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
BARTERCARD CUP COMPETITION ? GRAND FINAL FIXTURES
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)