Southern teams triumphant in grand finals

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The Southern U13 and U11 teams both won their respective championships on Saturday at the Forsyth Barr Stadium. The U12s lost their final but put up a brave effort in their loss.

Coaches Match Comments:

Brett McCormack (U11s):
A great win to the Mighty Magpies u11 who won convincingly,  a real team performance based on speed power and skill. Some cracking tries scored and first class goal kicking to back up the 7 tries scored.

The team loved playing at the stadium and can’t wait until the season starts in 2017 so they can hook in and have more fun. Go the Mighty Magpies.
Final Score 47 – 21 to Southern

Steve Hepburn (U12s):

The Southern under-12 side put in a courageous effort against a much bigger and heavier Pirates team.
The side tackled hard and looked to move the ball at every opportunity.
It came back well in the second half and scored the last three tries in the game with some good attacking play.
Loose forward Gaige Walsh scored three tries and had a fine all round game along with No 8 Kale Twist who got round the paddock.
The backs ran hard with inside back Sam Nemec-Vial probing for gaps and halfback Oscar Cameron linking the backs and the forwards well. All players contributed to a good game and gave their all right to the end.
Final Score 40-29 to Pirates

Billy McDermott (U13s):
What a privilege to be playing and watching Southern v Pirates u13 final at Forsyth Barr Stadium! 
Southern magpies u13 went  into this game as defending champions, winning the u12 title last year.

The magpies hit out fast led by captain Ben Paku, scoring in the first 3 minutes, another try by hard running centre and hit man, Issac Dolan, took the magpies to a 14-0 lead after 10 min.

The magpies continued to pile on the pressure, until a injury to the magpies hard running and hard hitting Issac Dolan, saw pirates run in two tries in 10 minutes. With the scores locked up at 14-14, Dolan returned to steady the magpies and run in another try to relieve the pressure.

 

Turning over ball at crucial times is what open side flanker Oceana Campbell is an expert at! Her ability to win the ball at rucks and torment the opposition in general play was fundamental to our win. She also scored a brilliant try. 

Big no8 Ben Freeman was all over the park, rewarded with a great bustling try. 

Pirates never gave up and kept on grinding and got rewards with some good tries, 33-31 to southern the game intensified! 

Big angry Eth Hastie stepped up and sliced thru the Pirates forwards to score a great try. 

Jacob Murray’s slick back line passing set the backs up for great ball. His goal kicking was important for keeping us ahead, slotting 6 from 8. 

Loui Clydsale was outstanding in defence, took it upon himself to take pirates big no8 Trevor Elisara all game!

The hard working forward pack of southern never stopped, they matched the big pirates forward pack and had them on the back foot. 

Big Willy Faulkner phoned in on Friday night with a injury that the Dr said would keep him sidelined for two weeks, a sprained thumb ruled him out, come Saturday morning big Willy, a lock known for his hard tackling, turned up with his uniform on and played an inspiring game!.

Captain Ben Paku had a cracker of a game, he covered the backs brilliantly shutting down anything that managed to get through also scoring 2 try’s, his leadership took the team up a notch.

Brodie Macaskill our hooker was into everything – rucks, mauls, perfect line out throwing, and  his unbelievable ability to win tight heads is amazing, 

With 15 minutes to go pirates kicked off, straight into the arms of Southerns danger man Issac Dolan, a 70 metre run slicing through the pirates team, he scored a brilliant individual try, this lifted Southern’s confidence and ran in another two brilliant team effort try’s. 

A great end to a great season

Final score 52-31 to southern.