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Under 6's

Blaketown Red Dragons v Kiwi 1

The Blaketown Red Dragons played a fast paced and flowing game of rippa rugby against Kiwi 1 on Saturday. There was some great quick passing after the rip that came from some of the children running strongly in support of their team mate with the ball. It is great to see the kids understanding of the game growing each week. For the Dragons, Mosese Funaki is showing improvement each week and becoming more and more involved in the game. Nikau Prendergast and Brayden Williams scored five tries apiece on Saturday many of which came after strong runs from Will Taylor. Jacob Mackinnon and Jayden Richardson also had some great runs up the field while Mosese Funaki showed improvement by becoming more involved in the game. The Dragon’s defence was again strong with the children not giving up and chasing hard right until the try was scored. Player of the day went to Carlos Whyte for chasing hard for the rip all day. The most improved award for Blaketowen went to Will Taylor for his strong running with the ball.

South Westland v Wests

Hari Hari put on a stunning day for the Wests U6 game against South Westland. West’s U6’s demonstrated their commitment with a full team turn-out. The sportsmanship displayed at the game was second-to-none with five of the Wests team (Billy Vincent, Mackenzie Thorpe, Caleb Beri, Peter Lucas and Allan Harris) offering to help field a team for South Westland who were short due to illness and road conditions.

The Wests team was jointly led by Captain Mackenzie Thorpe, who had a couple of impressive runs and by Peter Lucas when Mackenzie took her turn to play for South Westland. Wests was once again strong with both offence and defence consistently throughout the game. Lead try scorers for the game were Tiaki Anderson (5), Billy Vincent and Allan Harris with 4 each and Luca Towers, Caleb Beri, Martin Hagn-Meincke and Jude Paneda scoring 1 each.

Billy Vincent was awarded player of the day for Wests and was also given an honorary member award from South Westland for his service to helping their team come away with a draw. His determination led to some impressive rips and his speed, drive and agility helped him increase his try tally for the season. Allan Harris and Martin Hagn-Meincke played an outstanding defensive game with a combined rip tally of 29. All team members were a credit to the West’s Club with their sportsmanship and their commitment to playing their best.

Under 8's

Blaketown v Marist

Marist met Blaketown in cold wintry conditions at Blaketown. Both teams played good running rugby but it was Marist who came out the clear winners with plenty of tries being scored. Several Marist players filled in for Blaketown who were short a few players. Cullam Moles was involved throughout the game to deserve Most Improved player. For Marist, Will van der Geest had a good attacking game scoring two tries to get Player of the Day.

For Blaketown, Mackenzie Clark was awarded player of the day for getting involved in all aspects of the game and running well with the ball in hand. Although Marist were clear victors Blaketown played well with Eva Sexton scoring a very good try after running though the very good Marist defense, while Kalib Steel, Will England and Felix Gillam defended very well against bigger opponents with Liam Belcher and Calib Arneson having good runs up the middle.

Wests v South Westland

In an other great West Coast day South Westland travelled all the way up to Hokitika to play Wests at their home ground of Cass Square. The game started with good intensity and through out where all the kids wanted to run the ball to shake off the frost that was on the ground. South Wesland were the first team to cross the line and this put Wests into action and they were the next to score. This seemed to give South Westland another leg and run the ball from everywhere to have Wests on the back foot and scored some great tries before half time. The second half was a much closer affair with tries coming from both sides. South Westland ended up with the win. Players of the day for SouthWestland were Nile Alexander for his top tackling and the other player of the day went to Harry Friend for some of his tries and running with the ball in hand. Other players to play well were jack Dennehy Coles,Tom Hodges and Dan Treanor. For Wests player of the days were James Dawson for his outstanding running with the ball in hand and the other playerof the day was Ben Hawker for his great tackling and good support play. Other players to stand out were Jonty Robertson, James Dawson, Jacob Kelly and Cameron Smith who all had half a game each for SouthWestland and showed some great Sportsmanship to play for the oppostion.

Under 10's

Marist v Kiwi

Marist had to work hard to overcome a tough Kiwi team 25-5. Both teams struggled to hold on to the ball at times in cold conditions. Marists forward of the day, Mikaere Whitcombe scored two lovely tries to continue some good form with Sam Welsford, Harry Robb and Matthew Robbins also crossing the line. Marists Jonathan Watts was player of the day for some terrific defence and Ollie Robb made some darting runs to earn back of the day. For Kiwi, Tamati Foster scored a well-deserved try after making some huge runs throughout the game.

South Westland v Blaketown

A totally focused and well drilled Blaketown team travelled to Hari Hari on Saturday to pull off a well played 35-0 win. Every player in the team played what could only be described as a whole team effort. Patrick Haussman played his best game by far. Player of the day for Blaketown Jacob Thomson, was outstanding both on attack and defence and continues to improve with each game. Baily Gillam has a huge defensive game in the forwards and tackled hard all day. Alex Clark and Riley Pascoe who were in try scoring form produced some great individual tries as well as finishing of some great team execution. All players are playing with such determination and commitment it is hard to pick out just a few each week! Going in to a top of the table clash this weekend it was a pleasing display of how well this team play together - watch this space next week!!!

Under 12's

Marist v Kiwi

Marist started the game strong, the 1st half proved a relatively close battle, with Marists player of the day Mac Williams contesting the ball and tackling well the whole game. Kalen Orpwood showed his awesome pace scoring the two Marist tries, earning himself the 'back of the day' award. Kiwi ran away with the game in the 2nd half due to their renewed attacking play.

South Westland v Blaketown

Blaketown travelled down to Harihari to play Sth Westland in the weekend. In great overhead conditions a very open and close rugby game was played between the two teams with Blaketown emerging victorious 58-39. This was one of Blaketown's best performances as the whole team got stuck into their roles, forwards going forward and backs using the speed out wide. Blaketown players to stand out were Teighan Heney who provided good quality ball from halfback, Angus Gilbertson and Carlos Skipper with their great work in the rucks and mauls while Eve Findlay and Levi Pascoe again led their team around the field. Keeley Sexton continued his try scoring feats by picking up another 7. Joe Hurrel was forward player of the day for Blaketown for his never say die attitude at the rucks and mauls while Jack Skipper played his best game of the year, tackling hard, ripping the ball off opponents and also scored a great try near the end.

Under 14's

Westport v Marist
Marist lost to Westport in Westport last weekend, 60 - 10. Marist played well against a well drilled Westport team. Lachlan Kelly scored an early try in the game. Dylan Robertson, Blake Robertston and Steve McInroe impressed thought the whole game showing determination, taking up loose ball, tackling and running forward.. Marist forwards were strong in the scrums.

Blaketown v White Star

Blaketown under 14 played their best game of the season. It would have been the upset of the season if Blaketown had of won.

White star won the kick off with Blaketown taking the ball well with good forward work, finding a Gap in the White Star defence and scoring straight up. White Star came back at Blaketown hard and scored. With three tries each at half time and Blaketown goal kicker Tas Bentley being on form made the score 19 -15.

The game throughout was very physical. With Blaketown 5 metres from the Whitestar try line in the last 10min. Blaketown was penalised at the throw in which got white star out of trouble from the Blaketown pack. White star kicked a well-placed ball from the penalty from which they scored. They scored soon after that with a final score being 33 -49 to White Star. Blaketown played well as a team and players of the day were Henry Subtil and Levi Preston.

Under 16's

Westport v Marist

Marist under 16s challenged Westport this weekend in Westport. Marist did not have a good start but came back firing. Ben Whitmore was a tower of strength and led from the front scoring a great try.

Jack Devlin player of the day had another strong and reliable game as fullback. The forward pack of Nukumovahai Langi, Maui Kinikini and Lopeti Langi worked well together and were strong at the pick and go. Sam Stone had some big runs getting more confident with every game.

Final score was Westport 32 Marist 25