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The semi finalists for the 2020 season have been found. Next week’s semi finals will be contested between Harbour, Taieri, University and Southern.

At Bishopscourt, University overcame Kaikorai to advance to the semi finals with a 28 – 21 win. Kaikorai scored an early try to first five Ben Miller and then again to flanker Christian Lio-Willie while University responded with a series of penalties. University grabbed the lead with a try after 1 minute of the second half before scoring twice more to take a 28 to 14 lead. Kaikorai scored again with 10 minutes left however University held on to claim a 28 – 21 victory.

Around the grounds in other premier matches this afternoon, Southern upset Taieri to win 7 – 5 at Peter Johnson Park while over at Kettle Park Harbour were victorious over Dunedin with a last minute penalty to record a 13 to 10.

Results From Around The Grounds

Metro Premier Men
Southern defeated Taieri 7-5
University defeated Kaikorai 28-21
Harbour defeated Dunedin 13-10

Metro Premier Women Champions
University

Central Regional Champions
Cromwell Goats

Southern Regional Champions
West Taieri

North Otago Champions
Valley

Southland Champions
Woodlands

Kaikorai v University (05.09.20)Josh Policarpio makes a drive towards the line. – Buy

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The top 6 for the 2020 club season in Dunedin has been found. Taieri has finished in top spot followed by Kaikorai, Dunedin, Harbour, University and Southern.

At Miller Park, Dunedin finished the first round with a 24 – 14 victory over Green Island. After leading 12 – 7 at halftime, the Sharks went on to secure the win which not only seals third spot and a home quarter final, but also the Griffin Memorial and Terry Murphy Memorial Trophy’s. For the Grizzlies, they finish the season with 1 win from 8 starts, ending the season in 8th spot after making the semi finals in 2019.

Around the grounds in other premier matches this afternoon in Dunedin, Taieri won the Downie Stewart Challenge Trophy and the Speight’s Challenge Shield with a 55 – 14 win over Zingari Richmond at Peter Johnstone Park while Harbour won the Ricoh Ross Goodman Memorial by beating Alhambra Union 23 – 20 at the North Ground. At Bathgate Park Kaikorai defeated Southern 21 -18 and won the Frank Cadman Trophy.

Results From Around The Grounds

Metro Premier Men
Dunedin defeated Green Island, 24-14
Taieri defeated Zingari Richmond, 55-14
Kaikorai defeated Southern, 21-18
Harbour defeated Alhambra Union, 23-20

Metro Premier Development
Green Island defeated Dunedin, 43-5
University defeated Eastern, 59 – 22

Metro Premier Women Champions
University

Central Regional Champions
Cromwell Goats

Southern Regional Champions
West Taieri

North Otago Champions
Valley

Southland Champions
Woodlands

Green Island v Dunedin (29.08.20)Finn Strawbridge of Green Island kicks through the Dunedin – Buy

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Daily Photo 27.08.20

This Max Brown try was captured at a wide 35mm. That’s a lot wider than I usually shoot with. My usual go-to lens is a 100m-400m zoom which does a great job. Recently, with a second body I’ve been alternating between a 70m-200m and a 16m-35m wide angle lens. The great thing about having a wide angle lens on hand is that it gives a different dimension to moments close to the camera like this try to Habour’s Max Brown.

Kaikorai v Harbour (08.08.20)Max Brown – Buy

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Daily Photo 26.08.10

I’ve really enjoyed photographing Women’s rugby over the last few years. For some reason it has feels more enjoyable to shoot with a bit more variety in the play. I think it’s because I find there aren’t as many forward pods hammering into short defensive line that gets repeated again and again and again. Here, Alhambra Union prop Ellis Doyle attempts to breaks free of Morgan Walkers tackle during the Women’s semi-final between the Pirates Wahine and Alhambra Union Crazy Horses played at Hancock earlier this month. Alhambra Union defeated Pirates 10 – 5

Pirates Wahine v Alhambra Union Crazy Horses (08.08.20)Ellis Doyle – Buy

Pirates Wahine v Alhambra Union Crazy Horses (08.08.20)Ellis Doyle – Buy

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Daily Photo 25.08.20

Over the years I’ve been shooting rugby in Dunedin I’ve built up a fair collection of Mika Mafi images playing Southern. Usually they involve him running into contact with two or three defenders hanging off him. Here, he makes a run into the Dunedin defense in the second half of the Dunedin Premier club rugby match between Dunedin and Southern played at Kettle Park on Saturday.

Dunedin v Southern (22.08.20)Mika Mafi – Buy

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Daily Photo 24.08.20

I made a quick visit to Montecillo on Saturday in between shooting games at Kettle Park on Saturday. My original plan was to shoot the Seniors match at Montecillo before heading to Kettle Park to follow the premier clash between Dunedin and Southern. I don’t usually get to Senior matches due to the fact they play at the same time as the prem’s. However, on Saturday morning I revised the plan and started with the Colts match at between GI and Dunedin, popped up to the Seniors match for 20 odd minutes before heading back to Kettle Park.
I’m not sure of the result from this match however Harbour managed to dot-down a number of times while I was there. Here’s a few faces from the Dragons.

Zingari Richmond Seniors v Harbour Seniors (22.08.20)The Dragons – Buy

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Dunedin regained the Ron Regett Memorial trophy with a 26-15 win over Southern at Kettle Park this afternoon. In the first half, Dunedin made the most of it’s opportunities with left winger Oscar Schmidt-Uili grabbing a hat-trick while Southern scored two tries through fullback Obey Samate and Riku Kitahara. In the second half, the only points came through a Tim Hogan try as the game tightened up and Dunedin managed to keep Southern scoreless.

Around the grounds in other premier matches this afternoon, the Cromwell Goats won the Central Otago competition for 2020 by defeating Arrowtown 32-20 in this afternoons final in Cromwell while in Oamaru Valley won the Citizens Shield with a 22-19 win over Maheno.
In Dunedin, Green Island claimed the Hellyer Memorial after defeating Zingari Richmond 24-21 at Montecillo. At Bishopscourt, Kaikorai won the Murphy Memorial with a 33-32 victory over Alhambra Union while University won 19-16 at Watson Park against Harbour.

Results From Around The Grounds

Central Premier Grand Final
Cromwell Goats defeated Arrowtown, 32-20

North Otago Premier Final
Valley defeated Maheno, 22-19

Metro Premier Men
Dunedin defeated Southern, 26-15
Green Island defeated Zingari Richmond, 24-21
Kaikorai defeated Alhambra Union, 33-32
University defeated Harbour, 19-16

Metro Premier Women’s
Green Island defeated Taieri, 43-7

Metro Premier Development
Green Island defeated Kaikorai, 24-14
University defeated Southern, 49-10

Dunedin v Southern (22.08.20)Rewi Pomare and Angus Duckett compete at the breakdown.

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