Taieri have taken out the inaugural Maheno Sevens competition, following an enthralling 50-7 cup final tussle with Kaikorai at the Maheno Domain, while Old Boys flew the local flag by winning the plate.
In fine weather, Maheno, Valley, Old Boys, Kurow, Athletic, Alhambra-Union, Kaikorai, Green Island and Taieri locked horns for the $1000 prize on a true surface in what organisers hope will become an annual event.
Kurow were the last of the Citizens Shield teams in the cup competition, eventually being swept aside 33-7 by overall winners Taireri before going on to outgun Kaikorai in the final.
Old Boys proved too strong for Valley in a 24-14 all-local plate semi-final clash, while Athletic were beaten 26-12 by Green Island before the black and reds handed the Dunedin club a 36-0 hiding in the final.
Maheno president James Symes said he was pleased with the turnout and the level of rugby on show.
“I’m rapt. I don’t think it could have gone any better,” he said.
“It was really good, good to watch. It was hugely positive. There wasn’t anything disappointing.”
“I’ve never seen that many people at the Domain before. It was three cars deep and I think the weather played its part. (It was) fantastic, couldn’t have gone better.”
Turn to page 14 for more photos of the day’s action.
Maheno Sevens competition results:
Round one – Athletic 0 vs Old Boys 33, Alhambra Union 19 vs Taieri 21, Kurow 21 vs Green Island 0, Valley 7 vs Kaikorai 31.
Round two- Athletic 0 vs Alhambra Union 29, Old Boys 14 vs Taieri 24, Kurow 35 vs Maheno 0, Green Island 5 vs Kaikorai 38.
Round Three – Taieri 22 vs Athletic 17, Maheno 14 vs Green Island 38, Valley 0 vs Kurow 31, Old Boys 5 vs Alhambra Union 31.
Round four – Maheno 0 vs Kaikorai 52, Valley 10 vs Green Island 31.
Semi finals – Old Boys 24 vs Valley 14, Athletic 12 vs Green Island 26, Taireri 33 vs Kurow 7, Kaikorai 27 vs Alhambra Union 7.
Plate final – Old Boys 36 vs Green Island 0.
Cup final – Taieri 50 vs Kaikorai 7.
By JAMES FORD
PHOTO: JAMES FORD