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OXFORD MISSES OUT ON SEMI-FINAL SLOT
By Peter Williams July 26 2014

Oxford has been in the North Canterbury Rugby Grand Final in eight of the last nine years. On Saturday, though, they lost what was effectively a sudden-death match to Saracens which means that they will not be in the 2014 Grand Final.
It was a very even match, played in perfect conditions at Oxford. Oxford opened the scoring with a well taken try to right wing Moko Prescott. Saracens replied soon after when centre Nathan Reid carved through for Brett Hancox to convert. Midway through the half Oxford’s  Sean Thompson kicked a handy penalty goal and towards the end of the half both teams scored a further try from driving forward play, Oxford’s to tight head prop Soni Taulava while Saracens’ try was scored by blindside flanker Mark Smith with Hancox landing the sideline conversion to make the halftime score Saracens 14 Oxford 13.
The second half was very even and vigorously contested by both teams. Midway through the half Oxford’s outside backs made a break and went 40 metres for left wing Blain O’Loughlin to score wide out and give Oxford the lead. With only five minutes left to play Oxford made a promising move down the right flank. Their No 8, Stew Dalzell, in search of the match-winning try, attempted a long pass to an unmarked player outside him but the pass was intercepted by Saracens’ open side flanker Nathan Goodwin, who played the last 20 minutes on the right wing. Goodwin sprinted 40 metres to score handy to the posts. Replacement, Ricky Allin, converted. When the ref blew the final whistle it marked the end of Oxford’s season with the final score Saracens 21 Oxford 18.

At Mandeville, Ashley maintained its unbeaten record in the Luisetti Seeds North Canterbury competition but Ohoka, as has been the case throughout this competition, once again pushed their opponents close.

Ashley with tries to Ritchie Hancox and Alex Mumford and a penalty to Dan Cook looked the stronger team throughout the first half and led 13-5 at half-time, with Ohoka’s try being scored by winger Leo Lafai.
Ohoka stormed back with a vengeance early in the second half with tries to winger, Junior Pati, and hooker, Ace Simanu, who had an impressive game, being a particularly accomplished ball-carrier. So the match entered its final stanza with Ohoka holding a 15-13 lead but at this point Ashley re-established a semblance of control with two penalties to Dan Cook and a try to Scott Barber to eventually run out the winners 26-15 and secure for themselves the top qualifying position for the semi-finals.
At Omihi, Kaiapoi got off to a flier against Glenmark and established what proved to be a match-winning break very early in the game. Glenmark did hit back with a try to Sam Westenra but Kaiapoi took a 20-8 lead into the half-time break.
Both teams cancelled each other out for most of the second half, the only points being a late try to Kaiapoi, leaving the final score as 25-8 to Kaiapoi. This victory was enough to secure a home semi-final for Kaiapoi – and once again Glenmark will be their opponents.


FROM THE SIDELINES
There will be a new look to this year’s Luisetti Seeds North Canterbury Grand Final to be played at Loburn on 9 August. One of the semi-Finals this Saturday is between Ashley and Saracens. Neither of these two Clubs have contested a Grand Final in this millennium, but one of them will be there this season, so there will be plenty of incentive for both teams in their Semi-Final on Saturday.
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Since the year 2000 only four Clubs have contested the Grand Final:  Glenmark (11 times), Oxford (10), Kaiapoi (4) and Belfast (3). Belfast now play in the Metro competition.  The year 2003 was the last time that Oxford failed to make at least the semi-Finals.
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Hurunui have won the Division 2 round robin competition by a solitary point from Woodend. Their opponents in the Semi-Finals on Saturday will be Saracens and Amberley respectively.
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The combined Oxford-Woodend team’s 22-12 win over the Rangiora High School 2nd XV last Saturday gives them a royal chance of qualifying to meet the unbeaten Hurunui team in the Grand Final. While they still trail the School team by three points on the competition table, next Saturday RHS have to play Hurunui. If that result goes with current form, a victory to Oxford-Woodend over Kaiapoi on Saturday would be enough to get them through to the Final.
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One result of note last weekend was the clash between the two top teams from the Under 13 round-robin, Ohoka and Ashley Green. As in the round-robin clash, Ohoka showed themselves to be a very competent side, running out the winners by 28-10 and in doing so winning for themselves the North Canterbury Challenge Shield.
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The championship section of the Under 11½ grade is proving to be a very close affair with all four teams having had one win and one loss. In effect, this means that the two teams who win their match on Saturday will go through to the Finals Day.
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Midway through the second half of the Press Cup match at Mandeville last Saturday between Rangiora High School and St. Bede’s College, the scores were locked at 17 all. It took a couple of late tries before the favoured St. Bedes side were able to secure a 27-17 win.
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In the Championship Section of the Metro Colts grade last Saturday, the two North Canterbury teams had contrasting fortunes. Glenmark notched up a notable win over the Round Robin winners, Christchurch, while Ohoka surrendered the lead late in their match against HSOB and went down by a solitary point. With just one round to play Glenmark (9) now have a 4 point lead over Christchurch (5), followed by followed by HSOB (4) and Ohoka (2). If Glenmark can beat HSOB on  Saturday that would still give Ohoka a chance of making it an all-North Canterbury Final if they could beat Christchurch.

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LUISETTI SEEDS NORTH CANTERBURY DIVISION 1 - SEMI FINALS
Ashley                          v. Saracens                                2.45pm            Lob Lwr 1                      TBA
Deans Challenge  Shield match
            Waimak Real Estate Player of the Day match
Assistant Referees: G Inch, D Chinnery             

Kaiapoi                          v. Glenmark                              2.45pm            Kai Oval                        TBA
Assistant Referees: G Cate, G Welch



MIKE GREER HOMES NORTH CANTERBURY LTD DIVISION 2 - SEMI FINALS
Hurunui                        v. Saracens                                2.30pm            Cul 1                              J Archer
Pickering Challenge Shield match

Woodend                    v. Amberley                              2.30pm            Wood 1                        K Fitzgerald
MIKE GREER HOMES NORTH CANTERBURY LTD DIVISION 2 RESERVE - SEMI FINALS
Glen-Chev                  v. Oxford                                    2.30pm            Cheviot 1                      K Hancox
Ohoka                          v. Saracens                                2.30pm            Mand 1                          G McGiffert

METRO COLTS - TROPHY                                                                     
Christchurch              v. Ohoka                                    2.45pm            Christchurch Pk 3
HSOB                            v. Glenmark                              2.45pm            Bob Deans 1

WOMENS - PLATE                                                                                                                           
Suburbs                        v. Burnside/Kaiapoi                1.00pm            Hoon Hay 1

CRUSADERS SECONDARY SCHOOLS - THE PRESS CUP
Rangiora HS                v. Timaru BHS                          12.00pm          Rangiora HS



MIKE GREER HOMES NORTH CANTERBURY LTD U18
RHS                                v. Hurunui                                  2.30pm            RHS 1                              A Stead
Ric Moore Challenge Trophy match 
Oxford-Woodend    v. Kaiapoi                                    1.15pm            Wood 2                        G Dunseath

MIKE GREER HOMES NORTH CANTERBURY LTD U16 - SEMI FINALS
Kaiapoi                          v. Oxford                                    1.00pm            Kai Oval                        G Eder
Barber  Challenge Trophy match

Ashley                          v. Woodend-Ohoka              1.00pm            Lob Lwr 1                      D Clark


MIKE GREER HOMES NORTH CANTERBURY LTD U14½ - SEMI FINALS
Saracens                      v. Hurunui                                  1.00pm            Sbk 3                              N Te Puni
Challenge Shield match
Ashley                          v. Woodend                              1.00pm            Lob 4                              D Chinnery
MIKE GREER HOMES NORTH CANTERBURY LTD U14½ - 5TH-6TH PLACING
Oxford                          v. Kaiapoi                                    1.00pm            Oxford Oval                S Clark

MIKE GREER HOMES NORTH CANTERBURY LTD U13 - SEMI FINALS
Ohoka                          v. Hurunui                                  11.45am          Mand 1                          L Beine
North Canterbury Challenge Shield match

Ashley Green            v. Kaiapoi                                    11.30am          Lob Lwr 1                      J Legros
MIKE GREER HOMES NORTH CANTERBURY LTD U13 
Ashley Blue                v. Oxford                                    11.45am          Lob 4                              S Norton
Amberley                    v. Saracens                                11.45am          Amb 1                            C Smith

MIKE GREER HOMES NORTH CANTERBURY LTD U11½ CUP SECTION
Amberley                    v. Kaiapoi                                    10.30am          Amb 1                            N Hill
Hurunui                        v. Woodend                              10.30am          Cul 1                              B Blackler
MIKE GREER HOMES NORTH CANTERBURY LTD U11½ SECTION 2 PLAY OFFS
Ashley Green            v. Oxford Red                          10.15am          Lob Lwr 1                      S Norton
Ohoka Black                v. Oxford Black                        10.30am          Mand 3                          R Brine
MIKE GREER HOMES NORTH CANTERBURY LTD U11½ SECTION 3 PLAY OFFS
Ohoka Red                  v. Saracens Red                      10.30am          Mand 3                          club ref
Saracens Blue            v. Ashley Blue                          10.30am          Sbk 3                              club ref



NORTH CANTERBURY JUNIOR UNDER 10 AND BELOW GRADES
LAST DAY FOR NON-COMP GRADES – AMBERLEY  SUNDAY 3 AUGUST

  ALL PLAYERS PLEASE BRING A PLATE OF COLD FOOD
MIKE GREER HOMES NORTH CANTERBURY LTD U10
Amberley                    v. Saracens Red                      12.55pm          Amb A                          B James
Hurunui Black            v. Ohoka Red                            12.55pm          Amb B                            D Topp
Ohoka Black                v. Hurunui Blue                        12.55pm          Amb C                            A Reeve
Chev-Glen                  v. Saracens Blue                      12.55pm          Amb D                          C Wunderink
Oxford                          v. Kaiapoi                                    12.55pm          Amb E                            E McDuff
United                          v. Woodend                              12.55pm          Amb F                            E Evans
Ashley                          v. Ohoka Black U9                  12.55pm          Amb G                       

  ALL PLAYERS PLEASE BRING A PLATE OF COLD FOOD
MIKE GREER HOMES NORTH CANTERBURY LTD U9
Amberley                    v. Ashley Blue                          11.55am          Amb A                          B James
Saracens Blue            v. Woodend                              11.55am          Amb B                            D Topp
Kaiapoi                          v. Hurunui                                  11.55am          Amb C                            A Reeve
Chev-Glen                  v. Ashley Green                      11.55am          Amb D                          C Wunderink
Oxford                          v. Ohoka Red                            11.55am          Amb E                            E McDuff
United                          v. Saracens Red                      11.55am          Amb F                            E Evans


  ALL PLAYERS PLEASE BRING A PLATE OF COLD FOOD
MIKE GREER HOMES NORTH CANTERBURY LTD U8
Woodend                    v. Amberley                              10.55am          Amb A                       
Ohoka Black                v. Ashley Blue                          10.55am          Amb B                         
Ohoka Red                  v. Hurunui Black                      10.55am          Amb C                         
Chev-Glen                  v. Ashley Green                      10.55am          Amb D                       
Oxford                          v. Kaiapoi                                    10.55am          Amb E                         
Hurunui Blue              v. Saracens Red                      10.55am          Amb F                         
Ashley White              v. Saracens Blue                      10.55am          Amb G                       

  ALL PLAYERS PLEASE BRING A PLATE OF COLD FOOD
MIKE GREER HOMES NORTH CANTERBURY LTD U7
Saracens Red              v. Amberley                              10.05am          Amb A                       
Ohoka Black                v. Ashley Green                      10.05am          Amb B                         
Ohoka Red                  v. Ashley Blue                          10.05am          Amb C                         
Chev-Glen                  v. Oxford Red                          10.05am          Amb D                       
Saracens Orange      v. Kaiapoi                                    10.05am          Amb E                         
United                          v. Oxford Black                        10.05am          Amb F                         
Hurunui                        v. Woodend                              10.05am          Amb G                       
Ohoka White              v. Saracens Blue                      10.05am          Amb H                       

  ALL PLAYERS PLEASE BRING A PLATE OF COLD FOOD
MIKE GREER HOMES NORTH CANTERBURY LTD U6
Saracens Red              v. Amberley                              9.15am              Amb A                       
Ohoka Black                v. Ashley Green                      9.15am              Amb B                         
Ashley Gold                v. Woodend                              9.15am              Amb C                         
Oxford Black              v. Hurunui                                  9.15am              Amb D                       
Chev-Glen                  v. Kaiapoi                                    9.15am              Amb E                         
Ashley Blue                v. Saracens Green                  9.15am              Amb F                         
Ohoka Red                  v. Saracens Black                    9.15am              Amb G                       
Ohoka White              v. Saracens Blue                      9.15am              Amb H                       
Oxford Red                v. Saracens Orange                9.15am              Amb I                         
Ashley White              v. Saracens White                  9.15am              Amb J                         





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