Luisetti Seeds community rugby at its finest! Presentations of the Luisetti Seeds Waters Cup, Luisetti Seeds Coleman Shield, and Luisetti Seeds Alf Hunnibell Cup.
Country County Sub Unions Division One finals were played recently and, as usual, provided exciting and fiercely contended matches against near rivals.
Celtic played Southern in a riveting game of high quality rugby. Celtic, last made an appearance in the Luisetti Seeds Watters Cup final in 2012 when they lost to Methven.
Celtic made an explosive start to the match with a converted try to first five, Nathan McCoy, in the first few minutes. Then another converted try to Isireli Maiwini and Southern were down 14-0 in the first 10 minutes.
Southern then found another gear and put 3 tries on the board before the end of the first half.
Celtic lost a man to the sin bin and at half-time were down 17-14.
Still with 14 men after the breather, Celtic opened the second half with a converted try, but after a penalty, Southern was once again in front by 24-21.
Awarded kickable penalties with less than 10 minutes to play, Celtic wasn’t looking for a draw and bravely opted for a scrum against Southern’s strong forward pack, and two quick taps.
From the last penalty, Celtic winger Taovale Sofai, found himself with an overlap out wide and scored the try that lifted the trophy for Celtic.
The field was rushed by a sea of children dressed in green. A wonderful display of Luisetti Seeds community rugby at its finest!
After lifting the Luisetti Seeds Combined Country Cup earlier in the season they achieved the double for the first time after beating Darfield 20-10 in the Ellesmere Division One final.
Richard Mills ran the Waihora team onto the ground through a tunnel of Waihora supporters to celebrate his 200th game, while Gareth Pietzner clearly enjoyed this opportunity to lift the Luisetti Seeds Coleman Shield for the last time, playing his 280th and final time for Waihora.
Saracens played Glenmark/Cheviot at Kaiapoi in the final of the Luisetti Seeds Alf Hunnibell Cup. Glenmark/Cheviot player, turned coach, Matt Keane said prior to the match he felt his team had the perfect mix of experienced older heads and eager new players.
His words proved prophetic when his team took to the field against defending champions, Saracens.
Saracens, fielding only 6 members of last year’s winning team, were down 20-5 at half-time.
Although Saracens rallied late in the second half, the final score was 23-10 and Glenmark/Cheviot engraved their name on the Luisetti Seeds Alf Hunnibell Cup for the first time as a combined team.
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