Vikings qualify for the Fox

Last updated 10:42 16/08/2011
Roskill Vikings
JASON OXENHAM

WINNERS: Vikings fullback Siua Otunuku, right, celebrates with stand-off Eddie Aki as the final whistle blows.

Roskill Vikings
JASON OXENHAM
TRY TIME: Vikings wing Peter Viane scores in the Sharman Cup preliminary final at Bert Henham Park.

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Next stop, the Fox Memorial.

The Bay-Roskill Vikings have qualified for the 2012 Fox Memorial competition after beating Mangere East 14-8 in the Sharman Cup preliminary final.

The Blockhouse Bay rugby league club dominated the majority of the match against a much younger Mangere-East team and will now face Point Chevalier Pirates in the Sharman Cup final this Saturday at Mt Smart Stadium.

Kick-off is at 11am.

Despite being in control for most of the game coach Duane Mann wasn't feeling too relaxed.

"We didn't have enough points on the board to feel comfortable," he says.

"Just one try and Mangere-East would have been back in it.

"In the second half our halves probably went for drop goal attempts a little early when we should have been going for the tryline."

By making the Sharman Cup grand final, Bay-Roskill is promoted to the revamped Fox Memorial competition next year alongside the Glenora Bears.

Glenora's quest for a Fox Memorial title in 2011 ended on Saturday when the Glen Eden-based club lost 36-12 to Otahuhu, who will play Howick in the Fox Memorial final.

New Lynn Stags will take on Papatoetoe in the Phelan Shield final after Papatoetoe crushed Ellerslie 46-4 in its preliminary final.

Both New Lynn and Papatoetoe are promoted to next season's Sharman Cup competition.

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