Magpie Colts lose semifinal

In what turned out to be the last game for the 2021 senior club season for the Club, the Magpie Colts lost to the Dunedin Mako’s 37-10 in their semi-final match.

At a cold and windy Kettle Park, the Magpies started with the wind at their back, but unfortunately conceded 3 tries in the first 20 minutes to set back their winning chances. Not long after the third Dunedin try the rain and hail struck (horizontally!) and only the hardy supporters remained outside while others gathered in the warmer Dunedin Clubrooms. The Magpies kicked a penalty and scored a converted try to bring the score back to 19-10 at halftime.

A good start after halftime was the coaching brief, but a run of kickable penalties against the team resulted in an insurmountable score line and soon an impossible task in the difficult conditions of playing catch up footy. The eventual deficit of 27 points didn’t reflect the teams ability, but Dunedin deserved their win on the day.

1st five-eighth Jack Leslie showed his abilities and was the most dangerous back while captain Jordan Dwight never gave up from the flank and worked hard all game.

It was Barry Stevens last game as coach after 2 years coaching the team, making the semifinals in both years and building a respected team that was competitive against all comers.

Kaikorai will take on Dunedin in the Colts final.

Draw 7th August – Colts Semi final & Junior Draw

Semi Final: Dunedin Mako Colts v Southern Magpie Colts, Kettle Park 1, 12.30pm

Junior Rugby Draw 7th August:
Under 13
10:00 Southern v Zingari Dragons Bathgate Park 1
9:00 GI Grizzlies v Taieri Gold Miller Park Jun 1
9:00 Dunedin Hammerhead Sharks v Pirates Anchormen Kettle Park 1
10:00 Taieri Blue v Kaikorai Demons Peter Johnstone 1

Year 7
10:00 Kaikorai Demons v Eastern Bishopscourt 1
10:00 Dunedin Thresher Sharks v GI Grizzlies Kettle Park 2
10:00 AU Broncos v Taieri Gold North Ground
10:00 Taieri Blue v Southern Pirates Peter Johnstone 4

Year 6
10:00 Pirates Whitepointers v Taieri Blue Hancock Junior 3
10:00 Dunedin Mako Sharks v Green Island Gold Kettle Park Junior 3
10:00 West Taieri Tuskers v Taieri Black Outram Junior 1
10:00 Southern Magpies v West Taieri Boars Bathgate Junior 5
10:00 Green Island Green v Taieri Gold Miller Park Junior 1
Kaikorai Black v Kaikorai White Kaik W defaulted
10:00 Harbour v Zingari Dragons Watson park Junior 1
10:00 Kaikorai Blue v Eastern Bishopscourt Jun 3

Year 5
10:00 West Taieri Wild Hogs v Southern Magpies Outram Junior 2
10:00 AU Crazy Horses v Eastern Opoho Jun 1
10:00 Green Island Gold v Southern Ravens Miller Park Jun 2
10:00 Kaikorai Black v Pirates Skulls Bishopscourt Jun 4
10:00 Pirates Raiders v Taieri Gold Hancock Jun 4
9:00 Green Island Green v Dunedin Tiger Sharks Miller Park Jun 2
10:00 Taieri Blue v Kaikorai Blue Peter Johnstone Jun 5

Year 4
9:00 Kaikorai Black v Green Island Gold Bishopscourt Jun 5
9:00 Harbour v Dunedin Blue Sharks Watson Park Jun 2
9:00 Pirates Jolly Rogers v Green Island Green Hancock Jun 5
10:00 Green Island Black v Eastern Miller Park Jun 3
10:00 Kaikorai Blue v West Taieri Razorbacks Bishopscourt Jun 5
10:00 Taieri Blue v Taieri Gold Peter Johnstone Jun 4
10:00 Zingari Dragons v Southern Montecillo Jun 1

Year 3
10:00 Green Island Gold v Southern Miller Park Jun 4
9:00 Pirates Bandits v Kaikorai Black Hancock Junior 4
9:00 Green Island Green v AU Mustangs Miller Park Jun 1
10:00 Kaikorai Blue v Taieri Blue Bishopscourt Jun 7
10:00 Dunedin Bull Sharks v Eastern Kettle Park Jun 4
Harbour v BYE

Year 2 Rippa
10:00 Strath Taieri v Green Island Green Middlemarch Jun 1
10:00 Harbour v Taieri Blue Watson Park Jun 2
9:00 Pirates Blackswords v Green Island Gold Hancock Jun 3
10:00 Green Island Black v Taieri Gold Miller Park Jun 5
10:00 Zingari Dragons v Eastern Montecillo Jun 2
10:00 AU Foals v Kaikorai Black Opoho Jun 2
10:00 Southern v Dunedin Wobbegong Sharks Bathgate Jun 6

Year 1 Rippa
10:00 Strath Taieri v Brighton Middlemarch Jun 2
10:00 Green Island Black v Eastern Miller Park Jun 6
9:00 Green Island Green v Southern Magpies Miller Park Jun 6
10:00 Harbour v West Taieri Piglets Sawyers Bay School
10:00 Pirates Buccaneers v Green Island Gold Hancock Junior 5
9:00 Kaikorai Black v AU Brumbies Bishopscourt Jun 3
10:00 Dunedin Goblin Sharks v Taieri Gold Kettle Park Jun 5
Taieri Blue v BYE

Under 5 Rippa
9:30 Pirates Sparrows v Green Island Blue Hancock Junior 6
9:30 Green Island Green v Green Island White Emerson Park Jun 2
10:00 Kaikorai Black v Harbour Red Bishopscourt Jun 9
10:00 Southern Magpies v Dunedin Baby Sharks Bathgate Park Jun 1
10:00 Green Island Black v Brighton Emerson Park Jun 2
10:00 Zingari Baby Dragons v Taieri Blue Montecillo Jun 3
10:00 Green Island Gold v Taieri Gold Emerson Park Jun 1
9:00 Harbour Blue v Green Island Kowhai Sawyers Bay School
10:00 Kaikorai Blue v AU Baby Broncos Bishopscourt Jun 10

Club Results 31st July

Seniors beat Green Island 20-17 (Senior Championship Winners). See match report.
Raven Colts lost to Dunedin Bulls 17-5. Season completed – finished 10th (from 13 teams)
Magpie Colts the bye. Qualified for semi finals in 3rd position.

Premier Final Result:
Taieri 21 beat Green Island 17

Match report (ODT):
No need to score tries when Cameron Millar is in the team.

The rookie Taieri first five drilled six penalties to help seal a 21-17 win over Green Island in the Dunedin premier club final at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
But as good as he was, even the superboot would have admired the wonderful effort from fullback Caleb Leef early in the first half.

He snapped off a drop goal from 45m.

Couple of things to note here. Millar’s six penalties were the most in a final since Hayden Parker banged over six for Taieri in its 51-6 win over University in 2014, and Leef’s audacious effort was the first in the final since Casey Stone landed a drop goal for Alhambra-Union in 2008.

And here is another statistic. Green Island became the first team since Southern in 1997 to lose the final despite scoring a try and keeping its line intact.

You had to feel for the Grizzlies. They played a lot of rugby and their fans turned out in numbers — big numbers.

The match attracted a crowd of perhaps 6500.

Taieri had plenty of fans in the bleachers as well.

Eels captain Ben Morris described the final as a ‘‘hell of a game’’.

‘‘It wasn’t pretty,’’ he said.

‘‘But it was awesome to come out with a win.’’

‘‘It would have been nice to get a try or two but that wasn’t the case today. But we made the most of those penalties.

‘‘That droppie came out of nowhere.’’

Green Island suffered an early setback. Dangerous centre Levi Harmon fell awkwardly in a tackle and was stretchered off the field with a suspected broken leg.

Midway through the first spell, halfback Scott Emmerson picked up a concussion and was also replaced.

Millar opened the scoring with a penalty in the third minute. Leef’s remarkable drop goal doubled the lead.

But Green Island was showing plenty of ambition and playing with width.

Jake Te Hiwi was proving hard to take down in the midfield, while bruising No 8 Sean Jensen hit the ball up with menace.

They carried strongly to help set up Green Island’s first try. Prop Shane Fikken crashed over from close range.

The Eels were so well organised on defence but could do nothing about the next try.

Green Island shovelled the ball wide to winger Michael Manson and he showed some tremendous speed to score in the corner.

It was his 15th try for the season. He can run awfully quickly, that fellow.

Taieri nursed a 12-10 lead at the break and stretched that by six with a couple of early second-half penalties to Millar.

The Eels played the percentages nicely. They worked the ball up the field and played at the right end.

Loosie Nick Henderson got through lots of work and lock Don Lolo made some telling bursts.

Experienced halfback Kurt Hammer used his box kick to keep the pack moving forward and Millar kicked the penalties.

It was a very effective game plan. A little dull, perhaps, but very effective.

With about 10 minutes remaining, Green Island trailed 21-10.

It needed to score and it did. Veteran front rower Peter Mirrielees reached over in a tackle and Finn Strawbridge knocked over the conversion.

But Taieri showed composure to clinch back-to-back titles. It is the club’s fifth senior banner since 2011.

adrian.seconi@odt.co.nz

Premier Development Final:

Dunedin beat Kaikorai 30-15

Senior team take Championship Banner

The Senior team beat Green Island 20-17 on Bathgate Park to take out the Senior championship for 2021.

In front of a big supportive crowd from both Clubs, the match ebbed and flowed with good defence from both teams restricting most attacking opportunities.
Southern took the a 10 point lead through the accurate goal kicking of fullback and of ex Premier player Bryce Hosie and held that margin until Green Island scored a consolation try on fulltime to take the score to 20-17.

The Southern forwards played a tough match constantly hitting the ball up, and had a solid set piece. Both backlines attempted to make play but field position was the more important factor and Southern kicked intelligently. A period of attack by Green Island on the Southern line with 10 minutes to go was repelled time after time and that was the key to the win – a team effort on defence.

The Club congratulates the Senior team who had their ups and downs earlier in the season with a few disciplinary issues. They heeded the advice offered and finished the season playing clean, hard, winning rugby – and the rewards came. Arron Campbell and Andre Clarke were instrumental as co captains in driving the team to the title. It is the first Senior banner since the early 90s.