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Hawk's Newsletter #5 - Mick Kenny Cup Retained!

Results for last weekend's matches

Premier's vs Wellington Axemen (for the Mick Kenny Memorial Cup)

Our Hawk's headed to Hataitai Park on a wet afternoon looking for 5 wins in the first round of the Swindale Shield. Some have asked the question when the last time 5 or more games have been banked by a Johnsonville Premier side in the first round? We guess 1998 or even 2000 but history was going to be made!!

With the Mick Kenny Cup up for grabs we had everything to play for. More silverware, 5 points to keep us in the hunt for Jubilee and some would say a little pay back. Thanks to Joe and Flash for the pre-match speech, and giving the team some background on Mick Kenny (hardy buggar he was), inspired the boys!

Our focus for the week was mental toughness and keeping our standards for 80 minutes. From the kick off we played to our structure sending Finlay Sharp in the left corner after some dominant carries from the Hawks forward pack. Then more dominance off our lineout, with a good drive and platform having the Axeman infringe and gave away a penalty try. Hawks looked at running away in this game but credit to the Axeman for grinding it out and causing us to make some uncharacteristic errors we let the Axeman back-in. Playing into the wind and finding our groove saw Mark and Niall both scoring late in the first half giving us the 4 try bonus.

Turning with the wind 26-15 up and given some stern words from Head Coach Jason Adamson, the boys got into 2nd gear and started dominating, playing territory and putting the Axeman under pressure which saw gaps appear. With fresh legs of Jacob Walmsley coming on late in the first half saw him scoot away for 3 tries, one from long range and then veteran Ha’amea Ahio crashing over for a well deserved meat pie. Our coaches were able to empty the bench and give some boys well deserved minutes. Special shout out goes to Noah Bryce getting his first Premier cap. Not our best performance of 2023 but got the job done in tough conditions, 5 points and another trophy locked away for 2023.

Big shout out to our blue supporters that came out to Hataitai Park and braved the weather!

27 points in 6th place the Hawks head back home for the biggest game of the season vs Tawa!! With both teams on 27 points the winner will take a huge advantage towards making the Jubliee Cup. With the annual Italian Lunch, and a forecast looking fine for Saturday we are expecting another bumper crowd and the boys are up for the challenge.

Johnsonville and Tawa contest the Carman Cup Saturday 27th May. More silverware that has not been seen for over 9 years dating back to when we played in the Harper Lock Shield against Tawa's B's during 2011-2013.

Premier Reserves vs Stokes Valley

On a wet and muddy day, Stokes Valley had Old Timers Day and they came out in force! Amid the challenging playing conditions, both teams met for a heated match and it was the forwards from both teams that displayed grit and dedication, demonstrating why they are such crucial players in the game of rugby.

Despite an impressive set piece try from Stokes Valley, it was Johnsonville who came out on top with a decisive 10-5 victory. Johnsonville's forwards scoring a try and half back Morgan converting the try in the first half with a penalty kick, ensuring that their team secured the win.

This was certainly a forwards game, and both teams offered a highly physical challenge to one another. However, it was Johnsonville who ultimately prevailed, putting their bodies on the line to come away with a hard-earned victory.

All in all, this was an impressive display of rugby from both sides, but it was Johnsonville's forwards who proved to be the match-winners. Although the weather was challenging, the game was a thrilling one, entertaining both players and spectators alike.

Terrahawks's 85's vs Wests Roosters

The Terrahawks got back to winning ways on Saturday vs Wests on a wet but firm track at Ian Galloway. Apart from a neatly worked try and good hands to centre Kieran Mee after 10 mins the boys didn't adjust to the wet weather and a few turnovers staggered their attack. Wests dominated the rest of the half and scored a well taken try through their 10 after a grubber kick into the in goal not cleaned up by the Terrahawks back 3. The team did manage to level things up 10 all at halftime after left winger Tegan Sipili took his chance and showed a clean pair of heels to run in from 30m out. The boys turned with the wind at their backs in the second half and replacement back Fano Paese danced his way through with a solo try to score under the posts converted by captain and halfback Rhion Rowberry. This set the team up and further tries to fullback Eti Brown and Rhion himself who converted his own try made it 29-10 at fulltime to the visitors. The Roosters Decorators Man of the match went to hooker Brad Price. Points scorers: Tries: Kieran Mee, Tegan Sipili, Fano Paese, Eti Brown & Rhion Rowberry, Rhion Rowberry 2 conversions.

Next week the boys play top of the table OBU at Newlands Pukehuia Park at 2.45pm which will be a tough game against an unbeaten opposition. The Terrahawks would like to thank the following sponsors for their help in 2023:

Cripples vs Poneke Ruffnuts

Cripples played our old foe the Ruffnuts Saturday in freezing rainy windy conditions on their old timers day. They had a squad of 30 us 20 something and an even battle with the wind we scored 2 tries them one. Against the wind them 2 us 1. But it came down to a penalty 5 mins from the end of which they converted and we also had chances to kick for goal in the 1st half but this year we back ourselves. Maybe we should have taken those chances but that’s history 1st loss 22 to 19. Our backs just didn’t see the ball. Was a get dirty forwards game. We will shake it off get to mahi Wednesday next challenge the Axemen away again. POD great all round game lil poo Stu Hill. Up the Cripples!


They had no game, they were all rested. Will be well and truly ready to play next week.


Draw for this week

The boys are back at home this week in massive match ups vs our foe from the down the road, Tawa. With the Italian Lunch in full flight and a visit from Sky Sport Grassroots to check out the club and the main game, it should be a beauty!

This week's poll

With the Hawk's utility Mark Sutton leading the competition in penalty goals (with total season points of 107 already), how many will he nab come Saturday....

  • 5 or more (in the points!)

  • 3-4 (standard fare)

  • 1-2 (keep it low, kick plenty of con's)



Thanks to those who have paid already, these are now due. Social $40.00 Country $20.00 Partner of a financial player $20.00. Bank account 01-0519-0070195-00, reference your name & subs. Everyone that pays is entered into the membership draw which starts at $50.00, if not won it then jackpots the following week until we decide to do a must go draw, so as well as supporting the club you may win your money back.


  • Baton's Up, more info to follow. JUNE 10TH

  • Old Timers Day. JUNE 17TH

  • Hawk's Quiz Night at 1841, more info to follow. JULY 16TH


The lunch has sold out, we are sure it will be a great success, thanks so much to the cooks & everyone that has helped in any way to bring this popular event together. Thank you to all our club sponsors, your sponsorship is invaluable to us and enables us to keep operating. Have a great week. Cherie & Trina

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