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Sumner Win Back to Back
Sumner polished off an incredible season, with an 18-0 win over University on Saturday, in the CBS Canterbury Division 2 Trophy Final, at St Leonards Square.
Although Coach Scott Robertson said the rugby wasn’t the best they’ve played, the win was just the icing on the cake of what has been an exceptional season couple of years for the team. Scott says they made it their goal to make it back to back wins, and look more at the stats side of things and try and better their points for and against in comparison to last season, which is exactly what they did.
The Sumner Wave finished the 2008 Season, scoring a total of 682 points, with only 97 scored against them. This year they have finished the season with a total of 715 points on the board, and only 88 points scored against them. So not only have they achieved their back to back competition wins and their statistical goals, but they have clocked up a staggering 39 consecutive wins over the last two seasons!
With such success, the obvious next step would be to look towards making the step up to Division 1 next year. Scott says while this is in their minds, there are a number of factors they need to take into account will they consider the idea over the next few months. For one, they have a number of players in their late 30s and would therefore need to look at recruitment over the off-season, along with building a stronger base, in particular, a competitive Division 2 and Colts side. But this is something the Sumner Club will be seriously looking towards for next year.
Scott credits his co-coach John Tainui for the great season they’ve had, and says he has had a phenomenal influence on the team’s success, along with experience of players like Marc Pringle, Tom Gilmour, Robbie Timo and Shane Cowles. He was also pleased to have young up-and-coming player Ryan Kimber on board this year, who was a great asset to their front row, after their Sumner Colts side pulled out, just prior to the start of the competition.
Scott also paid tribute to the efforts of the club as a whole this year, and particularly the hard work they have put in to keeping the junior players coming through.
Unfortunately their Division 3 and Classics sides, which were also in finals last Saturday, could not overcome their opposition and add silverware to the cabinet. Christchurch defeated Sumner in the CBS Canterbury Division 3 Final 23-0 at Christchurch Park, and the Sumner Sharks (Classics) were narrowly defeated by Marist Albion in the Plate Final, 17-13.
In other results, the Sydenham Cavaliers Division 4 side continued their 100% winning streak for the season, with a convincing win over HSOB, 31-13, and the Belfast Munchers won the Classics Trophy, beating the Sydenham Saracens in a very close final, 10-7.
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