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It Got Away on Old Timer’s Day

Woodridge Homes Premiers 17 vs Avalon 21

Another Old Timer’s, another loss. This one slipped through our fingers as our boys couldn't hold off a fast finishing Avalon. We had a quality pep talk from the newest life member Kerry Walsh, and I was certain we had this in the bag. Avalon started well scoring the first 7 points but then after it was just a blue wave of attack. With Tawera scoring a double in the first half to make it 12-7 and the wind, was it enough?

In the second half, I felt we dominated and after sustained pressure Taewa crashed over to take us to 17-7. This was unfamiliar territory for the boys in blue up by 10 but we couldn't put the foot on throat and pull away. Avalon fought hard and after their big forwards rumbled up, they scored two well worked tries. Our Hawks tried hard but just couldn't claw their way back making too many errors in the Avalon 22. The final score 21-17, this really hurt the boys, the effort was there but we just lacked execution. Nevertheless, we partied all night long with our Old Timer’s.

(Andrew Wharakura, Head Coach)

Quay Marine Premier Reserves 57 vs Avalon Premier Reserves 24

Thus far the best performance by the Premier Reserves this season, with good training numbers leading into the weekend. Coaches had the opportunity to sort out several simple structural work on's that plagued the team. Our set piece was on point 95% of the game. Our option taking requires more work which will easily be rectified if we can maintain good training numbers.

After a solid warm-up the team started the game with a lot of vigour and the pressure proved too much for our opposition, within 10 minutes we were up 12-0. Avalon regrouped reversed the pressure and levelled the score. A result of communication lacking in our defensive line and the team's inability to adapt to the referee’s rulings at the breakdown. Our team got back on track reverting to our strength's, solid set piece, big forwards running hard into contact at the inside channels thus creating space for the backs to exploit. We finished the half leading 33-17.

In the second half and after a number of changes were made, and the team carried on with their effort from the first half. Throughout the game the team scored some very impressive tries especially from the set piece however, the defensive line was the winner on the day.

A pleasing start for Old Timer’s Day.

Try Scorer's: Mesake Qalovaki 1, Etano Moananu 1, Tai Tiatia 1, Daniel Fletcher 1, Levi Grace 2, Ratu 3. Conversions: Ratu 6.

(Brent Carroll, Head Coach)

Superloans Colts 27 vs Avalon Colts 22

Another good win for our young boys. It is fair to say Richard ‘Hendo’ Henderson is a little further grey after round 1 but a good effort by the boys to finish round 1 in 4th with plenty of upside in numbers and to performance for round 2.

Superloans Cripples 13 vs Poneke Ruffnuts 29

Cripples played the table topping Ruffnuts with lots of injuries. There were some more new faces and in the 1st half being starved of the ball and a sin binning they went out to 19 nil lead. We could have fallen over but played well in the 2nd half still losing but showing when our reinforcements are back, we’ll compete well. Final score, 29 to 13 a much-needed rest this week 🤙🏿

(Richard ‘Noff’ Eckhoff, Cripples Chief)

Superloans 85s 58 vs Western Suburbs 85s 22

Good result again boys, 4 wins from 7 thus far.


Round 2 begins! This week’s games in a shortened round on Queen’s Birthday Weekend:

· Woodridge Homes Premiers vs Upper Hutt, Helston Park, 2.45pm

· Quay Marine Premier Reserves vs Upper Hutt, Helston Park, 1pm

· Superloans Colts – have a BYE

· Superloans 85’s – have a beer

· Superloans Cripples – have a beer

· Johnsonville Pressies – have a beer

Get along to support the boys and our Premier’s are due a win!

Please note on Saturday (1 June) there is a private function starting at 6pm so the formalities post the Premier’s game will start earlier at 5pm and be finished by around 5.30pm. Normal club formalities will resume on Saturday 22 June vs Wellington.



It was another cracking day at the club for the 119th year of Johnsonville Rugby. There was a great turn out of Old Timer’s for the lunch and it built nicely as the day went on.

A win and a loss on the park which made for interesting watching. Post-match formalities included the presentation of blazers to PJ Sheck and Waisea Yabakivou. Well done boys!

We also had a special presentation for new Life Member Kerry Walsh who has been around the club for many years now both as a player and an administrator! Very well deserved.

Thanks to the amazing efforts of the Committee, the kitchen, bar staff and those welcoming people in. Our Old Timer’s Day’s still go down as one of the best in club rugby in Wellington. That isn’t a bias view either!

The Mighty Dream Team

Kerry Walsh - new life member


‘THE ITALIAN JOB’ – Saturday 22 June

We are hosting an Italian themed event for our members and sponsors on Saturday 22 June which will start with a lovely sit-down lunch.

Tickets will be going on sale very soon so don’t miss out on this event which will feature:

· A visit by the Rugby World Cup (what!?)

· A quality Italian meal courtesy of some local Italian cooks

· Some lovely Italian wine

· A couple of formalities and possibly some Italian singing and songs

· Raffles on the day.

Please keep an eye on social media (Facebook etc) for more details over the coming week to find out more.


Health and Safety Update

Kia ora koutou!

With the closing of May we see the end of Bullying Awareness Month and we wanted to recap over what this month has taught us.

Regardless of where you encounter bullying, it’s important that we continue to support each other and keep our club a bullying free zone. So, if you experience bullying, (repeated and unreasonable behaviour directed towards an individual or a group of people that can lead to physical or psychological harm) please remember that you do not have to accept that behaviour and we encourage you to report this to a JRFC official. This can be an informal head’s up to a coach/manager or a formal report to the JRFC Committee.

If you see someone being bullied, please remember that you have an important role to play. Worksafe suggests that when you feel it is safe to, use words and actions to safely help someone being bullied. An example of this is speaking up when you see unreasonable behaviour. You can report bullying on someone else’s behalf which can also be an informal head’s up to a coach/manager or a formal report to the JRFC Committee.

For more information, please feel free to head over to Worksafe and remember, we all need to do our part to keep our club a bullying free zone!

Noho ora mai.

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