Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Saints Clean Sweep of Canterbury Secondary Schools Rugby League 9 aside!

A great start to the year, with first our Senior side winning the Canterbury Secondary Schools 9 aside, followed by our junior side sweeping all before them! The seniors struggled early, losing to a well drilled Aranui High on their home patch and then being unable to finish off Linwood college. A quick turn around, and a big effort saw victories over Papanui High and the Institute of Sport sides. The semi-final saw a rematch against Linwood and this time our team kept the foot down and destroyed them with great defence and outstanding pace. The final was a replay of our first game against Aranui. Staunch Defence and superior fitness, and the will to win saw our boys close out a tough final. Stand out players were Leicester Faingaanuku, Keanu Newson, Harry Kirk, Will Bartells, Taani Taufa,  but the whole team stood up when it counted, putting their bodies on the line. Harry, Taani and Liecester all made the tournament side.

Even more impressive were the juniors who swept all opposition before them. Player of the Tourney was Taani Taufa. Elisara Vaifale, Zinzan Martin,and Sulimoni Samasoni. We are proud as of the effort and performances put in. 

This is just a start and we need to build on this success and prepare for the 13's competitions and ultimately Nationals later in the year.