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Hornets sting for two close wins, gear up for tough challenges 

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The Howick Hornets premier teams recorded two close wins over the weekend and gear up for two of the most important games in their season. Photo / Graham Alderton Photography

The Howick Hornets Rugby League Football Club’s premier sides recorded two close, important wins over the weekend. 

The Fox Memorial premier men were on the road again to take on the Otahuhu Leopards- who had previously pipped them in the Fox Memorial qualifier rounds. 

It was the Hornets day though as they came away with the last laugh, prevailing 14-10 in a nail-biter. 

The club’s premier women (‘Nets) returned to the Nest (Paparoa Park) to take on City in front of a home crowd. 

After a halftime lead of 10-6, the women held strong to record another win next to their name. Full time 22-16. 

The ‘Nets sit firmly in second place with five wins, one draw and a loss. 

In the Hornets’ spotlight at the moment, however, is the U18 Girls side, who have been dubbed possibly the most promising and entertaining team in the club. 

They sit on top of their competition ladder with five wins from five games, inclusive of dominations over the Otara Scorpions (46-6) and Otahuhu Leopardess (52-8). 

This Saturday sees a Hornets club day at the nest (Paparoa Park), where all teams from the U6’s to the Fox Premiers will be play, except for the premier women. 

The Fox premiers face one of their toughest challenges to date as they play host to the second place and unbeaten Richmond Rovers. 

The ‘Nets are out for revenge as they head to Ngati Otara Park to face an unbeaten Otara Scorpions side. 

In their previous match-up, the ‘Nets were beaten by Otara with a try in the dying seconds of the game, so this weekend is sure to keep fans on the edge of their seats. 

Howick Hornets Rugby League Results 17-06-23 

Fox Memorial Premiership 

Howick Hornets vs Otahuhu Leopards  

FT: Howick 14 – Otahuhu 10 

Other Fixtures 

Manukau Magpies 20 – Richmond Rovers 22 

Te Atatu Roosters 12 – Glenora Bears 16 

Bay Roskill Vikings 20 – Papakura Sea Eagles 30 

Mount Albert Lions 16 – Marist Saints 36 

Mangere East Hawks 6 – Point Chevalier Pirates 80 

Fox Memorial Premiership Standings 

PLACE  TEAM    PLAYED  WON  DRAWN  LOST  POINTS  + / – 
1  PT CHEVALIER PIRATES    6  6  0  0  12  + 138 
2  RICHMOND ROVERS    6  6  0  0  12  + 88 
3  MARIST SAINTS    6  4  0  2  8  + 46 
4  HOWICK HORNETS    6  4  0  2  8  + 42 
5  PAPAKURA SEA EAGLES    6  4  0  2  8  + 19 
6  TE ATATU ROOSTERS    6  3  0  3  6  + 5 
7  OTAHUHU LEOPARDS    6  2  0  4  4  – 2 
8  GLENORA BEARS    6  2  0  4  4  – 14 
9  MANUKAU MAGPIES    6  2  0  4  4  – 18 
10  MOUNT ALBERT LIONS    6  2  0  4  4  – 22 
11  BAY ROSKILL VIKINGS    6  1  0  5  2  – 50 
12  MANGERE EAST HAWKS    6  0  0  6  0  – 232 

Women’s Premiership 

Howick Hornets vs City 

HT: Howick 10 – City 6 

FT: Howick 22 – City 16  

Women’s Premiership Standings 

PLACE  TEAM    PLAYED  WON  DRAWN  LOST  POINTS  + / – 
1  OTARA SCORPIONS    7  7  0  0  16  + 128 
2  HOWICK HORNETS    7  5  1  1  13  + 132 
3  MOUNT ALBERT LIONS    7  4  1  2  11  + 72 
4  CITY    7  4  0  3  10  + 36 
5  OTAHUHU LEOPARDS    7  2  0  5  6  – 108 
6  MANUREWA MARLINS    7  1  0  6  4  – 94 
7  TANIWHARAU    6  0  0  6  4  – 166 

Howick Hornets Upcoming Fixtures; 

Round 9 Women’s Premiership- Howick Hornets Premier Women VS Otara Scorpions Premier Women at Ngati Orara Park- Saturday June 24, 12.45pm.  

Round 7 Fox Memorial Premiership- Howick Hornets Premier Men VS Richmond Rovers Premier Men at Paparoa Park- Saturday June 24, 2.30pm. 

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