Mt Albert to
meet Canterbury in the Bartercard Cup final

Once again the Mt Albert club will once again feature in New Zealand's Bartercard Cup final to be played next Sunday at Ericsson Stadium.

A tough battle yesterday against the Counties Maunkau Jets saw the last year's Bartercard Cup champions Mt Albert, come out the victors by 29-22.

Up against a bigger Jets pack, the Lions had to overcome their loss a week earlier to the Bulls. Up 12-10 at the break in wet conditions, the Lions capitalised on the errors made by the Counties Manukau side.

With 10 minutes remaining in the game, and the score a narrow 24-22, a try to the Lions, followed by a Buckingham field goal, set up the win for the Lions, and a spot in the Grand Final.

Mt Albert Lions vs Counties Manukau Jetz Ericsson Stadium No.1, Auckland

Mt Albert Lions 29 D. O?Regan (2), R. Baxter (3) : Tries S. Buckingham (4) : Goals S. Buckingham (1) : Field Goal

Counties Manukau Jetz 22 S. Foketi, M. Filipo, F. Perese, A. Wharton : Tries L. Tamatoa (3) : Goals

Halftime Score: 12 ? 10 To Mt Albert Lions


Sunday 18 September 2005

BCC: Canterbury Bulls vs Mt Albert Lions Ericsson Stadium No.1, Auckland 2.40pm Kick Off

(C/R: ARL Mad Butcher Fox Memorial Grand Final Papakura vs Manurewa 12.30pm Kick Off)