As the Western Zone Touch competition was set up as a one-day tournament, we decided to enter our Junior Mixed Touch team into a seasonal competition as well. Therefore, we entered into the North Harbour competition for the season. Our games were every Tuesday at Hato Petera College in Northcote. The team was scheduled for four pool games over that period and came out of the round robin undefeated with 18 tries for and only 3 against. This placed us in good stead heading into the final vs Takapuna Grammar that was played on Tuesday, 24 November.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of Coaches Mollie and Malissa Tagaloa, the team played an extremely structured and fast-paced game. Each player knew their role and executed it with confidence. The team ended up winning the final 8-0 with a display of both skill and intelligence. A full team effort. Following on from the senior team’s success in Term 1, Touch is looking like it has a bright future at Rutherford College.
With such success, it was time to take in the big boys. So on Wednesday 2 December on the Rutherford Fields. The mighty Junior Mixed team took on the all-conquering staff. It was a tough game for the refs to keep up with as the action seesawed from one end to the other. A clash of styles took place. Spritely legs v Wily legs. The staff were playing a lot of Fijian style “one touch” football, and the juniors were running clinical plays to advance down the field.
The score was irrelevant said the staff as they eventually succumbed to the juniors. A fitting end to the season and thanks to all who participated.