Welcome to another JRFC update. We trust you, your whanau and friends are staying safe.
The season now into it's fourth week is flashing by and there is plenty to like the look of across our sides. Our Woodridge Homes Premiers and Premier 2 Cripples play host to the Avalon Wolves at Helston Park on Saturday. Whilst these look like very winnable games, Avalon will certainly be up for the fight.
Some of you may have seen that our national game today had the unanimous vote of all provincial unions to go ahead with the Silver Lake deal. The deal would result in the giant United States technology investment company taking a 12.5 per cent stake in a newly created NZR entity called Commercial LP for $387.5m, which would control NZR’s commercial interests. There are varying views to this proposal which now hangs in limbo on the back of a NZR Players Association decision (which we ideally should not be waiting for!), however, this ought to be a good thing at provincial and community level for our game assuming there is a flow down of funding and resource. As we know, participation not only on the field but off the field is battling and new and more innovative ways to drive this back up are required to continue to support our strong professional game and brand. Or is this being a touch short-sighted? It will be an interesting 'watch this space' over the coming weeks.
Last Week's Wrap
3 of our sides played last weekend. The Premier’s went down in a close one 23-28 to Ories, the Premier 2 Cripples went down in a low scoring affair 7-8 to Wainuiomata and the U85’s easily accounted for HOBM 54-3.
The Premiers took on Ories out at the Polo Ground. Never an easy task this one especially when it takes about an hour to get out there these days. There is always more on the line with the Ash Pointon Cup being contested and the boys were fizzing and ready to go. A slow start to the game by our boys took the fizz out of our step as we battled to control the kickoff and let in a couple of soft tries. We fought well to stay in touch and Mark Sutton was able to kick three penalties to keep us in it, 9-12 at the break.
Ories came out with intent in the second half and scored a further try before our blindside flanker Asafo Faamafu scored a terrific individual try from 25m out to bring it back to 17-16. Ories then skipped clear with a further try and a couple of penalties to Declan Hay, however, the boys again persevered and got themselves back in the game late with a try to young flyer Knox Tuinasau to bring it back to 28-23. It was unfortunate time ran out on us as we had forced a line out in the Ories 22m zone but only for the clock to get the better of us. A real hearty effort shown by the boys!
Our Cripples battled hard all match vs Wainuiomata and would have been disappointed not to lead by more going into the break. Aaron Fawkes had scored a long-range effort just before the break to give the boys some confidence going into the break, up 7-0. Turning into the wind Wainuiomata were able to apply a bit much heat and we lost narrowly 7-8. Some quality goal line defence was at the fore for the lads who saved a number of tries against their experienced side. A massive amount to take into the Avalon match this week.
The U85’s juggernaut rolls on and they had a Saturday afternoon stroll in the park to easily account for HOBM 54-3. They are really starting to put things together after their first up narrow defeat at Eastbourne and the season ahead looks full of hope. The national competition where they will play Central Rugby Club, from the Tasman area will kick off in June and we will be hoping to host them a week after Old Timer’s Day at this stage. All the best in the local and national competitions lads.
A tough decision was made regarding our Colts during last week where we pulled them from this year’s competition. There are some real challenges at this level right across Wellington and the country at the same time we did not want this to eventuate. We have worked incredibly hard on our rugby academy over the last couple of years and haven’t quite been able to see the fruits as yet. We are currently working through a plan on ensuring we get this side back on the park in 2022 following a bigger and better academy set up this year.
Everyone has an opinion around rugby these days and we know the challenges faced are not easy. We will be continuing to work on understanding our local landscape to try and ensure we have more continuity and a more joined up approach for when a player leaves the club for college, right through to when they are leaving college. There are so many choices out there for young kids these days, safety an increasing concern also so we need to be doing things differently and working to offer a ‘more than rugby’ experience. We certainly appreciate all the hard work that went into try and get this team going this year and no doubt some of our young lads can also take an opportunity to reflect on this.
Our Pressie’s had a week off but are back in action this weekend against Norths.
This Week's Games
Get along to Helston Park this weekend for some great rugby and a fun-filled evening. The weather forecast although cool is looking decent enough and we are hoping for some quality running rugby across both games. Settle on into the clubrooms afterwards and get amongst the festivities later on with some karaoke and a jukebox in full swing. Don't miss the 'mystery' tap at the bar also!
What's coming up at the club?
There are plenty of events to mark down in your calendars courtesy of our amazing JRFC Social Committee;
Karaoke Night - this Saturday - 7pm -11.30pm
Club Variety Night - Saturday 8 May - 7.30pm - 9pm. This will feature skits from each of our teams
Italian Lunch - Saturday 22 May - 11.30am - 2pm. Tickets are running out fast!
Batons Up Fundraiser - Saturday 22 May - 7pm - 9.30pm. Be into win and purchase some tickets
Post 120th Anniversary Celebration - Friday 4 June. Details to follow
Old Timer's Day - Saturday 5 June. Details to follow
Hangi Fundraiser (for 2021 Rugby Academy) - Sunday 13 June.
For any queries or information on what is coming up, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com or Susan Poutoa on 027 828 2468.
Thank you to our sponsors!
As always, a massive shout out needs to go out to our sponsors. Their support is fundamental in continuing to keep this club and clubrooms going year to year.
Our major sponsors Woodridge Homes and Superloans along with Perry Barber Builders, Tracer Construction, Motor Doctors, Mitre 10 Crofton Downs, New World Newlands, Higgins Tow, Kukri, 1841 Bar & Restaurant, Wasabi Group, First Security, Auto Buff n Touch, Succession First, Super Liquor, Affinity Accounting, Beaurepaires, BVH Consulting, Colin's Water Delivery, Mr Green, Wellington Electrical Services, Thomas Legge Floor Sanding, Cobra Drain Cleaners, All Glass & Glazing, Jesters Pies, Keith Bond, Gary Brazil and Dave Walmsley.
If you are interested in sponsoring our club, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.