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Makoura dominate at 10s tourney

Makoura College … unbeaten in the Manawatu secondary schoolgirls’ 10-a-side championship. PHOTO/SUPPLIED


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Makoura College won the Manawatu secondary schoolgirls’ 10-a-side championship with a 17-7 win over Dannevirke High School at Eketahuna last Wednesday.

The win capped an outstanding season for Makoura, who had racked up some big scores on the way to the final.

They beat Feilding High School Blue 35-5 and 65-0, Feilding High School Red 40-10 and 47-19, and Dannevirke 29-17.

Wairarapa College couldn’t overcome a 14-point halftime deficit in their 15-24 loss away to Tawa College in the Wellington schools’ premier championship on Saturday.

Tawa dominated the first half and took advantage of a Waicol yellow card to build a 19-5 lead at the break. Tawa extended their lead to 24-8, and although Waicol narrowed the gap to nine points, they were never in the hunt.

Waicol play Wellington College in the final round-robin game on Saturday.

Rathkeale finished their Central North Island Championship with a heavy 24-50 loss to St John’s Hamilton in the playoffs held at Taupo last weekend.


Wairarapa College and St Matthew’s are on course for an all-Wairarapa final in the Intercity secondary schoolgirls championship.

The teams finished locked together at the top of the table but Waicol got the No 1 seeding by virtue of superior goal difference.

Both sides have relatively easy games in tonight’s quarterfinals.

Waicol play Nga Tawa who they thrashed 13-0 in pool play, and St Matt’s tackle Whanganui High School, who they previously beat 8-0.

Rathkeale have home advantage for their quarterfinal against Cornerstone in the intercity boys’ championship. Rathkeale prevailed 3-2 in pool play, and another tight game was expected at Clareville last night.

Wairarapa College can turn around their disappointing campaign against Whanganui Collegiate in the quarterfinals.

Waicol finished seventh in the league but are better than their two-win, five-loss record would suggest. Whanganui won the teams’ previous encounter 3-2.


St Matthew’s are on target to win promotion from the regional super league division three.

St Matthew’s finished unbeaten in the round-robin and top of the championship after a hard-fought 22-18 win over Upper Hutt College on Monday night.

Their only slip-up was a 33-33 draw with second-placed Mana College.

The two teams will meet in the final at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie on September 21, with the winner playing in division two in 2021.

Wairarapa College had a 29-20 win over Hutt Valley High School and finished third in division two.

The two sides will meet again in the playoff for third and fourth on September 21.


Wairarapa College will play for fifth or sixth in the Wellington secondary schools’ premier championship.

Waicol finished pool play on Saturday with a dour scoreless draw with Rongotai College in very windy conditions in Wellington.

They will host St Patrick’s Town on Saturday and will be confident of repeating the result of their round-robin clash, which they won 4-1.

Rathkeale defaulted to Hutt International Boys and will play Rongotai College in the seventh-eighth playoff. Rathkeale won their earlier encounter 5-0.

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