Draw for 1st May

Premiers v Taieri, Bathgate Park, 2.45pm
Premier Dev v Green Is, Miller Park, 12.45pm (Paddy Roberts Memorial)
Seniors v Kaikorai, Bishopscourt, 2.45pm
Magpies Premier Colts v Dunedin Makos, 12.45pm
Ravens Championship Colts v Kaikorai Cobras (played midweek – lost 27-7)

Results 24th April

Premiers lost to Alhambra Union 33-14
Prem Dev beat Harbour Hawks 24-17
Seniors beat Alhambra Union 17-5
Magpie Colts lost to Harbour 38-10
Raven Colts lost to Dunedin Hammerheads 22-7

Premier Match Report (Courtesy of the ODT)
Alhambra-Union 33 Southern 14

Southern are short of fatties up front but it was out wide where the Magpies were made to pay.

Alhambra-Union bagged five tries — four of them in a wonderful opening 40 minutes — to set up a 33-14 win at the North Ground.

Winger Isaac Milne cashed in first. He scored after five minutes thanks to a nice build-up by the home team.

Alhambra-Union’s tight five was able to match a Southern pack which is down on muscle.

With a even share of the ball, the Broncos backline got plenty of opportunities.

The secret was keeping the ball alive and waiting for the inevitable gaps to open.

Jona Nareki’s brother, Peceli Malanicagi, grabbed the first of his two tries from a set move from a scrum. He got the ball with about 20m to travel and put his sidestep into action to get there.

Halfback Noah Hotham cleared the ball well and gave those outside him a few extra seconds. That proved valuable.

Lock Levi Turoa was impressive in the lineout.

Alhambra-Union led 26-7 at the break but Southern scored quickly to narrow the gap to 26-14.

The score was unchanged until Alhambra-Union captain John Tapueluelu scored midway through the half in his 50th premier game for the club.

Fullback Ben McCarthy had a busy game and was instrumental in good percentage of the tries, while his Southern opposite Obeys Samate presented a constant threat and he kicked well into space. Hooker Joe Cairns had a tidy game as well.

Other Results:
Green Island 20 Taieri 18
Zingari-Richmond 17 Dunedin 16
Kaikorai 26 University 22

Draw for Sat 24th April

Premiers v Alhambra Union, North Ground 2.45pm
Prem Dev v Harbour Hawks, Bathgate Park 1, 12.45pm
Seniors v Harbour, Alhambra Union, Bathgate Park 1, 2.45pm
Magpie Colts v Harbour, Watson Park (Pt Ch), 12.45pm
Raven Colts v Dunedin Hammerheads, Bathgate Park 2, 12.45pm

“Magpies of Origin” Social function Saturday evening. $25 per player.

Results Sat 17th April

Premier lost to Kaikorai 27-25
Premier Dev defaulted to Eastern
Seniors beat Strath Taieri 52-12
Premier Magpie Colts beat Taieri 18-16
Championship Ravens Colts lost to Kaikorai Undertakers 37-20

Premier Report: (Courtesy of the ODT)

Kaikorai snatched a last minute four-try bonus point 27-25 victory against an imposing Southern side in a start-stop affair at Bishopscourt.

Southern was camped inside the Kaikorai half for the majority of the first half. But it was the home side which turned its rare incursions in Southern territory into points, through tries to flankers Slade McDowall and Jake Russ.

And just as it appeared it was heading to dot down for a third and run away with a one-sided victory, it turned the ball over. Southern fullback Obey Samate burst 70m up field only for desperate defence to force his progress close to the touchline 20m out.

His clever kick ahead was then gathered in by replacement first five-eighth Jack Leslie, who dived over for the try. Samate added the extras to put the visiting side back in the contest with a halftime score favouring Kaikorai 15-10.

Buoyed by Leslie’s try, Southern dominated the early exchanges after the break, capitalising through two tries in quick succession to halfback Graham Urquhart, to hold a 22-15 lead.

As both sides cleared their benches, the game meandered until the final 10 minutes when Kaikorai burst into life, eventually scoring through lock Zack McKenzie in the 77th minute and replacement hooker Mitch Pryde in the final play of the game.

Kaikorai was well-served by McKenzie, No8 Christian Lio-Willie and first five-eighth Ben Miller. Urquhart delivered good clean ball to an enterprising Southern backline, in which Samate always posed as a threat.

Other results:
University 47 Harbour 38
Taieri 21 Dunedin 19
Green Island 50 Zingari-Richmond 24
Alhambra-Union the bye

Draw for Saturday April 17th

Premier v Kaikorai, Bishopscourt 2.45pm
Premier Dev v Eastern, Waikouaiti 12.45pm
Seniors v Strath Taieri, Bathgate Park 2 2.45pm
Premier Magpie Colts v Taieri, Forsyth Barr Stadium 12.45pm
Championship Ravens Colts v Kaikorai Undertakers, Bathgate Park 2, 12.45pm