Hautapu Sports to meet Marist for Elliot Shield in Waikato Colts grand final

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Hautapu Sports will meet Hamilton Marist in the grand final of the 2023 Waikato Colts competition.

Hautapu have reached the final with a 41-20 win against Morrinsville at Memorial Park.

Marist beat Hamilton Old Boys 53-19 to reach the final.

The teams will play for the Elliot Shield on Saturday July 29, with Marist having home advantage as the competition’s top seed.

Main photo: The Hautapu Colts … celebrating winning the Centenary Cup against Leamington earlier this season.

At Memorial Park, Hautapu opened the scoring with a Kees Phillips try in the 15th minute.

However, Morrinsville fought back with a converted try and two penalties to take a 13-5 lead after half an hour.

But Hautapu finished the half strongly with a Joel Hazelton try, converted by Jaylen Kitcher, and a try just before half-time from Blake Seavil.

The teams went into the break with the home side leading 17-13.

Hautapu started the second half with a tries from George Cook and Joel Hazelton, the latter converted by Kitcher.

Jack Mathis scored a try in the 66th minute and Cook added his second a few minutes later.

Morrinsville managed a late consolation try but the damage was already done and Hautapu finished comfortable winners, by 41-20.


Game played on Saturday July 22, 2023

Semi-final, Elliot Shield

Hautapu Colts 41
Morrinsville 20 


Game to be played on Saturday July 29, 2023

Grand final, Elliot Shield

Hamilton Marist v Hautapu Sports
Marist Park, Hamilton, 1pm

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