Wyndham upends top qualifier to take cup

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Winners...The victorious Wyndham presidents team celebrate after winning the President Cup final against Waikaia. PHOTO:GLENDA MAXWELL

JOHN LANGFORD

Wyndham won the President’s Cup final 8-3 over Waikaia on Saturday.

Waikaia was the top qualifier after the round-robin and hosted the final.

On the overcast day the playing surface was as good as or better than any in the province.

The dry track helped ensure a fast-paced game.

Waikaia was hot on attack throughout the first half but Wyndham held out.

Wyndham opened the second-half scoring with a penalty goal.

Waikaia then kicked its own penalty goal.

With three minutes remaining, a Waikaia player was concussed and the game had to switch fields.

Waikaia was again on attack when the ball went to ground, the Wyndham fullback toed it ahead and, a couple of phases later, centre Rayden Todd scored in the corner right on fulltime.

Openside flanker Frank Tobias Crighton was man of the match, while Todd played well at centre, marking Scott McKee.

Utility forward Bill Christie was one of Waikaia’s finest.

Two Wyndham players not that far past their best are No 8 Tim McRae and halfback Luke Caldwell.

McRae said the Waikaia hospitality was its usual excellent standard.

Aaron Davidson was pleased with his debut season as the team’s coach and manager.

The grade has been split into two competitions in recent years as half of the teams have more energy than the more social teams.

McRae said in the President’s Cup things got serious pretty quickly.

“It’s a competitive grade. It’s like a development grade most teams have young fellas in their team fresh out of school that mix in with the older guys.”