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Harcourts hang on against Waicol

Carterton Maroon’s Bailey Potangaroa in action against Gladstone. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV


Wairarapa College showed they won’t give up their Wairarapa premier one title without a fight in a narrow 53-55 loss to unbeaten Harcourts on Friday night.

In a back-and-forth match where the teams swapped goals for pretty much the whole four quarters, Waicol had the opportunity to equalise in the last minute, but Harcourts forced a turnover and scored from the ensuing play to secure the four points.

Waicol coach Keely Riwai-Couch was happy with her team’s effort in pushing the experienced Harcourts to the end.

“They all contributed well and how I expected. We tried something different and that was good too,” Riwai-Couch said.

“I was pleased with the game, and we’ve still got extra in the tank I believe.”

Riwai-Couch said there were solid performances from shooters Taylor Riwai-Couch and Maggie Shields and Savaia Sabutu and Ella Forster were strong in defence. Jayla Brown came on in the second half and performed well in mid-court.

Celtic virtually guaranteed their place in the top four with their 46-29 win over Greytown Holmes Construction, and Jo Kelly and Co Carterton Maroon easily dispatched Gladstone Gladiators 60-30 in a one-sided encounter.

In premier two, Harcourts Elite top the table after their 27-24 win over Opaki Vixens, Jo Kelly and Co Carterton Rebels had a 22-21 victory over St Matthew’s, and Legends won the Carterton club derby over Panthers


Premier One: Harcourts 32, Jo Kelly and Co Carterton Maroon 23, Wairarapa College 22, Celtic 13, Gladstone Gladiators 8, Greytown Holmes Construction 1.

Premier Two: Harcourts Elite 26; Jo Kelly and Co Carterton Rebels 24; St Matthew’s, Jo Kelly and Co Carterton Legends 21; Opaki Vixens 9; Jo Kelly and Co Carterton Panthers 1.

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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