Sunday, July 9, 2017
In an impressive final between Tauranga West and Te Puke, it went down to the wire but it was Te Puke who came out on top with a 26-21 win.
It appeared to be a game of two halves with Te Puke scoring from all areas of the field in the first half to lead Tauranga West 19-7 at half time.
The second half Tauranga West were impressive and their first five eight was superb under pressure securing conversions from all areas. With five minutes to play Tauranga West took the lead at 21-19. However a Te Puke converted try in the corner was to be the deciding factor for the 2017 Tai Mitchell Final.
In other results, Rotorua Maroon were commanding in their win over Rangitaiki to take home the Bill Murray Trophy with a 56-12 victory.
Tai Mitchell Shield Final:
Te Puke 26 v Tauranga West 21
Tai Mitchell 3rd and 4th Play Off:
Tauranga East 25 v Opotiki 10
Tai Mitchell 5th and 6th Play Off:
Whakatane 24 v Tauranga North 17
Bill Murray Trophy Final:
Rotorua Maroon 56 v Rangitaiki 12
Bill Murray 3rd & 4th Play Off:
Rotorua Gold 34 v Galatea 15