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Luisetti Seeds Division 1 - Update
Oxford have maintained their unbeaten run in the Luisetti Seeds Combined Country competition, while fellow table-toppers Kaiapoi slipped up at home against Darfield.
Kaiapoi was leading section two, along with Methven, until losing by one-point in the final minute on Saturday.
Oxfordleads section one comfortably, with Rakaia seven points adrift, after beating Prebbleton 16-10.
Perennial finalists Lincoln and Glenmark occupy the third and fourth spots respectively.
Competition newcomers Ohoka and Dunsandel-Irwell are holding their own.
Ohoka has two wins from seven games, and Dunsandel-Irwell two wins from eight games.
Oxfordcoach Donald Smith credits the mix of new blood and old hands for his side’s success.
“In most positions, everyone knows what they’re doing. Everyone has stepped up, basically,” he says.
“About 65 per cent of the team is from last year, and the new fellas coming add a bit more excitement.”
The team’s aim will be to make their first combined final, but they are well aware of the vagaries of finals rugby after losing last year’s North Canterbury final against Kaiapoi in the dying minutes.
For that reason, Donald says Glenmark and Lincoln cannot be written off.
“They’re still pretty strong teams,” he says.
Glenmark proved this with a 27-12 win against Dunsandel-Irwell, while Lincoln stumbled to a 3-all draw with Celtic in Ashburton.
In other matches, Rakaia beat Southern 31-15, Southbridge beat Saracens 34-7, West Melton beat Ohoka 33-25, Ashley beat Waihora 43-24, and Burnham beat Hampstead 35-18.
In another boost for the country rugby, Luisetti Seeds has taken over as the major sponsor of all division one competitions in the Mid Canterbury Union, and North Canterbury and Ellesmere Sub Unions.
Canterbury Rugby Football Union chief executive Hamish Riach says he is delighted to have a Canterbury-owned and operated family company on board.
“The Luisetti family and Luisetti Seeds have made a significant contribution to rugby in Rangiora and North Canterbury over five generations, and it is fitting that Canterbury Country division one teams will compete for the Luisetti Seeds Cup,” he says.
North Canterburydivision one teams will compete for the Luisetti Seeds Hunnibell Memorial Trophy.
This cup is named after Richard and Max Luisetti’s grandfather, Alf Hunnibell, who was the secretary of the North Canterbury Rugby Sub Union, the North Canterbury Club and managed the North Canterbury senior team for many years.
This cup has been competed for since 1968 and is presented to the winner of the second round of the North Canterbury competition.
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