On behalf of the JRFC Committee, we certainly hope you and your whanau are doing well in these winter months. The season is certainly getting on now with the Woodridge Homes Premiers approaching round 11 of the Swindale Shield whilst the Premier 2 Cripples along with the U85's get stuck into their second rounds. The Pressie's continue to get on with their job.
A few of us from the Committee attended an On and Off-field Incidents Forum the other night which was hosted up at NZR Headquarters and run by the WRFU. As we know, we have all seen rugby in the spotlight for the wrong reasons in recent years and it is clear this needs to change. The positive thing was that there was great representation across all clubs at this meeting although this is only a starting point. Let's not point fingers now but changing the spots of a leopard can take time to evolve. Anyway, there was some good discussion....
There is no doubt that all clubs can take a more open and responsible approach to on and off field behaviour moving forward. Clubs were tasked with thinking about what they can do right away to stem some of what we have seen in recent times. To supplement this, there will be some deeper overall thinking and support from the WRFU in terms of a wider and more consistent approach to various things in our game. Many clubs were quick to call 'lets just make harsher punishments' for the wrong-doing, however, we need to try and ensure the ambulance is closer to the edge of the cliff rather than at the bottom! Clubs were also challenged about their 'defence' in situations and what that means in terms of judicial hearings and time and cost for all involved.
We as a club take both the on and off field conduct of all those involved at the club very seriously and there should be no surprises here. This won't change! We will certainly do what we can to play our part here and in the shorter term will be looking to ensure the management of our games is a safer place. This isn't something that our Committee can control on their own and requires buy in from you all....so let's:
Support our Ground Manager Gary Cutting and whoever that is supporting him in trying to manage the confines of the narrow ground at Helston. Respect the ball kids, the referee and anyone else convening the game
Think about your next drink. When we say this, we are licensed for within the clubrooms and to the extent of the corporate box, that is it. Think about the next drink you have or that one you might have outside of this area. We all know, all clubs are guilty of this but lets start cleaning up our act
Be respectful when you open your mouth. We love passion but lets keep it real!
Whilst we are deep into the season much thinking will take place heading into next year and more signage will become apparent around the club.
This doesn't solve the on field behaviour and some of the awful stuff we have seen around the traps. We have some ideas in this space around trying to get buy in from our teams and we will be working through various options here.
Johnsonville Hawks lads making representative status!
As we get deeper in the season, we see the representative sides being named and in the last couple of weeks we have seen some of our Hawks lads hit these team sheets which is great to see!
The Captain of our Premier side Andy Ellis was named in the Wellington Maori squad. Ha'amea Ahio was named in the Wellington XV or Centurions squad. Knox Tuinasau and Mike Faimalo were named in the Wellington U19 squads. We congratulate these boys for these achievements which are enormous. A few people around the traps have said in recent times, you can't make the representative sides if you are at Johnsonville. Really!? The structures around these lads have certainly assisted and that is a big shout out to those supporting these guys!
Captain Andy Ellis and Vice-Captain Ha’amea Ahio featured above and Mike Faimalo and Knox Tuinasau below.
This weeks games
Some great rugby on the cards this week. Our Woodridge Homes look forward to a massive battle with Poneke at Kilbirnie Park who sit along side us on the ladder. Our Premier 2 Cripples take on Petone B's who will be a big test for our boys but home advantage comes in our favour. The U85's continue to build on from their first round win in the National Club Cup and take on MSP in the Paul Potiki Shield (note, not a National Club comp match). The Pressie's head to Stokes Vegas for their clash on their Old Timer's Day.
What is on at the club?
We are working through options for another Club Fundraising Lunch. At this stage we are targeting the Friday (17th September) before the Argentina test given there is less on around the traps like there is before the Bledisloe match. We will touch base soon with further details and we hope to deliver a beauty like last year!
Academy on the horizon again
Our planning has well and truly got underway around getting a Colts side back in action next year. This is a must to ensure we are more sustainable in future years. Our Rugby Academy will get into it's third year this year and we will be looking to ensure there is a tangible conversion with this into our Colts set up for next year. As always, if you want to help or if you know of a young kid(s) that might want to be involved, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ka kite ano.