After an outstanding season of Stan Meads Cup representative rugby, the business end of the season has arrived, with the two respective finals being played out at Albert Park in Te Awamutu on Saturday.
Defending champions Te Awamutu, who won the inaugural Stan Meads Cup last season, will square off against season newcomers Piako.
The two finalists got to the season finale in semi-final battles of attrition last weekend.
Te Awamutu took a six lead into the break against Western Bay of Plenty, before closing out the match to post a 26-13 victory.
The other semi-final hosted in Morrinsville between Piako and Eastern Bay of Plenty was an absolute thriller.
The game went down to the wire with Piako squeezing out a narrow 26-22 victory.
Both Te Awamutu and Piako will take a four game unbeaten run into the title decider at Albert Park.
The Piako team, who are centred on Morrinsville with some player support from Cambridge and Matamata, have been the surprise package of this year’s competition.
The Stan Meads Bowl will be fought out by last year’s beaten finalist Hamilton and King Country B, in the curtain raiser to the main event on the day.
Long-time Waikato Sub-Union heavyweight Hamilton, are sure to want to get their hands on some Stan Meads silverware after missing the championship title game.
King Country B were rewarded for playing competitive rugby throughout the season, when they beat the Central (Rotorua) Sub-Union team in the Bowl semi-finals, to have the opportunity to win the inaugural Stan Meads Bowl.
Western Bay of Plenty and Eastern Bay of Plenty will not only square off to decide third place in the Stan Meads Cup, but the Bay of Plenty Sub-Union prize of the Te Hurinui Apanui Shield, will also be on the line at Rugby Park in Whakatane.
Two weeks ago, Eastern Bay took possession of the Te Hurinui Apanui Shield when they beat Central (Rotorua) Bay in a Stan Meads round robin encounter, with the winner on Saturday taking the prestigious Sub-Union prize into the summer break.
Stan Meads Cup & Bowl Finals @ Albert Park Te Awamutu Saturday, September 15
Stan Meads Cup: Te Awamutu v Piako – kickoff 2.30pm
Stan Meads Bowl: Hamilton v King Country B – kickoff 1pm
Stan Meads Cup Playoff for Third Place: Eastern BOP v Western BOP at Rugby Park Whakatane.