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‘Eke’ show mettle in comeback win

UNRESTRAINED JOY: The Eketahuna squad celebrate their comeback victory over Gladstone on Saturday, after what was a difficult week for the team and coach.
UNRESTRAINED JOY: The Eketahuna squad celebrate their comeback victory over Gladstone on Saturday, after what was a difficult week for the team and coach.

True grit should be the catch-cry of the Eketahuna Rugby Club after its senior side pulled out all the stops to clinch the Wairarapa-Bush Rugby Union’s Tui Cup grand final on Saturday.

The premier side’s gutsy comeback win over Gladstone at Memorial Park, Masterton, was more than just a competition win, it was a tribute to all the players who have represented the club over its 125-year history, a milestone the club celebrated this year.

What’s more it came at the end of a fairly difficult week, a week in which the partner of team coach Wayne Roache was injured in a car crash tragedy that claimed the life of a teenage driver.

SENIOR A CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL – TUI CUP:

Eketahuna 33  Nathan Ebbett 2, Sam Monaghan, Paul Tiko 2, Tom Meuli con 2 pen

Gladstone 16   Tim Griffith try, Andrew Fell 3 pen con


SENIOR A PLATE FINAL – HODDER STEFFERT CUP:

East Coast 10 Utah Walker, Byron Karaitiana tries,

Martinborough 17 Nathan Hunt, Nathan Kapene, Josh Hawkins tries, Tipi Haira Con    


SENIOR RESERVE CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL – RYAN CUP:

Martinborough 27

Pioneer 19        Jonte Miller, Rex Rimene, Te Kaaho Henare tries, Hoani Peacock 2 con


SENIOR RESERVE PLATE FINAL – PRESIDENT’S CUP:

Tuhirangi 41   Bruce McKenzie, Peter Mehlhopt, Nick Smith, Ryan Sewell, Isaac Vollebregt, Joel Milne tries, Ken Aburn Con, Bradley Legge 4 Con PG

Gladstone 0

– WAIRARAPA TIMES-AGE


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