Pirates go back-to-back
Fox Memorial Premiership
It took 89 minutes of gritty rugby league, but Pt Chevalier have won their second-consecutive Appliance Shed Fox Memorial Premiership after beating Mt Albert 18-17 in double extra time.
It came down to the very last minute of added time for the result to be confirmed, with Mt Albert halfback Cody Walker, so often the hero for the Lions over past years, missing a game-winning shot at goal after the siren.
Pt Chevalier 18 (Malua, Solomona x2 tries; Carl 3 goals.
Mt Albert 17 (Faaumuumu, Houma, Rota tries; Walker 2 goals; Walker 1 field goal).
The Otara Scorpions will return to the Appliance Shed Fox Memorial Premiership for the first time in 20 years, after a 22-16 SAS Sharman Cup grand final win over East Coast Bays.
It was sweet redemption for the south Auckland side, who last year went down to the Richmond Bulldogs in the final despite dominating through the regular season.
Otara 22 (Aiolupo, Tulikaki, Fuimaono, Paea tries; Lafaele 3 goals)
East Coast Bays 16 (Bogue x2, Blucher tries; Clark 2 goals.)
The Mt Wellington Warriors have successfully defended their Mandron Masonry Phelan Shield title after disposing of east Auckland neighbours Pakuranga 37-14 in Saturday’s grand final.
The Warriors dominated in almost every area of the game, using their superior size to soften the opposition middle defence before their youthful backline enjoyed plenty of success on the edges.
Mt Wellington 37 (Su’e, Sorenson, Clarken, Pakalani, Peterson, Nuku x2 tries; Tangata-Makiri 3 goals, Pakalani 1 goal; Tangata-Makiri 1 field goal)
Pakuranga 14 (Retzlaff, Vaoga, Todd tries; Tangohau 1 goal.)