Waimate climbed back into Hamersley Cup semifinal contention with a 20-16 win over defending champions Celtic. For Waimate, lock Dion Glenie played well in his 100th senior game as his side ground out an important victory, defending well in the final minutes.
Celtic travelled to Manchester Park with the news of the tragic death of their young hooker Jimmy Bown.
Celtic were always going to find it tough after hearing of Brown’s death, but after a team meeting they decided to travel south.
Coach Nigel Walsh said it was a big call to but “the boys wanted to play”.
Walsh said his side had its opportunities but didn’t make the most of them.
“We went for the tap and run rather than penalties but it just didn’t work out.”
Waimate were up 13-10 at the break and stayed in front despite Celtic’s best efforts.
For Waimate, blindside Mosese Aho scored a very good try and, although raw, showed he has the potential to be a very good footballer.
Kurt Rooney put in a polished performance at first-five, while Theo Davidson also impressed after starting at halfback, while in the forwards, Jock Hayman, Jamie Engelbreht and Toko Fakatava also worked hard.
A dropkick near the end of the match allowed Celtic to scrape through for a one point victory over an unlucky Waimate side who went down 22 – 21.
Waimate beat TBHS Mustangs 55 – 13
Waimate lost to Geraldine 26 – 41