Happy Easter to you and your whanau!
No doubt a relief to many to have a nice long weekend ahead of us and the way in which the holidays fall over the next couple of weeks, you can certainly get some good bang for buck with taking the odd leave day or two.
As for Covid-19, it still hangs around but seemingly more in the background for most. At the same time, there are still people close to us getting this and some suffering much worse than others. It cannot be underestimated and if you are feeling unwell, you know what you need to do! It is great there was some further relief announced (rather averagely by Minister Hipkins) the other day moving from a red light to orange. For many, it feels like what does that actually mean!? One thing for sure, people can move more freely inside hospitality establishments and bust a move once again. Anyway, please stay vigilant out there and still take precautions to help yourself, your whanau and our club.
As for rugby, we are now two weeks into the Swindale Shield with other grades chomping at the bit to get under way (from next weekend). Our Woodridge Homes Premier's have shown plenty of heart in both their matches at Helston yielding a first around win and a loss. The loss last weekend against a younger but talented Norths side was somewhat frustrating with a few things costing us and meant we were not able to control the pill for long periods in the second dig. A bonus point helped though! The lads head down the road to the lovely parts of Tawa tomorrow to take on the Jubilee Cup champions for the Carman Cup which there is no doubting will be a good test for our lads. A good performance is critical given two very winnable games in Avalon (A) and Upper Hutt (H) await us in rounds 4 and 5.
This Week's Games
Whilst there is only one competition match being our Woodridge Homes Premier's in the Swindale Shield, our Premier Reserve's and Colt's shape up in pre-season matches down the road:
Swindale Shield - Woodridge Homes Premier's vs Tawa, Lyndhurst Park, Saturday 2.45pm
Pre-season - Johnsonville Hawks Premier Reserve's vs Tawa, Lyndhurst Park, Saturday 1pm
Pre-season - Johnsonville Hawks Colt's vs Tawa, Lyndhurst Park, Friday (tonight) 6.30pm.
Let's get that dark and light blue out and get down the road and support our boys!
What's coming up at the club?
There is plenty to look forward to up at the club over the coming weeks and although Covid still lingers a touch, we want to see our clubrooms pumping again. Please take a note of the following:
Saturday 30 April - DJ Night @ the Club following our Hawks taking on the Upper Hutt Rams
Saturday 14 May - Italian Lunch (see details below). Get in fast as tickets are running out quickly! This event continues to get bigger and better each year. We host Poneke that day also
Saturday 28 May - Baton's Up fundraising. More details will follow on this one but our teams will be seeking to raise money for their subs / the club, so get some tickets and be into win some decent prize money! We host Wainui that day
Saturday 25 June - OLD TIMER'S DAY! Lock it in. We play host to Ories that day for the Ash Pointon Memorial Cup which have been titanic battles over the last few years.
There is always some great stuff going on in and around the club / the community. A big shout out to our Terrahawk's 85's for getting out in the community on the clean-up and getting their hands dirty. A great initiative with Jono at 1841 to get a bit of 'hard earned' for a bit of mahi! Well done lads!
A massive shout out to our sponsors once again! We are very fortunate to have an extremely loyal and generous local base of sponsors which assist in keeping our club operations going. At the same time we have been able to lock in relationships with a few new organisations also which we are very grateful for. We were able to host some of them down at 1841 a couple of weeks back and we certainly look forward to seeing you up at the club for upcoming events.
Our JRFC Sponsors:
Perry Barber Builders
New World Newlands
Mitre 10 Crofton Downs
1841 Bar & Restaurant
Colin's Water Delivery
Sideso Trading Co Ltd
Millcreek (G Bruce)
Cobra Drain Cleaners
Wellington Electrical Services
Thomas Legge Floor Sanding
Megabyte Tech Consulting
All Glass & Glazing
We were once again successful obtaining a grant from Pub Charity regarding our insurance at the club (a requirement for our ground lease). A massive help and we certainly appreciate their support through 1841 Bar & Restaurant.
A shout out needs to go to those sponsoring / creating Wally's jacket cabinet. Thanks to Derek, Perry for the construct and All Glass and Glazing for the glass and Attire for Hire for the mannequin.
A big thanks also to Sean Wichman for fixing and plastering the corporate box. 👍
Junior club's kick off soon!
Our Johnsonville and Newlands junior clubs are willing on plenty more registrations as they approach an early May season start. Get involved!
Covid-19 to one side, our game can always prove to be unlucky injury wise in the heat of the battle. Last week our Colt's lads were taking on a quality OBU side and one of our real talents Mikey F fell badly on his ankle which caused a compound fracture and dislocation of his lower leg. Although a horrible incident which we never hope for any player let alone our own, it was heart-warming to see the amount of support and sportsmanship coming out of this.
As soon as the incident happened, two or three OBU players were over to support and ensure Mike was in the most comfortable place he could be suffering like that. Following this, a number of people from the club were with Mike until his family and the ambulance arrived. Mike was upbeat the whole time encouraging his Colts lads along for the rest of the season. Adversity can certainly bring about a lot of positive - look out for one another, even if you aren't in the same colours all the time! The club wishes you a speedy recovery Mike!
Please take care during this Easter holiday period with your whanau. If you are travelling, drive safely, drive sober! Nga mihi nui.