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A truly fantastic season of rugby - the weather was great and the boys matched it with great rugby. What better result could you wish for than after playing 19 games, to have notched up 19 wins with a total of 561 points for and only 4 against.

After a frustrating time over the new weights and ages scale, the boys settled down to determined practices and got off to a great start to the season with a warm up game agairst Suburbs. In this game the coaohes tried out new boys to the squad in various positions to test their skills and abilities. With a squad of l9 boys this gave many of them the experience of playing in several different positions throughout the season.

Next up was Takapuna Black, the first of the ARU round, and with a good dry ground, and strong forward play from Scott Cornwall and Duncan MeKenzie we started the season with complete domince over the opposition. These two boys proved to be a tower of strength in the forwards throughout the season.

The following week was the ARU centennial weekend on which the boys played two games against two different East Coast Bays teams. Both games were a fine display of fifteen man rugby moving and running the ball at every opportunity. This ability to win ball in the forwards for the backs paid off with Peter Brahne, Glen Stapleton and Clinton Healy running in many good tries.

This was how the season started and with many determined efforts when the going got tough up front from players like stuart Beere, Andrew Chatfield, Craig Batty, Scott Cornwail and Duncan McKenzie, we came through undefeated. As the season progressed the younger and new forward players to the team, Greg Bailey, Jonathon Couch, Jeremy Priddy, Ross Rodgers, Glen Sattler and Andrew Stott gave all they had when it was needed and showed much improvement towards the end of the season.

The backs had their glory too in adding most of the points to the total with many determined runs ending in tries. The proven combination of Glen Stapleton at halfback and Clinton Healy at first five-eighth worked very successfully, with Glen working the blind to feed his wings. Clinton reading the game well and using good tactical kicking, and hard running and tackling to best advantage. Cameron Russell at second five-eighth was new to us this season and earned his position in the team with hard running and defensive tackling. Peter Brahne at centre once again showed his strength and turn of speed running in many tries. Tony Brahne at wing and centre positions took every opportunity given him and also scored many points with his kicking ability. Glen Reid and GIen Aplin on the wings showed good determination and had very good runs from set pIay. Jeffrey Goode at fullback has finally found his niche and played good safe rugby and also showed his ability to run the balI

Congratulations must go to those boys selected to represent Northcote in the North Harbour competition. This team was a combination from the Gold and White teams. The team were joint winners after a hard fought game against East Coast Bays in the final, ending in a nil all draw.

In the l0-a-side competition the boys made it to the semi-final, just going down to a much heavier opposition by a small margin.

Many thanks to the band of loyal supporters who have given great encouragement to the boys throughout the season and have helped with transport.

To the social conveners thanks.

Finally, it has been a pleasure to be associated with such a great squad of boys and band of supporters. I look forward to being part of your team next season.

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