The Manurewa Women’s side are the champions of Auckland after beating Ponsonby 14-10 in a thrilling Women’s Premiership final at Western Springs that reversed the result of last year’s decider.
The visitors shot out to an early lead – going 14-0 up at halftime.
Ponsonby fought back in the second half and drew within seven with quarter of an hour to play.
They added a penalty a few moments later to set up a thrilling finish.
Manurewa had a player sent to the sin bin and Ponsonby were awarded a number of penalties in referee’s time before the final whistle blew and Kallum Adams’ side was able to celebrate.
“They represented our Union superbly and we couldn’t be prouder of them,” Counties Manukau Rugby chief executive Aaron Lawton said.
“They showed such resolve holding Ponsonby out in those last few minutes and it was a huge relief when the final whistle sounded.
“I am absolutely stoked for the Manurewa team, their club and for the Union. It is a very strong competition and for them to triumph in such a manner, particularly after going so close last year, is such a reward.
“We can’t wait to see some of that success flow through into the Counties Power Heat campaign, which is fast approaching.”
First-five Hazel Tubic guided the side around the park strongly, while the midfield enjoyed a strong day out.
The new coaching staff of the Counties Heat will be announced this week.
Meanwhile Papakura, who went to extra time in their semi-final a week earlier, went down to the Albany Barbarians 55-15 in the final of the Premier Development competition.
The runner-up finish highlights a success first season of 15-a-side rugby for the Papakura outfit and bodes well for the future.
Women’s FINALS RESULTS:
Ponsonby 10-14 Manurewa
Albany Barbarians 55-15 Papakura
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