Rugby wraps up

Ōtorohanga’s Gabriel Simpson scores a break away try against Morrinsville. Photo: Jeremy Smith

Waipā teams were to the fore at Memorial Park on Saturday when more than 20 teams from around the Waikato region, including Ōtorohanga, Te Awamutu and Kihikihi, converged on Cambridge for the Waikato Rugby club sevens.

Hamilton Old Boys and Melville were the premiership trophy winners in the last competitive games of the year.

Hautapu lost 29-17 to Hamilton Old Boys in the men’s premiership final, while Melville beat Hamilton Old Boys Huskies 19-12 in the women’s premiership final.

After going unbeaten throughout in three pool matches, Leamington beat Suburbs in the semifinals, before running out 42-0 winners against Te Rapa in the division 1 final.

It was Leamington’s fifth successive win in the division one competition and they were the only unbeaten side on the day.

Varsity won both the men’s and women’s championship finals beating Morrinsvile women 15-12 and Ōtorohanga men 31-12.

In the women’s competition, Melville, Hamilton Old Boys Huskies and Ōtorohanga went through pool play unbeaten and there was a surprise when Morrinsville beat Kihikihi.

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