah Mafi (Kaikorai); Peter Keenan (OBHS); Riki Kerr (Taieri); Riley Meason (Eastern); Tom Mitchell (Taieri); Saebyn Friel (Southern); Sam Pomare Alhambra Union); Thor Dougherty (Kings HS); Trevor Elisara (Pirates); Vai Teofilo (Kings HS).

Coaches: Tony Paku (Southern), Billy McDermott  (Southern) or Alistair Munro (Green Is).