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Hawk's Newsletter #11 for '24 - Momentum needed towards a Hardham Cup tilt!

A note from the Chair, Susan Poutoa

Kia ora e te whanau,

On behalf of the Hawks whanau, we would like to extend our thoughts, aroha and prayers to the Garden Bachop whanau. With the loss of a well-loved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend – Connor Garden Bachop.  We also extend our thoughts and aroha to the Norths United Rugby Football Club. 

With that, WRFU respectfully requested that all senior club rugby fixtures this weekend acknowledge a minute silence and the wearing of a black armband in recognition of Connors life and in respect of the Garden-Bachop whanau.  I am calling on all our Hawks’ team to observe the minute silence.

Ia manuia lau malaga Connor…


Just a couple of things from me: 

June marks the BigShoutOut – a month long celebration for volunteers throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. 

This week we acknowledge our awesome core volunteers whom we are very grateful for.  For example, you will often see Mike S, CD and Dave W during the week doing work around the club.  Saturday mornings you will see Gary Cutting (Club grounds man) up at the clubrooms sorting the grounds and car park. Not to mention Leslie S who often helps on Saturdays with the bar/kitchen, and we can’t forget Lorraine who does a wonderful job selling raffles.  We also have our maintenance team (Fraser, Tyler, Wayne A, Don, Eel, Sean W, Anaru, Lucus and, Max – just to name a few) that will often come to our rescue when things need to get fixed.  We have Stephanie Guy, who has been relentless with fundraising initiatives for the Club.  Alongside Ben F and Brent Comis aka the Italian Job team.

Without them the club wouldn’t be able to function.

Faáfetai lava thank you, thank you, thank you 😊


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 – Doors open

  • 12.00pm – President’s welcome & Colts Jersey Presentation. 

  • 12.15pm - Lunch

  • 12.30pm – Chairwoman’s welcome and Jersey presentation to the Woodridge Homes Premiers

  • 12.55pm – Clap on the Colts

  • 1.00pm – Johnsonville Colts vs MSP

  • 2.40pm – Clap on the Premiers

  • 2.45pm – Woodridge Homes Johnsonville Premiers vs MSP

  • 5.30pm – Premier speeches, results of the day, after-match meal

  • 6.15pm –Blazer and Life Member presentations

  • 7pm – Membership draw

  • 7.15pm – Entertainment commences



We recently had a review of ‘sign in’ system to ensure better identification of members, guests of members.  

Last Saturday, we introduced a new sign in system for anyone visiting the club. A new sign in book that all visitors, and non-members must sign in.  From all accounts what I was told, it went ok, and it will take time to adjust to the new ways of signing in. The Bar staff/Exec committee member can assist you if you need any help.  

We also need our club members to make sure they have their membership card on them when at the clubrooms.  It is a must to have your membership card present as this will help with our review system.

If you’re not a member but wish to join, please see Trina Wichman.

Lastly, I would like to acknowledge the Premier Reserves, Colts and the 85s for helping the Premiers last weekend.  The team was riddled with illness throughout the week, and for these teams to answer the SOS, we thank you.  As we know it was at your own cost but ultimately, we had to field all 3 teams to meet the Premier status requirements.


Ia manuia




Last week's games

Match reports:


Tries: Finlay Sharp, Sean Rankin & Kuso Tuitama. Mark Sutton: 1 penalty & 2 conversions.

The premiers went down to Poneke at home, with a lot of guys out through injury or illness the backs were against wall against a rugged Poneke outfit. Zyrus Grace, Conrad Vaka-Vivili and Eti Brown made their starting debuts and off the bench Ben Corlett, Dave Prouting, Jay Fuiavivili made their run on debuts.   

Again, the boys started well and led 10-8 after 25mins when Fin Sharp hit a good angle to go in untouched conversion good by Mark to add to an earlier penalty but so has often been the case this season the lads let in the opposition right after the re-start for Poneke to score and take the lead into halftime 10-16.

The 2nd half started well with man of the match Sean Rankin bursting through the defence and going in from 30m out but Poneke replied with 2 tries of their own, countered by the team try of the match started by Zyrus Grace at 10 with a chip over the top with the ball ending up in Kuso Tuitama's hands to go in untouched. With the score at 22-30 with 7mins left to play, Poneke received the first of 2 yellow cards for high tackles, but they played the better rugby and finished stronger to take the game away with 2 tries of their own in the last 5mins with 13 men.

With a lot of changes in the team and some at short notice, the guys can hold their heads up but with the loss comes an end to a Jubilee cup aspirations for 2024. The boys look forward to Wainui at home again this Saturday and to finishing the season strong contesting the Hardham cup. Thanks to all supporters and our families for their continued support as well our team sponsors for backing us this season.



Tough day out for the lads. Only just having enough players to field a team wasn't a great start. The boys showed grit and determination to only be down 7-0 at halftime. Poneke came out firing in the second half with a few tries. We got one back to get rid of the zero on our side of the scorecard. Final score was 31-7.


Forward of the day: Tayne Laird-Mahu

Back of the day: Brett Taefu



Colts played PK lost 43-15, the score line didn’t reflect how well the boys played. 


Hit with that flu going through our club knocked a few players out, but we had a solid 20 show up.


Big effort in the scored half into the wind, scoring last 2 tries, still more to improve but will be nice to come back to Helston vs Wainui.


BIG shout out to our supporters and Wellington Sea market for sponsoring player of the day voucher.


Also congratulations Ben Corlett playing first Premier game, accompanied by Harry and Ngahau! Well done boys.


Wellington Sea Market (Foe the freshest Fish in Wellington) POD t– Kieran Sutton-Gribble



Last Saturday we got schooled by a very good experienced J8s team once again no ref which is frustrating. Our coach Andrew Mitchell stepped up and referred for us.  We know what the level is now and it’s high. We have 3 games left to get too playoffs.

Back to mahi Wednesday. If about we are playing the old foe the Ruffnuts Newlands Park 2.45.


This week's games

The boys are at home again this week and will be determined to return to the winners circle in the lead into Old Timer's and a Hardham Cup tilt. Get along to support the lads!


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, Mr Green (Mike Sedge), 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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