The Harbour Hibiscus Women hosted Waikato at QBE Stadium on Saturday 6 October in a double header with the Mitre 10 fixture vs Counties Manukau. It was a hard day at the office for the Hibiscus Women against a Premiership side in a cross-over fixture going down 7-44 to the strong Waikato side. The Hibiscus played well showing some good skill and determination but Waikato quickly got on top, fed off mistakes and racked up a good half-time score of 24-7. The second half saw Waikato continue to breach the Harbour defence lines for the final score. A try went to Jules Newman with Sophie Fisher kicking a conversion. Player of the Day was flanker Kate Williams.
The Te Hiku o te Ika (Northern Region) Maori tournament continued on Saturday 6 October with Te Raki Paewhenua Maori Seniors and U17 both playing Northland at Waitemata RFC in Auckland. The Maori Under 17 again performed very well putting away Northland 38-29. The Maori Seniors beat Northland by default due to insufficient numbers from the Taniwha travelling down. A game was played with Harbour loaning some players and they had a comfortable win. Both teams now travel to Rotorua for the finals of Te Hiku o te Ika Maori tournament to be held Saturday 13 October at Rotorua Stadium. The U17 will face Counties Manukau in a 1v2 final and the Seniors will play Bay of Plenty in their 1v2 final.
The Roller Mills team kicked off their campaign St Peters College, Cambridge on Monday 8 October but lost to a strong Waikato side 0-36. A rough first half but the boys defended well in the second half to just concede a try and conversion. Player of the Day was James Ford. The team is determined to do better today against Thames Valley on Tuesday.
The remaining Roller Mills fixtures are as follows:
Tues 9 Oct vs Thames Valley at 12.15pm on St Peters College 1
Wed 10 Oct vs Bay of Plenty at 12.45pm on St Peters College 2
Thu 11 Oct vs Counties Manukau at 12.45pm on St Peters College 2
Fri 12 Oct – Semi-Finals
Sat 13 Oct – Finals and Play-offs