CRL YOUTH WRAP & WEEKEND PREVIEW
YOUTH WRAP – MAY 8-10
Canterbury Rugby League’s youth night competitions are in full swing, with the first round of 14s and 16s girls matches and second round of 14s, 16s and 18s boys fixtures unfolding earlier this week.
In Monday’s 16s boys matches, Linwood Keas defeated Hornby Panthers White 26-12 and fellow Round 1 winners Hornby Panthers Black accounting for Woolston Rams 42-6 at Ngā Puna Wai. Meanwhile, Celebration Lions followed up last week’s draw against Hornby White with a comprehensive 62-0 win over Papanui Tigers at Avonhead Park.
Hornby Panthers are the only unbeaten team in the 18s boys grade after claiming a 46-6 win over Papanui Tigers at Avonhead Park on Monday. Linwood Keas bounced back from their first-up loss to the Panthers with a 40-24 victory over Halswell Hornets at Ngā Puna Wai.
Riccarton Knights sit top of the table in the 14s boys grade as the only 2-0 team thanks to a 28-6 win against Linwood Keas on Wednesday. In the other two 14s clashes at Ngā Puna Wai, Hornby Panthers overwhelmed Eastern Eagles 50-10 and Sydenham Swans defeated Papanui Tigers 62-0.
The first round of 14s and 16s girls matches were played on Monday night at Crosbie Park and Murphy Park, respectively.
Both grades are non-competitive in 2023 but the initial instalment produced an impressive standard of rugby league.
WEEKEND PREVIEW – MAY 13-14
The Massetti Cup is nearing the halfway mark and Round 7 this weekend features three pivotal encounters, all kicking off a 2.45pm on Saturday.
Riccarton Knights are aiming for two in a row when they welcome Halswell Hornets to Crosbie Park after last week’s breakthrough win over Northern Bulldogs, who will strive to break a five-match losing streak in their home fixture against unbeaten premiers Linwood Keas at Murphy Park. Second-placed Hornby Panthers host second-placed Eastern Eagles at Leslie Park.
The seventh round of ISC Canterbury Cup matches – 1pm kick-off on Saturday – includes undefeated ladder leaders Greymouth Greyhounds coming off the bye to face Hornby Panthers at Leslie Park, and home games for Burnham Chevaliers, Ashburton Barbarians, Northern Bulldogs and Halswell Hornets.
Sunday’s CRL Women’s Premiership Round 5 matches are headlined by a second-versus-third clash between Woolston Rams and Sydenham Swans at Woolston Park, while Burnham Chevaliers host Eastern Eagles at Coronation Park. Both games get underway at 1pm.
Also this weekend, Hornby Panthers are staging their Women In League round, with the 18s girls season getting underway via the Panthers’ match against Linwood Keas at 12pm at Leslie Park (18s girls grade will usually be played on Monday nights).
Addington Magpies and Woolston Rams are both celebrating their Club Days on Saturday. In Saturday’s Presidents matches, the Magpies host Shirley Hawks at Spreydon Domain and the Rams play Hornby Panthers at Woolston Park – both games kicking off at 1pm.