Round Five of the Senior A club competition produced the closest results in every game so far, with the largest winning margin being two points and three other games settled by a one point margin. Thames and Cobras kept up their unbeaten runs while Coromandel also celebrated its first win of the season.
The top of the table clash between Waihou and Cobras in Te Aroha was a low scoring affair with Waihou restricting Cobras to two tries and denying them a four try bonus point for the first time this year. Winger Jordan May, who has been playing in midfield recently and centre Alex Robinson were the Cobras try scorers while Liam Shields added two conversions. Cobras, in turn, kept Waihou down to one try, scored by fullback, Ryan Waite. First five Sam Blatchford converted the try and kicked two penalties as Cobras won 14-13.
Going into their match at Whitianga in third and fourth place respectively, Thames preserved its perfect start to the year by holding out a determined home team in the dying stages of the match. Outscored four tries to three by Mercury Bay, Thames had the trusty boot of Jarrod Goodall to thank for keeping them in front. Starting at first five, Goodall booted two penalties to give the visitors a handy six point lead early on before hooker Ethan Brear scored for the home side followed by Regan Crosland soon after. Ryan Kelleher replied for Thames with two tries but a third try to Mercury Bay by Maui Paurini closed the gap until Thames prop Sitiveni Tuopo scored their third try. Goodall added a third penalty but Mercury Bay scored another converted try by Trent Hill to set up a nail biting finish as Thames won 26-24.
Hauraki North and Waihi Athletic had both won one and lost two of their games heading into their showdown at Waitakaruru. Sitting level on seven points each on the table both sides needed the win. It was another close match with the lead changing hands several times. Ricky Wathne scored for Hauraki North, Brooke Campbell converted and added five penalties for a personal haul of seventeen points. Jerome Hill scored two tries for Waihi, Dylan Horn converted one and kicked a penalty. Fullback Jesse Dodunski also kicked a penalty but flanker Matt Hart had the last say as his try, two or three minutes from the end gave Waihi Athletic a 23-22 victory.
The after affects of Cyclone Cook were still being felt in the Coromandel area as traffic hold ups caused the start of the Coromandel v Whangamata fixture to be put back by half an hour.
Whangamata scored first with a Jake Comer penalty and then a try to Chaz Stevenson which Comer converted. Coromandel answered with a penalty to Rewiti Downes and a try to Hamish Stewart, converted by Downes. Locked at 10 all at the break, Whangamata scored another try to Paul Haenga but the conversion was unsuccessful. Coromandel couldn’t manage another try but Downes landed two more penalties to seal their first win of the season, 16-15.
Hauraki North remains unbeaten in the Senior B competition after a 24-12 win over Paeroa Old Boys at Waitakaruru. The bonus point win keeps them comfortably ahead of their nearest rivals, Waihi Athletic who had a big win against Ngatea by 46-12.
Home advantage may have paid off for Waihou as they beat Mercury Bay 35-6 in Te Aroha. The same can be said for the previously winless Cobras as they were far too strong for Thames, winning 30-19.