The Canterbury Men’s Team have finished sixth at the NZ Interprovincial. The team got off to the start that was needed with a 3-2 win over Bay of Plenty following their first round bye. On day two the team were unlucky not to come away with two wins against North Harbour and Hawkes Bay but continued their unbeaten record halving both matches.
Like Canterbury, Manawatu-Wanganui were also looking to gain valuable points to elevate their position on the leaderboard to move into the top two positions in their section. It came down to the wire with Manawatu-Wanganui having the edge 4-1.
Heading into the final days play the team knew they would more than likely need two wins and a few other results to go their way to secure a semi-final berth. The Canterbury Team were up for the challenge beating Taranaki 4-1, they then went on to halve with the defending champions Northland in the afternoon, where their fate had already been confirmed after Manawatu-Wanganui won their final match to set-up their semi final position.
In the semi-finals, Otago showed great form to overcome North Harbour who were unbeaten for the week to go through to the final where they played Auckland after they dismissed Manawatu-Wangangui after a play-off.
Auckland went on to win the 2019 NZ Men’s Interprovincial title for the first time in 25 years, beating Otago 5-0.
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3. North Harbour
4. Manawatu / Wanganui
7. Hawkes Bay
11. Bay of Plenty
15. Poverty Bay