NATIONAL Capital District Suburban Ducks Mackenzie Buka steered his team to a narrow 14-12 win over a determined DEP Eels in NCD Governor’s Christmas Cup at Ipi Park, Hohola yesterday.
But the biggest upset of the weekend was Six Mile Tigers bundling defending champion Morata Swans out of the race with a narrow but decisive 4-0 victory in the pool match on Saturday.
Yesterday the Ducks’ strong comeback was ignited by Buka in the second stanza when they were trailing Eels 8-0 at interval.
Eels outclassed them in the opening half with solid performance from the forwards and backline. But they just could not put them away, allowing the Ducks to get home.
Ducks CEO Billy Aki was angered by his teams’ paltry performance in the first half told them at halftime to pull themselves together and they did.
The Ducks would have to lift their game for the Christmas Day clash against Freeway Bumpers, who are have proved to be a more formidable outfit.
At Kone Tigers oval 6 Mile Tigers qualified for the semi finals after beating 9 Mile Giants 16-12. Tigers upset Morata Swans 4-0 in the pool match which set the scene for their elimination. Rainbow Backpage put them to the sword with a 4-0 upset.
The Cup semi finals will be between Erima Wanderers and Dust Turf while Badili Warako takes on 6 Mile Tigers on Wednesday.
In the Group two Cup quarter finals Hohola Two edged out Kaugere Pythons 7-6 in a thriller, which was decided by an early field goal in the second half. At half-time the scores were locked 6-6. In the other games, 8 Mile Green 10 Junction Dogs 6, Freeway Bumpers 8 Lau Rangers 6.
In Group two Cup quarter finals at Kone Tigers Erima Wanderers 4 Asu Amitti 0, Dust Turf 12 H6 Knights 6, Badili Warako 5 Rainbow Back Page 0.
The Bowls for Group one 9 Mile Faris and Country Cowboys forfeited Swans and Mul Sua United to qualify for the semi finals.
NCD Suburban Sports Association Aki said the semi final, preliminary, grand finals will be played on Christmas and Boxing Day.
He said the semi final will be played at Kone Tigers and Hohola while the preliminary final and grand final staged at Kone Tigers only.
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