The region will have a new senior club rugby champion this Saturday after two-time defending champions Waimea Old Boys were knocked out in the semi-finals over the weekend.
Star & Garter Waimea were favourites to breeze past fourthplaced qualifier Kahurangi at Jubilee Park last Saturday, but the men from Motueka and Riwaka sprang a surprise on the whole competition, beating Waimea 20-19 and advancing to this weekend’s final at Trafalgar Park.
There they’ll meet Tasman Trophy champions Taylor’s Contracting Wanderers, after they beat Wakatu Hotel Marist in Brightwater in the second semi-final on Saturday.
Wanderers were clear favourites for the game and proved too strong for Marist, winning the game 31-13.
For Nelson rugby fans, that means another year of the title heading to a “country” team.
In the division two semi-finals, Waimea Old Boys beat Takaka 38-22 and Wanderers toppled Collingwood 22-0, setting up a repeat of last year’s final, which Wanderers won in extra time.
The Car Company Nelson Bays division two final will kick off at 1pm and the division one final will kick off at 3pm. Both games are at Trafalgar Park.