Returning champs triumph in football


Northcross Intermediate has once again claimed gold in the Anchor AIMS Games boys’ football, beating Remuera Intermediate 1-0.

Albany-based Northcross went in to the competition clear favourites after their 2016 gold medal win.

Coaches Jack Caunter and Nathan Cranney, both players in North Cross’s 2007 AIMS Games-winning team, pulled their players into a huddle to congratulate them on their second consecutive win at the tournament.

Caunter said: “Back to back. How good does that feel?”

Captain Sam McIntosh said winning gold at AIMS was “a pretty mean experience”.

He was confident of the outcome of today’s final.

“I knew we were going to win. I was so confident.”

Auckland’s Remuera Intermediate were eliminated in the semi-finals in 2016 but can this year lay claim to the being the second-best team in the country.

Taradale Intermediate won the girls’ football in their first ever AIMS Games final. Hawkes Bay’s Taradale beat Wellington’s Raroa Intermediate 2-0.