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Celtic United easily dismantle Tuhirangi White

Big scores highlighted the fourth round of the Holmes Construction Premier One Championship on Friday night and Saturday.

Runners-up in the past two seasons, Celtic United again showed they will be a force to be reckoned with at the business end of the season, convincingly beating premier one newcomers Tuhirangi White 61-27.

The win continued Celtic’s perfect start to the championship, and they look certain for a top-two finish with defending champions Wairarapa College A the only likely top-four opponents left to play in the first round-robin phase.

Perennial frontrunners Harcourts strengthened their grip on a top-four finish, beating Jo Kelly and Co Carterton Rebels 56-25. The latter are still searching for their first win since being promoted to the top division.

Two-time defending champions Waicol were too good for fellow top-four side Opaki Vixens, pulling away for a 52-29 victory.

The students edge Celtic at the top of the points table on goal difference, while the Vixens remain in contention of sneaking into the top four, one point ahead of Jo Kelly and Co Carterton Maroon.

The fifth-placed Maroons, who have had a stuttering start to the championship, scored their second victory, seeing off St Matthew’s 51-34.

Carterton Maroon and Opaki Vixens meet on Saturday in a clash that could determine their top four prospects.

POINTS: Wairarapa College A, Celtic United 16; Harcourst 13; Opaki Vixens 9; Jo Kelly and Co Carterton Maroon 8, Tuhirangi White 4; St Matthew’s, Jo Kelly and Co Carterton Rebels 0.

Chris Cogdale
Chris Cogdale
Chris “Coggie” Cogdale has extensive knowledge of sport in Wairarapa having covered it for more than 30 years, including radio for 28 years. He has been the sports guru at the Wairarapa Times-Age since 2019.

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