A great day of results for the club on Saturday with all 4 trophy matches being won. It was the first time in many years we hosted 4 home games at Bathgate Park and to also host 4 trophy matches was unique. Our Raven Colts lost to Kaikorai to deny the clean sweep.
A big crowd in the Clubrooms and the social activities later in the evening made for a day (and night) to remember.
Premiers beat University 19-17 (VG Cavanagh Memorial)
Premier Dev beat Green Island 24-19 (Paddy Roberts Memorial)
Seniors beat West Taieri 57-20 (Jack Stringer Memorial)
Premier Magpie Colts beat University Blue 7-5 (Ross Mee Memorial)
Championship Ravens Colts lost to Kaikorai Cobras 29-0
ODT Report – Premier Match
Southern 19 University 17
In what was an old-fashioned arm wrestle, Southern came out on top at Bathgate Park over University to win the V.G. Cavanagh Trophy.
University led 10-5 at the break but found itself down 19-17 near the end after Southern No8 Mika Mafi scored a try as Southern pressed near the end.
The students swung back on to attack and won a penalty about 35m out. They kicked for touch, won the lineout and then won another penalty.
With time up, University first-five eighth Kody Edwards had the chance to win the game with the penalty about 20m out and 10m in from touch. But he struck it badly, it went to the left and the home team came away the victor.
The match was close throughout. Southern tried to use its big forwards but never made much progress, while University looked lively at times but made mistakes at crucial times.
Southern was gifted a try near the end of the first half as, unwisely, University tried to run the ball in its own 22m zone.
Best for University were loose forwards Sean Withy and Henry, Bell while winger Jermaine Pepe scored a nice try. Southern’s best were skipper Jermayne Maika and halfback Tala Fagasoaia.