In the National Top Four semi-final Joshua Moorby lined-up a penalty to tie the match with five minutes to go. Hamilton BHS trailed Hastings BHS 13-10, but a goal and a draw would have been sufficient to propel Hamilton into the final. The ball struck the post and Hastings advanced to the decider.
“I was guttered to miss that kick. I thought about it for a long time because I knew it was a big moment in a close game. I believed we could have won, but after that miss I kind of knew it was all over,” Moorby confesses.
A few months later Moorby is a double national champion. He was a member of the touch and sevens sides that captured National glory for Hamilton in Auckland in the past fortnight. The National touch title was a special bonus.
“I hadn’t played much touch before but I was encouraged to join the top team after a few injures. It was tough learning all the new moves, but I really enjoyed it,” Moorby says.
For the third year in a row Hamilton and Rotorua BHS clashed in the final. Unlike the previous two years Hamilton prevailed 8-7, despite trailing 4-2 at halftime.
“There was an element of ‘here we go again,’ but we dug deep and wanted it more. It was a special win,” Moorby enthuses.
Hamilton scored the winning try with about five minutes to go and hung on.
“There is a really keen rivalry with Rotorua. I am not sure how it started, but the matches are always really close,” Moorby says.
A week earlier Hamilton eliminated Rotorua in the semi-finals of the Condors 28-26. Hamilton thrashed Feilding High School 29-5 in the final after earlier eliminating hosts Sacred Heart College 14-5 in the quarters. Moorby scored both tries in that latter match and his searing pace saw him selected for the tournament team. Curiously Joshua’s brother Cameron is a burly prop.
“Pace comes from my Mum’s side. I was surprised I was the only Hamilton player to make the tournament team. I thought our captain Kieran Lee would definitely get in, especially given some of the other teams had more than one player,” Moorby says.
Moorby intends to stay in Hamilton next year. It will take a lot more than a goalpost to stop this lad.
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