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Hawk's Newsletter #10 - Premier's claim 2nd in the Swindale...Jubilee awaits!

Results for last weekend's matches

Premiers vs Wainuiomata

The final game of the Swindale Shield saw the Hawks venture out to William Jones Park to play a Hardham Cup bound Wainui on an overcast day.

With a top four position up for grabs and the team hit with injuries, a different looking squad faced a Wainui team boosted by the inclusion of Ruben Love and Peter Umaga-Jensen. The team made the worst start with Wanui capitalising on a number of uncharacteristic errors to score three tries to a try to Aaron Fawkes and penalty from Mark Sutton. For the first time this season the Hawks found themselves behind at half time 15-8.

An honest conversation at half time had the desired effect and the team put pressure on Wainui immediately. A break by Jacob Walmsey was illegally stopped and a penalty try was given and a yellow card. A second yellow card to Ruben Love for a high shot on Regan Herbert subsequently led to another penalty. The team scored immediately when a break by Olly Paotonu was finished off by midfield partner Fin Sharp. At 25 -15, Wainui responded with a penalty to Peter Umaga Jensen.

Despite field position and possession, the Hawks defended in their half for 10 minutes with Ruben Love’s kicking game pinning the team in their half. Against the run of play a Jack Taulapapa high bomb was contested by Olly and Love with the ball bouncing off Olly’s shoulder and falling into the hands of Jacob who scored his 11th try of the season. A Sutton conversion took the score to 32-18 and that is how it ended. With five points secured and OBU failing to get an extra point against Para-Plim, the Hawks finished second in the Swindale Shield and secured a home Jubilee quarter final against OBU.

The tenth win for the team with many of the new players stepping up and contributing to the result. A massive recognition to the senior players in the Hawks who assumed responsibility and guided the team to the win.

OBU at Helston Park… a massive game for the team as they continue to make history.

Pics above - Mikey F on the charge, Finn showing elation over the line, Niall happy with the dub (with the thumbs up like Jake Trbojevic) with Tayne out the back, and finally the victorious Premiers.

Premier Reserves vs Wainuiomata

In a closely contested rugby match, Wainuiomata managed to hold off our Johnsonville Premier Reserves to secure a 17-8 victory. Wainuiomata did not have a particularly outstanding game, but Johnsonville were let down by their poor ball security and option taking. The team's discipline, which had been a strong point in the past couple of weeks, also seemed to be lacking in this match. Despite this disappointing performance, Johnsonville managed to keep the game close and put up a good fight against their opponents. It was clear, however, that it just wasn't Johnsonville's day on the pitch.

This loss serves as a reminder that even the strongest teams can have off days and that every match is an opportunity to learn from mistakes and improve for the next game. Johnsonville will no doubt be looking to bounce back from this defeat and regain their form.

Terrahawk's U85s vs Hutt Old Boys Marist Howlers

The Terrahawks went down in a close game beaten 7-5 by Hutt Old Boys Marist. The game doubled as WRFU JC Bowl 1st round robin and National Club Cup competition 2nd round game. In a tight game, HOBM scored with 2 minutes left to play with the bounce of the ball robbing the boys a chance to advance to the last 16 in the NZ competition.

In the 1st half, the boys controlled most of the play but poor handling or a missed tackle meant that they couldn't get their phase play going. The only scoring came from a try to fullback Eti 'the speed' Brown off a midfield scrum from 20m out as he had too much pace for the cover defence.

The 2nd half was a stop start affair with the referee's whistle dominating play, the boys couldn't get any attack going and weren't helped losing 2 men to the sin bin playing with 14 men for half an hour. With 2 minutes left to play HOBM broke out from their own half on the outside with a chip kick into the in goal which was re-gathered breaking T'Hawks hearts. The conversion was good final score 7-5. Brady Cutting and Aaron Franklin were strong up front all day for the home side and the dreadlock master Rawiri Atkins was back at his best controlling things at 10 after a long lay off with a dodgy hammy. Get ya shirt off !

Point scorers:

Eti 'The speed' Brown - 1 try.

Roosters Decorators Man of the match - Brady Cutting.

Next game for the lads is this weekend against Poneke Wanderers at Kilbirnie Park in the last game of the round. Big ka pai to all our supporters who came down to Helston on Saturday to support the lads you support was appreciated. The Terrahawks would like to thank the following sponsors for their help in 2023:

Pressies vs Tawa

Pressies travelled to Tawa this weekend for Tawa's old timers day and went down to Tawa 10 -5. This is the start of the Pressies 2nd round which now includes Norths Red who have joined up with the J'ville Pressies. We would like to welcome them to the team and hope they enjoy running around with us.

Unfortunately the mighty Cripples were defaulted to by Wests meaning Cripples got the win. I'm sure they would much rather have played.

Draw for this week

How good!? Our Hawks Premier's finished the Swindale Shield in 2nd, the best finish since the 1998 Swindale Shield winning side. What would have been the odds at the start of this season for a Para-Plim and Hawks 1-2 in the Swindale when looking at last years finishing positions of 10th and 11th?? In fact, 3 of the top 4 placegetters finished outside of the Jubilee Cup top 8 last year. Got to be good for club rugby!

Our Premier's host OBU in a mouth-watering top 4 clash with the winner going straight to week 3 preliminary final (or semi final)! Our Premier Reserves get into finals rugby with the HD Morgan Memorial Cup, also playing OBU but away from home. The Cripples play up the road vs the OBU Teddy Bears, the Terrahawks away to Poneke and Pressies up the line to Porirua Park to play Para-Plim.

We are also lining up an exciting curtain-raiser at Helston this Saturday with the Newlands / Onslow combined 1st XV set to play a Brisbane schools side with it being school holidays and a breather for the Murray Jensen Cup.

This week's poll

Club Rugby have put out a poll as to who wins the Jubilee Cup so lets jump on that! You can find a link to this and also a competition explainer at the following. While, you are at it, vote for the Hawks of course - there is already a fair few people behind us!



As you will have read recently we have had our club licence renewed, there are a lot of conditions that we need to abide by in order to keep our licence. We will just touch on the main ones here as a reminder to everyone using the club:

  1. Please don't drink outside in the car parks, it creates noise, bottles get left there, broken glass etc, neighbours are quite entitled to call the police

  2. Be mindful of noise when outside the alleyway this noise also travels up

  3. Our licence does not allow us to sell take away alcohol. Don't ask, then you won't be disappointed

  4. Team bonding sessions will be held upstairs, or off the premises, you can screen the area off, no exceptions will be made as downstairs is not part of our licence

  5. When leaving the club, please remember we are going past houses down the bottom once again so mind the noise being made

  6. Nobody is to be downstairs after 6pm, we will be locking it up at that time.

We are just touching on these important points as it's quite easy for our licence to be put under threat and we know police can check on us at any time. Imagine a club with no beer or long whites!!

Thanks for tea

A huge thanks to Jason & Michelle Adamson who hosted the Prem's families on Sunday, a ladies high tea at lunchtime, then a family BBQ for tea, much enjoyed by all, many thanks to you both for your great hospitality.

Other notices

Welcome to the Norths players who are joining our Pressies team.

We hope everyone is starting to think about quiz night teams for Sunday 16th of July at 1841, this is open to everyone not just players so looking forward to seeing a lot of support for this final fundraiser of the season.

Thanks to all our sponsors with whom we couldn't function without!

If you have time this weekend go and support some J'ville or Newlands junior teams. There is some great rugby being played by our junior clubs then in the afternoon get along to a senior game, they all love seeing their supporters.

Have a great week,

Cherie, Trina & Blair.

Last of all #RESPECTTHEREF. We continue to see some pretty average taste around the traps and especially on the back of the Super Rugby Final over social media. Have a think before you spray when on the field or from the sidelines. Our referees are few in number as we know and without them, we are stuck for a game of rugby!

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