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Te Teko beat Waikite 15-0 and the Te Teko development team beat Opotiki 22-12 to make Baywide premier two and premier two development finals this Saturday.

Paroa will host the Baywide division one final against Judea at Lawson Park and Edgecumbe travels away to play Katikati for the division two title.

Pictured is Te Teko premier rugby player Chris Hemi stepping out of a tackle on
attack against Waikite in Saturday’s semi-final held at a packed Dunderdale Park in Te Teko.

EASTERN Bay clubs have one more battle on their hands after semi-finals wins last weekend.

Eastern Bay clubs competed in five semi-finals on the weekend in Baywide premier two, premier development, division one, division two and the Baywide premier women’s division.

Te Teko continued as the best performing Eastern Bay senior rugby club winning both the Baywide premier two and development grade semi-finals against Waikite and and Opotiki respectively.

Of the results on Saturday, Te Teko premier coach Anthony Studer said it was “a big effort by both teams and a really big deal to have two teams in finals this weekend”.

Played in front of a huge crowd at home at Dunderdale Park in Te Teko, the development team beat Opotiki 22-12. The development team final against Ngongotaha is being played in Rotorua but Te Teko has requested an earlier 12 noon kick-off to allow the team and supporters to get back in time for the senior final at 2.45pm.

Studer said it was good to get the premier team’s 15-0 win against Waikite despite the visitors having most of the possession and territory.

“It was a game where our team really had to roll their sleeves up and they showed real character right to the last play of the ball some four minutes after full-time”.

“It was a real buzz for the team, especially our younger players to make both finals and we will be looking forward to a full park again to host Marist St Michael’s in the premier two final.

Studer said they would be sticking to “same format and working on the minor details” this week at training.

The two teams met on July 6, with the game a 22-all draw.

Studer said the final would be about “playing to our strengths” and they are not taking the game lightly, with a premier two title on the line.

Studer congratulated the other Eastern Bay clubs and wished Paroa and Edgecumbe all the best for their division one and two finals.

In the Baywide premier women’s semi-final Waimana played top ranked Rangiuru for the second week in a row. A decisive 93-5 win gives Rangiuru the home final against Whakarewarewa who beat Rangataua 27-10 in the semi.

In the Baywide division one semi-final, Paroa took a while to overcome Reporoa but sealed the match with a runaway try in the final two minutes to go out to an 18-10 win.

Paroa spokesman Terrence (Wax) Ranapia said Reporoa played “a pretty good game and it took a while for our guys to get into gear”.

Paroa had good territory in the first half but a few mistakes by the home side gave the visitors the lead at half-time. An injury to Reporoa’s prop early in the second half gave Paroa’s experienced front row the edge to dominate the scrums and that set up a better platform.

“Once our forwards started getting full possession, our big boys started to make the yards but that did take a good 60 minutes.”

With a few missed shots at goal, Paroa still led the game 13-10 with just minutes on the clock before a runaway try put them more than a converted try ahead.

Ranapia said the good news is “their starting line-up remains intact to take on Judea in the final this weekend”.

He said they were expecting a large crowd in support of both teams at Lawson Park on Saturday.

“This is what we are all playing for and we are grateful for the big crowd we had last weekend, including all the support from our fellow Eastern Bay clubs.”

Preparing well will be the focus this week at training and Ranapia said it would then be “up to each individual player to come to Saturday’s game with the mindset to give 150 percent”.

The Baywide division one match between Paroa and Judea kicks off at 2.45pm at Lawson Park in Paroa.

Farmlands Co-operative Baywide semi-final results

Premier 1:

  • Te Puna 33, Greerton Marist 31
  • nauranga Sports 49, Te Puke Sports 32.

Premier 1 Development:

  • Te Puna 49, Rangataua 7
  • Te Puke Sports 36, Tauranga Sports 27

Premier 2:

  • Te Teko 15, Waikite 0
  • Marist St Michael’s 24, Arataki 22

Premier 2 Development:

  • Ngongotaha 29, Marist St Michael’s 13
  • Te Teko 22, Opotiki 12

Baywide division 1:

  • Paroa 18, Reporoa 10
  • Judea 18, Murupara 17

Baywide Division 2:

  • Katikati 92, Galatea/Waimana 17
  • Edgecumbe 37, Eastern Districts 11.

Edgecumbe to face challenging away final

EDGECUMBE’s 37-11 win over Eastern Districts in the Baywide division 2 rugby semi-final has set the side up for a challenging final against Katikati this Saturday.

Team manager Parekura Hale said the two sides were evenly matched, making for a great game to watch.

“That’s the semis done and dusted,” he said.

“We did all the small things really well and the big things just followed and gave us the win.

“Standout player for the day was winger Raymond Luke, who dotted down four times. He found a fair bit of space and displayed his brilliance.”

The side came away from the game with just one minor injury, to halfback Dwayne Tauranga, “but he should be right for this Saturday, against Katikati,” said Hale.

Katikati and Edgecumbe drew 29-all in their last game, a couple of weeks ago, and Hale is expecting his side to work hard to improve from that result.

“We are playing away this weekend, and that’s always not so easy – but hopefully we’re due for a good result away.”