Wilson, Palmer stars of North Otago under-14 team

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Nice work . . . North Otago under-14 rugby players (from left) Marshall Palmer, Logan Wilson and Blain Hamilton are all smiles after winning their last game of the season. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Remember the names Logan Wilson and Marshall Palmer.

The youngsters were two stars in a promising North Otago under-14 rugby team that finished its season with a 35-28 win over Ashburton on Sunday.

Wilson, the oldest son of Citizens Shield-winning Maheno coach Mark Wilson, had a remarkable campaign at first five-eighth.

Wilson junior was “unstoppable” coach Mark Robertson said.

“He scored 10 tries and converted most of them from anywhere on the field.”

Wilson ended the season with three tries and four conversions in a 39-28 loss to Ellesmere in Ashburton, and a try and five conversions in the win over Ashburton.

Palmer, the captain, was dominant in the lineout and around the field, Robertson said.

Cameron Swann, Will Knight and Henry Guerin shone in defence, making tackle after tackle and driving attackers back to inspire the rest of the team, and Mike Symes was “the ultimate team man” in games and training sessions.

The North Otago under-16 team is playing in Christchurch.

Seven North Otago girls helped the Hanan Shield secondary schoolgirls team to arguably its greatest season. The team, a combination of players from North Otago, South Canterbury and Mid Canterbury, finished a close second at the South Island tournament in Christchurch.

Wins over bigger unions Otago, Tasman and Southland were accompanied by a 15-12 loss to eventual champion Canterbury.

While the talk of the tournament was the performance of the Te Moananui triplets – Chloe, Jamee and Erana – from Mount Hutt College, the North Otago players all had their moments.

Fullback Cheyenne Cunningham scored two tries in the 22-7 win over Otago, and flanker Morgan Henderson added a try in the same game.

The other North Otago players in the team were Lucy Crabbe, Bridget Crabbe, Lusi Fifita, Lesina Fonua and Ngaire Fariu.