Notice of Annual General Meeting
Members are advised that the 119th Annual General Meeting of the Johnsonville Rugby Football Club was held on Wednesday 28 November 2018 at 7pm at the Johnsonville Rugby Football Club Clubrooms, Helston Park, Johnsonville.
The full 2018 Annual Report is available below.
2018 Annual Report
Johnsonville Rugby Football Club - Notice of Annual General Meeting
Members are advised that the 119th Annual General Meeting of the Johnsonville Rugby Football Club will be held on Wednesday 28 November 2018 at 7pm at the Johnsonville Rugby Football Club Clubrooms, Helston Park, Johnsonville.
Minutes of 118th Annual General Meeting on 22 November 2017
Reports of the Committee
Rugby (including team reports)
Business & Sponsorship
Health & Safety
Receive and adopt the Financial Statements of the Club for the year ended 30 September 2018
Business for which due notice has been given
Alex Moore Park Proposal
Election of Officers of the Executive Committee
Minutes of the 118th Annual General Meeting of the Johnsonville Rugby Football Club – 22 November 2017
Meeting closed 7.45pm
Membership Attendance at Annual General Meeting held 22 November 2017:
The Club had a really good season overall with the Premier Reserves winning their grade along with the Cripples. Under 85’s were runners up after losing to Wellington in two periods of extra time. Premiers made the semi-finals in the Hardham Cup. Colts came 6th but should have reached the semi-finals and Pressies carried on as usual. Thanks to all the Coaches, Managers supporters for their help and dedication this year.
Andrew Wharakura has been appointed Premier Coach for the next season. Andrew has supported the Club for several years and is also Coach of the Wellington Maori team.
Many thanks again to the high level of sponsorship we achieved this year. Thank you sponsors. Without this we would have struggled to provide the facilities required to support the club and players. Player costs have again risen due the high level of assistance required at especially at the senior level to both keep players on the field and overcome injuries, Physiotherapists provided great support with this. Thanks again to Blair and Wally for managing this process and getting the sponsors funds needed for the club.
We also have installed new LED lights for Helston Park which will add greatly to the night training facilities. They are 100% better than the previous ones. These cost $11,000 greatly assisted by a grant. Consideration needs to be given to our neighbours around the ground due to the brightness of the new lights and any issues they may raise.
The bar operated profitably again this year adding to club funds. Many thanks to Mike and his team. This provides a valuable income source to us.
Our grants from the various trusts were on par to last year with funds again proving very difficult to come by from all sources. Again, many thanks to Wayne for his ongoing commitment to this and also to all the trusts that make this possible.
Blair Hannah has also contributed greatly by overseeing financial management for the Club together with public relations, media and health and safety regulations.
We sadly say goodbye to our hardworking Chairman Kerry Walsh who has made an outstanding contribution to the club in his role assisted by Wayne Firmin as Vice Chairman.
Perry Barber our Club Captain has also been outstanding in his dedication and commitment to the club. This is a time consuming and sometimes thankless role.
Also, various sub committees met regularly throughout the year as well as the main committee meeting monthly to keep the club running and on the right track. A lot of people have put a lot of work into these committees to ensure the ongoing viability of the club. The ever-reliable Sue as treasurer and Cherie who both also valuably assist in the kitchen. Again, thank you to all.
The upgrade to the toilet facilities upstairs has added to our overall appearance and improvements to the green room downstairs are currently ongoing. The new Committee will also need to look at ways of improving the downstairs changing rooms.
Recruitment of players is ongoing, and we need to be committed to this for the wellbeing of the club. Not only next season but for the future.
Blair Hannah our club representative is involved with ongoing discussions with the Alex Moore Park issue and Blair will talk more about this at the AGM.
Thanks to you all for your ongoing support to the club to ensure its ongoing success. Please also consider standing for the Committee as we need assistance at all levels. The more people we have on the Committee or even sub committees the better as I seem to be thanking the same people as last year.
It has been my pleasure to serve you all as President again this year. Next year is promising to be even better and we look forward to a great and successful season.
A tough year for the JRFC this year highlighted by the achievements on the field at the business end of the season and to the commitment of the players, coaches and members who all dug in when the going got tough.
Premier reserves and the Cripples winning on the same day with the 85’s coming a heart- breaking second the week after, what great achievement.
It’s always difficult to differentiate winning teams but from where we were mid-season the efforts of the Premier reserve team were herculean! I had a tear in my eye I was so proud of this team at Petone when they won. Huge effort by Joe Gates, Bob Selkirk and Andrew Wharakura, to coach this team to victory. Sophie Gates you are amazing, you pushed hard for your boys and kept them honest making sure you had everything just so! An absolute pleasure to have worked alongside you. Big thanks to all the boys who stayed with it and to those who returned to help, you never lost the faith and stayed true to the cause. True blue boys.
The Cripples of course, as we have come to expect, were fantastic once again. They had a huge task in the final taking on their old foe “Poneke Ruff Nuts”. What a battle to have come out victorious and to do the Club proud. Well done Whale and Turbo and the CEO Noff.
Unlucky is all you can say really with the mighty 85’s being pipped at the post by a technical decision. Second is a bitter pill to swallow after such a titanic battle. Good work by Andrew, Yianni and Andrew Mitchell, with Rod and Roko keeping the boys in line.
The Colts started this season off with a hiss and a roar and I thought we were going to see big things from this side. Unfortunately, they faded mid-season which was a huge surprise to me as this side is loaded with talent. I look forward to watching them progress next year. Good to see Brent back with the Colts and Hiko and Perry once again working hard.
The Pressies won all their games this year with great margins, according to CD!!
Unfortunately, I can find no record of this fantastic achievement, so it will have to stay a secret. Well done to CD and Peter Puckles, and to Trina Miller who kept this team together all year what a fantastic job she has done!
The Premiers had a very poor start to the season for various reasons but redeemed themselves somewhat in the Hardham Cup. We will need to be fitter if we are to achieve the goals, we so dearly desire. Thanks to Logan, Kane, Esava and Alfred. To Logan’s family who were always there to help out, Nicquita, Shakayia and wife Fiona. To Hendo and Craig, the best water boys you could hope for. To Blair Mockett who videoed all our games, your commitment was just fantastic mate and much appreciated.
To our hard-working Committee who made this year so much easier. Mike whose experience was always good to call on and who ran the bar superbly. Turbo and Morty who ran the BBQ
with Keith, Joe Gates who sorted the college rugby. Wayne Armstrong and Blair Hannah both whose work load and attention to detail is superb. Also, Amy, Kylee, Olivia, Susan and Cherie whose food was once again the envy of all the clubs. Jo Smythe as our union representative, Murray Usmar looking after our registrations. Secretary Amy keeping record straight.
All our volunteers who work so hard throughout year. Gary Cutting, Leslie Segetin, Dave Walmsley, Colin Davidson, Jane Werry, Avalon Moffat, Aimee and Ash, Lorraine, Keith, Rabbit, Te Aro Physio, and Thea Meredith.
To Susan Poutoa, Delwyn Walker, Lauren Hannah and Susan Atkins. Wow!! Your effort this year with the social committee and Old Timers’ day and of course Eamonn’s fundraiser was nothing short of magnificent! You took the bull by the horns, the attention to detail was superb and of course the results were huge. It has been a pleasure working with you all and the Club is lucky to have you all.
I leave the Committee this year confident the Club is in great hands and I look forward to watching the Club grow and succeed over the coming years.
Club Captain’s Report
The season started with a lot of promise, we had a lot in place all our gear was sorted except the Premier’s playing jerseys.
At the first gala game, the training tops were handed out which was not the best idea in hindsight as there were guys that got tops and were not seen again and some went on to different teams.
This was a learning curve and will be addressed next year making sure we are better prepared off the field.
We have started even earlier for the 2018-19 year and we should be far better organized with everything off the field I believe and expect we will learn from past season.
The Club had a good season with loads of ups and downs yet most teams getting good results, we have been working hard to make sure we are ahead of the ball game starting as soon as the season finished. Old Timers day was a great day and I have enjoyed all the support and help throughout the season. I must thank everyone (too many to name) that have helped, all our sponsors and committee members.
Logan Tauilii has moved on this year and we have a new look head coach being Andrew Wharakura and it is great to see local members stepping up and from what I have heard local players coming back.
Thank you everyone.
After a very good end to 2017 for the Premier’s the expectation was to carry on and improve our performances into 2018. History will tell us all that we fell well below those goals.
We had a complex coaching set up whereby we had co coaches and although they got on, we found that the players were getting mixed messages and the team work and culture of the team suffered consequently. This was rectified later in the season to some success.
Our preseason form was promising and a very successful trip to Taranaki had us fooled into thinking we were well enough prepared. We did however suffer some serious injuries on the trip which hindered our preparation immensely. The rest of the round is history.
Hardham Cup and the team were in a much better place to attack this round. Starting with a great win at Maidstone and two further wins at home gave us a fantastic start to the round, but losses to Wellington in the mud and a close encounter with Wainui took a little bit of the shine off it. We did however qualify for the semi-final and another close loss to Wainui, completed the playing season.
An interesting fact about this team is they scored score 53 tries this year.
Thanks to all who working tirelessly with this side through the year. Logan, Kane, Esava and Alfred who coached the side with passion. Nicquita and Shakayia who kept all the stats for us. To Logan’s wife Fiona who was always there in support and only too happy to help when the cooking was to be done. Turbo, Morty and Keith for manning the BBQ.
Unfortunately, Dane Robertson suffered a bad concussion and had to retire from his managerial duties, but he was responsible for the early preseason form and did an admiral job. Fortunately, we had the twins take over his responsibilities, Hendo and Craig who were fantastic all year. I think they may now be flatting together! To Blair Hannah who also filled in as required. Te Aro physio who kept the team on the park did a fantastic job.
A special mention to Blair Mockett who goes about his job of videoing all the games. He works away without any want of recognition and we are very grateful for his work. Cheers Blair.
I would also like to remember Gary Archer our ex-Premier coach who sadly passed away in October. His sage advice on the side-line this year was much appreciated! He will be sadly missed at the Hawks RIP Gazza.
Having come back to the team after a challenging previous year, I knew there were going to be some barriers & challenges. However, we started the season off with a rip and roar, huge numbers and dedication.
Our first game result was the eye opener that made the realisation that as players and a team, we had it in us to get on the score board and possibly win some games, definitely a task we struggled with in the last few previous years. This hope and promise (despite the fact we never had a dedicated Coach), continued up until the full rugby season started for all teams. This resulted in players going back to play for their perspective team and us scrambling to try figure out who was in our team. A couple games later, with an average of 11 players showing, we quickly realised we were in a dire situation.
A meeting was called, the Club rallied together, previous club players were contacted, and we were back!
Now we had dedicated players, Management, Coaches & a whole list of helpers. We were back but with a new team morale, personalities & commitment. As a Manager and for Joe and Bob as the Coach we had to adjust to the needs, wants and requirements of the team to ensure they could take the field weekly and feel happy about doing so. We learnt quickly how important it was for the team to be highly involved in the coaching and managing aspects of the team so adjusted to ensure we kept them in the loop, to ensure their feedback was valued and utilised their knowledge and encouraged their involvement.
Before long, as a team we set some very achievable expectations and goals which we were able to tick off one by one. Obviously, these goals included making the semi-finals, making the finals and winning the competition - we knew we had the team to do it.
However, it didn't come easy, there were some high and low games, Wellington Axemen being a low point when we only turned up with the bare minimum, a horrible wet day, injuries were rife, and we went down. The next week wasn't much better so we found ourselves in a situation whereby we had to fight to be considered for the finals.
So, finals day comes along - the team atmosphere is just where we want it to be; you can feel the brotherhood and know that whatever was to happen they had each other’s back. The prep time for the boys is intense, heavily weighing on their minds is the chance to make history, the chance to actually win! - not just the game but the whole comp. We're up against Petone who have won every game this season, except any game they played against us but considering they had also won against teams we lost too - we knew we had our work cut out.
Full time was meant to come as a blessing but instead it brought with it only anxiety and disappointment as the score was drawn, the guys had played their guts out, they were tired and we going to be playing another 20 minutes! So first 10 min of overtime, still drawn, anxiety at this point is out the roof. In the second half of overtime, a kick to us, putting us 3 points ahead, only eased the anxiety slightly as it was still anyone’s game. We waited and waited, on the edge of our seats for that final whistle. Once blown you just had to be there and be a part of it to understand and feel the heartfelt pride & joy, not only for us as a team but a club.
A thanks must be given to the Club for the provision of a bus - this played a huge part in keeping this team together as brothers before the game and even more so after.
The biggest thanks, obviously must go to the players - without them, we have nothing, we don't even have a club. So biggest thanks to all the players, those who came and went, those who joined us later and those who were there from the start.
A mention of sincere thanks must go to Joseph and Bob, they formed a great Coaching team, encouraged each other, saw potential in the team and their constant encouragement in the players played a huge part in keeping this team together.
A special thanks needs to go to all those who were either involved from the start or came in to assist later in the season. Their involvement really showed the guys just how important they really were; Perry, Andrew, Hiko, Dane, Kerry, Physio staff especially Lauren, and the whole Committee thank you for the ongoing support.
Manager, Premier Reserves
Cripples had a good season although losing 3 games finishing 3rd in the 1st round, however, getting back on track winning 2nd round against our old foes the Ruff Nutts. Our record over the last couple of years is 30 games with 27 wins a few retirements at the end of the season including Turbo one of our coaches so we expect to see some new faces next year in our 35th season. A big thanks to our sponsors Newlands Arms, Super Loans, ABT, Compton Civil, PBC and Cobra Drain Cleaners.
Richard Eckhoff (‘Noff’)
CEO of Cripples
85’s – T-Hawk’s:
We didn’t know if we were going to field a team this year but with Poneke pulling out, we got 3 local players over, plus 2 players from Wainui and then we were away. 5 players from the outside clubs are now a part of the J’ville family and we thank them for wearing the blue jersey.
Wouldn’t it have been great if we won the 3rd trophy for the club but losing to the Wellington Axeman as a result of a draw and try count back was pretty gut wrenching but really proud of the boys and management staff.
The team started in the JC Bowl, this year all 85’s clubs played each other and then spilt into top 6 and bottom 6. Previous years it was determined after 3 grading games on seeding but hats off to the Union for letting each team play one another before the split. The T-hawks competed in JC Bowl but couldn’t win the close games, and only winning 3 games the spirits were low, but these guys just want to play code and enjoy each other’s company afterwards.
We sat down knowing we were playing in Div 2 and set a goal to make the finals. T Hawks blitzed through the round robin and then beat Wests in the Semi Final (who beat us in round one) so was nice to win the battle of the bridge. As mentioned above, the game against the Axeman was gut wrenching as we had so many opportunities to close it out but never did. I believe the Union need to look at the player availability as dropping Premiers down to 85 Div 2 (even though they didn’t start 3 games) is too much of a drop and with the Axeman key player at 10, was the difference.
I’d like to thank all the boys for the efforts this year and hopefully we see them running out next year. Special mention to Yianni Hilder, Mitch, Roko and Rod Sharpe for keeping the team rolling in my absence.
Numbers started out well this year as we did a lot of preseason recruiting , yet as the season progressed we found the same drop off as in other years with players having work - going out the night before or just not giving a reason.
We came close to only having 14 at the start of a game yet somehow managed to get through with guys turning up a little late, we had a good core of players that when they all turned up we could field a very competitive team.
The trainings were not great at the start we had 10 - 15 guys yet towards the end 8 - 10 we changed to one night a week near the start (after a players meeting which they made the call) yet did not help that much.
Not all doom and gloom the core of the players had a good season and we have retained as many of age as we could with a good number of new lads showing interest. we finished 5th this season yet could have taken the second div out and at least made the finial. The lads helped the prem reserves a lot as well and there was four or so in the final game for prem reserves which tells you the standard of players that we had yet without training properly that is what happens.
The year started with both Newlands and Onslow College struggling for players.
Both colleges had to work together and share players to field teams. Onslow College fielded a combined 1st 15, U65 & U55 team whereby Newlands fielded a combined U15 team. All four teams had great player turnouts to both training and games with a lot of talent across all teams. Under 15 & 65 played finals rugby in their divisions and 1st 15 players were selected for representative rugby.
It was great to see the both colleges being able to work together along with the players having a great connection with their coaches and managers.
The work put in from both college sport rugby co-ordinators as well as the rugby committees, coaches, managers had a huge impact in keeping rugby going in our colleges.
Other programmes introduced throughout the year:
Sevens programme for both boys and girls
Combined team against Santiago College & Horowhenua Kapiti Team whereby food & drinks was provided on behalf of the snr club.
Senior club initiative/s:
At the start of the year the main goal for the senior club was to build a stronger relationship & connection with both colleges as a preventative to the already demising rugby player numbers.
Entered two college touch teams in the Helston touch competition;
U15’s use greenroom where possible for trainings;
Home game at Helston with college/parents using club facilities for aftermath function;
End of year prizegiving for both colleges to be held together;
We had a rep from Newlands (Myself) & Onslow (Mone) join the rugby committee as a representation of the colleges.
Highlight and success of the year in building this relationship would have to be the prize giving. Held at the Johnsonville Rugby club in Sept the event was a success with parents commenting on how great it was to have a prizegiving personally for rugby. Thanks to our sponsor, One Stop Super Shop in Newlands. And thanks to the club for the great supper provided.
2019 Programmes include:
Onslow College 1st 15 off season training on Monday mornings;
College player participation at Snr club off season trainings; and
Newlands College touch team involved in Thursday night touch.
2019 College Rugby Goals
Snr players attend college trainings & games;
More college home games at Helston – possible curtain raisers;
Snr college players attend colts’ trainings;
Better integration from Jnr/Intermediate to College & College to Snr club – through connection with all rugby committees;
Keep building on past years initiatives – prizegiving, sevens, utilising greenroom, off season & pre-season trainings, invite parents to club events.
I personally would like to give thanks to:
Senior Club, Sports Co-ordinators (Graham & Regan), Rugby Co-ordinators (Alex & Martin), Newlands & Onslow College Rugby Committees, all the Coaches & Managers, Hiko & College Sports & all those involved in the College Prizegiving.
Rugby Coaching and Development
The Coaching Development Officer (CDO) continues to facilitate and provide up-skilling and support for coaches, players and managers from junior and senior club, primary, intermediate and college levels. These upskilling sessions deal with ongoing changes to the rugby laws and requirements particularly around tackle and collision areas. It is crucial that coaches attend these courses.
The interesting thing about coaching is that you have to trouble the comfortable, and comfort the troubled
– Ric Charlesworth, Australian Hockey
NZR Foundation Course
The Foundation Course is a four-hour entry-level course for new coaches from U13 to senior level. It includes content delivery, game knowledge (principles of play), teaching a skill and planning a session. Two of the coaches from Onslow College attended the course was run for the Western Bays on 14 May at Norths RC. This course completion is a pre-entry requirement for DRC.
Coaches have to watch for what they don’t want to see and listen to what they don’t want to hear
– John Madden, American Football
Rugby Smart is a compulsory course available to coaches and managers from college grade through to senior club and representative teams. Rugby Smart was developed jointly by the New Zealand Rugby Union and ACC and is about keeping players safe on and off the field.
A total of four Rugby Smart courses were delivered by the CDO this season. Two for the club senior coaches and a further two for the Newlands and Onslow College coaches.
All coaches from JRFC and Newlands & Onslow Colleges completed the course.
The Small Blacks course is compulsory for all junior coaches. The CDO delivered the required number of five courses for junior coaches (Under 6 to Under 13).
Front Row Factory modules were also delivered to the U11-13 Coaches at the start of the competition with follow up checkpoints with the players throughout the season.
The Tackle Box courses cover technical skill and safe technique around the tackle and were run with the two Johnsonville Under 8 first year tackle teams. Refresher courses were delivered to Johnsonville Under 9s, Under 11s, Under 12s, Under 13s. Additional Tackle Box courses were held in August for both Newlands U7s teams. This served as a prelude towards their first-year tackle in 2019.
Far more coaches fail to achieve success because they lack ability to develop team culture rather than because they lack good direction or knowledge of the game
Front Row Factory
Modules were delivered to the Johnsonville U12-13 players and coaches that covered technical skill and safe technique around the scrum. There were regular checkpoints held with the players throughout the season with coaching support from some of the Premier 1 front rowers. Further sessions were run for the Newlands U15 and Onslow College teams.
Coaching Development in Club
Junior Grade: The CDO delivered a four-week pre-season fitness & skills training block for all U7s Rippa and U8-13 tackle grades prior to the start of the junior season. Carlton Simanu - Johnsonville U12s and Kris Love - St Pats Town U15s coaches assisted throughout the four weeks. This was followed up with ongoing technical advice and support throughout the season to both Johnsonville and Newlands junior coaches and players.
The CDO assisted with pre-season fitness training and provided ongoing technical advice and support to coaches and players of Premier 1, Premier 2, U85s and Colts grades throughout the season. The CDO assisted with coaching and managing the Johnsonville 7’s team leading up to and throughout the WRFU Ambassadors 7s Series and the Piri Weepu 7s.
Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the ‘me’ for the ‘we’
– Phil Jackson, Basketball
Coaching Development in Schools
The CDO worked with schools in the Johnsonville and Newlands catchment area. The in- schools coaching, and recruitment programme included rippa rugby in local primary schools. The CDO targeted new schools like Amesbury Primary school to prepare teams for tackle and 7s tournaments for year 7’s and 8’s at both Newlands and Raroa Intermediate schools.
Assistance was also provided to both coaches and players of all grades at Newlands and Onslow Colleges throughout the season.
The Johnsonville Village Team programme includes students that live locally. These include students at Onslow, Newlands and other colleges. This is a two-week development programme that includes upskilling sessions and goal setting with the CDO and Mo Mackay. The main purpose of this programme is to align and connect the players back with Johnsonville RFC. The team wrapped up the development programme with the traditional fixture against Horowhenua – Kapiti U16 held at Newlands college. This was well supported by the schools and the whanau.
The second fixture against Wairarapa Bush U16 was cancelled due to an oversight by Newlands College Rugby which resulted in a double booking.
The club recruitment plan in the colleges will continue to be a priority in 2018/19 to encourage more rugby school leavers to stay in the game and be part of the Johnsonville Rugby Club.
It is not what the coach knows; it is what his players have learned
Coaching Development Initiative - A Night with Billy Graham
Part of supporting coaching development is to provide opportunities for coaches to learn from the experience of other people whether it be in rugby or other sports.
The first of these was presented by former NZ Boxing champ and public speaker Billy Graham supported by his son David who shared philosophies on life and coaching/training ideas they use from juniors through to adults.
The session was attended by approximately 22 Junior, senior and college coaches who enjoyed Billy’s animated style of presenting.
A Night with Ian Foster