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Rovers in Cup final
Semi success: Rovers celebrate after the final whistle.
Mucking in: Napier City Rovers
striker Stu Wilson slides in the mud
to attempt a tackle at Park Island in
Sunday's 2-1 Chatham Cup semi-
final win against Caversham.
Photos: John Cowpland/
Bluewater Napier City Rovers
fought back from a goal down at
halftime to edge out Dunedin's
Caversham 2-1 on Sunday and
secure a place in the final of the
Chatham Cup for the first time
since last winning the national
knockout competition in 2002.
After conceding an early goal,
Rovers got back on equal terms
early with a Stu Wilson penalty in
the 49th minute before Josh
Stevenson slotted home the event-
ual winner nine minutes later.
They had to survive some tense
periods towards the end, including
a nerve-wracking five minutes of
The cup final will be an all Cen-
tral League affair after Wairarapa
United booked a maiden final
appearance with a 1-0 upset win
over Bay Olympic in Auckland.
Four-time cup winners Rovers
were put under pressure early by
Caversham, who looked more at
home playing in the rain on the
sodden pitch at Bluewater
Stadium at Park Island.
The visitors had all the ball and
got off to the perfect start when
Evan Jones found the back of the
net in just the fourth minute.
Frustrated by a lack of pos-
session, Rover Matt Hastings
picked up the first yellow card of
the game after 15 minutes, but
then 10 minutes later had Rovers'
first real chance on goal, but his
free kick went wide of the posts.
Stevenson picked up another
yellow minutes later, but Rovers
had started to enjoy more pos-
session and Wilson almost
managed to curl one into the top
corner in the 32nd minute.
Rovers had two chances in the
shadow of halftime. Caversham
keeper Callum Flaws denied his
name to safely parry away a shot
from Stevenson on 40 minutes,
and a minute later a Matt Hast-
ings' free kick looked goal-bound,
puddle in front of the left post.
But it was a different Rovers
side in the second half, and when
Andy Pickering was chopped
down from behind inside the box,
Wilson calmly stepped up and
buried the penalty into the top left
of the net.
It was Fergus Neil who then
provided the cross from the right
for Stevenson to run on to the ball
in the penalty area and slot home
the winner in the 58th minute.
Caversham almost equalised in
the 66th minute when Ant
Hancock's shot hit the crossbar
with Rovers keeper Shaun Peta
well beaten. Peta then had to
endure an endless series of
Caversham corners curling
dangerously into his goal mouth
with the wind.
The five minutes of extra time
signalled by referee Nick Waldron
felt like an age for the Rovers fans
who had braved the inclement
weather, but Rovers held their
nerve to go through to the Cup
final which will be played on the
weekend of August 27 and 28 at a
venue to be decided this week.
Bluewater Napier City Rovers 2
(Stu Wilson, pen, 49th; Josh
Stevenson, 58th) def Caversham 1
(Evan Jones, 4th).
Meanwhile Maycenvale United
thrashed Palmerston North Marist
5-1 in the Central League on
Saturday. JoachimRande bagged a
double, with single goals to Marvin
Eakins, Leon Birnie and Greg
Boys' High prepares for hard battle
Pushing through: Big Hastings Boys' High prop Waven Hapi at training last
week in preparation for next week's 33rd National under-15 Secondary
Schools Rugby Tournament at Ellwood Park.
Tournament hosts, Hastings Boys'
High, and Napier Boys' High will
carry the hopes of Hawke's Bay at
the prestigious 33rd National
under-15 Secondary Schools
Rugby Tournament being played
at Ellwood Park in Hastings next
Hastings Boys' coach Byron
Cracknell said his players had put
in a great amount of effort and
hard work this year, but refrained
from talking up his side's chances.
With an early narrow loss to
Kelston Boys' things were looking
promising. After progressing
through the local tournament
undefeated, [we] struggled to
achieve the same results against
the much stronger Super 8
schools,'' he said.
Lack of depth, size, and con-
sistency seems to be the major
issues clouding us this year.''
But the coach was heartened by
the efforts shown in the recent
29-21 semifinal loss to St John's.
This game displayed the heart
and passion which were missing
earlier in the year but also showed
why our lineouts and kicking
ability have been our consistent
strengths throughout the season,''
The invitation-only tourna-
ment, featuring the best 16 junior
school rugby teams in the country,
starts at Elwood Park on Monday
Pool games will be played
Monday and Tuesday, with quar-
terfinals on Wednesday, semis on
Thursdays with the final on
In its pool games, Hastings
Boys' takes on Hamilton Boys'
High at 9.30am on Monday morn-
ing, before another tough assign-
ment at 2pm that afternoon when
they take on defending champions
Christchurch Boys' High.
They play New Plymouth at
11am on Tuesday morning.
If any parents or members of
the public are able to help by
becoming a team liaison manager
during the tournament, please
contact Te Ahu Teki on 06
Hastings Boys' High squad:
Forwards: Jo Walding-
Karaitiana, Dwain Te Ariki, Cody
Tamati, Waven Hapi, Kerry
Vaiusu, Kahn Wilkins, Reuben
Papuni, Conner Macklow, Thomas
Hulena, Len-Juane M Rossiter,
Eugene Sandilands, Teina Huia.
Backs: Daniel Gemmel, Jack
Jensen, Shaun Fannin, Jacob
Henry, Karauria Horne, Lexus
Greening, Terry Vaiusu, Paul
Taunoa, Josh Toia, Benji Cowan.
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