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OBU in box seat as Swindale Shield set to go down to the wire
Above: Avalon's Scott Waldrom evades tacklers during the Avalon-Poneke Premier Reserve match on Kilbirnie Park this afternoon.† The Old Boys University Goats have put themselves in the box seat to defend the Swindale Shield next week following their thrilling 38-36 win over Hutt Old Boys Marist at the Hutt Rec this afternoon. OBU go into the final round set of first round matches next weekend holding a 2-point lead to a chasing pack of three teams that can still win the Swindale Shield should they stumble and circumstances fall in the favour of others...More
Penultimate round pressure-cooker in the Swindale Shield
Things couldn’t be tighter in the Swindale Shield, both at the top and the race for the title but also in the fight just to make the top 8 and with it the Jubilee Cup, and every match tomorrow has a bearing on those two situations. Elsewhere there’s a titanic clash in the Premier Reserve grade as the joint leaders meet, the possibility that the first-round Colts silverware will be decided, and the two perennial powerhouses of the Women’s game meet yet again. It’s also Old Timers’ Day at both Norths and Johnsonville...More
Aisle be back: Hurricanes v Bulls
My old college maths teacher was very good. Spook would take us through some elaborate calculation, and then when he was satisfied we surely must understand it, he'd without fail say "and now we're going to change the numbers to confuse the ignorant". But then Spook had never seen Super Rugby. We've now reached the stage in the competition where teams have mathematical routes to the playoffs. For most New Zealand teams, the route is like a Peruvian mountain trail, perilous at many turns. For South African teams, the route is more like a four-lane highway blasting across the veldt...More
New ten-team First XV competition underway this weekend
While club competition has been in full swing for some time, Saturday see the first full weekend of competition games across the college ranks. At the top end the Premiership has been expanded to 10 teams this year. As normal in recent years last year’s semi-finalists – Wellington College, St Pat’s Town, Rongotai College and Wairarapa College – returned by right, and have spent the past three weekends playing in the Tranzit Coachlines-sponsored First XV festival. However it wasn’t a vintage year there for the Wellington schools, winning just one of the 12 matches...More
Robertson part of the furniture at J'ville
Dane Robertson may not be a household name within Wellington club rugby circles but to†the†Johnsonville Rugby Football Club he's one of those no-fuss Premier players who's just there week after week, year after year. † Robertson†will be presented with his prems 100-game badge at†J'ville's†Old Timers' Day this Saturday and it will mark the culmination of an association with the club which stretches back some 27 years. † Robertson was aged 3 when he joined the Newlands juniors and†then later, on leaving the local college in 2005,†he played for†the† Johnsonville Under-19s...More
St Patís Silverstream beat NPBHS in eight-try win at the Gully
St Pat’s Silverstream have beaten New Plymouth Boys’ High School 46-17 at the Gully in New Plymouth this afternoon. Silverstream’s 46-17 win equals the 46 that Silverstream scored in 2013. It is their biggest win at the Gully ever and their first there since 2011, and it is the third biggest win over NPBHS in terms of margin after winning 35-0 in 2010 and 46-13 in 2014. Silverstream scored four tries in each half ahead of their Wellington WelTec Premiership opener against newcomers Kapiti College this coming Saturday...More
Cole Stewart locking in a big season for Poneke
The last time a specialist lock won the Billy Wallace Best & Fairest award was in 1997 when Poneke legend Richard Watt captured the prize. Presently two locks are tied at the top of the Best & Fairest standings with Tawa's Hemi Fermanis and Poneke's Cole Stewart sharing the honours after 11 rounds of the Swindale Shield. Stewart's ascent to such a lofty status is particularly remarkable given his drastic positional swap in 2016. "I wasn't happy with the way I was playing at centre so I tried to switch back to flanker where I played most often growing up...More
Off the Ball for 22 May
Vince Aso scores one of his three tries for the Hurricanes on Saturday, taking his season tally to 13 tries. Will he catch the Super Rugby single season try-scoring record of 15 jointly held by held by Joe Roff in 1997 and Rico Gear in 2005. Off the Ball†is in association with Rob Law Max†, Lovelocks Sports Bar† and†Harcourts Johnsonville† Looking at some of the news in briefs, milestones, happenings, statistics and observations from the weekend of rugby just gone and what’s coming up this week...More
Todayís Wellington rugby dedicated to Daniel Baldwin as Swindale Shield tightens up
Above: Petone and Poneke fought out a tough match for the F.J Tilyard Shield at the Petone Recreation Ground, with the visitors winning 23-19 and keeping alive their Jubilee Cup hopes for the second half of the season. Updated: Today’s Wellington club round was dedicated to Wellington Axemen Colts player Daniel Baldwin who passed away during the week. Daniel’s Wellington Axemen Colts team played paid tribute to their late friend by producing a determined 23-3 victory over the Avalon Colts in their division 2 fixture ...More
Key round for mid-table Swindale Shield sides
Club rugby in Wellington this weekend will, unfortunately, take place under a dark cloud following the passing this week of Wellington Axemen Colts player Daniel Baldwin. The tragic events that started in his teams game against Paremata-Plimmerton at Ngatitoa Domain last Saturday have cast a pall over the game that will take time to heal, and its more than understandable if the minds of most - if not all - aren’t as focused as they otherwise would be. The thoughts of the Club Rugby contributors are with Daniel’s family, friends, team and clubmates at the Wellington Football Club, and those who attended to him...More
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