Rivalry central to club finals

Rivalry central to club finals

Two teams with plenty of rivalry will square off in the Sid Marshall Shield final on Saturday while neighbouring clubs go to battle in the Bob Chandler Cup decider.

Puni will meet Waiuku in the final of the Sid Marshall Shield with many players familiar to each other in opposing jerseys.

A contingent of ex-Waiuku Premier players are now donning the maroon and black of Puni and have had a big impact in leading the club to top billing during the round robin play.

They will come up against some of their ex-clubmates this weekend, with Waiuku already showing they mean business by knocking out number two seed Drury in last weekend’s semi-finals.

The final promises to be a terrific battle with each club looking to cap a big year with silverware.

Puni opened their renovated clubrooms a few weeks ago and have enjoyed a renaissance this season while Waiuku have rallied after being unable to field a Premier side for the first time.

It is fair to say a win on Saturday would be a massive reward for both clubs.

Top qualifiers Karaka host neighbours Patumahoe in the final of the Bob Chandler Cup in a battle of the two clear top teams in the grade.

Karaka has had the wood over their rivals this season and calmly booked their spot in the final with a convincing win over Bombay last week.

Patumahoe were lucky to escape with a win over Pukekohe, with their rivals dropping the ball over the line late in the game that could have snatched away victory.

Both clubs possess great depth, and a memorable final is expected.

The games will be played one after the other at Navigation Homes Stadium in Pukekohe with the Bob Chandler Cup final at 1pm and the Sid Marshall Shield decider at 2.45pm.