21 July, 2023
Takapuna gives all in big rugby finals
Takapuna premiers threw everything at North Shore in the North Harbour championship rugby final last Saturday, taking an early lead and trailing only 6-3 at halftime.
In front of a crowd of over 2000 at Shore’s Vauxhall Rd home ground, Takapuna had the better of its more experienced opponents for most of the first half, but Shore’s pack gradually gained dominance to set a platform for its 26-10 win, capping the club’s 150-year celebrations.
Behind a winning pack, Shore first five Oscar Koller controlled the second half with pinpoint line kicking, and also scored two tries.
Takapuna was hoping to send off coach of five years, Aaron Katipa, with a win. But his young side, missing many key players, had already done him proud by making the final, defeating Massey in the semi-final, 35-31.
Young players being introduced to senior football included 18-year-old Tristyn Cook, who scored a try in the final.
Takapuna premier reserves narrowly lose final
Takapuna’s premier reserves rugby side had North Shore on the ropes for the final 15 minutes of its North Harbour championship final at Onewa Domain last Saturday, but failed to convert its field position into points, losing 22-15.
Shore jumped to a 17-3 lead, but a try to Atunaisa Hafoka just before halftime put Takapuna back in the match at 17-8. After the break, Shore fullback Cameron Dalzell scored a smart try for a 22-8 lead, but Takapuna hit back with a strong try to Maloni Moata’ane, converted by David Halufia at the 25-minute mark.
Shore hung in with desperate defence to take there serve-grade title.
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