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HARDING SHIELD CONTESTS O.C. WHANGAREI, this day. Competition for the Harding Shield— the Rnnfurly Shield of Northland Rugby— will be resumed on Saturday at Kaitaia when the holders, Mangonui, will meet a challenge from Northern Wairoa. Mangonui won the trophy from Northern Wairoa in 1939 and successfully withstood four challenges that season. During 1939 the Far Northerners, led by Maori All Black Wally Cooper, who returned from overseas recently, staved off all challenges, culminating in a brilliant win against a Whangarei side containing 10 North Auckland representatives on the day that war was declared. Only one game was played in 1940 when Bay of Islands' bid fat ed. This season Mangonui has a particularly strong forward pack, but a series of trial games has failed to reveal many outstanding backs, a notable exception being Hilton Jamieson, who has notched over 60 points in club football this season. Northern Wairoa were defeated by Whangarei 6—3 in a splendid game a fortnight ago, and last Saturday beat Otamatea 12—5. Dargaville supporters have raised over £100 to finance the team s trip to Kaitaia and to purchase new jersevs for the representatives. On Saturday, also, Whangarei thirdgraders will challenge Northern Wairoa for the Powell Shield. The following week will see resumption of the Brake Shield games for junior supremacy. Bay of Islands now holds the trophy. For the first time in six years, the Hone Heke Challenge Cup, presented by the late M.P. for Northern Maori for competition among teams in the Tai-Tokerau native districts, will be played for next Wednesday. Otiria won the trophy in 1937 and defended numerous challenges until the war intervened. Pangaru, a North Hokianga team, will play next week, while other challenges have been received from Mataraua, Waima South and Takahiwai.

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NORTHLAND RUGBY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 175, 26 July 1945

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NORTHLAND RUGBY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 175, 26 July 1945