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Hawk's Newsletter #8 - Old Timer's in the air!

Results for last weekend's matches

Premier's vs Norths (for the Barlow Trophy)

In calm and sunny conditions, the Hawks continued its season with a nine tries to four win over a struggling Norths at Porirua Park.

Despite Norths applying pressure early in both halves, the Hawks scored freely as Norths faded.

The win saw the Hawks make a clean sweep of trophies by winning the Barlow Trophy and move into clear fourth place behind Paremata-Plimmerton, OBU and Petone. The win meant the Hawks remain unbeaten on the road.

Scoring - a brace of tries to Finlay and Kuso, tries to Jason, Ants, Haam's, Ish and Jacob and conversions a plenty to Mark and Morgan.

Next up the Hawks are back home at Helston to play an improving Avalon outfit on Old Timers Day.

The Ash Pointon Cup, Barlow Trophy, Carman Cup, Kerry Williams Cup and Mick Kenny Cup all in the cabinet.

Some of our usual suspects celebrating another trophy win!

Premier Reserves vs Norths

If there was any doubt that the Johnsonville Premier B's were only a wet weather team, it was put to bed on Saturday with an outstanding display on a sunny afternoon at Jerry Collins stadium. From the get go the forwards were determined to front up and run at and tackle a big Norths pack. Asafo Faamafu and Ofa Ueseli were at the front from the get go and were continually making breaks around the ruck. It was not long into the first half until Johnsonville got into the Norths 22 and continual line breaker Brad McKavanagh was able to power through for the first try. Not long after that, the forwards rolled up the field again and then Brad was in for a second.

It was bit of a family affair with all the Faamafu's in the team featuring prominently - either in getting over the gain line or following leadership from Captain John Faamafu. With such a good platform given by the forwards it was a much easier day in the backline and young Ngahau getting a long range try in the first half.

Norths came back a bit in the second half and had two tries in quick succession, this had the best-looking coaching team in the club a bit nervous but Johnsonville were able to hit back to keep the score line difference in tact. In fact, an early try in the second half was it from scoring from the Norths team. Defence was top tier from both the backs and the forwards and one of the year's best backs Junior Sua seemed to be tackling the whole team at times.

Easily the game of the year from the Premier B's - a lot of positives to be taken into Old Timers Day. Big thanks to Ben Fisher for taking the team through defence on the Thursday training. Ben is an average drinker, but knows a lot about rugby and the boys took what they learnt at training onto the game on Saturday.

The victorious Premier Reserves (Hendo looks pleased).

Terrahawk's 85's vs MSP

On a sun soaked Kilbirnie Park, the Terrahawks beat MSP to go to a record of 5 wins from 9 games for the season coming away with a hard earned 31-19 victory. This leaves them in 6th position on the table of 12 chasing a top 4 spot with 2 rounds to go.

For the second week in a row the boys had to claw their way from behind in the game after MSP raced to a 14-5 halftime lead, the only shining light was try to industrious lock Sam Gifkins who showed Watene-Zelezniak like skills to dive in at the corner to open the visitors scoring after some good build up work from lock Joel Knight and outsides Kayne Lyall and Eti Brown.

The second 40 started more promising when Seamus Rowberry sparked the recovery to dance through the MSP midfield to score under the posts untouched, conversion successful from big bro and skipper Rhion Rowberry who kicked 3 conversions on the day. From there, things opened up and the blue machine got going with some good interchange between backs and forwards leading to more continuity in play.

Led by the ever present ball carrying duo of hooker Jamie Walker and number 8 Callum George, the pack got back into the game and set the backs free for fullback Eti Brown to score 3 tries on the trot backing up good breaks from others to seal the deal and a hat trick of tries. MSP scored a late consolation but the lads had done enough to get the 5 points - thanks to all the supporters who made the trip into town !

Point scorers:

Eti 'The speed' Brown - 3 tries, Seamus 'Taumalolo' Rowberry & Sam 'The flying Salmon' Gifkins

Rhion Rowberry - 3 conversions

Roosters Decorators Man of the match - Jamie 'Don't blink' Walker.

The 85's lads coming together.

Next game for the lads is a big one, no game this Old Timers Day Saturday 17 June but on Saturday 24 June, 1pm at Helston Park in the NATIONAL CLUB CUP UNDER 85KGS COMPETITION 2ND ROUND vs HUTT OLD BOYS MARIST.

Calling all our team supporters and past players to support us for the biggest game of our year to date for a spot in the last 16 of this National competition. The Terrahawks would like to thank the following sponsors for their help in 2023:

Mighty Cripples vs Upper Hutt Pirates

The Cripples came off a well deserved weekend off back to work vs The Upper Hutt Pirates who came with 30 players and as many supporters was a tough game they fed off our mistakes scoring 1st. But the boys got into their groove playing as we train and trusting our game plan and took the game to them. It was a close hard old game but we won as expected 32 to 17. We were down a few key players but the boys filled the gaps and stepped up. POD Lafaele Tomasi 4 tries. That’s 10 so far this season. Big week for us this week old timers!!

Pressie's vs Wainui

After 3 weeks of no games, the Pressies finally got to play on a stunningly sunny day. For the first time in a while we had very good numbers with at least 9 subs. We had a 1 minute silence at the start of the game for one of the Wainui's players who passed away recently. Was a good hard game which unfortunately the pressies going down to a very physical Wainui team 10-5. We would like to thank some of the Norths Reds team who had a bye in our grade and came and had a run for us. This week, the Pressies have a bye so that they can enjoy the Old timers day at the club.

Pressies group shot with Wainui.


Draw for this week

What a line up on Old Timer's Day! Rugby on offer at Helston and Newlands so get along and support the boys and the club on a momentous day.

The Newlands (and Onslow) First XV host Hutt Valley High at Newlands College with a 2.30pm kick off. Up the lads to get an upset win!

This weeks poll

With the long range forecast looking solid and emotions high, what is the first scoring play come 2.45pm on Saturday?

  • Hawk's try

  • Hawk's penalty goal

  • Wolves try

  • Wolves penalty goal


Old Timer's Day 2023

Well that time has come around again where we celebrate our Old Timers Day this Saturday:

  • 11.30am - Doors open with a hospo bar till 1pm (for all you good sorts)

  • 12pm - President's welcome followed by lunch

  • 12.30pm - Chairwoman's welcome followed by Premier jersey presentations

  • 1pm - J'ville Premier Reserves vs Avalon

  • 2.45pm - A great battle between Avalon & J'ville Premiers, go the Hawks!

  • 5.30pm - Captain's speeches followed by a meal for the players and management

  • 6pm - Several club presentations

  • 7pm - Membership draw

  • 7.15pm - Entertainment begins.

Please keep in mind these times are approximate.

We will have raffles at the door, merchandise will be available to either purchase or order.

We hope you all have a great day & evening catching up with old friends.

Subs, Subs, Subs

The membership draw will be $150.00 on Saturday, subs can be paid inside the door, any paid Saturday will be in the draw, if you aren't a financial member or are a guest please sign the visitors book as you come in, thank you.

Quick Ground Lease Update

The public notification period for renewing our ground lease with the WCC is complete. There were no objections to the new lease! Apparently one submission was received only, in support! The club will now work with the Council to review and provide feedback on the draft new lease. This lease is to run for a 10 year period with a right of renewal of 10 years! Great news for the future of our club.


Once again thank you to our sponsors who continue to support our great club, it would be great if you can get along on Saturday & join in the celebrations.

Good luck to our playing teams this weekend, no game for 85's or Pressies Saturday. Catch you all and your whanau Saturday. Don't drink and drive.

Cheers Cherie, Trina and Blair.

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