Regional Results

Auckland:

 
War Memorial Park in Mt Roskill played host to a double-header today with Mt Roskill Saints taking on the Waitakere Magpies in the first match.

Waitakere got out of the blocks quickly and it was all black and white in the first quarter. The Saints came alive in the 2nd and by the end of the 3rd (which also saw a massive shower of rain and hail), the Magpies were only ahead by 4. A rousing speech by coach David Rattenbury fired up the Waitakere side for a big fourth quarter, striding away with the win.

Next up, University Blues took on The Pakuranga Panthers, and the heavy rain prior to the game bogged down the play in patches. The Blues ticked the scoreboard over, with some great passages up the middle and were very strong in the ruck. Pakuranga showed some great ability themselves, breaking out from defence and shifting the ball quickly and accurately up the flanks, but were let down by some indecision inside the attacking fifty. University the victors 9.17. 71 – 2.3. 15, and are still unbeaten in the competition.

Down in Manurewa, the Raiders hosted the North Shore Tigers with both sides showing promise in their play. a young Tigers side showed some good passages of play and some very good team goals, sharing it around and looking for the best person to score a major. Sean Andrews, Justin Clark, and Fraser Stevens were best for the Tigers, whilst Vandyn ‘Diesel’ Hartman and Brandon Maihi were best for the Raiders.

North Shore Tigers 14.9: 93 def. Manurewa Raiders 8.4: 52.

 

Canterbury:

 

A strong southerly was blowing at Northwood Park. The water bottles had to have the top layer of ice chipped off to get a sip.

In the game between the Ashburton Eagles and the University Cougars, Matt Crighton proved once again that he is the standout player in the CAFL.  Crighton is one of the strongest and cleanest overhead marks in the CAFL. He swallows every ball that is kicked in his direction. If your team is behind on the scoreboard it’s probably because you kicked the ball to him.

With four superb marks Rick Van Olphen stamped his presence on the game at Full forward and in the ruck using his robust physique to muscle his way into the best position. Eagles were far too dominant all over the ground and with too much structure for the relatively new comers in the Cougars. This sets up a juicy contest next week for top spot as the Eagles and Blues sit equal with 3 wins 1 loss each.

Results:

Game 1: Eastern Blues 7.5-47 def. Christchurch Bulldogs 4.9-33

Game 2: Ashburton Eagles 12.16-88 def. University Cougars 4.4-28

 

Wellington:

Round 1 in the Wellington competition kicked off over the weekend with the Hutt Valley Eagles and Eastern Bulldogs claiming their first wins of the new season. The Wellington City Saints came up just short against the Eagles with the Ah Kuoi brothers having an outstanding game.

Results:

Hutt Valley Eagles: 6-10-46 (J Kusel 3, B Futter 2 , N Lenihan)

Wellington City Saints: 5-12-42 (S Traynor 2, N Ah Kuoi 2, U. Ah Kuoi)

 

Eastern Bulldogs: 10-4: 64 (G Robinson 6, R McLean 2, P Halstead, J Terry)

North City Demons: 5-7: 37 (Lewis Gill 2, H. Willis, R Faimalo, G Wilks)