SportsTalk: Weekend of rugby league ahead
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Written by Mel Bennett , General Manager - Upper Central Zone Rugby League
This Friday, the Western BOP Primary Schools Yr 5-6 9-a-side tournament is happening at Arataki Park, Mount Maunganui, in conjunction with Sport Bay of Plenty.
With 16 teams entered, 250 students and 500 expected spectators, it is set to be a full-on day of fun for the kids! The festival will be promoting the upcoming RLWC with NZRL attending and helping market this event on the day. Kick-off starts at 9.30am.
Then, this weekend will see Puketawhero Park buzzing with the Grand Finals this Saturday and Sunday. This season, both Bay of Plenty District and Coastline Rugby League Boards combined to facilitate a competition for the U14, U15, U17, Reserve and Premier Grades. The U15 grade also had the addition of Waikato Clubs.
Pacific Sharks will compete in the U13, U15, U17, Reserves and also Premier Grade. This is huge achievement for the Sharks having these four teams earn a spot in some closely fought encounters in last weekend’s semi.
Kick-off times are as follows:
Saturday 1pm – Pacific Sharks vs Otumoetai Eels
Saturday 3pm – Pikiao Warriors vs Pacific Sharks
Sunday 11am – 13s Pacific Sharks vs Waikite Kouras
Sunday 12.15pm – 14s Pikiao Warriors vs Otumoetai Eels
Sunday 1.30pm – 15s Pacific Sharks vs Turangawaewae (to be confirmed)
Sunday 3pm – 17s Pacific Sharks vs Pikiao Warriors
Other events coming to the Zone:
• Youth Nationals: October 1-6, Rotorua
• NZRL Premiership: Waikato Senior Men (two home games in Hamilton, September)
• Masters Games: Labour Weekend, Rotorua
• NZRL Junior 16s and 18s fixtures and dates to be confirmed in Rotorua.
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