There just doesn't seem to be a rugby game long enough for the Whanga boys. Just when they had their tails up Jeff the Ref blew the whistle for full time.
With Toko up 8-0 at half time the Whanga boys kept Toko out in the second half. They were rewarded with a try to speedy winger Aiden Carr and encouraged on by their loyal supporters. They applied pressure, but then the dreaded full time whistle sounded.
Lock Glen Law played himself to a standstill with halfback Lindsay Horrocks and Player of the Day Heiden Bedwell-Curtis both giving it their all.
Winger Tony Willis was unlucky not to score in the first half just falling short of the magic line.
Final score 8-5 to Toko.
In the netball, playing for the Jean Cup, the girls were like their male counterparts and finished strongly.
A couple of Toko players put the nail in Whanga's coffin in the first half of the game and the Whanga girls were unable to peg it back.
Glennis Pease never said die and Ava Swan as well as in-form Toko goal shot Emily Howaston, was Whanga's Player of the Day.
``So it has been a long time between drinks for the Whanga Dean Cup team and it will be another year before we get a crack. As Arnie says-we will be back. Speaking of drinks, there was one consolation prize for Whanga, they did win the all-important boat race. Sorry guys, no substitute for seeing that Dean Cup in its rightful place, at the Whanga Pub,'' said Gayleen Coplestone.
The final deciding match between holders Toko and challengers Strathmore will be held on the July 8 at Toko Domain.
Kick-off at 1pm with Jean Cup netball at the Toko school at 11am.