With the club season winding down, Club Finals Day is just around the corner. Next Saturday, July 31st, Petone Recreation Ground plays host once again, this year with five finals on display.
With finalists still to be decided, competition in this weekend’s semi-finals will be tighter than ever coming off the back of atrocious conditions last weekend.
Club Finals Day is not only the pinnacle of the season for most teams and players, but it is also a chance to celebrate the achievements of each team making it to the big dance. There will be a very family friendly atmosphere so you can bring the whole family along, with food and drink also available for purchase throughout the day.
The main event of the day is the Jubilee Cup final. While teams are still fighting it out for their spot, there is no doubt this match will be just as hotly contested as in previous years. While 2020 champions Old Boys University have been knocked out, there is still a chance for last years’ finalists Northern United to go one better.
In the other Premier final, the Hardham Cup, defending champions Wainuiomata will have the chance to retain the title if they secure a win in their semi-final this weekend.
For those who can not make it to the ground, live scoring updates from all finals will be available via the Tribe app. In addition to this, Te Upoko Radio will be live with updates throughout the day, a live stream of the Jubilee Cup is TBC.
The three other finals scheduled for the day are the U85kg Division 1 and Division 2 finals, respectively known as the Paul Potiki Memorial Shield and Tony O’Brien Shield, and the Premier 2 Division 1 final for the Ed Chaney Cup.
Three grades have already played their finals last weekend, with both the Colts Division 1 and 2 finals, as well as the Reserve Grade Division 1 final.
Played in the worst conditions all season, the Colts Division 1 final between Petone and Old Boys University Green was moved to the Hutt Rec. Playing for the John E Kelly Memorial Cup, 80 minutes of rugby couldn’t separate the teams, finishing 18-all, the match required a further 20 minutes of extra time. Old Boys University came out victorious, snatching a 25-21 victory to win their fourth consecutive title.
In the Division 2 final, Paremata-Plimmerton made the trip over the Haywards to Maidstone Park to take on Upper Hutt, where once again, the visiting side came away with the title, an 18-13 win to take home the Vic Calcinai Memorial Cup.
The third final of the day was the Reserve Grade Division 1 final for the John Davies Cup. Undefeated through the season, the Oriental Rongotai Vatos hosted the Ponkeke Ruffnuts at the Polo Ground. The Vatos victorious 38-10, icing on the cake for the Vatos, a perfect end to a perfect season.
The schedule for Finals Day will be confirmed on Monday 26 July.