Marlborough's junior touch sides came away with two gold medals from the 2012 Southern junior interprovincial series at Sheldon Park, Belfast, near Christchurch on Saturday and Sunday.
The under-11 mixed team convincingly won their division. They beat Otago 6-3, Canterbury 3-1 then, after being defaulted to by Southland, went on to seal the series with a strong 5-1 win over Canterbury in the final.
Marlborough's strong defence was a feature while on attack they played as a team, passing wide to score on the wing.
First year coaches Adam Smith and Chad Ternent were proud of their team's efforts, going through unbeaten to win both the top of the South competition and the Southern IPS series.
Meanwhile, a gruelling nine-week training period paid off for the Marlborough under-13 mixed team who also won their section.
The whole team played extremely well as a unit, their fitness a major factor in their run of four wins and a draw. In the final against Canterbury Marlborough turned on a complete performance to prevail 7-2.
Of special note was the girls' defence, allowing the opposing boys no space or time to score around or through them. At the heart of proceedings was Aiesha Te Puia who played the majority of her time in the middle, traditionally a boys' domain, who matched it with the physically stronger males.
The Marlborough boys played a very structured game. Their defensive play was well organised and, combined with speed from Tom Downes and Clyde Paewai, a major factor in their success.
The under-13 mixed results:
v Nelson, won 5-2. Scorers: Ella Donald, Jack Shadbolt, Clyde Paewai, Harrison McKenzie, Matt Deaker.
v Canterbury won 2-0. Scorers: Matt Deaker, Clyde Paewai.
v Nelson won 6-2. Scorers: Brooke Thompson, Jayda Elkington, Tom Downes, Aiesha Te Puia, Evie McPherson (2).
v Canterbury drew 5 -5. Scorers: Braden Healy, Ethan Bayly, Jack Shadbolt, Clyde Paewai, Harrison McKenzie.
Final, v Canterbury won 7-2. Scorers: Evie McPherson, Tom Downes, Ethan Bayly, Jack Shadbolt (2) Clyde Paewai (2).
The Garner Gulliver-coached Marlborough under-15 girls finished third, their best placing at the South Island event. At the conclusion of the tournament Jordan Peipi and Tahlia Te Puia were named in the South Island tournament side. No game results were available from the girls' side.
The under-15 boys, coached by Kenny Hill and Jack Keown, finished fifth with Dylan MacDonald-Pedersen and Tawhiri Kamira being included in the South Island team.
The U15 boys results:
v Otago lost 2-8
v Nelson lost 4-5
v Canterbury lost 3-7
v Southland drew 6-6
- The Marlborough Express
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