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Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Club Rugby Semi Finals Preview

Thursday, July 19, 2018
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For the past 18 weeks, our 34 Baywide Clubs have been battling it out for the right to contest the various Farmlands Co-operative competition finals and this weekend see’s the top four sides in each division progress to the semi finals.

Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Premier 1 Semi Finals:
Te Puke Sports have led the way throughout the second round and their place at the top of the table means that a win this weekend and they’ll host the final next Saturday. Mount Maunganui scraped into fourth spot by the fact that they beat Whakarewarewa during round robin play as both teams finished equal on 20 points.

The other stand out team of this competition, second placed Te Puna host third placed Tauranga Sports in what rounds out an all Western Bay affair. Even though Tauranga Sports lost last week to Whakarewarewa, the two bonus points they managed to salvage from the game saw them hold onto third spot.

Incidentally, in the Development semi finals, the same four clubs finished in the exact same positions on their table to be able to play curtain raisers for their Premier teams.

Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Premier 2 Semi Finals:
The Premier 2 competition was a very tight competition with only six points separating the top four. First placed Te Teko will host Arataki, who earned fourth place with a win over Ngongotaha last week and second placed Opotiki will host third placed Rangiuru at Princes reserve.

In the development 2 competition, Rangiuru, who finished seecond and earned the right to host their semi final against Opotiki, have decided to allow Opotiki to host this game so that both development teams could play before their Premier teams at the one venue. This enables both clubs to have all their supporters at the one venue for what should be two very exciting games.

The other Development 2 semi final is between top of the table Ngongotaha and fourth placed te Teko to be played at Ngongotahaha Domain.

Baywide Premier Women’s Semi Finals:
On Sunday, the top four teams in the Baywide Premier Womens competition battle it out for a spot in the final.

Competition leaders Rangataua host last years winners Waikite. Head coach paul Pou comments, “ This week we are preparing as if this is our final. WE are playing last year champs and if we want to be in the final then we need to come prepared mentally for a battle which is what I am expecting. Semi-final rugby is a different ball game and if you are not mentally prepared then it could be the winning and losing of a game.

Our key focus this week is making sure our players are mentally prepared for this battle. We have a few new things we want to try also. We will go about our normal preparation this week, we can’t afford to look any further than next week for us so we have play this game with focus and executing our game plan well.

Our premier men’s team will be behind our women’s team this weekend as they have been all year. They will be preparing our kai for our manuhiri after the game. The club have been supportive over the past 2 years and there has been huge learning for all involved with the journey thus far. To host a semi-final is always an honour and you want to be playing finals rugby in front of your supporters. There will be a huge vibe this weekend and the ladies I am sure would be very excited about this weekend also. The last semi-final that was held at our club the Men’s team took out the championships so hopefully a bit of their luck rubs off onto our team. In saying this, you work hard for your luck also and that is what we will be doing this weekend.”

Waikite head Coach Shane Head comments, “We will be concentrating on what we do well, which is to keep the ball in hand, you our big forwards and big Centre to crash it up close. Our main focus will be to not give them any opportunities to counter attack off our mistakes, so ball retention is the key focus. No silly kicking the ball away for their speedy wingers to run it back at us. To remain composed, our ladies will simply take a breath, absorb any pressure that is applied to us and enjoy the moment before re-focusing on what our aims are for the match.”

In the other match, seocnd placed Rangiuru take on third placed Whakarewarewa.

While the two winners will battle it out next week for the premiership, both losers will have to duke it out in a third and fourth play off, for seedings heading into the inaugural Battle of the Kaimai’s the following week.

Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Semi Finals and Finals Draw:

Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Premier 1 Semi Finals:

Saturday 21 July
Kick-off: 2.45pm

Te Puke Sports v Mount Maunganui Sports at Murray Salt Stadium
Te Puna v Tauranga Sports at Maramatanga Park

Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Premier 1 Semi Finals:

Saturday 21 July
Kick-off: 1.00pm

Te Puke Sports v Mount Maunganui Sports at Murray Salt Stadium
Te Puna v Tauranga Sports at Maramatanga Park

Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Premier 2 Semi Finals:

Saturday 21 July
Kick-off: 2.45pm

Te Teko v Arataki at Dunderdale Park
Opotiki v Rangiuru at Princess Street Reserve

Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Premier 2 Development Semi Finals:

Saturday 21 July
Kick-off: 1.00pm

Ngongotaha v Te Teko at Ngongotaha Domain
Rangiuru v Opotiki at Princess Street Reserve, Opotiki

Baywide Premier Women’s Semi Finals:

Sunday 22 July
Kick-off 1.00pm

Rangataua v Waikite at Te Ariki Park
Rangiuru v Whakarewarewa at Centennial Park

Baywide Premier Women’s 5th and 6th Play-off:

Sunday 22 July
Kick-off 1.00pm

Waimana v Rotoiti at Waimana Domain

Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Division 1 Semi Finals:

Saturday 21 July
Kick-off: 2.45pm

Ruatoki v Paroa at Tuhoe Park
Kahukura v Judea at Kuirau Park

Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Division 2 Final:

Saturday 21 July
Kick-off: 2.30pm

Reporoa v Katikati at Reporoa

Senior Reserves Semi Finals:

Saturday 21 July
Kick-off: 1.00pm

Tauranga Sports v Te Puna at Tauranga Domain
Ruatoki v Greerton Marist at Tuhoe Park

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