The Linwood Keas will contest their seventh straight Canterbury Men’s Premiership Grand Final, after a gripping 14 – 10 win over Massetti Cup winners, the Hornby Panthers, in Saturday’s Major Semi Final.
The Keas and Panthers, who have been the competitions top two teams in 2021, delivered an epic arm-wrestle, with the Keas holding the largest lead of the match when they lead 14 – 6 at halftime, before the defending Champions had to hold off the Panthers in the second half.
The Panthers will now face the Halswell Hornets in next weekend’s Preliminary Final after the Hornets defeated the Northern Bulldogs 28 – 22.
The Hornets were made to work in their elimination Semi Final at Halswell Domain, with the two teams locked up at 12-all at halftime and 22-all at the end of regulation time. It took centre Nick Evans to score the match winner in the first half of golden-point.
In the Gore Cup Finals, the Celebration Lions grabbed the first Final spot, fighting back from a halftime deficit to beat Eastern Eagles 22 – 20 whilst in the Canterbury Cup, the table-topping Marist Saints-Papanui outlasted Northern Bulldogs 20 – 12 to seal their Grand Final.
Bartercard Canterbury Men’s Premiership : Semi Finals
Linwood Keas 14 defeated Hornby Panthers 10
Halswell Hornets 28 defeated Northern Bulldogs 22
Bartercard Canterbury Men’s Premiership : Gore Cup
Celebration Lions 22 defeated Eastern Eagles 20
Riccarton Knights 50 defeated Papanui Tigers 12
ISC Canterbury Cup : Semi Final
Marist Saints-Papanui 20 defeated Northern Bulldogs 12
Halswell Hornets 32 defeated Hornby Panthers 16