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Hawk's Newsletter #9 for '24 - Hammerheads tough prey away!

A note from our Chair, Susan Poutoa

Talofa lava,


I hope this week has been a good one!


Just a couple of things from me: 

We hosted the Club and Team Sponsors last Saturday for those that could make it.  It was about connecting with the club, and for some it was their first time being at the Club.   


It was mentioned that it would be good to host another “Sponsor meet and greet”.  It’s a great opportunity to network, showcase who we are as a club, as well as acknowledging their contribution and the importance of their sponsorship.  


OLD TIMERS:

2024 Old Timers is set Saturday 29 June 2024 (Matariki Weekend). More details to follow.


WHAT’S NEW:

The Exec Committee have been looking at how can we make things better and what areas needs a touch up within our Club.  For example, one of the areas that we have identified is our current visitor sign in book.  We have formed a working group to investigate this further and what options are available.  We will keep you updated....


MAINTENANCE:

Our roof is looking woeful with some wet patches due the recent wet weather that we had a couple of weeks ago.  The roof has been on our things to do list for quite some time.  This is now a priority to get the roof fixed and as usual it comes at a cost.  Keith Mockett is looking into what Grants we can apply for.  If we are successful, and depending on the amount we may call on our Hawks Community to some help us with some labour.  We will keep you posted.


SIDELINE BEHAVIOUR:

Last week we received a complaint from a concerned father watching his son referee a Hawks Game.  The sideline comments and abuse that was directed at his son was upsetting. This is unacceptable and the reality is Wellington Referee Association are losing referees due to it. 

Can I please ask our Hawks Aiga – members, supporters, teams, coaches, and the management team to respect the referees and give the support they need on game day.  As a club appreciate the mahi that goes with being a referee. 


Otherwise, worst case scenario for some grades you may have to referee your own game!


GAMETIME SATURDAY 1 June:

The Premiers and Premier Reserves take on Paramata Plimmerton at Ngati Toa Domain.  If you’re around it would be awesome to drown out the ParaPlim colours with the sea of blue  

Please note the games are early with Prem Reserves at 12.30pm and the Premiers at 2.15pm.


With that I will finish off with the 2024 theme for Samoa Language Week is

 'Tautua i le alofa, manuia le lumana’i – Serve in love for a blessed future'.


Enjoy the long weekend with your loved ones.


Ia manuia le aso 

Tōfā soifua

Susan

Chairperson

 

Last week's results

Match reports (where received);


PREMIERS

No report this week and after two last minute heart-breakers, that is understandable. Time to turn the fortunes around!


PREMIER RESERVES

The Premier Reserves notched up their 3rd win of the season with a hard-fought win over Upper Hutt. The lads started with a lot of energy and keeping the score board ticking over. We went into halftime up 18-5. The second half was a bit tighter and we battled away spending long periods in Upper Hurts 22. It got a bit tight towards the end but the boys showed composure to close out the game with a 25-19 win.

Forward of the day: Maxi Morrone

Back of the day: Cody Davy


COLTS

Colts played top 4 team Upper Hutt at Newlands Park. 

 

It’s been a tough couple weekends and with a dozen injuries and Covid hitting the team it wasn’t going to be easy.

 

Focus on for the boys was to be positive and have some fun.  Score didn’t reflect how the game went, with some really good defence blocks (most probably best this year), shout out to Winter brothers Will and Ralph leading the way.


Upper Hutt showing there class convincing winners 0-60.  Boys get a well deserved rest over Kings birthday but play top placed team HOBM on the 8th June.  We hoping we get 6-7 starters back for this game.  After the HOBM we have 3 homes games PK, Wainui and MSP so will be working hard to get that first win. 


Again thank you for everyone that supports the team and our sponsors.


CRIPPLES

The Cripples played our home game away vs Petone at Macalister park on Saturday. We were again down a hand full of experienced players with a lot of injuries in the group. Also no Ref showed up. Injured Captain Eel did a great job stepping up up to Ref our game, Petone are a big physical side we played with the mere 20 players with some having to play out of there usual positions, was a tough game. Close early on but we showed great heart and defence to win comfortably 48 to 28. Mykel led the team from the front. Conor scored another 3 try’s but POD was Tem who played at 9. 10. And 6 during the game. Tackled all day and played well. We get a well earned weekend off this week. We definitely need it. Round 2 starts next week.

Thanks PBC ABT Compy Civil

CE. Noff


PRESSIES

This week the Pressies were supposed to play at Ian Galloway 4, last minute change and we were off to William Jones park in Wainui to play the Wainui Pressies.  Wainui were low on numbers and for the first time this season so were we,  both teams having a lot out due to injuries.  The Jville Pressies had a good game coming out on top 44-19 (10-5 to us) on a pretty good sunny afternoon.  Huge thank you to Wainui for hosting our team even when it was our turn to host, and to the people in the kitchen who gave us beautiful food.  Thanks to my guys and the supporters who turned up to watch.  This week is a bye as it's Kings birthday so the guys get a much needed rest.  Next game is in Wainui for the pressies festival where we play MSP at 1.30pm hope to see you there.

 

This week's games

A reduced round with the long weekend so all on at Ngati Toa with a couple of key matches for our top two sides. The Hammerheads have been warming into their season strongly so present a big test, however, our Hawks will be determined to get back in the winners circle after two heart-breakers! Looks like a blustery afternoon forecast so how well do both sides adapt and play tactics....

 

Sponsors shout out!

To all our sponsors, a massive thank you once again; https://www.jrfc.co.nz/sponsors


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.

 

SUBS

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 this long weekend. Thanks, Cherie and Trina

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