Monday, 26 August 2013

Gwynne Shield Rugby

By Jake
The first week of the school holidays I had a thrilling week of full on representative rugby from Sunday to Sunday. I played a game of rugby each day of the week and all the games were held in Cambridge.

The Gwynne Shield tournament is administered by the Waikato Primary School Committee.  Children are selected into teams based on the school that they attend (not clubs they play for). Waikato Central Rugby administers the 4 Hamilton teams - they are Eagles, Tigers, Panthers and Wasps.  I represented the Hamilton Eagles.

Before the Gwynne Shield competition there were trials held in Hamilton to select the best players. This was held every Sunday over three weeks. The Eagles are made up of 12 schools from around Hamilton.  There were about 35 boys who trialled and 12 didn't make it.  I was very pleased to get in to the team.  One of the rules was that you had to be 57 kg and under.  I weighed 48 kg!

The Gwynne Shield are made up of 10 teams from all around the Waikato from as far north as Huntly to Tokoroa. The teams were split up into 2 pools - A and B.  Hamilton Eagles was in Pool A. We won 7 out of 8 games, but came 5th overall. 

The toughest  team of the competition were the Hamilton Wasps, who had won the competition 2 years in a row.  The first half of the game they dominated.  We dominated the second half but their defence was too good for us to get another try.  I was the only try scorer in our game against the Wasps.  Sadly we lost the game, our only loss for the whole tournament.  The finalist teams were the Tritons (Tokoroa), and Morrinsville.  It was good tight game, and it was a great game to watch. But in the end the Tritons won and were the champions of the 2013 Gwynne Shield tournament.

At the end of the 8 day tournament I was proud of myself for accomplishing a whole week of rugby and competing against really tough guys.  I made heaps of friends and enjoyed the experience and to be able to represent my school.

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