Above: Captain Mateaki Kafatolu and Petone celebrate their 2014 McBain Shield win over Hutt Old Boys Marist after winning 20-19 in their third round match at the Petone Rec.
Ordinarily, the third round of the 2020 Swindale Shield would have been played this Saturday.
But with no rugby on Saturday, below are some images from our photo galleries vault of second round club rugby matches in recent seasons.
2003: Poneke’s Andrew Smith beats the tackle of Ories’ Ene Afoa and heads to the tryline in their Jimmy Grbich Shield match at Kilbirnie Park. Poneke won 32-24. Ories finished second and Poneke third behind first time champions Northern United in the 2003 Swindale Shield. PHOTO: The Dominion Post.
2005: Marist St Pat’s outside back JP Tocker tussles with Northern United’s Siasosi Anamani in their third round match at Rugby League Park, now the home of the Hurricanes. Norths won this 18-6 after leading 13-3 at halftime. Norths finished second and MSP third in the 2005 first round Swindale Shield, both behind winners Upper Hutt. PHOTO: The Dominion Post.
2008: Petone lock Ross Filipo calls the shots in the lineout in his side’s third round tussle with Northern United. The two sides drew this encounter 15-15. Norths finished second and Petone third in the 2008 first round Swindale Shield, both behind Marist St Pat’s. Photo: Chainsaw Photos.
2010: Buxton Popoalii in swashbuckling form against the Wests Roosters. Popoalii scored a hat-trick in this game, won by Norths 72-6. Popoalii scored 18 tries in 11 games as Norths were dominant first round winners in 2010.
2011: The Hutt Old Boys Marist Eagles hold aloft the famous McBain Shield after their 27-20 win against Petone at the Hutt Rec. HOBM won four tries to two and would go on to finish third in the 2011 Swindale Shield and reach the semi-finals of the second round Jubilee Cup. PHOTO: Warwick Burke.
2013: Taniela Koroi scores in the corner for Tawa against Petone in an emphatic 44-27 win at Lyndhurst Park. Tawa got on a roll and swept to both their first Swindale Shield and maiden Jubilee Cup title in 2013. PHOTO: Mike Lewis.
2015: Ories centre Ben Tuiatua races to the tryline to score a clutch try in his side’s 38-27 win over Old Boys University. In support is teammate Andy Ellis, with opposite Wes Goosen in pursuit.
2016: Club rugby under lights. Makeshift Upper Hutt Rams first five-eighth Hayden Schrijvers sets his backs free against Tawa. The Rams won this game 20-15, after trailing 12-0 at halftime. PHOTO: Hugh Pretorius.
2017: Paremata-Plimmerton halfback Michael Martinez gets a pass away in his team’s 17-37 defeat to Hutt Old Boys Marist at home at Ngatitoa Domain. HOBM were third in the 2017 Swindale Shield, while Paremata-Plimmerton collected the wooden spoon.
2019: Try scorer Eremia Tapsell and wing Ollie Marshall celebrate the Wellington Axemen’s sole try of the match in their 13-10 win over Marist St Pat’s. As well as Tapsell’s try, Marshall kicked the conversion and two penalties. Both sides were in the second tier Hardham Cup in the second round, with MSP beating Wellington 34-3 in the semi-final and going on to win that competition.