The annual Shand Cup and Sybil Green representative matches were played over the weekend at Paraparaumu. Matches are played against Wellington, Taranaki and Hawkes Bay.
Our senior mens team competing for the Shand Cup, had a number of players not available for selection including: Josh Munn, Tyler Hodge, Trent Munn and Ewan Westergaard. The team that was named had three players, Junior Tatana, Tyler Lock and Rhys Harold all withdraw due to injury, and therefore the team required a number of last minute replacements. Masters players Keiran Corkill and Marty Field were brought in, which gave the team a very Masters look to it with Malcolm Wells and Stu Smith also in the team as original selections. Therefore it was a very unknown as to how this team would stand up to their opposition. In the end 5 all draws to both Hawkes Bay and Taranaki and a narrow 5.5 - 4.5 loss to Wellington was a reasonable effort given the number of players out. Wellington came first overall followed by Hawkes Bay, Manawatu Wanganui and Taranaki in 4th.
The Womens team competing for the Sybil Green also had a couple of players out, with normal number 1 Brydie Hodge unavailable and Katherine Paskins out due to illness. Despite some good individual performances, particularly from Emma Clayton and Amber-Rose Thompson-Newth, the team was well beaten in all matches, which is a reflection of the loss of players from last year, and a lack of real depth in the womens game in our district. A highlight however was a half by Amber-Rose against NZ rep Julianne Alvarez, as well as her win against Hawkes Bay. Emma clayton had wins against Hawkes Bay and Wellington at number one also.
The boys team competing for the Shand Salver were always going to be competitive, but an inexperienced team meant that results were also likely to be close. Overall they did pretty well with a 2.5-1.5 win against Hawkes Bay, a 3 - 1 loss against Taranaki and a 2 all draw against Wellington. The competition was extremely close with Hawkes Bay eventually winning with 2 wins, Taranaki and Manawatu-Wanganui on 1.5 wins and Wellinton with 2 halved matches for 1 point.