Crazy to think we are now in August and only two senior sides left playing, those being the mighty Cripples and the Presidents.
Where did we get to?
It's fair to say its been a real battle going through both campaigns without a win. In saying that, the culture around the side was second to none and the boys showed plenty of sides up in terms of after match attendances. Top work boys! Great to see Jacob Walmsley named in the Billy Wallace Best & Fairest team of the season. The Billy Wallace competition has been contested annually since its inception in 1966.
We say a big farewell to Andrew Wharakura who won’t be coaching next year with other commitments and hopefully we still see him around the club as 2020 planning gets underway.
A massive shout out needs to go to the boys and the management staff, Lauren Hannah and Susan Poutoa for rallying the guys at times and assisting in raising money for subs and kit. An unreal effort relative to recent years.
What an effort by the Newlands ball boys along the way also. They were there week in, week out.
Always had the squeeze on them this year with player number issues across the top bracket. Brent Carroll and Sophie Gates did a terrific job to keep them fielding a side week in week out. It was a shame they didn’t quite have the impetus to knock over Pare-Plim in the final game and qualify for the semi’s of the HD Morgan.
Some really decent wins across this year had them on the right track, yet at times they didn’t know if it was Arthur or Martha turning up to play on the weekend.
Great crop of young kids in their this season and had a really solid round 1 being in the top 4 of Division 2. Ideally this would have eventuated in round 2 also but it got a bit tough and the boys lost a couple of close encounters and slipped out of contention.
Some standouts included the Cumming’s brothers, Tyler Hall, Billy Bryce, Fred Guttenbeil and of course Jack Beatson. Off field we had a tireless Perry Barber being supported by Hiko Davies and the hairless Richard ‘Hendo’ Henderson heading the coaching stocks as well as trying to manage Committee duties.
A quality effort this year forming a bit of an alliance with Tawa and delivering some quality output reaching the Paul Potiki Shield semi finals. Paul Te Ariki, Rod Sharpe and Roko Waqasokalala had things in shape after a first game of the year default. Well done boys on a good year and a shame to lose out in the semi against a tried and true Avalon 85’s side.
Some statistics around registered players:
· Total registered players – 178
o Premiers – 33
o Premier Reserves – 43
o Colts – 35
o 85s – 25
o Cripples – 26
o Presidents – 16.
The Injury Toll…..
The player registration numbers aren’t bad numbers but when we look at injuries we again faced an uphill battle on that front. Te Aro Physio who mainly serviced the Premiers, Reserves and Colts noted 91 injured players (serious and non-serious) across those sides which represents over 80% of our players in those teams needing to see the physio at some point which isn’t great.
Of the more serious injuries, we had 10 season ending injuries, 2 tendon ruptures, 4 ligament ruptures, 6 fractures or dislocations and 5 concussions. This is 27 in total!
Our physios Jason and Sam do a great job for us and it is quite simple this needs more proactive management moving forward. This comes down to pre-season screening, pre-season conditioning, managing minutes played (this can be hard with low player numbers) and managing fatigue.
2020 – 120 Years Old We Are!
Lets not muck around, the 2019 season may be over but planning for next year starts now, or actually NOW!
If we are to celebrate the club’s 120th anniversary and do it right there is a fair bit of work to go in.
A Rugby Working Group is getting together as early as 17 August to start working through a plan around player retention, recruitment and development. It will be key that a programme gets outlined for September through until pre-season around what is on horizon. We need to sell a product to the people outside of historic results.
What do we need? Simple right?
Players and volunteers. We will be pushing hard in many spaces to try and get more people around the club and to increase our player base. This isn’t easy in a declining community rugby environment but as we know we are in a busy community hub with plenty of people. If you have any ideas, please don’t hesitate to air these at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have listed for the Head Coach role for the Premiers and some early interest is there which is great. Ad at the following:
Anyone want to get stuck into our media?
Is there an aspiring student or similar out there keen to get stuck into some of our website work and social media? This is a critical aspect these days and it allows us to access more people in an effective means when this is done right. Please ask around on this.
Separate to this, a massive thanks needs to go to those currently volunteering at the club. This is not paid work and it is unreal the support we get! Keep it up.
A Night with Mike Cron
An awesome night at the club with Mike Cron on hand. Plenty of insight was shed from a master at his work of 15 years with the AB’s.
It was incredible to see how he and the AB's side adapt other learning styles or experiences with the game of rugby. It might be ballet dancing with lineouts and locking out your arms, toeing a tight rope for balance with Tom Walsh or playing Deep Purple, Smoke on the Water to apply rhythm at scrum time! Thanks Mike and the AB's!
Prizegiving – Saturday 31 August
We are looking forward to a great night to sign off the year and please see details below:
RWC…….50 Days to go!
We are on the countdown to the Cup in Japan and can’t wait! We will be doing what we can to get the AB’s games at the club. More details are to come, however, please see a draw below:
This Weeks’s Games
· Superloans Cripples vs Poneke Rats, Kilbirnie Park 2, 2.45pm
· Pressie’s have the BYE
· Onslow College (supported by Newlands) First XV vs Wellington College 2nd XV, Wellington College 1, 1pm (SEMI FINAL of PREMIER 3, Paul Cameron Cup)
· Newlands Under 80’s vs Paraparaumu College, Helston Park, 11.30am.
Get along to support our teams and those coming through the grassroots!