Semi finals time: 1 team gone, 4

The last four teams are now chosen in New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition for 2003.The team to go out this week was last year's finalists, the Hibiscus Coast Raiders.

In a hard fought battle on Friday night, the Raiders went down to the Eastern Tornadoes side by 10-8. The halftime lead to the Tornadoes by a very low 4-2 meant both teams would be giving it their all in the second half.

The defence by both sides was incredible.

Daniel Floyd for the Raiders, scored all their points. After leading the Bartercard Cup competition for most of the year, the Hibiscus Coast side now sit on the sideline until next year.

The Eastern Tornadoes now play last year's champions, Mt Albert, in next week's semi final.

Eastern Tornadoes 10 (J. Pai, R. Gentles tries; Gentles goal)


Hibiscus Coast Raiders 8 (D. Floyd try, 2 goals).

Halftime: 4-2.

In total contrast to the low scoring game on Friday night, the game yesterday was full of action. Marist Richmond Brothers played exceptionally well to beat the Mt Albert Lions by 32-30. A resounding lead of 24-6 at the break to Marist had them looking pretty set for a huge score. The Lions clawed their way back into the match but were unable to take the win.

The crowd gathering for the Warriors/Broncos match was treated to some exciting football.

Marist Richmond Brothers 32 (R. Henry, S. Maskisi, B. Collins, J. Ropati, G. Rota, H. Turua, F. Prescott tries; E. Tuimavave, R. Ioane goals)


Mt Albert Lions 30 (H. Va'sa, A. Ikihele, S. Fa'logo, M. Asaou, P. Shead tries; B. Lythe 5 goals).

Halftime: 24-6.

The Mt Albert side now face the Eastern Tornadoes in the semi final next week in Auckland while Marist Richmond Brothers travel down to Christchurch to take on the Canterbury Bulls at home.