The pauper is now the
prince. After one hundred minutes of
rugby, Maheno with a superb try in the last sixty seconds of extra time
snatched a deserved 30-25 win over Old Boys in a thrilling Citizens Shield
final at Whitestone stadium before a crowd estimated to be nearly two and half
thousand vociferous supporters.
For Maheno captain,
number eight Hayden Tisdall it was the result of two years of build-up.
"When we scored
that last try it was just awesome. It
was a long 100 minutes but we got there in the end."
Maheno led 6-0 at
halftime but Tisdall was not confident that it would be enough.
"You can't shut Old
Boys out. They always come back at you
and as they proved in the second half they can score great tries from deep
inside their half. We had a good chat at
halftime with Coaches Mark Wilson and Nic Anderson and instead of kicking as
much we decided to our plan of running Old Boys wide and tire them out, and it
worked. We've got a very young team. It's taken a couple of years or so to get
confidence with each other and the ability to work off each other."
Development Team 2016
Unga Kefu, Jeremiah Shields, Seti Talalelei, (Old
Boys), Michael Patterson, Cam Bennet, Tom Paton, Harvard Fale, Jesse Porter,
Dean Fenwick, (Kurow), Paea Palaa, Hayden James, Will Saulala,
Keegan Anderson, Jamie Rhodes, (Athletic Marist), Josh Miller, James Pillay,
Hamish Slater, Daniel McKay,
Ratu Karamana, (Excelsior), Hayden Tisdall, Marcus Balchin, Adam Johnson, Carn
Parata, Lachie Kingan, (Maheno), Brad McKenzie,
Dan Conlan, Cameron Rowland,
Angus Gibb, Cameron Schultz, (Valley)
1st XV players selected
for this year’s squad
Josh Hayward, Funaki Lavemai, Sailosi Vea, Kieran McClea,
Maka Mafile’o, Kafa Katoa ,(WBHS)
William Sunderland, Levi
Emery, Neo Misiloi, Kelepi Funaki, Sami Havea, (St Kevin’s)
Thursday 28 July 2016, 6.30pm at Whitestone Contracting Stadium
If unavailable or
unable to make it please contact Kevin Malcolm 0274437321
North Otago Under 11 Team
Zacayde Sage, Samuel Petrie, Cayden Hoffman, Jack Powell, Toby Growcott, Alex Wilson, Sam McCarthy, Mathew Woodhouse, Campbell Fowler, Max Fatafehi, Hotili Asi, Kiseka Fifita, Farrar Poasa, Meitei Siale, Lachie Mavor, Ryan Ruddle, Jesse Cope, Harrison Weir, Archie Thomas, Fin Bishop, Hamish Dodd, Jacob Cunningham.
Please contact the coaches if unavailable to be at training on Saturday 30 July 2016, 1.00pm Whitestone Contracting Stadium.
Coaches Tim Petrie 027 222 2181 and Jason Mavor 021 340 712.
Citizens Shield Semi-finals.
Old Boys 41 (H Frost 3, U Ofa, S Ngalo, C
Saumanaia tries; I Naufahu pen, 4 con), Athletic Marist 35 (J Whitburn 2, W
Saulala, C Newlands tries;
S Lilicama 3 pen, 3 con). HT: 29-6 Old Boys.
Maheno 30 (C Parata, L Bliss, K Byrne tries; C
Smith 5 pen), Kurow 16 (C Bennett try; T Burgess 3 pen, con) HT: 13-13.
Old Boys and Maheno will meet in the 2016
Citizens Shield final after Old Boys had to come from behind in the final
minutes to snatch a 41-35
win over a gallant Athletic Marist side, while Maheno
had a strong second half to beat Kurow, 30-16 after it had been tied up at 13
all at halftime.