'Blood Match' fought for prized 'Peanut'

Tessa Blackely (17) of St Kevin’s makes it clear which team she supports.
Tessa Blackely (17) of St Kevin’s makes it clear which team she supports.
Kaleb Hayes (17) of Waitaki Boy’s High School blasts encouragement to his team.
Kaleb Hayes (17) of Waitaki Boy’s High School blasts encouragement to his team.
Barnaby Brown (16), from St Kevin’s College shouts out for his team.
Barnaby Brown (16), from St Kevin’s College shouts out for his team.
Ross Meikle changes the score.
Ross Meikle changes the score.
Waitaki Boys’ High School first five Mason James kicks the ball during the interschool match.
Waitaki Boys’ High School first five Mason James kicks the ball during the interschool match.
Waitaki Boys’ High School pupils support their team.
Waitaki Boys’ High School pupils support their team.
Waitaki Boys’ players celebrate after the win.
Waitaki Boys’ players celebrate after the win.

Affectionately known as the "Blood Match", the annual Waitaki Boys’ High School and St Kevin’s College First XV rugby clash is matched by few occasions on the North Otago sporting calendar.

The two schools did battle for the 85th time at Whitestone Contracting Stadium yesterday in front of hundreds of frenzied supporters barracking for their team to bring home the coveted "Peanut" — the Leo O’Malley Memorial Trophy. 

Such is the importance placed on the match by those on and off the field, it is not uncommon to see tears shed after the final whistle. 

Waitaki Boys’ wrestled back the prized trophy from St Kevin’s after a 37-18 win in a free-flowing match that soundly tested both defensive lines. 

Otago Daily Times photographer Peter McIntosh was there to capture the action on and off the field.

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