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Waicol take bragging rights

Wairarapa College with the trophy for beating Rathkeale. PHOTOS/KYLIE EVANS

SPORTS ROUND-UP

Secondary Schools Rugby

Wairarapa College took bragging rights over Rathkeale College by winning their traditional first XV clash on Tuesday 41-17.

Waicol scored five converted tries to two in a dominant performance.

Lock Rhemus Hullett smiles as he dives over for one of Waicol’s five tries.

Standouts for the winners were talented first-five Cohen Scott, loose forward Cyrus Wilson, lock Rhemus Hullett, and Charlie Carroll, who started on the wing and moved into the midfield in the second half.

Openside flanker Wiremu Bartlett and captain and second-five Will Cole impressed for the outplayed Rathkeale side.

Waicol will next play in the Captain’s Trophy quadrangular tournament involving Hutt Valley High School, Dannevirke High School, and Paraparaumu College at the end of the month before finishing the season with the final of the Hurricanes Co-Ed Cup against the winner of the Upper Hutt College-Whanganui Collegiate game.

Secondary Schools Hockey

St Matthew’s and Wairarapa College were to meet in a blockbuster semifinal last night in the Manawatu intercity secondary schoolgirls championship.

St Matt’s finished top qualifiers with a 2-0 win over Palmerston North Girls’ High School in last week’s final round of matches, and Waicol slipped to fourth with their 1-0 loss to Feilding High School.

The two teams fought out a scoreless draw in the Dunce Cup game two weeks ago, and another close game was expected.

Fourth-placed Rathkeale face a daunting task in the boys’ semifinal against the unbeaten Palmerston North Boys’ High School First XI after going down 2-0 to the combined Levin team last week.

Waicol beat Feilding High School 4-3 and meet Levin in their semifinal in Palmerston North.

Football

Carterton Redbacks’ chances of completing the Wairarapa football double are still alive after a nail-biting penalty shoot victory over Douglas Villa Skulls in the quarterfinals of the Wairarapa Cup.

The scores were tied 2-2 at fulltime, with the division one champions prevailing 6-5 in the penalty shootout.

In the semifinals, Redbacks will meet division two winners Property Brokers Greytown, who beat Douglas Drake 2-1.

Tremain’s Greytown had a 4-0 win over Masterton McAuley’s to set up a semifinal with Masterton Ziggy’s Glass Presidents, who were 4-1 victors over Carterton Reapers.

Rathkeale will meet Paraparaumu College in the bottom four playoffs in the Wellington secondary schools premier championship.

Wairarapa Hockey

Comvita Kia Kaha suffered their first loss of the season after losing 0-1 to defending champions Gladstone Bulls in the final round of the Wairarapa men’s championship.

Third-placed Tremains Red Star thumped JNL 13-1, and Carterton Vets edged Dalefield Dodgers 2-1 to finish as fourth qualifiers.

In women’s division one, Dalefield are top qualifiers after their 2-0 defeat of Tremain’s Red Star, while Gladstone Gold finished second with their 3-2 win over third-placed Comvita Kia Kaha.

Eketahuna Tuis play Gladstone Grenades, and Tumu take on Coasties in the semifinals in women’s division two.

Tuis thrashed Featherston Force 7-1, Gladstone got the better of Wairarapa Mitsubishi 5-3, Tumu and Coasties had a 1-1 draw, and Martinborough beat Featherston Foxies in the last round of matches last weekend. – CHRIS COGDALE

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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