20.07.19 – Semi Finals

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Game Day:Semi Finals

In a season that has been played in mostly dry(ish) conditions, it seems ironic that the semi-finals were today played in rain. So far this year teams have clashed in rain, wind and a wee bit of mud, however when compared to previous seasons it seems a fair conclusion to reach that teams have faced a lot drier playing conditions than in past seasons.

In the premier mens division, out at Peter Johnstone Park, the top placed Taieri side  hosted Green Island who made their first returned to the semi finals since 2002. In tough conditions it was the Taieri side that were victorious 10 – 8 over a tough Green Island side. In the other semi final at the University Oval it was University who got over the line late to grab a last second 10 – 8 win in a thrilling and tight encounter.

In the Premier Women’s grade at Hancock Park Pirates defeated Alhambra Union 44 -0 while in heavy and muddy conditions at Logan Park, University won 19 – 12 over the Waitaki Wahine.

Here are the local scores from around the grounds in Otago:

Metro Premier Competition
Taieri defeated Green Island 10 – 8
Harbour defeated University 10 – 8

Women’s Metro Competition
Pirates defeated Alhambra Union 44 – 0
University defeated Waitaki Wahine 19 – 12

Metro Premier 2 Competition
Taieri defeated University 13 – 12
Dunedin defeated West Taieri 24 – 13

Central Competition
Arrowtown defeated Upper Clutha 14 – 13
Cromwell Goats defeated Wakatipu 27 – 5

Southern Competition
Clutha defeated Heriot 61 – 14
Crescent defeated Owaka 19 – 8

University v Harbour - Semi final (20.07.19)University No 8 Henry Bell runs from the base of a scrum during the Dunedin Premier club rugby semi final match between University and Harbour played at the University Oval in Dunedin, on Saturday 20th July, 2019. © John Caswell / www.caswellimages.com  – Buy

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34 photos that show why rugby is more than just a game.

Six days ago on Saturday 13th July, several thousand people  gathered together in the Central Otago town of Wanaka for many different reasons. Some people turned up to see a rugby game, some people turned up as they were working and some people went because it was a unique event. 

While the rugby last only 80 minutes, here’s 34 reasons why last Saturdays fixture between Thames Valley and Otago played at the Wanaka Showgrounds was more than just a game.

Otago v Thames Valley (13.07.19)
Garth Sawn (middle) from Upper Clutha shares a joke between mates.

Otago v Thames Valley (13.07.19)
The Upper Clutha Under 9 ‘s look forward to their next game.

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School Spirit

1st XV rugby has a long history in New Zealand and many traditions are kept alive and valued. There has been many famous rugby careers that have started at high school level and more importantly, many students sign-up for teams to simple play along side their mates. After junior rugby, this is where the love of game is developed. At high school level, rugby it’s all about school spirit. 

The Glory Days: School Spirit

Josh Dickson of Otago Boys High School steps inside a tackler and looks for support during the Highlanders 1st XV final between Otago Boys High School 1st XV and Waitaki Boys High School 1st XV played at Littlebourne, Dunedin, 18th August 2012.Highlanders 1st XV Final - Otago Boys High School 1st XV v Waitaki Boys High School 1st XV - 18th August 2012Josh Dickson/OBHS 1st XV – Buy Image

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06.07.19

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Game Day:Scores.

Late tries by Southern got them home over a spirited Zingari Richmond side 48 – 32 at Bathgate Park this afternoon. Two early tries by Zingari gave them a 14 – 0  lead which they steady added to throughout the match. Midway through the second half, with the score 33 – 32 to Southern, the match could have been won by either side, however it was Southern that came home stronger with late tries to fullback Mackenzie Haugh, giving Southern the win at Bathgate Park.

In other matches Dunedin defeated Alhambra Union while Taieri was victorious over Harbour at Peter Johnstone and University came away from Bishopscourt Court with a 28 – 27 win over Kaikorai.

Here are the local scores from around the grounds in Otago:

Metro Premier Competition
Dunedin defeated Alhambra Union 39 – 5
Southern defeated Zingari Richmond 48 – 32
Taieri defeated Harbour 23  – 18
Univeristy defeated Kaikorai 28 – 27

Metro Premier 2 Competition
Southern defeated Zingari Richmond 72 – 10
University defeated Kaikorai 51-34

Central Competition
Alexandra 16 Wakatipu 16 – 5
Maniototo 48 Cromwell Cavaliers 48 – 6
Arrowtown defeated Upper Clutha 18 – 14

Southern Competition
Clutha defeated Roxburgh 87 – 5
Owaka defeated Clinton 33 – 7
Crescent defeated Heriot 41 – 19
Clutha Valley defeated Toko 27 – 17

Southern v Zingari Richmond (06.07.19)Mika Mafi of Southern drives his way to the tryline during the Dunedin Premier club rugby match between Southern and Zingari Richmond played at Bathgate Park in Dunedin, on Saturday 6th July, 2019. © John Caswell – Buy

Southern Premier 2 v Zingari Richmond Premier 2 (06.07.19)
Sam Watt of Southern dives over to score during the Dunedin Premier 2 club rugby match between Southern and Zingari Richmond played at Bathgate Park in Dunedin, on Saturday 6th July, 2019. ©  – Buy

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29.06.19

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Game Day:Scores.

A clinical first half performance and a powerful scrum set the platform for Harbour at Watson Park this afternoon. It didn’t take long for All Black wing Waisake Naholo to open the scoring after a nice move down the wing put him into space. From there, Harbour went on to build a 31 – 7 lead at halftime and had extended it by the end of the game to 45 – 14. Kaikorai’s only second half try came from Sam Wyber who sprint from well inside his own half to dot down.

In other matches, an injury hit Dunedin defeated Zingari Richmond 36 -3, while Green Island was victorious over Alhambra Union 43 – 19. At Bathgate Park, University won the prestigious V.G. Cavanagh Memorial 31 – 16 over Southern.

Here are the local scores from around the grounds in Otago:

Metro Competition
Dunedin defeated Zingari-Richmond 36 – 3
Green Island defeated Alhambra-Union 43 – 19
Harbour defeated Kaikorai 45 – 14
Univeristy defeated Southern 31 – 16

Central Competition
Maniototo defeated Arrowtown 22 – 20
Upper Clutha defeated Alexandra 43 – 7
Cromwell Goats defeated Cromwell Cavaliers 65 – 5

Southern Competition
Heriot defeated Clutha 20 – 19
Owaka defeated Crescent 17 – 5
Toko defeated Clinton 45 – 24
Clutha Valley defeated Roxburgh 46 – 10

Harbour v Kaikorai (28.06.19)
Aidan Spence of Harbour makes a run during the Dunedin Premier club rugby match between Harbour and Kaikorai played at Watson Park in Dunedin, on Saturday 29th June, 2019. ©  – Buy

Combined Team Blue v Combined Team Gold (29.06.19)
Action from the Dunedin club rugby women’s combined teams match between Combined Team Blue and Combined Team Gold played at the North Ground in Dunedin, on Saturday 29th June, 2019. ©  – Buy

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23.06.19

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Game Day:Scores.Winter solstice

The winter solstice is here, which means midwinter carnivals, the polar plunge and the shortest day. It also means more daylight from this point on.   While we won’t notice any real difference straight away, it does mean by July there’ll be a fraction more light in the final minutes of the club finals.

Also, spare a thought for the Junior clubs. It’s the time of year when the Saturday morning grounds can be rock hard with frosts which isn’t much fun to be tackled on, or for the parents watching from the sideline.

Here are the local scores from around the grounds in Otago:

Metro Competition
University defeated Zingari-Richmond 80 – 0
Kaikorai defeated Dunedin 45 – 34
Harbour defeated Alhambra-Union 21 – 9
Taieri defeated Green Island 29 – 24

Central Competition
Wakatipu defeated Arrowtown 35 – 28
Cromwell defeated Alexandra 51 – 12
Upper Clutha defeated Cromwell Cavaliers 86 – 5

Southern Competition
Clutha Valley defeated Owaka 20 – 19
Toko defeated Roxburgh 27 – 12
Clutha defeated Crescent 24 – 19
Heriot defeated Clinton 27 – 19

Metro Premier 2
Southern defeated West Taieri 26 – 14
University defeated Zingari Richmond 110 – 0

Colts 
Taieri defeated Dunedin Mako 33 – 7

Southern Premier 2 v West Taieri Premier 2 (22.06.19)
Action from the Dunedin Premier 2 club rugby match between Southern and West Taieri played at Bathgate Park in Dunedin, on Saturday 22nd June, 2019. ©  – Buy

Kaikorai v Dunedin (22.06.19)
Slade McDowall of Kaikorai is caught in a tackle during the Dunedin Premier club rugby match between Kaikorai and Dunedin played at Bishopscourt in Dunedin, on Saturday 22nd June, 2019. ©  – Buy

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15.06.19

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Game Day:Scores.

Rugby can be an interesting game!
Going into the contest between University and Harbour, a tight contest was expected. With Harbour leading the competition and University sitting in fourth place on the table, this match was meant to go down to the wire and be decided in the last minutes of the game. University obviously had other plans as they ran away with the game in the last 30 minutes running out 53 – 0 winners after leading 17 – 0 at halftime at the University Oval.

At Miller Park, Green Island defended the Speight’s Challenge Shield with a 36 to 20 victory over Southern while Taieri posted 54 points in beating Zingari-Richmond at Montecillo. The biggest victory of the day in Dunedin was at Bishopscourt where Kaikorai demolished Alhambra Union 70 – 14.

Scores from around the grounds:

Metro Competition
Taieri defeated Zingari-Richmond 54 – 7
Kaikorai defeated Alhambra-Union 70 – 14
Green Island defeated Southern 36 – 20
University defeated Harbour 53 –  0

Central Competition
Cromwell Goats defeated Maniototo 32 – 23
Arrowtown defeated Cromwell Cavaliers 50 – 13
Upper Clutha defeated Wakatipu 46 – 10

Southern Competition
Owaka defeated Roxburgh 36 – 22
Clutha Valley defeated Heriot 29 – 22
Clutha defeated Toko 45 – 29
Crescent defeated Clinton 30 – 12

University v Harbour (15.06.19)
Taylor Haugh of University during the Dunedin Premier club rugby match between University and Harbour played at the University Oval in Dunedin, on Saturday 15th June, 2019. ©  – Buy

University v Harbour (15.06.19)Sio Tomkinson of Harbour keeps his feet while stepping out of tackle by University’s Matt Faddes during the Dunedin Premier club rugby match between University and Harbour played at the University Oval in Dunedin, on Saturday 15th June, 2019. ©  – Buy

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08.06.19

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Game Day:Scores.

Strong winds dictated play at Watson Park in Port Chalmers this afternoon as southwesterly winds blasted up the harbour, creating extremely challenging conditions for the top of the table clash.

After being down 8 – 7 at halftime, Harbour came back in the second half to register a 24 – 18 win. The victory leaves Harbour on top of the table with Green Island now sitting in third place on 40 points, having been over taken by Taieri who are now in second place after their 22 – 0 victory Dunedin.

In other games, University defeated Alhambra-Union 48-5 at University Oval while Kaikorai overcame Southern 17-11 at Bishopscourt.

Scores from around the grounds:

Metro Dunedin 
Kaikorai 17 defeated Southern 11
Univeristy 48 defeated Alhambra-Union 5
Taieri 22 defeated Dunedin 0
Harbour 24 defeated Green Island 18

Central Competition
Alexandra 18 defeated Arrowtown 14
Upper Clutha 48 defeated Maniototo 10
Cromwell 38 defeated Wakatipu 7

Southern Competition
Clutha 10 defeated Owaka 0
Clutha Valley 17 defeated Clinton 14
Crescent 42 defeated Roxburgh 17
Toko 22 defeated Heriot 20

Women’s Competition
Pirates 24 defeated University 19

Harbour v Green Island (08.06.19)
Hale T-Pole of Harbour comes on to play his 100th match for the club and is congratulated by team mate Solomon Pole during the Dunedin Premier club rugby match between Harbour and Green Island played at Watson Park in Dunedin, on Saturday 8th June, 2019.  – Buy

Alhambra Union v Taieri (08.06.19)
Action from the Dunedin women’s club rugby match between Alhambra Union and Taieri played at the North Ground in Dunedin, on Saturday 8th June, 2019.  – Buy

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04.06.19

Late

The tape, the boots and the beer.

I’m a bit late with this set of images. I’ve had it sitting on my computer since the 18th May, however it kept getting pushed down the todo list. It’s a secondary school colts game between the Kings Under 15 Panthers and the Dunstan Colts played at Logan Park. I was actually there to shoot the game after but since I was a few minutes earlier I grabbed a few frames. I’ve no idea of the score sorry.

Kings Under 15 Panthers v Dunstan Colts (18.05.19)Action from the Dunedin Secondary School Colts rugby match between Kings Under 15 Panthers and the Dunstan Colts played at Logan Park in Dunedin, on Saturday 18th May, 2019. ©  – Buy Image

Kings Under 15 Panthers v Dunstan Colts (18.05.19)Action from the Dunedin Secondary School Colts rugby match between Kings Under 15 Panthers and the Dunstan Colts played at Logan Park in Dunedin, on Saturday 18th May, 2019. © – Buy Image

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03.06.19

About Pride

The tape, the boots and the beer.

This was rugby in its purest form. With the arrival of winter and the wet greasy conditions that resulted from the wind, rain and hail that preceded Saturdays match, it was always going to be a day for the forwards. They say that rugby is a game won up front and winter playing conditions certainly test the validity of this statement here at the grassroots of the game.

Pride is a big part of what holds sides together in rugby clubs across the country, pride is part of the jersey. So when a side concedes 28 points in the first 28 minutes of a match, their pride is certainly going to be tested. That’s the position the Kaikorai side found themselves in on Saturday, 28 points down with 52 minutes left to play. Not having their line crossed or conceding any further points for the rest of the match, while posting 12 themselves, suggests there was a lot of pride left in the Kaikorai side and they weren’t giving in too easily.

In it’s purest form, rugby is played for the pride of a jersey and for a love of the game. Covered in mud and being pelted by rain, this game was all about pride. Something that both sides showed buckets of.

Taieri v Kaikorai (01.06.19)Members of the Taieri Rugby Club watch the Dunedin Premier club rugby match between Taieri and Kaikorai played at Peter Johnstone Park in Dunedin, on Saturday 1st June, 2019.
Taieri defeated Kaikorai 28 to 12
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Taieri v Kaikorai (01.06.19)Sidney Fidow of Kaikorai catches the arm of Taieri lock Ben Morris while being supported by team mate Isimeli Tuivaga during the Dunedin Premier club rugby match between Taieri and Kaikorai played at PeterJohnstone Park in Dunedin, on Saturday 1st June, 2019.
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