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Weekend Sports Wrap: 31st May

It was a chilly start to the weekend, with the big rain on the way, but most sports managed to complete their match day before it hit on Saturday afternoon.


Football
The Waimak United Football club senior men’s team had a good 6-1 win down in Ashburton. They went down a goal early conceding a penalty, but then pulled two goals back, before losing a man to a straight red card. Despite this, they played some excellent football. Danny Loney finished with four goals, and Kamil El Mohib, a brace. The men’s reserve team played in wetter conditions a little earlier in the afternoon, winning 2-1. Jay Sorrano scored first, and Cameron McCracken scored a penalty for the second. Earlier in the day the women’s premier league team went down 1-7 to Cashmere Technical. Waimak’s goal was scored by young forward Charlotte Roche.


Rugby
It was the quarter final round for the Country combined Cup competition. Pool C winners Saracens faced Prebbleton in an intensely even affair, with Prebbleton winning by a solitary point 17-16. Kaiapoi are however through to the semifinals after their 32-14 win over Springston. Southbridge and Southern make up the other two semifinalists. In the trophy section, it will be an all North Canterbury final with Oxford defeating Waihora 33-24, and Glenmark Cheviot winning 38-10 over West Melton. Ohoka is through to the plate final after they defeated Hampstead 24-11, but Ashley were knocked out by Lincoln 14-28. Hurunui had a win in the plaque section 17-12 over Rolleston. Unfortunately, Woodend went down 21-39 to Rakaia.
The Kaiapoi Women’s rugby team have a solid 49-7 win over Lincoln University Hoggets.
The Rangiora High School 1st XV lost to Selwyn/Lincoln schools 10-23.


Netball
Amberley, Ohoka one, and the Rangiora High School senior A sides, remain unbeaten after the second round of the North Canterbury Netball Centre premier competition. Ohoka one defeated Central 34-28, Amberley had a big win 78-27 over Ohoka Two, and in the battle of the students, Rangiora High defeated Kaiapoi High 43-29. In the other premier match Kaiapoi overcame Oxford 55-40.


Rugby League
The Northern Bulldogs were beaten at home by the Linwood Keas 6-34. Josh Endacott scoring all of the Bulldogs points, with a try and a goal. They remain fourth on the Premiership ladder. In the reserve grade, the Ashburton Barbarians defaulted to the Bulldogs reserves.


Basketball
The North Canterbury men’s division one basketball team were defeated by Gators in the weekend 56-67. Logan Birnie top scored for North Canterbury with 15 points. The U23 men were also beaten, 80-105 by Pioneer, and in the U20 A grade North Canterbury Black were defeated 80-89 by St Thomas. The U20 development team defeated Pioneer 121-62. 
In the girls under 16 grade, North Canterbury Maroon beat Pioneer 60-25, and the Black team defeated Gators 75-60.

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