Our senior A boys played a classic game of two halves against a strong Trident High School team last Wednesday night. The game was all tied up at half time after a slow couple of quarters but after a strong line up of Beau Joss, Manaaki Mason-Lowe and Xavier Gell came on and got to work the points started raking in. The second half really saw the boys play to their strengths, building to a good win and looking more promising going towards regionals.

The 1st XV took on an in form Te Puke High School 1st XV over the weekend in what was seen to be a close game from a spectators point of view but was not reflected in the score line. In what was a good first half of rugby, Te Puke went into the break on top 15-0. The score remained unchanged for a good part of the second half with Otumoetai camping in their attacking 22 but were unable to breach the line for long periods. Unfortunately, the boy’s concentration broke and Te Puke managed to get some more points on the board. The loose forward trio toiled tirelessly with Hamish McCall, Beau Joss and Ash Smith having strong performances alongside dynamic prop Frano Turner. The u15’s continued displaying their strong dominance with a 71-12 win over John Paul College. Dion Greenfield led the charge with a big performance with teammates James Austin and Jordan Harrington also having strong games.

The Otumoetai Girls 1st XI girls played against Bethlehem College 1st XI in the weekend with a 2-0 win to Otumoetai.  Bethlehem were determined to control the score by playing a very defensive game in the hope of stopping the Otumoetai girls from scoring, having nine players in defence. This make a determined wall for Otumoetai to breech.  Otumoetai proved to be up to the task which only made the girls more determined to score, showing that even with a wall of defence against them they can find ways to win a game. Strong performance and knowledge of the game came through Bella Cartman up front and Tiana Hill who both netted the ball once each. Lisa Evans was a standout player in the game and was awarded player of the day for her efforts.

While the Otumoetai 2nd XI played a hard game against the Aquinas College 1st XI in a tough game which saw the girls go down 4-1. Our Year nine girls are growing in confidence with every game played and it’s awesome to see them played some outstanding football. The girls stayed in the fight the entire game and didn’t give up when down. It’s going to be awesome to see the progress in some of the girls in this team.

Last week saw and all Otumoetai battle with the Senior Green girls taking on the senior Black team. It was outstanding to see the girls play an extremely tough game and fight hard for the win. The black girls had a 3-0 lead and the girls in the green team fought hard to come back. The game finished in a 3-3 draw by the final whistle, which was a good result.

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