Student Horizons North Harbour Schools Rugby League Competition U/85kgPremiered on Monday night SKY TV
The first round of Monday Night Footy didn’t disappoint, with great games of rugby league played at Mt Smart Stadium and screened live on SKY Sport. To kick things off from the Student Horizons North Harbour Competition (U85 kg) played between Orewa and Whangaparaoa Colleges.Both schools brought a passionate group of supporters with them, who more than made up for in noise what they lacked in numbers. As the play went from end to end so did the screaming and cheering, which no doubt kept Whangaparaoa mentally in the game. They scored first with a penalty kick to their number 12 James Sokolich Beatson, and then worked tirelessly to score again.Unfortunately their efforts went largely unrewarded with Orewa establishing their dominance and going on to score 28 unanswered points before Whangaparaoa, still being cheered on by their crowd, scored a lovely try right by the posts which was coverted, taking the score to 28 – 8.Orewa gave Whangaparaoa a further chance by being offside from the kick off but they defended their error stoutly and eventually scored two further tries and a conversion finishing convincing 40 -8 point winners.If the beaming smiles and positive comments from their friends and family alike were any guide, bringing these young players to Mt Smart to play on the big stage at night and under lights was a huge success. The spectacle didn’t disappoint the home viewers either, with very positive comments made about the game itself and also the future of the game in schools.
Orewa 40: Mitchell Eades (2), Taylor Morgan, Danny Slater (2), Simon Anderson, Rocco Hill, Jordan Waterworth tries; Jake Foster (3) conversions.
Whangaparaoa 8: Justin Koia try; Trent Mayes conversion; James Sokolich Beatson penalty