Junior Draw for Sat 28th April

Under 13
10:00 Kaikorai Demons v Southern Magpies Bishopcourt 1
10:00 Green Island Grizzlies v Pirates Gunners Miller Park 1
TBC John McGlashan v Taieri Blue Deferred
Under 12
10:00 Kaikorai Demons v Southern Magpies Bishopscourt 2
10:00 West Taieri v Zingari Dragons Outram 1
10:00 Pirates Renagades v Taieri Blue Hancock Park 1
10:00 Green Island Grizzlies v Dunedin/Alhambra Union Miller Park 2
Under 11
10:00 Southern Magpies v Taieri Gold Bathgate Park 1
10:00 Eastern v Zingari Dragons Waikouaiti 1
10:00 Taieri Blue v Alhambra Union Peter Johnstone 1
10:00 Harbour v Kaikorai Demons Watson Park
10:00 Pirates Bonecrushers v Green Island Grizzlies Hancock Park 4
Under 10
10:00 Taieri Blue v Dunedin Peter Johnstone 5A
10:00 Taieri Gold v Pirates Anchormen Peter Johnstone 5B
10:00 West Taieri v Zingari Dragons Outram Jun 3
10:00 Green Island Gold v Kaikorai Demons Miller Park Jun 3
10:00 Southern Magpies v Alhambra Union Bathgate Park Jun 3
10:00 Green Island Green Bye
Year 4
10:00 Taieri Gold v West Taieri Peter Johnstone 4A
10:00 Eastern v Taieri Blue Waikouaiti Jun 1
10:00 Taieri Black v Southern Magpies Peter Johnstone 4B
10:00 Southern Ravens v Dunedin Bathgate Park Jun 4
10:00 Harbour v Strath Taieri Moller Park Jun 1
10:00 Pirates Daggers v Brighton Hancock Park Jun 3
10:00 Kaikorai Blue v Zingari Dragons Bishopcourt Jun 3
10:00 Kaikorai White v Green Island Green Bishopcourt Jun 4
10:00 Pirates Juggernaughts v Alhambra Union Hancock Park Jun 4
10:00 Green Island Gold Bye
Year 3
10:00 Eastern v Taieri Blue Waikouaiti Jun 2
10:00 Brighton v Taieri Gold Brighton Jun 1
10:00 West Taieri v Pirates Whitepointers Outram Jun 3
10:00 Taieri Black v Kaikorai Blue Peter Johnstone 3A
10:00 Southern Magpies v Dunedin Bathgate Park Jun 5
10:00 Green Island Green v Zingari Dragons Miller Park Jun 4
10:00 Harbour v Alhambra Union Moller Park Jun 2
10:00 Kaikorai Black v Strath Taieri Bishopcourt Jun 5
Green Island Gold Bye
Year 2 Rippa
10:00 Taieri Blue v Taieri Gold Peter Johnstone Jun 2
10:00 Kaikorai Black v Harbour Bishopcourt Jun 6
10:00 Taieri Black v Strath Taieri Peter Johnstone Jun 3
10:00 Pirates Skulls v Dunedin Hancock Park Jun 1
10:00 Southern Magpies v Southern Ravens Bathgate Park Jun 2
10:00 Eastern Gold v Green Island Green Waikouaiti Jun 3
10:00 Green Island Gold v West Taieri Miller Park Jun 5
10:00 Pirates Raiders v Kaikorai Blue Hancock Park Jun 2
Year 1 Rippa
10:00 Pirates Jolly Rogers v Taieri Gold Kensington Oval Jun 1
10:00 Green Island White v Dunedin Gold Kettle Park Jun 2
10:00 Eastern Green v Kaikorai Black Waikouaiti Jun 5
10:00 Harbour v Dunedin Blue Kettle Park Jun 1
10:00 Green Island Black v Taieri Blue Peter Johnstone Jun 4
10:00 Zingari Dragons v Green Island Gold Montecillo Jun 1
10:00 Kaikorai Blue v Southern Black Bathgate Park Jun 7
10:00 Green Island Green v West Taieri Kensington Oval Jun 2
10:00 Alhambra Union v Brighton Opoho Jun 1
Under 5 Rippa
10:00 Kaikorai Black v Brighton Brighton Jun 2
10:00 Alhambra Union v Southern Magpies Opoho Jun 2
10:00 Zingari Baby Dragons v Taieri Blue Montecillo Jun 2
10:00 Kaikorai Blue v Taieri Gold Peter Johnstone J1
10:00 Dunedin v Pirates Sparrows Kettle Park Jun 3
10:00 Green Island Green v Green Island Gold Miller Park Jun 6
10:00 Green Island Black v Bye

Southern lose to Taieri

The Premiers lost to Taieri at Peter Johnstone Park on Saturday 32-16 in fine but cool conditions.

Taieri got off to the better start scoring two unconverted tries before the Magpies hit back with a try to Mike Mata’afa from a lineout drive.

At halftime Taieri led 15-10, but despite Taieri looking the more dangerous team, Southern were still in the game, and early in the second half started to dominate the Taieri pack particularly at scrum time.

They shunted Taieri off the ball at will with Sam Pene, Mike Mata’afa and Hisa Sasagi scrummaging well. A sustained period of pressure on the Taieri goal line forced Taieri into conceding penalties which were coolly converted by Jono Hayes to take the score to 16-15 with 20 minutes to play.

The turning point in the match came from another attacking 10m scrum which Southern decided to run instead of maintaining absolute dominance with the drive; they turned over the ball allowing Taieri to clear, and from the resulting lineout a mix up in the backs saw the ball dropped and kicked through by Taieri to score from 60m out. Another error minutes later again saw Taieri take advantage and score another try and the game was over with 10 minutes to play.

For Southern the tight forwards operated well, and Kyle Harris was prominent in the loose. In the backs the midfield of Josh Gordon and Paul Tupai individually looked dangerous but the backs combinations were not gelling, and they struggled to create opportunities as a unit. Gordon had a try all but scored from long range but the ball was knocked from his hand when diving for the line. Jono Hayes kicked well to score 11 points.

Taieri 32 (Josh Larsen, Glen Beadle, James Wilson-Bishop, Marc Rooney, Vinnie O’Connell, Kori Rupene tries; Brodie Flannery con), Southern 16 (Mike Mata’afa try; Jono Hayes 3 pen, con). Halftime: 15-10.

The team has the bye on Saturday and they will be hoping that results go their way to stay in touch with the leaders – Taieri and University A. They will play Kaikorai at Bishopscourt on Sat 28th April at 3pm.

The Magpie Colts will play Southland Boys HS on ANZAC day at 1.30pm at Bathgate Park.

Senior Draw – 14th April

Premier 1 – Round 4
Time Home Team v Away Team Venue Referee Assistant Referees
Jonathoan Keogh Memorial/Speights Challenge Shield/Match of the Round
3.00pm Dunedin v University Kettle Park 1 Nick Webster (North Otago) S Adam/T McLean
Ken St Clair-Newman Memorial
3.00pm Green Island v Kaikorai Miller Park 1 Caleb Neilson M Milburn/L Whitty
3.00pm Alhambra-Union v Harbour North Ground Eden Brown C Hart/A Clarkson
Roy Nieper Trophy
3.00pm Taieri v Southern Peter Johnstone Park Joel Hibbs J Chalmers/D Kennedy
Zingari-Richmond v BYE
Time Home Team v Away Team Venue Referee Assistant Referees
1.00pm Pirates v Green Island Hancock Park 1 E Doherty
1.00pm North Otago v University Whitestone Cheese Stadium 5 G Cameron
Alhambra-Union v BYE
Premier 2
Time Home Team v Away Team Venue Referee Assistant Referees
7.00pm Eastern v Alhambra Union Waikouaiti 1 C O’Brien
Premier 2
Time Home Team v Away Team Venue Referee Assistant Referees
1.00pm West Taieri v Green Island Outram 1 R Mitchell
1.00pm Kaikorai v Pirates Bishopscourt 1 C Hart
1.00pm University v Zingari-Richmond University Oval 4 A Passey
1.00pm Taieri v Dunedin Peter Johnstone Park 1 D Kennedy
Time Home Team v Away Team Venue Referee Assistant Referees
2.45pm Strath Taieri v Alhambra Union Middlemarch P Burger
2.45pm Brighton v Southern Brighton Domain 1 I Johnston
2.45pm Kaikorai v Toko Bishopscourt 3 A Ritchie
2.45pm Taieri v Zingari-Richmond Peter Johnstone Park 3 P Carroll
2.45pm West Taieri v Harbour Outram 1 K Wallis
2.45pm Green Island v Crescent Miller Park 2 D Hill
Time Home Team v Away Team Venue Referee Assistant Referees
1.00pm Southern v Harbour Bathgate Park 1 M Burger
1.00pm University v Kaikorai Uni Oval 5 O Hadfield
1.00pm Dunedin v Alhambra Union Kettle Park 1 S Adam
1.00pm Taieri v Southland Boys HS Peter Johnstone Park 1 J Chalmers
Junior Colts
Time Home Team v Away Team Venue Referee Assistant Referees
2.45pm Zingari-Richmond v Kaikorai Montecillo 1 M Woodhouse
1.00pm Dunedin Bull Sharks v University Gold Kettle Park 2 T McLean
1.00pm Alhambra-Union v Dunedin Tiger Sharks North Ground T Grant
1.00pm Green Island v Kaikorai Wolves Miller Park 2 L Whitty
Southern Ravens v BYE

Southern claim first win of season

Southern comfortably beat Zingari-Richmond 39-19 to claim its first win of the season at Bathgate Park on Saturday. It also retained the Eric Watson Cup (in its second year of being played for).

It was good to have a good turn out of both Club’s Life Members and Committee, along with members of the Watson family prior to the match in the Clubrooms. to enjoy a drink and a light lunch before the battle ensued.

The Magpies started strongly and used the strong wind well to get good field position. The forwards dominated their opposition in the scrum and had the better of them in close contact. With Zingari looking to move the ball in their own half this opened up opportunities for Southern to strike on turnovers. The team had their best half of the season and led 34-7 at halftime.

Josh Gordon, playing on the right wing, has made a welcome return to the team after being away up north in 2017. His size, strength and speed have added a new dimension to the backline in 2018. He scored a hat trick of tries before halftime on Saturday and must be forcing the Otago selectors to take notice of him.

Liam Howley has also made the most of his opportunities and has given direction to the team with good tactical kicking and quick passing to release the backline. Paul Tupai was the other player to catch the eye and scored a good try in combination with Josh Ioane who only played the second half.

In the forwards the new recruits – big prop Jone Lesi and tall lock Caleb Aperahama – added steel to the pack, and will be important players as the season goes on. Gregor Croudis, after cricket commitments had delayed his start to the season, made a nuisance of himself at the breakdown at openside flank.

In the second half they went off the boil somewhat and didn’t score any points until the last minute, Zingari got their game going and scored two good tries to bring the score back to 34-19 bfore Tupai’s final try.

The team now sits in 4th place, only one point off second spot, with University leading the competition after getting off to a flying start with 3 wins.

This week the Premiers will play Taieri at Peter Johnstone Park in Mosgiel for the Roy Nieper trophy. Taieri after a first round bye, have easily won their matches against Dunedin and Taieri and are looking to be a real contender this year’s title after finishing down the table in 2017. The match will give both teams an idea of where they stand in the race for the top 4. Neither team will have their Highlander wider squad members available due to a strangely timed “development” match on Saturday prior to the Highlanders match.

Other match reports courtesy of the ODT:

Southern gained its first win of the season while Harbour again came up short as winter took hold somewhat in the Dunedin premier club competition on Saturday.

Taieri won the battle over its neighbour at Peter Johnstone Park,  and Dunedin got home late against Kaikorai.

University    17
Harbour    15

University maintained its winning record while Harbour remained winless in a closely fought game at Watson Park.

The match was all locked up with two unconverted tries each at halftime and there was never much between the sides.

Harbour drove well  and its loose forwards were strong ball carriers.

It went ahead about midway through the second half as it barged over but University refused to go away.

With time all but up on the clock, the students pressed on the line, and hammered away, as Harbour gave away penalties. Eventually, the pressure told and University pivot Roman Blackman spied a gap and went over to score.

University fullback Tom Morrison banged over the conversion from a handy enough position to win the game.

The wind made the game a bit of a lottery and goal kicking was not easy. Much of the game consisted of one-off ball runners.

University hooker Ricky Jackson had a fine match while second five-eighth Tyler Beary was solid throughout for the students.

Harbour lock Sione Misiloi gave his all as did No 8 Solomon Pole. Coach Ryan Nicholas, playing against his old team, straightened up play well for Harbour in the midfield

Taieri    42
Green Island    19

Taieri always looked in control on its home track in the match against neighbour Green Island.

Taieri led 25-12 at the break and though Green Island got it back to 28-19 early in the second half, Taieri then skipped away.

It was the first game in nearly six months for Highlanders flanker James Lentjes and he took to the game like duck to water.He was all over the park, never far from the ball, and played most of the match before being substituted. Taieri shared the points around and used its forwards to rumble the ball up and Highlanders prop Aki Seiuli was a solid ball carrier.Taieri right winger Marc Rooney helped himself to a brace of tries.

Neither side could get much momentum into their game and the match was up and down the field for  most of the 80 minutes.

Green Island No 8 Josh Hayward was industrious in everything he did, while Peter Mirrielees got round the field.

Former Taieri and Otago captain Charlie O’Connell made an appearance off the bench late in the game, replacing his brother, Vinnie. O’Connell is working in Christchurch but turned out for his old club as he was back in town for the weekend.

Dunedin    37
Kaikorai    32

Kaikorai played with the advantage of a strong breeze at its back in the first spell at Bishopscourt and nailed four penalties through Gus Gray.

Dunedin, in one of its few forays into Kaikorai territory, had big prop Teague McElroy latch on to a loose pass and he showed surprising pace to scamper 20m to score a converted try to keep  it in touch.

From an overthrown Dunedin lineout close to its own line, Kaikorai No8 Patrick McCurran simply had to catch and fall over the line. On halftime, Dunedin winger Rory Ward glided into a hole off a George Witana pass. He threw a great floating pass to fullback Josh McKay who used his extreme pace to dot down and cut the lead to 19-14 at the break.

Early in the second half, Kaikorai winger Layne Opetetaia went over out wide after a sustained build-up to extend the side’s lead.

Then the Dunedin pack took control with a couple of tightheads thrown in, some solid and powerful ball-carrying which had the visitors well up with six minutes to go.

Then came the ‘‘coach killer’’  — in this case, the coach himself. Replacement prop and forward coach Bronson Ross threw an intercept to Kaikorai winger Jordan McEntee who gratefully ran 80m to give Kaikorai a one-point lead with four minutes to go.

But the Dunedin pack resumed normal service and drove powerfully back into Kaikorai territory. Witana kicked two late penalties to win the game and Dunedin became the new holder  of the Challenge Shield.

For Dunedin McElroy, Alex Ainley and fellow lock Liam Trainor were inspirational in the pack. Witana took all his chances and the midfield of James Te Pairi-Simpson and Solofa Silipa were solid on attack and defence.

For Kaikorai lock Sean Jansen was into everything, while Dan Pryor and Slade McDowell were extremely disruptive in the loose. Josh Renton was tidy at halfback and Matt Jones was lively at the back.

Round three 
The scores

Taieri 42 (Marc Rooney 2, Kori Rupene, Brodie Hume, Ryan Williams tries; Josh Casey 4 con, 3 pen), Green Island 19 (Peter Mirrielees, Josh Hayward, Kalolo Tuiloma tries; Ben Patston con, Finn Strawbridge con).

Southern 39 (Josh Gordon 3, Michael Mata’afa, Louis Tili, Josh Ioane tries; Bryce Hosie 3 con, pen), Zingari-Richmond 19 (Chris Bell, Greg Pleasants-Tate, Keenan Masina tries; Thomas Johnson 2 con).

Dunedin 37 (Teague McElroy, Josh McKay, Corrie Barrett, George Witana tries; Witana 4 con, 3 pen), Kaikorai 32 (Patrick McCurran, Jordan McEntee, Layne Opetetaia tries; Gus Gray 5 pen, con).

University 17 (Josh Dickson, Sam Dickson, Roman Blackman tries; Tom Morrison con), Harbour 15 (Sione Misiloi, Solomon Pole, Ngana Nicholas tries)