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St Matthew’s girls hit great form

Waicol [navy blue] narrowly missed qualifying for the top 16 at the Lower North Island secondary schools netball championship. PHOTO/FILE


St Matthew’s turned on the class to win their first Manawatu intercity girls championship with a 6-1 victory over Feilding High School last Thursday.

Wairarapa College were beaten 5-2 by the impressive Palmerston North Boys High School in the boys’ final.

St Matt’s carried their good form into the Federation Cup national premier tournament in Napier going through pool play with two wins and a draw and qualifying second in their pool for the top 16 playoffs.

Waicol also made the top 16, winning two and losing one of their games, to finish second in their pool and setting up a knockout match with Hamilton Girls High School.

At the Rankin Cup boys’ tournament in North Harbour, Waicol and Rathkeale finished third in their pools and will playoff for 17th to 32nd.


All that glitters is gold for Gladstone as the club cleaned up the two major Wairarapa championships on Saturday.

The Gladstone Bulls retained the men’s title with a 3-0 defeat of Comvita Kia Kaha, and Gladstone Gold took out women’s division one 3-1 over Dalefield in a shootout after the scores were locked at 1-1 at fulltime.

Coasties won the women’s 2A 4-1 over Eketahuna Tuis, and Martinborough beat Featherston Foxies 3-2 in the 2B final.


Wairarapa College narrowly missed qualifying for the top 16 in the A Grade at the Lower North Island secondary schools tournament in Napier, with a win and two losses, including an agonising 22-24 loss to Hastings

Girls’ High School in the first round of pool play. Waicol beat Inglewood High School 39-22 in their first match of the second round.

In the B Grade, St Matthew’s qualified for the top eight. Makoura, Solway, and Kuranui will play off in the lower divisions of the B Grade.


Rathkeale are playing off for 25th to 32nd at the National premier boys tournament in Napier. They lost all three games in pool play and were beaten 2-1 by Napier Boys High School in their first playoff match in the bottom 16.

Waicol are second in their pool after three games at the Triton Trophy boys tournament in Whanganui, with two wins and a loss. They play Aquinas College, Tauranga in their last match before the playoffs. Kuranui are struggling at the bottom of their pool, with four losses from four games.

At the Grant Jarvis girls’ tournament in Palmerston North, Solway were third, and Waicol fourth in their respective pools.


Carterton Redbacks completed the local league double, adding the Wairarapa Cup to their first division title with a 3-1 win over Tremain’s Greytown on Saturday.

Douglas Villa Skulls won the Plate with a 12-1 thumping of Carterton Reapers, Douglas Villa Fall Protect beat Property Brokers Featherston United 3-2 and won the Bowl.

Martinborough were 4-0 victors over The Offering Greytown in the Shield final.

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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