“Glen ‘Horse’ Townsend celebrated his 50th cap for Thames Valley with a crucial victory over Wairarapa Bush last Saturday. The Swampfoxes needed to win to give themselves a chance of playing Semi-Finals football and achieved this with the sort of form that saw them win their first 3 games in a row.
In squally conditions at Paeroa Domain the boys put together a performance that their supporters should be proud of. With David Harrison and Glen Walters swapping penalties the Swampfoxes went into the halftime break only 6 – 9 down having played into the wind. The second half continued in the same way however the crucial moment came in the 55th Minute when some great continuity work by the Valley boys created sustained pressure and with David Bason and Caleb Brown identifying space on the right side they put Kieran Ramage away for the crucial 5 pointer. Territory was key to achieving the win and with David Harrison kicking another 2 penalties the Swampfoxes did their bit winning 23 – 15 and netting the 4 points.
The only thing left was for Poverty Bay to overturn the form book and notch up their first win of the season as they took on King Country in Te Kuiti. With the Valley’s CEO and RDO annoying their King Country counterparts the news that all Valley supporters was waiting for finally came through and it was good for our boys as Poverty Bay defeated King Country 19 – 18 to ensure that the Swampfoxes will have a shot at the Lochore Cup.
all other results in – it was a scramble to try and work out who they would be playing. With South Canterbury finishing 5th in the Heartland Championship it means another trip to Timaru for the Valley in the Lochore Cup Semi-Final this coming Saturday.