Climax coming for shield

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Friday, June 26

Week 13 of the Oamaru Liquorland Citizens Shield will see Excelsior host Kurow, Valley entertain Athletic Marist and Maheno welcomes the Old Boys.

Last weekend’s fixtures produced the shock of the season so far as Kurow prevailed over previously unbeaten Old Boys in a 20-12 mudfest, while Maheno, which has yet to achieve a win this season, pushed third place Athies to the brink in a 34-32 thriller and Excelsior affirmed their shield winning credentials with a 68-25 demolition of Valley.

With the top four now established, and Old Boys comfortably at the table’s summit, the battle for second place and a more favourable play-off tie will be tightly contested over the next three fixtures.

By James Ford

PHOTO: JAMES FORD – Excelsior will face a tough test against Kurow, but were in fine form last weekend with a convincing 68-25 win over Valley at the Whitestone Contracting Stadium. Pictured is Blues wing Josh Bailey in action against Valley’s Steve McLachlan.

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