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Squad list, fixtures & results for the 2008 North Harbour Maori & Maori Colts representative team.
The North Harbour Maori representative sides completed their campaigns in the 2008 Northern Region Maori tournament last Friday 29 February and Saturday 1 March. The Maori Colts completed the season unbeaten to win the Championship defeating Waikato 19-6 - well done boys! The Maori Seniors lost to Counties Manukau 8-17 in the 3rd/4th play-off.
The following North Harbour Maori players were selected for the Northern Region Maori squads :
Seniors - Baden Woodman (Glenfield).
Colts - Chris Eves (Massey), Mathew Clarke (Silverdale), Jonathon Botica (North Shore), Nick Denz (Silverdale), Leigh Thompson (North Shore), Andrew Dobson (Kumeu).
1.3.07, Ardmore-Marist RFC
North Harbour 8, Counties Manukau 17
1.3.07, Ardmore-Marist RFC
North Harbour 19, Waikato 6, HT 8-6
Point Scorers: Nick Denz 2 tries, Boyd Steel 3 pen.
29.2.07, 5.30pm, Ardmore-Marist RFC
North Harbour 8, Auckland 11
29.2.07, 5.15pm, Ardmore-Marist RFC
North Harbour 20, Auckland 0, HT 15-0
Point Scorers: Ben Kelleher, Nick Denz, Leigh Thompson, Jeffrey McKinney Tries.
16.2.07, 12.30pm, Helensville RFC
North Harbour 24, Northland 20, HR score 14-10.
Point Scorers: Chris Eves, Phil Jones, Daniel Airey, Preston Drage Tries, Matt Clark 2 Conversions.
Harbour came from behind to sneak a try 4 minutes from time to beat Northland 24-20 at Helensville on Saturday. The weather once again brought the spectators and a game that delivered some fantastic tries from both teams. The Harbour forwards showed all class by dominating the game and that's where the tries came from. In front at half-time but downwind in the 2nd half almost cost Harbour the game. A gifted penalty in front of the post to seal the game became a nightmare when a quick tap was spilled forward and Northland gained momentum by scoring two quick tries to lead 20-19. Paitence was the key in the end and a Chris Eves charing bull run saved the day. As they say "it's not over 'till the Fat Lady sings".
Well done Boys!
16.2.07, 11am, Helensville RFC
North Harbour 19, Northland 12, HT score 0-12.
Point Scorers: Jeffrey McKinney, Jay Connelly, Blind Marsters Tries, Boyd Steel 2 Conv.
23.2.07, Puni RFC, Pukekohe, 1.00pm
North Harbour 21 Counties 3, HT 14-3.
Point Scorers: Shane Dixon, Nick Denz, Leigh Thompson tries, Jay Connelly conv, Boyd Steel 2 conv.
The Colts continue their excellent form in this pre-season game with another comfortable win going into the Northern Region tournament next weekend.
23.2.07, Puni RFC, Pukekohe, 2.30pm
North Harbour 12, Counties 32 HT 7-22
Point Scorers: Daniel Airey and Rob Davies tries, Matt Clark conversion.
Harbour travelled to Puni to play the 2007 champion in a pre-season fixture in atrocious weather which improved during the game. Counties scored early from a penalty try then their backs ran riot racking up 22 points in the first half. Harbour came back at the end of the first 40 minutes with a try and conversion to Daniel Airey/Matt Clark. The Harbour forwards had the better of Counties in the second half but some errors let the Countie' s awesome backline back in to extend their score. Harbour came back at the end of the day with try to Rob Davies from a planned move which started from their own 22. The teams now head to the Northern Region Maori tournament at Ardmore-Marist RFC in Counties 29 February/1 March.
10.2.07, 1.00pm, Kaipatiki Park, Glenfield RFC
North Harbour 22, Waikato 8
Point Scorers: Jonathon Botica 2, Nick Denz, Leigh Thompson Tries, Boyd Steele 1 Conversion
A strong defensive effort in to the wind held Waikato 8-5 in the first half. Continuity and error rate dropped for Harbour in the second half and they dominated territority and possesion, also missing several opportunities to extend the lead.
10.2.07, 2.30pm, Kaipatiki Park, Glenfield RFC
North Harbour 22, Waikato 12
Point Scorers: Chris Eves, Dominic Stanley, Baden Woodman, Hema Tarkaru Tries, Matt Clarke 1 Conversion
Harbour played controlled rugby to beat Waikato 22-12 at Kaipatiki Park. The weather was perfect for the spectators and for the players the heat and litres of water consumed saw some very entertaining rugby played at the highest level. Credit to the coaching staff for their short conditioning program and pre-season trainings but in the positive way a good start for the campaign. The scores locked at 7 all at the break Harbour showed composure and used the tail wind to win the game 22-12.
|Jeremy Giles||North Shore|
|Rore Brown||North Shore|
|Kurtis Jones||North Shore|
|Andy Sutherland||East Coast Bays|
|Hoani Reihana||North Shore|
|Hema Takau||East Coast Bays|
|Riki Tawhara||North Shore|
|Rob Davies||North Shore|
Coach - Tracey Davis
Manager - Dean Alnutt
|Jonathon Botica||North Shore|
|Leigh Thompson||North Shore|
|Jeffery McKinney||North Shore|
|Tyler Bickers||North Shore|
Managers: Russell Ogilvy and Bernard Te Paa
Coach: Micheal Steedman
Technical Advisor: Billy Panapa
Trainer: Dion Nathan
Physio: Peter Matheson