By Taromane Martin
Grand final matches for the 2017 Credit Corporation High School rugby 15s competition will take place Wednesday next week following the conclusion of all category semifinals yesterday.
Grand finalists for this year’s senior division will see Selwyn College Stormers taking on White River School while both schools are also set to meet in the junior division grand final match on Wednesday.
Selco Stormers eliminated Honiara High School 15-3 yesterday to secure their spot for next week while White River School had to come back in the second half to steal a 28-15 win over Bishop Epalle after trailing 15-3 at half time.
Solomon Islands Rugby Union Federation (SIRUF) Development Officer, Mr Augustine Mafuara said this year’s high school competition has improved and promises exciting grand final matches for Wednesday.
“This year’s Credit Corporation high school league has improved compared to last year. The semifinals were competitive as expected,” Mr Mafuara told Sun SPORTS yesterday.
“The grand finals at the moment are unpredictable because everyone has improved a lot since last year. For the junior division semifinals it will be interesting match because last year’s grand finalists White River and Selwyn College will meet again.
Mafuara said that while some of the players and teams are yet to fully grasp and digest the five core values of rugby, he is pleased with the high school competition which is shining the light on new players who might represent the country in
“Looking at the core values of rugby we are trying to promote, not every player is grasping them. It is partly our fault as we did little on promoting it for the students. I would say there’s room for improvement for every schools and teams.
“However, through the school competition it has produced some new players for some of our big rugby clubs in the country which is very encouraging in terms of the development of the sport.
“And I can guarantee next week’s grand final matches will be exciting as Town Ground gets ready to host the 2017 Credit Corporation high school rugby finals,” he adds.
Third and fourth position play-offs for both the junior and senior divisions will be played on Tuesday while the grand final matches will be played on Wednesday.
Third and fourth position play offs for the junior division will see St Joseph’s Tenaru taking on St John Community high school while Bishop Epalle will take on Honiara High School in the senior division play offs.