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Tuesday July 11 2017
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PROUD PLAYERS: St Thomas’ under-12 blue and under-13 teams hold the challenge shields for their grades with an eye to hold on to them for the final three games in the regular season. PHOTO: BRENDAN BIGGS
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St Thomas’ junior sides try The Automotive Lamp Specialists for double the silverware By Andrew King TWO ST Thomas’ junior rugby teams now hold shields in their competitions and are looking to get their names etched on them at the end of the season. The under-12 blue team won their shield last week from Christchurch red, who had held it for most of the season. The under-13 team won the shield in the first game of the season and have successfully defended it for 11 weeks.
Saturday was no exception with St Bede’s defaulting. The shields were created in 2005 and it is the first time St Thomas’ teams have held both of them at the same time. A glance at the names etched on them shows no school has held them both at the end of the season, something the college wants to change. There are three more games in the regular season and, if they can hold on to the shields for those, the teams will have
their names engraved, then lock the shields away until next season. The shields are not defended during the finals. School sports coordinator Neville Brooker said it is a great thing for the future of rugby at the college. “Junior rugby is very strong (and), as a school, we have decided to put a lot of time and coaching resource into this age group to try and develop the rugby players from a young age,” he said.
CHARGE: St Thomas’ Calais Timoteo fended off the attacking Christchurch players as his team defended the shield again. PHOTO: BRENDAN BIGGS
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