Keas win Crosbie Nines

CHAMPIONS: The Linwood Keas defeated the Hornby Panthers to win the Crosbie Park nines.

The Linwood Keas took the spoils at the annual Crosbie nines tournament on Saturday.

The tournament hosted by the Riccarton Knights at Crosbie Park, now in it’s third year, was played in perfect conditions.

The 16 team tournament featured some of the South Islands top clubs as well as teams put together specifically for the tournament.

“It was a great day, the first game was at nine in the morning and the final finished up just before six o’clock. The tournament’s great for brining everyone together. We had nearly all the premiership teams there and some out of town teams from Nelson and Timaru,” said former Kinghts president, Tony Grenfell.

The Keas went unbeaten through pool play before going onto defeat the Hornby Panthers 17-12 in the evening’s grand-final.

“It was really pleasing after a long day. It’s tough to get through six games but the boys dug deep and got the result we wanted,” said Keas coach, Andrew Auimatagi.

The plate competition was taken out by the Bro XIII club who defeated Hamo Boyz in their final.

Crosbie Park saw a large turnout from club supporters and Grenfell feels the tournament is becoming more popular each year.

“It was quite a big punt to begin with, we kind of went in blind but we were overwhelmed with how well it went. The second year went even better and now were able to fine tune things a little bit to help improve the tournament each year,” said Grenfell.

Top clubs will turn their attention to the Canterbury Rugby League Premiership which begins on April 1.

CHAMPIONS: The Linwood Keas defeated the Hornby Panthers to win the Crosbie Park nines.

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