Spirit Claim Championship Crown

The Perfect Season

The Otago Spirit completed the perfect season by defeating Hawkes Bay in the Farah Palmer Cup Championship final with a 24 – 20 victory at Forsyth Barr Stadium this afternoon.

In a tight  first half, Hawkes Bay took an 8 – 7 lead into the break after Spirit first five Rosie Kelly opened the scoring by converting her own try, before Hawkes Bay came back to take the lead through a try and a penalty.

The arm wrestle continued in the second half with the lead changing hands before Otago’s Kilisitina Moata’ane and Sheree Hume both grabbed tries to give Otago a nine point lead with around 5 minutes remaining. A late try to Hakes Bay closed the gap to 4 points however the Spirit hung on to the lead and took the Championship win and the 2019 title.

Otago Spirit v Hawkes Bay Tui Final (27.10.19)
Championship Champions

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Spirit Advance To Final

Otago Spirit Defeat Tasman

The Otago Spirit have defeated Tasman in the Farah Palmer Cup Championship semi final with a 64 – 10 victory at Forsyth Barr Stadium this afternoon.

The win means the Otago Spirit will have home advantage for next weekends final, but it also means the Spirit have advanced through to the final unbeaten.

After a dominant first half performance which saw the Spirit take a 35 – 0 lead into the break, more tries in the second half resulted in the Spirit posting a 64 -10 victory.

Next week’s final is likely to be played on Sunday due to Sky TV scheduling but this is still to be confirmed.

Otago Spirit v Tasman Semi Final (19.10.19)Otago Spirit players Paige Church and Eilis Doyle show their club symbol and their delight at winning following the Farah Palmer Cup Championship semi final.

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High Flying Spirit

It seems the Otago Spirit are having a vintage season with wins over Taranaki, Northland, Tasman, North Harbour and Hawke’s Bay. Not only have they been winning, they’ve been playing some fantastic rugby and are great to watch at the moment. Unfortunately the Farah Palmer Cup  table details at allblacks.com is sadly lacking in updated information or finals details which is disappointing however no doubt the Spirit will be playing their finals footy here in Dunedin.

If you want to follow their progress you can find them on facebook: @OtagoSpirit

Featured Photo – The Spirit

Otago and Otago Spirit 2019 Season Launch
The official Otago Spirit squad for the 2019 Farah Palmer Cup after being named at Vault 21 in Dunedin earlier this year.

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Spirit Remain Unbeaten

Otago Spirit Defeat North Harbour

The Otago Spirit have remained unbeaten in the Farah Palmer Cup with a 90 – 0 victory over North Harbour at Forsyth Barr Stadium this afternoon.

After a fast start start by both sides, it was the Otago side that struck first and opened the scoring with two quick tries and continued the attack throughout the half going into halftime with a 45 – 0  lead.

Early second half tries and strong running by the Otago backs ensured the scoreboard kept ticking over in the second half. Otago ran out 90 – 0 winners to make it a perfect 4 from 4 from start to their Farah Palmer Cup Championship campaign.

The Spirits next match will be against Hawkes Bay on Saturday, 5th October.

Otago Spirit v North Harbour Hibiscus (29.09.19)
Trisha Hopcroft of the Otago Spirit dives over to score during the Farah Palmer Cup match between the Otago Spirit and North Harbour Hibiscus played at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, on Sunday 29th September, 2019.

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