Week 10 of the Oamaru Liquorland Citizens Shield offered a stalemate, an upset and a formality as Maheno and Excelsior took wins while Old Boys and Athletic Marist couldn’t be separated at Whitestone contracting Stadium.
Old Boys’ only loss of the campaign came in a tightly contested 28-24 battle against Athies in April, but Saturday’s clash was even closer in an 8-8 draw.
The holders’ relentless attacking game was not enough to pierce the firm Athletic defence that continued to soak up pressure throughout the tie.
Athies coach Campbell MacKenzie praised his side’s gutsy defensive display but did not believe his team played to the level that they are capable of.
“Not a bad result. They had all of the ball, we defended most of the game,” he said.
” We couldn’t get any of our attacking structures in but our defence held out.
“We didn’t really play well at all. They threw everything at us but we didn’t really get out of second gear.”
Maheno offered up the shock of the round with a 21-10 win over Valley for the green and blacks’ third win of the season.
Coach Josh Clarke said his side’s collective defensive effort was the catalyst for the win.
“Our defence was the clinical point of the whole game,” he said.
“We just held them out. Hopefully we can carry on now, with the guys staying confident.”
Excelsior downed Kurow 24-10 in a defensively sound performance from both sides.
Excelsior picked up a bonus point as Kurow remained winless but Blues coach Jason Forrest praised the home side’s efforts.
“It was a good game of footy to be involved in,” he said.
“Both teams defended well. We made a lot of tackles in the second half.
“In Kurow, the crowd gets right in behind them. They’re a tough team and very committed.”
By JAMES FORD
PHOTO: JAMES FORD – Old Boys forward Ralph Darling in possession on Saturday.