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Rathkeale players make national U-17 squad

Shane Colton, centre, controlled play well for Rathkeale. PHOTOS/SUPPLIED


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Rathkeale First XI players Oscar Boyce and Riley Grover have made a wider training squad for the New Zealand Under-17 team.

Riley Grover, top, and Oscar Boyce, below, have made the national U-17 football training squad.

Boyce and Grover will attend several training camps before the final squad is selected for the Under-16 Oceania championship with the winners progressing to the 2021 Under-17 World Cup in Peru.

Boyce was in goal-scoring form last Saturday, but his effort wasn’t enough as Rathkeale lost 1-2 to Wellington College at home.

Wairarapa College picked up their first points of the Wellington secondary schoolboys premier championship with a 4-1 away win over St Patrick’s Town.

Waicol’s Brodie Dick scored with his first touch of the ball in the second minute, but St Pat’s equalised with an ugly own goal before Hadley Wiramanaden, Jayden Fennell, and Nahum McPhee sealed the three points.

Rathkeale are at home to Scots College, and Waicol travel to Wellington College for Saturday’s round of games.


Rathkeale had a loss and a win to kick off their Central North Island First XV championship.

First up Rathkeale were outclassed 0-22 by Whanganui Collegiate, as part of their traditional exchange last Wednesday.

Last Saturday, a try to Shane Colton in the final two minutes secured a 22-20 win over St John’s Hastings.

Freddie Eschenbach and Ezra Savea also scored tries in the hard-fought victory, which was Rathkeale’s first in the competition for more than a season.

Rathkeale will play Feilding High School away on Saturday.

Wairarapa College had their first win of the Wellington secondary schools First XV championship with a 31-19 bonus-point victory over Aotea College at Waicol last Saturday.

For the first time in the competition, coach Jonathan Tanner had a near full-strength squad at his command.

He said the game was a big improvement on the previous outings, and that Waicol dominated their much bigger opponents for most of the game.

Waicol’s next opponent is the formidable St Patrick’s Silverstream at home on Saturday.


Wairarapa College are third-equal in the Wellington regional super league division two.

On Monday, they edged Heretaunga College 33-30, for a two-win, one-loss record.

Their next fixture is against bottom-of-the-table Naenae College, who have yet to score a win.

St Matthew’s are the only unbeaten team in division three after a 37-17 win over Wellington High School. They play Onslow College on Monday night.


Big wins highlighted the latest round in the Intercity secondary schoolgirls championship.

St Matthew’s maintained their unbeaten record and the lead in the championship with a 7-0 defeat of Waiopehu College, and Wairarapa College moved into third place with a 13-0 thrashing of Nga Tawa College.

Waicol were to play Waiopehu, and St Matt’s Whanganui Collegiate in last night’s round.

Wairarapa College slumped to their third loss in the competitive boys’ championship, going down 1-2 to Feilding High School.

Waicol played Waiopehu on Wednesday night in Palmerston North, while second-placed Rathkeale hosted Cornerstone at Clareville.

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