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Hawk's Newsletter #10 for '24 - Our Hawks to sleight the Eagles?

A note from the Chair, Susan Poutoa

Kia ora e te whanau,

I hope you had enjoyed the long weekend spending some family time with your loved ones.

If you managed to watch some Hawks footy over the weekend its fair to say that our Premiers and Premier Reserves played with a lot of heart.  Although the results didn’t go our way both teams fought a hard battle.  Another week of reset, and preparation as we face HOBM next Saturday at the Eagles nest. 

Just a couple of things from me: 

Did you know that June marks the BigShoutOut – a month long celebration for volunteers throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.  Our village would not survive without the many volunteers we have.  They play a crucial role and do a lot of work behind the scenes that otherwise wouldn’t happen.  On behalf of our Hawks whanau, we thank you, we do appreciate you, we see you!

This week we acknowledge our awesome Executive Committee. The many hours that they put in, to make sure things get done.  On top of juggling family and work commitments.   Next time you’re up at the clubrooms and you see any of our Executive Committee make sure you let them know they’re doing a great job 😊

Top L to R: Mama Sue Atkins & Susan Poutoa, Deb Dornbusch, Wayne (Joe) Smyth

Middle, L to Right: Ashley Taufale, Perry Barber, Cherie Collins

Bottom, L to Right: Mel Dehar, Keith Mockett and Trina Wichman


2024 Old Timers is set Saturday 29 June 2024 (Matariki Weekend). Some details of what the day may look like.  I will confirm the programme closer to the time but for now this is a draft only (subject to change):

  • 11.30am:  Clubrooms open

  • 12.00pm: Speeches/ Colts Jersey Presentation

  • 12.55pm: Clap on the Colts

  • 1.00pm: Lunch

  • 1.30pm: Premier Jersey Presentation

  • 2.40pm: Clap on the Premiers

  • 5.30pm: Aftermatch formalities

  • 6.30pm: Life membership award

  • 7.00pm: Entertainment



Club Delegate (WRFU):

A big thank you to Kerry Walsh who is our Club Delegate for the WRFU Club Delegates group. 

Johnsonville Club Inc:

Barry Morrison (Club Manager) and I met up a while ago to have a korero about our clubs.  What initiatives we could look at that would benefit both clubs.   One of the initiatives is having a reciprocal visiting rights agreement.  It’s work in progress; I will keep you posted once things are confirmed.

Ia manuia




Last week's games

Match reports:



Tries: Jacob Walmsley x2 & Jacob Kennedy x2. Morgan Williams: 2 penalties & Andy Ellis 1 conversion.

Heartbreak for the 3rd weekend in a row with the boys losing after the final buzzer, this time to Paremata-Plimmerton away at a windswept Ngati Toa domain. The boys played out of their skins but were denied with a try in the last play of the game in at the corner post off a borderline pass for their first five to kick the winning conversion from the sideline in the last play.

The boys started well and after 6mins led with 2 penalties to first five Morgan Williams making his debut for the season, Pare-Plim replied with an unconverted try in the corner to their winger after a long period of pressure on the Jville line. Jacob Kennedy then replied from the kick off with the first of his 2 solo efforts on the day, conversion missed.

From the kick off, Jack Taulapapa at 9 took a quick penalty tap to scoot up field for the ball then to be fed wide to Jacob Walmsley on the right wing to beat the fullback one on one to score in the corner. Conversion good from Andy Ellis. With time almost up, Pare-Plim broke out from their own line after a high head tackle penalty infringement front of the posts to break down the left flank though their winger to feed inside to halfback Esi Komaisavai who ran in from 60m under the posts. Halftime 18-12 Jville.

In a tight 2nd half, the forwards battled hard into the wind and strong carries and free flowing phase play combined well to free up the backs and allow both Jacobs to score their doubles scorching down their respective wings with Andy Ellis setting up Walmsley nicely for his. The loose forward trio toiled hard, and man of the match Ofa Ueseli was physical all day marking his return to the side this season, but you could’ve picked any of the pack from 1 to 8 for the top gong.

Pare-Plim though stayed in the fight all day and scored a try early in the half through their 8 to bring it back before somehow turning over the ball from halfway in the dying seconds for a tense finish and game winner.

On to the next and that is a big assignment against Hutt Old Boys this Saturday out at the Hutt Rec. Thanks to our team sponsors and supporters for backing us week in week out, stick with us we’ll get there!



Tough conditions and two attacking teams made for a tight exciting match. Para-plim had the wind in the first half and managed three first half tries to our one. We attacked hard with the wind in the second half but with injuries mounting we had a mix of players on the field. A lengthy injury break late on shortened the game by 5 minutes. Final score was 22-12 to Para-Plim. Thank you to the supporters for coming out. We wish a speedy recovery to PJ from Para-Plim.


Forward of the day - Serge Hollis

Back of the day - Ngahau Tepaa


This week's games

Tomorrow sees a host of matches out at the Hutt Rec and a near must win for our Premier's if they are to stay in the hunt for the Jubilee Cup, before returning home for 3 straight. After 3 heartbreakers it feels like the tide might just turn....


Sponsors shout out!

To all our sponsors, a massive thank you once again;

Superloans, Woodridge Homes, Seven Electrical, Super Liquor, Higgins Tow Services, ABT- AutoBuff & Touch, EN Ramsbottom Contractors Ltd, Blizzard Hvac & Electrical, All Glass & Glazing Ltd, Cobra Drain Cleaning, Wasabi Air, New World Churton Park, Affinity Accounting, Mag & Turbo Tyre & Service Centre, Compton Civil, 1841 Bar & Restaurant, PBC - Perry Barber Carpenter, Motor Doctors, New World Newlands, Crofton Downs Mitre10, Colins Water Delivery, Jig Electrical, Aura Landscapes & Concrete, Hutt Mana Charitable Trust, Pub Charity, NZ Racing Board, The Trusts Community Foundation, NZCT - NZ Community Trust.



Thanks to everyone that paid subs last week, to recap subs are Social $30.00, Player Partners $15.00, Country $20.00. Bank Acc 01 0519 0070195 00, ref your name.

Stay safe out there and enjoy the rugby across all grades.

Thanks, Cherie and Trina

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