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Junior AFL

AFL continues at Rutherford.

On November 15 it was Junior Girls turn to complete in the Auckland AFL tournament. The team was made up of year 9 and 10 students travelled to Onepoto Domain. First up was a game against Albany Junior High School which was closely fought to begin with, but the Rutherford Girls came away with a comfortable win. Sade Toki was fantastic with the ball and Rina Brown put pressure on their players by chasing hard. The next game against the experienced Pukekohe High School was much tougher. Rutherford was leading at half time but Pukekohe had the wind in the second half and managed to take the win. Brianna Watson was a standout in defence taking some great marks under pressure and our Best on Ground for the day was our captain Darnae Brown. Well done on the girls for taking part and trying a new game. Thanks to coach Mr Silby and Miss Lehndorf for helping on the day.

After their success winning the Waitakere North Harbour competition the Junior Boys travelled back to Onepoto Domain to compete in the North Island Championships. The games were tougher than the previous tournament with Rutherford placing third overall. They had a close game against Whangarei Boys High School. With about 20 seconds to go Rutherford kicked a goal to put us in front but unfortunately Whangarei replied in the last 10 seconds which gave Whangarei the win. Next was a close game against eventual tournament winners Southern Cross Campus. Rutherford was ahead at half time but with a strong tail wind Southern Cross ran away with the win. Well done to the boys on their sportsmanship and performance on the field, they played good football. Our Best on Ground was Nathan Bonner Hutton. Leon Masefield, Zayn Kingi and Noah Miller were students who have really improved as the tournament has progressed. Thanks again to coach Mr Silby and Mr Gilmore for helping on the day.

Hopefully all will be back (along with others) for both the boys and girls senior teams in term 1 of 2018. Many of the students from both the boys and girls teams were invited to the development program which is run by AFL NZ. For boys wanting to go further with the game there is a local competition for adults – well done to the North Shore Tigers who won the men’s Auckland AFL tournament beating our local Waitakere Magpies in the final. The girls game is also developing with the recent start-up of the Women’s AFL in Australia.

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