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The Premier 2s travelled to Vauxhall Park to play North Shore in the Semifinals.
Several weeks before we had been beaten by 45 points against North Shore but in ensuing weeks we have worked hard on our skills and in particular our defensive systems.
On Saturday we played into a strong wind and at halftime we were down 15 -0. We defended valiantly and had our chances but failed to convert them into points. In the second half, we had the wind at our backs. We scored a converted try by Gus Mowat while North Shore did the same, with the final score being 22-7. The boys never gave up for 80 minutes and I was proud of their efforts.
This has been a rebuilding year with just seven players returning from our back-to-back Championship team. However, the new players have worked hard throughout and reaching the Semi-Finals this year was a real accomplishment.
Josef Foley leads the team with his unbelievable defensive abilities and always led from the front. He had great support in the forwards from Alex “never-say-die” Blackett, Josh Anderson, Joseph Young and Mark Haddock. Isi Kioa was huge when he was there. In the backs, Tui Siale made a huge contribution when he returned from injury. He was supported by Simon Quickfall. Gus Mowat fitted in where required and contributed to team culture. The Haku Brothers, Ana, Tupe and Whitiora, added to the attack. David Bird always “had a go”. Sifa Kava always defended bravely. Thank you to Jason Alexander and Mark Chadwick (both centurions for the club) for their expert coaching. Thank you to Devine Hadfield for his huge effort in managing the team. Thank you to the Physios that assisted throughout the year.
A year that gave more than was expected. Whakawhetai ki a mo o kah i maioha. Arohanui kia koutou katoa.