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That's the spirit . . . Former Union and Valley players gather before a golden oldies game as part of the Union club's 60th anniversary celebrations at the weekend. PHOTO: DAVE BOYLE

North Otago came within a whisker of a famous win when it held women’s rugby powerhouse Otago University to a 17-17 draw at Maheno on Saturday.

Rising star Cheyenne Cunningham scored the match-levelling try with 10 minutes to play but was unable to land the conversion.

The North Otago forwards were immense, shunting their vaunted opponents around the field and eventually forcing the referee to switch to golden oldies scrums.

It was 0-0 at halftime as the sides effectively cancelled each other out.

Catarina Antunes and Leah Slee scored the other tries for North Otago, which heads to Dunedin to play Pirates this weekend.

It was another frustrating weekend for the two Oamaru First XV sides in the Otago premier schools competition.

Waitaki Boys’ High School produced arguably its poorest performance of the season to slump to a 32-21 loss to South Otago High School at Milner Park.

Waitaki led 14-7 at one stage but struggled to cope with the South Otago forward pack. The loss leaves Waitaki, which hosts struggling Kavanagh College this weekend, in fifth place.

St Kevin’s College struggled against defending champion John McGlashan College, losing 68-3 at Murrayfield.

St Kevin’s, sitting seventh, has a massive clash against sixth-placed Mt Aspiring College in Oamaru this weekend.

Plenty of tall tales were told at the Union club’s 60th anniversary celebrations at Ngapara at the weekend.

After a Friday-night get-together, the club’s juniors all played at their home ground in glorious conditions on Saturday, and former Union players joined their Valley comrades for a golden oldies game in the afternoon.

Organising committee member Reg Direen said about 150 people, from as far afield as Christchurch and Invercargill, attended the celebrations. A highlight was the auction of 15 special Union jerseys. They went for an average of $500, Mr Direen said, and proceeds would be invested back into the club.