Drury & Districts Rugby Football and Recreation Club
Drury is in Premier 3 this year - a ten team competition that started with three weeks of "pre-season" games leading up to a nine game competition (play each other once)
The 2021 season ended on a bit of a high with Drury hosting the final v Te Kauwhata. As promised the weather was shite but remarkably stayed fine, although windy, for the duration of the game. The game itself was not what Drury hoped for, wet and slippery underfoot and a 25 knot northerly gale blowing into the clubrooms did not allow them to play the open style that had them finishing top of the table. Te K played the smarter rugby and made the most of any error from Drury and came away with the win.
The disappointment was visible on all of those involved with the team through the season. The joy on the faces of the Te K people was .........well.........good to see. Within the hour both teams were on the beers , with some of the Drury boys still at it without a break on Sunday afternoon. A great season but a bit of a bummer ending.
Looking forward to 2022.
Patty turned up with a new look team for the semi . . . . . . .how unusual. It didn't matter as Drury battled hard after being down at half time to grind out a seven point win. A loss that was hard to take for Patty having come second in the reserve grade final two weeks prior. Some happy Drury men in the club after.
The last game of round robin had us away to Pukekohe. Lots of tries run in by Drury with the game called a bit early after a bit of niggle spoiled the end. Drury finishes top of the table and looks forward to hosting Patumahoe in the semi.
Round eight and Drury traveled to Te Kauwhata for a top-of-the-table battle that decided the venue for the final. A great game to watch with both sides throwing the ball around but both sides defending stoutly. Drury were narrow winners in a very even contest.
It was more of the same for Drury in round seven, running out convincing winners against a depleted but gallant Puni side. The final score of 83-0 was achieved with 25 minutes to go when the Ref went down with a hamstring injury. Once again the team hit the ground running and scored from the kick off, with many more tries to follow. Another solid team effort . Blazers were presented to Neva Vea for his forty games and Nathan Pyne for his hundy. Blazers were also presented to the coaches Mark Evans and Ihaia Burns for the three seasons they have have completed, starting with the womens team two seasons ago
For round six Drury were at home to Papakura. Although they had have only the one win prior to playing Drury we were expecting a strong effort from them with many of the players from both clubs knowing each other. They were another team that looked well balanced as far as players looking the part for their respective positions but were unable to match it with a Drury team that has come together nicely as the season has progressed. As in previous weeks the Drury men played as a team and came away with a more than convincing 58-7, 10 tries to one, win. Well done to the team and management. Also well done to Brendon Benadie for playing your Blazer game.
Round five and Drury were away to Patumahoe. With memories of last years encounter still fresh in the minds of some of the Drury men, Patty were always going to be in for a hard day. Some great interplay between the forwards and backs had Drury out to an early lead and ahead comfortably by half time. The half time speech was for more of the same but the second half saw Patty fight back with a couple of tries of their own and get back into the contest. It was Drurys day in the end with a bonus point 24-10 win.
Drury were at home to Tuakau for round four. They were another new team to the competition, having been out for the last 4-5 years. They weren't quite the team expected and were a mix of some older players and youngsters. Their pre-season form was ok but hadn't won in the opening three rounds. It took a while for Drury to figure out their weakness which turned out to be the defense out wide. Some glorious tries scored, eleven all up, in the 61-5 win. The forwards grabbed a couple late in the game but it was the backs running in the majority. Great team effort again from a squad that continues to enjoy their footy.
Round three had Drury travelling to Manurewa to play a team coming off a good win the previous weekend. The Rewa boys had a good mix of size and agility among their players and looked a formidable team. Both teams battled well early but the Drury men ran away with the game and put the result beyond doubt in the first half leading 36-0 at the break. More great tries in the second half with the backs and forwards combining well and producing quite the spectacle of running rugby. Final score 53-5 to Drury.
For round two of the competition Drury was at home to Te Kohanga, a team missing from the grade for a number of years. Rumor had it that they were a young, fit team with a couple of key players and so it proved. Drury dominated early but were unable to put points on the board. Some stout defense from Te Kohanga and errors from Drury let the opposition stay in the game. Two nice tries to Drury saw them take the lead but Tekohanga fought back well and the game was only secured with the last try on full time. Final score 24-17 to Drury. All the players involved on the field would definitely be feeling sore on Sunday given the physical nature of the game. A good hard battle for both teams but needed by Drury to bring them back down after the Maramarua match the previous week.
Drury traveled to Maramarua for the first competition game of the season. Both teams had been evenly matched the last two seasons and another close encounter was expected even though both teams had players involved with the opening of the shooting season. What a performance by the Drury team, totally dominating an out of sorts Maramarua . Both teams looked evenly matched physically but the Drury men played out of their skin in putting 58 points on the opposition. a great performance with the promise of better to come if the numbers at training is anything to go by. Final score 58-8 with Maramarua getting the last say with a try at the end.
The first of the pre-season saw Drury away to Puni on a gnarly Saturday afternoon. Given the howling wind and driving rain both teams did well to produce what was a very entertaining game with Drury running out the winners.
The second of the pre-season was at home to Te Kauwhata. In a game of "two" halves Drury were beaten 12-10 in a game that went from one end of the field to the other but with neither team able to score the try's needed to run away with the win. It was a very even affair so Drury will be looking forward to the two teams meeting in the competition round and improving on their game.
The last of the pre-season games saw Drury at home to Pukekohe. The Puke team is made up of a lot of ex pressie players with a new crop of young men thrown into the mix. (four of them playing with dad). It was perfect weather for running rugby and that is exactly what both teams attempted to play. There were some very long range tries scored by the Drury team in the 66-19 win, Great to see a good crowd turn out for what was a very enjoyable game to watch - and to play i think.