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Hawk's Newsletter #8 for '24 - Crunch match ahead against the Rams!

A note from our Chair, Susan Poutoa

Talofa lava,

As part of the newsletter, I will be adding a quick word mainly focusing on key things happening within the club.  This week as we lead into another big weekend of rugby we’re hosting a couple of club activities:

  • “Blue Out Day” at Helston Park. Our Premiers are playing the Upper Hutt Rams, and no doubt it's going to be a great battle between the 2 clubs especially as we are playing for the Kerry Williams Cup. Calling our supporters, members, and whanau to come and deck out with a sea of “blue”. 

  • We are hosting our sponsors for an afternoon meet and greet at the clubrooms.  It's an informal opportunity for us to express our gratitude for their ongoing support.


We are looking to host more club events so watch this space for more information;

  • Bingo Night

  • A little bit of Country

  • Quiz Night

  • Old Timers 2024 (29 June).


If you have any ideas what events we could host feel free to let us know.

Take care and good luck to all our teams - “Up the Hawks”

Ka kite…



Last week's results

Match reports:


Tries: Finlay Sharp x2, Regan Herbert & Tyler Hall. Mark Sutton: 3 penalties, 3 conversions.

The boys went down in a see saw battle against old friends Tawa for the Carman Cup, conceding a try in referee’s time with the last play of the game to end a disappointing day out at Lyndhurst.

The team were close to full strength with wholesale changes in the backs, and the pack was bolstered with the inclusion of Hurricanes allocated prop Tevita Mafileo from North Harbour making a strong club debut. Welcome to Hawks whanau Tevita !

It was off to the races early with a well taken try to big lad hooker Regan Herbert who went the distance from 30 metres out on the outside flank, Mark missed the conversion but kicked a handy penalty soon after to get us away 8-nil after 10mins.

The game was a tit for tat encounter, with Tawa coming back and both teams exchanging tries in response to the other. On 17mins, Tyler Hall finished off a sweeping move to go across in the clubhouse corner with textbook team attack phase play from 70m out. Unfortunately, turnovers crept in slowly to allow Tawa to score a converted try but Finlay Sharp responded after 30mins with a breakaway try after some good lead in hands from the forwards.

Scrums and lineouts were solid all day but the boys lacked composure and patience at times on attack and made too many errors throughout the day. They missed out after being camped in Tawa’s 22m zone in the last 10mins before the half, for Tawa to break out and score on the stroke of halftime with a well taken try to their 7 off a tap penalty move to go into the break only down by one 22-21.

In more of the same after halftime, the Tawa halfback scored a soft converted try to take the lead only for our backs to respond and score out wide off a scrum move deep in Tawa’s half with man of the match Finlay finishing for his second try. Mark converted to put us up again by 1 after 10mins.

A further converted penalty kick from Mark set up a tense final quarter, with 10mins left Tawa scored a try next to the posts to their flanker off a pick and go after a couple of strong carries off a scrum. 32-35 Tawa. The team got back onto attack and set up a grandstand finish with Mark slotting an easy penalty in front to tie things up.

With time almost up on the clock and hot on attack, the lads missed out on a couple of golden chances to take the game only for Tawa to go the length of the field finishing to steal it away.

Back to the drawing board for the team but a lot of positives to take out of the defeat, the lads are back at home Hell park on Saturday vs Upper Hutt 2.45pm for a game that could go a long way to deciding final top 8 places. See you all there !


A long afternoon for the lads against a well drilled Tawa side. We showed a lot of heart again fighting until the end. We came away for the final score of lots to not a lot.

Forward of the day - Adney Roebeck

Back of the day - Conrad Vaka-Vivili 


The cripples played a very large "Norths" team at Hell park on Saturday, we were needing to get our season back on track. The  1st half was an arm wrestle. We didn't play to our plan on attack and we were guilty of letting them run & not tackling  the bigger team,  half time 11 to 7 up.   A  bit of honesty and  reflection on the half  was talked about at the break.  The 2nd half playing into the wind we started to tackle  and run them around.  Running out winners 38 to 14.  A well deserved much needed win.   The boys are battered and bruised &  we picked up a couple more injuries. Back to Mahi Wednesday  another big team " Petone" next week.

POD: Conor Franklin. Great defence and scoring 4 Try’s 

Thanks to our sponsors: Compy Civil, PBC,ABT.


This week the Pressies traveled the long Journey to Lyndhurst Park to play Tawa on their Old timers day.  The guys put in a good effort but went down 10-5.   The Pressies would like to thank the supporters who came to watch them.  This week we are playing at Ian Galloway at 2.45pm against Wainui.


This week's games

The boys are back at home for Blue Out Day which sees a crunch match for the Premier's (9th) taking on the Upper Hutt Rams (7th) who have been travelling fairly well.

Up the Hawk's!


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.


Other notices

Batons up is done & dusted, thank you to all who supported the teams by purchasing tickets, congratulations to the winners.


This Saturday is blue day at the club, show the teams some support & come along in blue, I hear the club will be looking blue as well.


This is also this Saturday, all club/team sponsors are invited to join us at 2pm for nibbles, watch the game then they are welcome to join the Prems for a meal at 5.30pm.


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. Thanks, Cherie and Trina.

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