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Around The Grounds

The Saturday Wrap

Kieran McClea of University makes a break against Taieri this afternoon at Peter Johnstone Park.

Around the grounds this afternoon in Dunedin club rugby, at Miller Park Green Island retained the Speights Challenge Shield with a 20 all draw with Alhambra Union. The Green Island side held a decent 17 to 3 lead at half time before Alhambra Union score 17 points of their own in the second half to walk away from Miller Park with the points shared. Taieri won the Paul Sapsford Memorial defeating University 38 to 14 in a match which the the Peter Johnstone Park based side always lead. Dunedin were 23 to 15 victors over Kaikorai while Harbour won the Scoles Memorial at Montecillo running out 22 to 12 winners.

The results today leave Taieri four points clear at the top of the table from Green Island (eleven points), Dunedin (nine points) and Alhambra Union sitting in third spot with seven points.

Results From Around The Grounds (30.04.22)
Otago Metro Premier Men
Green Island drew with Alhambra Union – 20 all (Speight’s Challenge Shield)
Dunedin defeated Kaikorai – 23 to 15
Harbour defeated Zingari Richmond – 22 to 12 (W Scoles Memorial Trophy)
Taieri defeated Otago University – 38 to 14 (Paul Sapsford Memorial Trophy )
Southern – bye

Otago Metro Premier Women
Dunedin defeated Waitaki – 53 to 5
Big River Country defeated Otago University – 27 to 25
Alhambra Union – bye

Otago Southern Premier Men
Clutha defeated Clinton – 31 to 20
Crescent defeated West Taieri – 22 to 20
Heriot defeated Owaka – 25 to 13
Clutha Valley defeated Toko – 45 to 22
Lawrence – bye

Otago Central Premier Men
Cromwell Goats defeated Cromwell Cavaliers – 87 to 0
Upper Clutha drew with Wakatipu – 32 all
Alexandra v Matakanui Combined – 13 to 3
Arrowtown v Maniototo – Cancelled

Otago Premier Development Men
Kaikorai Dunedin defeated Kaikorai – 46 to 14
Green Island defeated Alhambra Union – 26 to 17
Eastern defeated Zingari Richmind – 43 to 8
Taieri defeated Otago University – 38 to 0
Southern – bye

Otago Premier Development Women
Otago University defeated Alhambra Union –
Central Otago defeated Green Island – 43 to 27

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Full-Time For Saturday 7th May

Around The Grounds

The Saturday Wrap

Ben Miller of Kaikorai

Around the grounds this afternoon in Dunedin club rugby with some interesting and surprising score lines as the final scores were posted. At Logan Park, Green Island walked away with the Speight’s Challenge shield after posting 48 points against University to win 48 to 29. Nearby at the North Ground, Alhambra Union also scored 40 plus points in their first game of the season to defeat Southern 41 to 14 while Taieri took out the Henderson Memorial with a 43 to 20 victory over Harbour. At Bishopscourt Kaikorai clamied a 37 to 12 win over Zingari Richmond in a match that wasn’t secure until the last 15 minutes. Despite being down by 20 points at one stage, Zingari Richmond never seemed out of the contest until the pressure from Kaikorai started to take it’s toll late in the game.

Results From Around The Grounds (30.04.22)
Otago Metro Premier Men
Green Island defeated University – 48 to 29 (Speight’s Challenge Shield)
Kaikorai defeated Zingari Richmond – 37 to 12 (Tom Watkins Memorial)
Alhambra Union defeated Southern – 41 to 14
Taieri defeated Harbour – 43 to 20 (Henderson Memorial)
Dunedin – bye

Otago Metro Premier Women
Dunedin drew with Alhambra Union – 29 all
Otago University defeated Waitaki – 53 to 7
Clutha Valley – bye

Otago Southern Premier Men
West Taieri defeated Owaka – 17 to 15
Toko defeated Lawrence – 36 to 14
Crescent defeated Clutha – 21 to 14
Clutha Valley defeated Clinton – 36 to 7
Heriot – bye

Otago Central Premier Men
Wakatipu defeated Cromwell Goats – 38 to 10
Upper Clutha defeated Arrowtown- 22 to 18
Alexandra v Cromwell Cancelled- 26 to 18
Matakanui Combined defeated Maniototo -22 to 11

Otago Premier Development Men
Zingari Richmond defeated Kaikorai – 34 to 17
Southern defeated Alhambra Union – 37 to 33
Green Island defeated University – 49 to 21
Dunedin – bye

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Full Time – 30.04.22

Around The Grounds

The Saturday Wrap

Southern celebrate winning the V.G.Cavanagh Memorial Trophy at Bathgate Park.

Welcome to another season of club footy in the south. This is my 14 season photographing club rugby in Otago. The last few years have been a bit unusual so hopefully we get an uninterrupted year from this point onwards so those playing the game can get as much rugby as possible. So, without hesitation … on to the scores, results and images. 

Around the grounds this afternoon in Dunedin as the club competition started for the shortened 2022 season with Southern, Green Island, Taieri and Dunedin all having first up wins. At Bathgate Park, Southern won the Vic Cavanagh Memorial with a 36 to 35 win over University with a converted try in the last minute. Green Island were victorious at Miller Park with a 23 to 22 win over Harbour while Taieri defeated Kaikorai at Peter Johnstone Park and at Montecillo Dunedin was to strong for Zingari Richmond 41 to 14.

Results From Around The Grounds (30.04.22)
Otago Metro Premier Men
Green Island defeated Harbour – 23 to 22
Southern defeated Otago University – 36 to 35 (V.G. Cavanagh Memorial)
Taieri defeated Kaikorai – 37 to 21 (George Broadley Trophy)
Dunedin defeated Zingari – 41 to 14
Alhambra Union – bye

Otago Southern Premier Men
Clutha defeated Lawrence – 62 to 3
Clutha Valley defeated West Taieri – 20 to 16
Crescent defeated Owaka – 27 to 24
Toko defeated Heriot – 30 to 26
Clinton – bye

Otago Central Premier Men
Wakatipu defeated Cromwell Cavaliers – 101 to 0
Upper Clutha defeated Maniototo – 47 to 13
Arrowtown defeated Alexandra – 26 to 18
Cromwell Goats defeated Matakanui Combined – 43 to 14

Otago Premier Development Men
Green Island defeated Eastern – 36 to 5
University defeated Southern – 40 to 26
Kaikorai defated Taieri – 42 to 10
Dunedin defeated Zingari Richmond – 51 to 10
Alhambra Union – bye

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Taieri Win 2021 Banner

Green Island v Taieri, Final, (31.07.21)Taieri celebrate winning the 2021 Banner

Taieri has won the 2021 Premier Banner with a 21 to 17 win over Green Island at Forsyth Barr Stadium this afternoon.

For the Taieri side, today’s win is their fifth banner in eleven years having previously won the title in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2020 and having made eight finals in the last eleven years. Leading 12 points to 10 at halftime, the Taieri side went on to claim the banner for the Peter Johnstone Park based side with a solid defensive effort.

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Storm defeat Spirit

The Farah Palmer Cup

Otago Spirit v Auckland Storm (25.07.21)Luisa Togotogorua of the Auckland Storm during the Farah Palmer Cup match between the Otago Spirit and the Auckland Storm played at the University Oval in Dunedin.

The Auckland Storm have beaten the Otago Spirit in the Round 2 clash of the Farah Palmer Cup, played at the University Oval this afternoon.

Competing in the Premiership, the Auckland Storm entered the match have defeated the Bay of Plenty Volcanix 44 – 12 in their first round match the previous weekend, while the Otago Spirit went down to the Wellington Pride, 13 – 5 in Wellington.

In a tight contest for most of the match, it was the Otago Spirit who opened the scoring and eventually went into halftime only behind by 1 point as Auckland had a 13-12 lead at the break. The tight contest continued for most of the second half, however it was in the final 15 minutes when the Auckland side pulled record a 39 to 15 victory.

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Dunedin premier rugby semifinal highlights

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Green Island vs Kaikorai, Semi Final (24.07.21)Sean Jansen of Green Island is caught in tackle during the Dunedin Premier club rugby semi final between Green Island and Kaikorai played at Miller Park in Dunedin.

Green Island and Taieri will clash in next Saturday’s club final after both sides recorded comprehensive victories in semifinals today.

Green Island got home at Miller Park as the No 1 ranked side produced a solid all-round display on the back of a dominant forward to secure a place in next week’s final. Leading 15 to 6 at the break, Green Island added 29 points in the second spell to record a 44 – 18 victory.

At the University Oval , Taieri led 22 to 3 at the break before adding 12 points in the second half to win 34 to 8 and book their place in the final.

Results From Around The Grounds
Metro Premier Men (Semi Finals)
Green Island defeated Kaikorai – 44 to 18
Taieri defeated Otago University – 34 to 8

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Throwback

Semi Final, Harbour v Dunedin, University Oval. (16.07.16)Nualia Dawai of Harbour makes a break down the touchline during the 2016 Dunedin club rugby semi final between Harbour and Dunedin played at the University Oval on Saturday 16th July 2016. Dunedin defeated Harbour 21 to 20 to make the 2016 final against Kaikorai.

This time of year seems to come around faster every year! Of course, it can be a different story for the players and coaches. The local club semi final’s at the Grassroots level of New Zealand rugby always throws up a wonderful opportunity to see some quality (and intense) rugby. Before kick off tomorrow, take a picture walk through some of the previous semi finals in the Dunedin competition.

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