Appalling weather conditions meant the much anticipated “sea of red and white” at Hautapu’s Memorial Park in Cambridge on Saturday was more a small wave – but those who did participate, made a notable difference.
Hautapu juniors from hockey, netball and rugby formed a guard of honour for the premier and senior B rugby sides who both played, and beat, Ōtorohanga.
The premiers won 27-10 and the senior Bs sneaked home 21-20, no doubt boosted by the support from the sideline.
The under 21 team was also supposed to play but Waitete defaulted the match.
Hautapu Sports junior rugby director Josh Bull said it was a special day for all players.
The grin on captain Hamilton Burr’s face as he ran through the guard of honour showed how important it was to him.
After the run through the juniors were treated to sausages, bread, chips and a drink at the northern end of the ground.
Hautapu finished Saturday’s Waikato senior club rugby in the top four after Te Awamutu was beaten 22-21 by University.
The 2020 champions beat Ōtorohanga 27-10.
It was the second week in succession that Te Awamutu had lost by the odd point.
Fraser Tech’s 65-5 win over Melville sent them back to the top of the table because Hamilton Marist fell 34-31 at Matamata.
Old Boys – the only side to celebrate a win this season over Tech, remained third thanks to a 24-15 win over Morrinsville.
In the first division Leamington fell further off the pace, losing 17-8 at Suburbs, but Pirongia and Ōhaupō both won to keep the pressure on competition leaders, Tokoroa’s Southern United.
Waikato Draught Premiership, Fraser Tech 65 Melville 5 (Stag Trophy), Hautapu 27 Otorohanga 10, Morrinsville Sports 15 Hamilton Old Boys 24 (Ron Crawford Memorial Trophy), United Matamata Sports 34 Hamilton Marist 31, University 22 Te Awamutu 21. Premiership B, Fraser Tech 10 Melville 25, Hautapu 21 Otorohanga 20, Morrinsville Sports 14 Hamilton Old Boys 20, United Matamata Sports 7 Hamilton Marist 42, University 25 Te Awamutu 14.
Gallagher Women’s Premiership Semi Finals, HOB Huskies 63 Otorohanga 5, Melville 15 Kihikihi 5. Championship Semi Finals, Hamilton Marist 14 University 34, Putaruru 18 Southern United 26. Friendly, Taupiri 14 Fraser Tech 36.
Lonestar Hamilton Division 1, Hinuera 19 Southern United 27, Pirongia 22 Te Rapa 5, Putaruru 22 Ohaupo 34, Suburbs 17 Leamington 8, Taupiri 47 Frankton 14. Division 1B, Pirongia 35 Te Rapa 43, Putaruru 40 Ohaupo 19, Suburbs 10 Leamington 15, Taupiri 32 Frankton 12.
Under 85kg, Fraser Tech 0 Hamilton Marist 11, Leamington 5 Melville 39, Hamilton Old Boys defaulted to Morrinsville Sports.
Colts, Fraser Tech 20 Te Awamutu Sports 15, Hautapu beat Waitete by default, Leamington 28 Pirongia 17, Morrinsville Sports 0 Hamilton Old Boys 24, United Matamata Sports 15 Hamilton Marist 50.
Division 2, Hamilton Old Boys beat Kihikihi by default, Jaradites defaulted to Hamilton Marist, Kereone 22 Raglan 12.